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Letters

  • Allowing hardened structures is the logical solution

    As a homeowner at Ocean Isle Beach, my family enjoys one of the best family beaches anywhere.

    Many would say all of our lovely homes never should have been built on North Carolina beaches and oceanfront. That may be true, but the homes and businesses were built by local builders with legal permits.

    The presence of these homes and businesses help the local economies, and the public enjoys the beaches of all of the towns along our coast. They provide jobs and comfortable settings for annual visits by many in our state and other tourists.

  • Letters show no compassion for students

    To the editor: After reading letters for the past two weeks defending teachers, I’ve noticed a common thread that seemed to connect them all.

    Every single letter was devoid of any compassion for the child who was forced to sit in his own waste for three hours while his classmates stared at him.

    How do you justify treating another human being like that? What happened in the classroom that day will most likely have a negative effect on him forever.

  • Just say no to Sunset boat ramp

    To the editor: Thanks to an article by Laura Lewis in the Beacon’s Feb. 3 edition regarding the potential purchase of two tracts of land at 101 Sunset Blvd. N., by the town of Sunset Beach, I called the town administrator to inquire as to the town’s intended use of said property.

    I was told it would be used for a boat ramp and fishing pier and, possibly, a park.

  • Groins and jetties work everywhere

    To the editor: Calling it the “New Jerseyization of our beaches” while demonizing coastal engineers, geologists and environmentalists are lining up to oppose terminal groins and jetties to save endangered homes along the N.C. coast (NC Senate Bill 599-Inlet Stabilization Pilot Program).

    While playing the Yankee card works well to stir negative connotations, it ignores the fact Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland are doing what New Jersey has done to protect property—and it works.

    So why do these guys appeal to emotion instead of facts?

  • Coverage helped backpack program

    To the editor: Thank you for the lovely coverage of Operation Backpack of the United Methodist Women of Seaside United Methodist Church.

    I have sent a copy of the clipping to the Chaplain at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

    Since the article ran, I have had several calls from people wanting to donate backpacks and school supplies.

  • Red Cross salutes its family of heroes

    To the editor: It’s hard to imagine a world without heroes.

    At the American Red Cross, we work with heroes every day. They’re the backbone of every hometown and represent the essence of our organization. Heroes touch our lives each day—making us feel safe, making us feel proud.

    March is Red Cross Month, and the Cape Fear Chapter is excited to take this opportunity to thank our Red Cross family of heroes—volunteers, donors, partners and employees.

  • Be a mentor to teens in need

    To the editor: My teenagers will enter the adult world within the next few years.

    I am grateful they will have the support of family and friends to ask for advice as they face new and challenging decisions.

    Unfortunately, there are foster teens here in Brunswick County who will age-out of the foster care system and enter the often frightening world without a support system.

    They will need help, just as we all did, to transition into the real adult world and become productive citizens.

  • We should be scared, prepared

    To the editor: I am a property owner in Ocean Isle Beach and a 35-year police officer and now police chief in the North.

    Stacey Manning, managing editor of the Beacon, writes that the American people are not as scared of the Taliban as they were of communism in years past.

    I need to tell the American people I am really, really scared.

    I am briefed on a regular basis regarding the Muslim extremists, terrorists and the Taliban. Please let me share with you just one of many issues.

  • Government is the problem

    To the editor: Many in our country unfortunately share Michael Darby’s socialist ideas. If we continue on a socialist path, as he advocates, our country will be only a shell of what we are now.

    Our healthcare is our personal responsibility—not Exxon’s or the government’s.

    The mess our current system is in can be laid at the feet of government in the form of regulations and intervention. If we want the best healthcare in the world to fail, along with a system that is already failing, more government involvement will do the trick.

  • Article contained only one side of the story

    To the editor: I am wondering about some of the information contained in that splashy headline story, “Parents upset with student treatment.”

    In particular, the secondary headline on page three says, “Dankas: Teachers involved did not comment,” but then the article quotes five paragraphs’ worth of comment from the two teachers.

    Mrs. Norris and Mrs. Gore did explain the circumstances involving the Dankas’ son, giving a reasonable and believable account of events.