• Writer's facts are wrong

    To the editor: In last week’s Beacon, Rich Cerrato charged the old council in Sunset Beach as being arrogant in their vote to appoint Bob Bobinski as chairman of the town’s ABC Board.

    What we did was appoint the most qualified candidate after interviewing each one. Don’t believe me? Just ask the other people, including new council members who were present at the interviews.

  • St. James annexation

    To the editor: It is hard to believe here in America I have to fear oppression and theft of my property rights from a local government. A government that was formed in fear they would be annexed is now in the process of performing that same atrocity on its less prosperous neighbors.

    The town that already brags they have more than $100 million in amenities feels the need to step on a handful of people who have little more than a will to fight.

  • Support healthcare reform

    To the editor: As I write this letter, Aetna has just announced it will drop more than 600,000 folks from its rolls so they can retain their profit margin.

  • Vote was arrogant

    To the editor: The last vote by the old council typifies the arrogance our town leaders have displayed for many years.

    The appointment of councilman Bob Bobinski as chairperson of the ABC Board demonstrates the exclusion of qualified women appointments to lead positions.

    I requested this appointment be delayed until the new council took office; however, as expected, that request was ignored.

    Sea-Trail councilmen Lou DeVita and Len Steiner, along with our passive mayor, Ron Klein, sided with their neighbor and golf league buddy councilman Bobinski.

  • Enjoyed laser light show

    To the editor: We recently visited Ingram Planetarium to see the holiday laser show and what a delight it was; an hour of wonderful holiday music, accompanied by amusing laser figures dancing in tempo.

    While the audience was small, it was certainly entertained. Out-of-town visitors did not realize they would see a holiday laser show and asked about the regular planetarium offerings. They also did not know our planetarium has one of three SciDome HD digital projection systems in the world.

  • Flotilla was fantastic

    To the editor: As usual, the Ocean Isle Beach flotilla was fantastic. All of the neighbors around the 87 marker and the campgrounds appreciate so much what the boat owners put into decorating their boats.

    When we all hear what night they are going to have it, we all act like little kids and start calling our inland friends to come sit on our decks and piers with us and enjoy it.

    Thanks again for all of the time and effort you spent to make us all happy and put us in a merry Christmas mood. Each year they get better and better.

  • Leaving AARP

    To the editor: Editor’s note: This letter was sent to AARP.

    I am enclosing my and my wife’s membership cards. Due to the AARP stance on the healthcare reform bill being deliberated by the cronies in Washington, we are hereby canceling our memberships to AARP.

    AARP is supposedly for the protection and benefit of seniors, but AARP and other corporations are selling out seniors in an alliance with lobbyists and bureaucrats in Washington to line their pockets.

  • What’s going on at the shelter?

    To the editor: Ah, Mr. Stanley. How convenient for you to be able to use the excuse of “public safety and liability concerns” when denying the Beacon access to the county animal shelter to do a story.

    I’m sure the staff at the Beacon has a legal advisor available that could satisfactorily word a release of liability form for their reporter to sign relieving the county of any responsibility should an incident occur.

  • Healthcare's mounting debt

    To the editor: Local and Triangle newspapers reported last week that state spending on Medicaid is $160 million over budget so far this fiscal quarter.

    News on the radio reported Gov. Perdue traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She was looking for federal assistance for Medicaid because of the budget shortfall.

    How ironic. Gov. Perdue and our Sen. Hagan have endorsed the healthcare plans of their party in both the House and the Senate that would greatly expand state Medicaid spending programs.

  • Thanks for a great football season

    To the editor: It was just days ago you could smell it in the air: the smell of football season. School has been in a few weeks. The nights get cooler. The days get shorter and leaves begin to fall. If you love football, you know what I mean.