• Educate servers on local catches

    To the editor:

    We have been residents of Brunswick County for close to 20 years, and in the last few months we have noticed with interest the Brunswick Catch signs. We thought it a wonderful idea to promote locally caught fish and seafood.

    Unfortunately, on a recent trip to the Inlet View Bar and Grill, my husband asked the waitress, “What is the Brunswick Catch?” She replied without hesitation that it was the salmon. Although there are many species of fish caught off of our shores, salmon is not one of them.

  • Taxpayers paid for this

    To the editor:

    I just received a full-color advertisement from the purveyor of pork and Pelosi’s lapdog, also known as Mike McIntyre.

    The brochure was mislabeled as “Delivering for Veterans” when in fact it’s nothing more than campaign literature.

    It’s disgusting to note the brochure is labeled “official business” and was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense.

    John A. Difloure

  • Lucky to have McIntyre

    To the editor:

    The 7th District is lucky to have Mike McIntyre.

    My company in Moore County has been looking at sites in North Carolina to build a new manufacturing plant that will create 40 new jobs. McIntyre’s economic development director, Tony McEwen in Wilmington has been like a hungry bass chasing spinner bait in his efforts to bring our plant to southeastern North Carolina.

  • Why were sweepstakes banned?

    To the editor:

    I am confused on why the state of North Carolina would ban sweepstakes. They not only bring revenue to the cities they are in, but also employment to thousands of individuals.

    I have frequented these establishments and see they are well maintained and abide all North Carolina state laws.

    I believe if these establishments were regulated the state and cities they are in would benefit. These establishments operate on the same principle as the lottery. Why not give the people the right to vote if they want or don’t want sweepstakes?

  • Let representatives know your thoughts

    To the editor:

    “Across Texas, 60,000 babies of non-citizens get U.S. birthright.” That’s the headline today, soon it will be repeated in every state until natural-born Americans are the minority.

  • Clarifying insurance changes

    To the editor:

    Last week, some of Mr. Garrison’s information concerning wind and hail insurance written with the NCIUA was confusing.

    I am an independent insurance agent and I do not promote one insurance carrier over another.

    First, House Bill 1305 did reduce contents coverage from 70-40 percent but that percentage is based on the dwelling value and not on the contents value. A standard homeowner’s policy includes contents valued at 70 percent of the dwelling value and prior to the 2009 Bill, the NCJUA policy followed suit.

  • Cartoon was a cheap shot

    To the editor: The editorial cartoon in the July 15 issue of the Beacon was a cheap shot at the Sunset Beach code enforcement people.

    I know firsthand they are all hardworking, caring employees who do a lot of good for the people who visit Sunset Beach. By enforcing codes, they are doing their jobs and trying to protect the beach.

    In your cartoon, you note the child can’t read. I would ask where are the parents? They are probably the same people who visit the beach and let their dogs run loose, bring glass containers and shoot off fireworks.

  • What happened to countywide recycling?

    To the editor: Why was a countywide recycling program put on hold?

    A Brunswick County brochure gives multiple reasons to recycle: saves natural resources, conserves energy, protects the environment, creates jobs, saves money and reduces need for space at the landfill.

    There was ample “evidence” why recycling is a good idea for Brunswick County. The supportive evidence is compelling. In the spring, it looked like the county was putting its money where its mouth is regarding recycling.

    Then why was a countywide recycling program put on hold?

  • Terminal groins are not the answer

    To the editor: I commend Mayor Debbie Smith’s efforts to help the Golds with erosion problems; however, what will she do for the Ocean Isle Beach homeowners who will experience down-drift erosion caused by terminal groins?

    What will she do for taxpayers who will pay for the negative impacts of groins?

  • Have you checked your insurance policy lately?

    To the editor: If you have wind and hail coverage on your home anywhere in coastal North Carolina, it’s not worth anywhere close to what you might think.

    House Bill 1305 was signed into law on Aug. 26, 2009 (it then became Session Law 2009-472), and it lowered your protection without lowering your premiums.

    Under your state-controlled wind and hail policy, the contents of your home are now covered at only 40 percent of value as opposed to 70 percent before the law. It is no longer at the actual cash value to replace them.