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Letters

  • Defeatist attitude is the problem

    To the editor:

    Yes, the 2008 presidential election, most notably the Democratic primaries, have “captured the imagination of America,” prompting more people to get involved in the process than ever before by watching, listening, volunteering, voting and even writing letters to the editor.

  • Sheriff letter hit nail on the head

    To the editor:

    I applaud Jacqueline DeGroot for her letter in the Beacon on the circus concerning Sheriff Hewett.

    My feelings on this matter are exactly the same. I have known Sheriff Hewett for a very long time and know he and his family are fine upstanding citizens of this county.

    He has done, and continues to do, his job to the very best of his abilities in spite of everything.

    I know and firmly believe wholeheartedly there is not another individual who is better qualified as the sheriff of Brunswick County.

  • DeGroot letter was rude, wrong

    I would like to weigh in on the attitude of Jaqueline DeGroot over the letter she wrote regarding the state and countys seriousness of [the investigation into] Ronald Hewett.

    I dont know Mr. Hewett personally or professionally, but I am a citizen of Brunswick County, a true southern belle, and I am speaking from experience as my grandfather was a sheriff deputy one rank below sheriff status for 32 years for Lee County. My mom retired from the department of corrections.

  • Smart Start helps, but more needed

    To the editor:

    Smart Start has been operating in Brunswick County for many years and continues to improve the lives of young children and their families.

    The most significant improvements have been in improving childcare quality and increasing the number of children in high quality care.

    Today, with a great deal of dedication, hard work and statewide collaboration, 57 percent of young children are in high quality care. This reflects a 33 percent increase in the overall level of quality in childcare facilities since 2001.

  • Bridges, sewer plants change beach life

    Two factors that really have changed Holden Beach and the general Brunswick County area are the central sewage treatment plant and high-rise bridges.

    There is no question the high-rise bridge alone has changed the character and even costs of living on Holden Beach. Some of the change has damaged the very character of the island.

    Greed took over, and instead of reasonably priced homes on the island, we are seeing monstrous homes being built that totally obscure the ocean view from Ocean Boulevard, and that is a shame.

  • Stimulus package is a joke

    To the editor:

    In the past week, the Economic Stimulus Package, HR 5140, designed to give American taxpayers a rebate check, passed the House and has been passed on to the Senate.

    This bill, written by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, has a provision that will send a rebate check to anyone who paid taxes and submitted a Social Security number to the IRS.

  • Save our forests; support recycling

    To the editor:

    Our forests in southeastern North Carolina are the most bio-diverse temperate forests in the world; once we lose them, we lose them forever.

    Yum! Brands, which owns Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and other fast food companies, buys their paper packaging from big southern mills. Huge tracts of land are deforested to feed that demand.

    Fast food packaging ends up either on our roadsides (equaling 20 percent of that litter) or in our landfills.

    In North Carolina, 15 percent of landfill waste comes from our food packaging industry.

  • Obama inspires voters on all sides

    To the editor:

    For the past 20 years or so of my life, we either had a Bush or a Clinton (and their lobbyists) in the White House and nothing has changed.

    We finally have a candidate who sincerely praises both President Reagan and John McCain only to ridicule Hillary Clinton and her “old left buddies.”

    I have never voted for a Democratic president; however, that is about to change.

    While “Billary” hires a new campaign manager, she nevertheless is still singing that “same old song.”

  • Readers respond to Gilbert petition

    To the editor: One final letter to you, Mr. Gilbert:

    The other day, I declined to sign a petition for your removal as a school board member that was being circulated by a concerned parent who hopes it will have an effect on you or ultimately the attorney general.

    Though I agree that you should resign, something gave me pause. The next day the Beacon headline basically echoed Ms. Danka’s position (organizer of the petition).

    She stated that you are a person children should look up to and that you are not above the law because you are a school board member.

  • Public apology, resignation are warranted

    To the editor: I wish I could sign Tracey’s petition 100 times. What’s wrong with the civil servants of today is that they don’t take seriously their obligation to be above reproach while eyes of the public are on them.

    Mr. Gilbert, cheating on your wife doesn’t cause you humility. Setting an adulterous example to the children you serve doesn’t cause you to bow your head in shame and remorse.