• Council serves the will of the people

    To the editor: Two Sunset Beach town council incumbents and the mayor ran for re-election on Nov. 3.

    Councilman Len Steiner finished last, losing his seat. Councilman Lou DeVita was re-elected by a pitiful 53 votes. Mayor Ron Klein won by just 110 votes.

  • We did not pick this fight

    To the editor: The majority of St. James is populated by good people, and I apologize to them. I bear no malice there. The residents have done much good in the area, yet their charitable deeds are eclipsed by the town’s aggression. Many say they are from Southport to avoid the growing stigma the council is cultivating.

  • What have we Americans become?

    To the editor: The headlines in newspapers and commentaries by all the TV networks reported at the Fort Hood army base in Killeen, Texas, 15 soldiers had been killed.

    The “alleged” gunman, an Army psychiatrist who opposed the war in Iraq, was upset about soon being deployed to Iraq.

    Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan, the “alleged” shooter, opened fire on a crowd of soldiers and was shot by a civilian police officer, which ended his deadly assault.

  • An idea to encourage recycling

    To the editor: The Beacon recently had an article promoting recycling in Brunswick County as a voluntary way to reduce the usage in our limited landfills. This had me thinking of an idea that might would work and encourage people to recycle.

    I have been a resident of Shallotte for the past 20 years. Once the county went to a scheduled trash removal system, with a trashcan given to every resident, I saw a tremendous change along all county highways.

    Most of the trash has slowly disappeared, showing what a great idea the individual resident trashcan idea was.

  • Grimes an excellent choice

    To the editor: Last week’s Beacon headline “Whatever it takes” tells only part of the story regarding accomplishments of an unforgettable person, Bob Grimes.

    As a cafeteria worker, I see almost all students, teachers and other school personnel on a daily basis.

    During the years Mr. Grimes was assistant and then principal of Shallotte Middle School, I observed a positive change in the one place where both teachers and students are most comfortable—the cafeteria.

  • Stop oppression, set us free

    To the editor: In the words of Thomas Jefferson: “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

    This quote is profoundly scary as it applies to the town of St. James.

    To paraphrase this: A great percentage of St. James residents won’t admit they are from St. James. Candidates running for political office, obituaries and casual conversation you see and hear Southport. Why?

  • Town will get what it deserves

    To the editor: I have served as a Carolina Shores Town Commissioner for three terms. I have always attempted to represent fairly and effectively the majority viewpoint. Further, I have worked tirelessly and solely for the betterment of our town. Up until about 1½ years ago, those efforts were apparent and quantifiable.

    During the last six months the town has been riddled with rancor, venomous e-mails, blogs and extremely offensive written and pictorial offerings.

  • Thanks for coverage of art show

    To the editor: I want to take this opportunity to thank The Brunswick Beacon for all its coverage of the 64th Annual Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC) Juried Exhibition taking place at Sunset River Marketplace through Nov. 30.

    This event was a first for Brunswick County and an indication of the growing reputation of our local artists. The show, considered by organizers to be a “huge success,” has drawn hundreds of visitors to the county.

  • Isn't healthcare perfect the way it is?

    To the editor: Thousands of enraged Americans have descended on the U.S. Capitol to protest the Democrats’ socialistic healthcare bill. And rightly so!

    As Sen. Shelby has said, this plan is “the first step in destroying the best healthcare system the world has ever known.”

    Why do Democrats want to change things? Aren’t they proud we rank 31st in the world in life expectancy, 34th in maternal mortality? Aren’t they proud that a child in the U.S. is 2.5 times as likely to die by age 5 than a child in Singapore?

  • Bad economics, bad politics

    To the editor: Congressman Mike McIntyre’s opposition to healthcare reform is abhorrent.

    The primary basis for his opposition—“at over a trillion dollars the bill costs way too much.” Yet the CBO reports H.R. 3962 could cut $104 million from the federal deficit by 2019. Thereafter, it would yield further, albeit modest, savings.