• Getting the facts straight

    To the editor:

    In response to William N. Clemmons’ letter published in last week’s edition, I certainly respect his service to our nation and his right to his opinion.

    I write to address his lack of understanding of Thomas McGrath’s letter published May dealing with $19 trillion of U.S. debt, and a refusal on the part of our Congressman David Rouzer among 259 others to repudiate their now 30-year-old pledge to never raise taxes, even to fund the spending they appropriated, including war and veterans issues.

  • Venezuela needs prayers

    To the editor:

    A state of emergency has been declared in Venezuela by President Nicolás Maduro. The crisis grows deeper and deeper.

    Food is very scarce, while basic necessities and medicines are almost nonexistent. People wait in lines up to 12 hours for food and are still unable to get basics like milk or rice. Hospitals are low on medicines, cleaning supplies and even water and electricity. Patients are dying every day because doctors don’t have the supplies to treat them. Many lie on the floor and in hallways waiting to be seen by a doctor.

  • Casual folly by Trump, Rouzer

    To the editor:

    Donald Trump engaged in casual folly last week on CNBC regarding reducing our $19 trillion debt. He responded as if America was an insolvent business. He said he would ask Treasury bond holders to accept reduced payments to cut the debt.

    Congress has the power to tax the wealthy equal to what it appropriates or borrow new money at 1 percent interest to pay off current debt, provided it does not foolishly spend money and then refuse to tax or increase the debt limit.

  • Meeting circumvents the spirit of state law

    To the editor:

    Congratulations to The Beacon and reporter Laura Lewis for the excellent job reporting on state Sen. Bill Rabon’s surprise introduction of a bill in the Senate to de-annex either end of the island of Sunset Beach from the town of Sunset Beach.

  • Sunset Beach should ban third-party privatization

    To the editor:

    Our family has been homeowners in Sunset Beach since April 2006. The main reason we decided to buy here was the special natural beauty of the beach on the island.

    Our beach with its high dunes and white sand, its vistas and abundant wildlife has a sense of openness, spaciousness and naturalness not often found on other beaches in our area. It should be accessible to everyone.

  • N.C. citizens must oppose Senate Bill 875

    To the editor:

    We join the growing chorus opposing Senate Bill 875 proposed by Sen. Bill Rabon. It is wrong for a senator, our representative, to unilaterally propose to de-annex portions of our town of Sunset Beach without any consultation with the town administration, town council or the town citizens.

  • Move back to a blue state

    To the editor:

    I moved to North Carolina to get away from a place depicted in the 1981 movie, “Escape from New York.”

    In New York, illegal aliens may find sanctuary with no police involvement, people with male genitalia can use women’s restrooms and the city council sought to dismiss 700,000 warrants for minor violations to accommodate low-level criminals. It is one of the highest taxed states in the country.

  • Show Choir makes us proud

    To the editor:

    I had the privilege to chaperone West Brunswick High School’s Show Choir at their state competition last month in the Winston-Salem area.

    What talented young men and women! They were a well-behaved and respectful group of young people. They were respectful to each other, to the chaperones, to the other show choirs and to their teacher, Ms. Annette Harton.

  • North Carolina is regressing

    To the editor:

    I retired in North Carolina thinking it was a great state to live out the rest of my life.

    Today I am not so sure, now that registered voters have to show a picture ID or they are turned away and not allowed to vote and everyone has to show a birth certificate in order to go to a restroom.

    It seems like a police state rather than the warm, friendly one I thought it was 25 years ago.

    Susan Scherer


  • Building on land you don’t own

    To the editor:

    Once again certain members of Sunset Beach’s planning board and town council have shown their stupidity. Everyone except these few people know that you cannot build on land you don’t own.

    But if they get their way, reasonable people (me included) will build structures on the driveways of Lou De Vita, Carol Scott, Pete Larkin, Grady Richardson and Len Steiner to block them from getting to meetings. Under their proposal, they would have no recourse, as we can build without owning their lands.