• Dog parks would waste tax dollars

    To the editor: I wasn’t going to address the issue of dog parks, but Libby and Emma insisted.

    These two felines are very staunch conservatives in our family and border on being Libertarians. They have never depended on public largesse taken from taxpayers to survive and don’t feel dogs should, either.

    They, as well as their guardians, feel if you can’t afford to cope with your dogs’ needs, you shouldn’t have them.

    Don’t accept the liberal view that others should be taxed to provide for your pets.

  • McCain energy plan makes sense

    To the editor: I am in total agreement with Senator McCain’s energy plan to promote drilling for oil off the shores of the U.S.

    Numerous oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and in offshore waters around the world have not caused environmental problems.

    It is estimated we have more than 20 billion barrels of oil reserves off our coastlines, and at least another 30 billion barrels of untapped oil reserves in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, and the oil companies say that it is light, sweet crude, which is low in sulfur and easy to refine into gasoline.

  • Readers weigh in on beach canopy ban

    In reference to Stephen Moss’s letter: “Canopy rule not a sensible solution.” Your letter brought out some laughter in me, with all the melodrama you stated.

    I typically don’t take the time to unleash the facts to people; however, your letter did strike a chord, so today you’re the winner.

  • Agrees with canopy opinion

    To the editor: I am a year-round resident of Ocean Isle Beach, and I could not agree with Stephen A. Moss's letter to the editor more.

    I don’t rent my home, but I have friends and family who visit me and rent nearby houses for our family to be together. We have the young and the old—from 8 months to 80 years. We have the sick and the hearty.

  • Why not have both types of parks?

    To the editor: Recently, a letter to the editor titled, “Kids need a park more than dogs,” was printed in the Beacon.

    I agree with V. Ryan Lauzon that we need a park for kids to ride bikes and skateboard, but why does it have to be one or the other?

    Why do you feel dog owners in Brunswick County don’t deserve a park, too?

    Our parks and recreation department needs to address the needs of all county residents. Yes, we have beautiful parks, and new parks are in the works all the time in Brunswick County.

  • Skateboard park still needed

    Skateboard park still needed

    To the editor:

    There is still no place to skate in town. Skateboarding uses no gas or oil.

    It’s a shame our youth must go to and from Wilmington or Myrtle Beach, S.C., in a time when our nation is severely suffering from high gas prices, just so they can enjoy their passion of skateboarding.

    The Associated Press reported on June 17, Portland, Ore., lifted its ban on skateboarding due to high gas prices so everyone can commute to work with an alternate means of transportation—the skateboard.

  • School board needs more changes

    School board needs more changes

    To the editor:

    I see the Brunswick County Board of Education has planned another school year without seeing the need for black teachers and administrators being hired or promoted to positions of any authority.

    I would hope in 2008 there might be a better excuse than there were no “qualified blacks,” because I see administrators with two years’ experience in top positions.

  • Stormwater regulations shouldn't pass

    To the editor: There is a lot of concern about the Coastal Stormwater Rules passed by the N.C. Environmental Management Commission (EMC) that affect the 20 coastal counties of our state.

    Unless legislation to rescind or significantly change these rules is passed by the N.C. legislature, these technically flawed and economically unfeasible rules will become law.

    A compelling argument against the rules comes from Dr. Nancy White, director of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute.

  • Use proper irrigation

    To the editor: The morning was clear and sunny with the fresh warmth of a spring day. Flowers were blossoming and the grass was a rich green, but, alas, all was not rosy.

    Upon retrieving my newspaper, I was greeted by an unfortunate display of drenched driveways, sidewalks, garage doors and fences. It had been a busy night for errant sprinklers.

    This is a prime example of wasting an alarming amount of water. And we are still facing a decade of drought conditions. The EPA estimates that more than 50 percent of commercial and residential irrigation water goes to waste.

  • Invites public to church

    To the editor: This message is to make you aware of something in your neighborhood.

    Please take note of this.

    This is important because it is for anyone who would like to come and see what I am talking about. It is in the same old building and has the same name.

    The remarkable part of this is you only need to love God and have just a little faith in Him. Come visit the small church in your area.