• Go after evildoers

    To the editor:

    I spent almost 40 years in law enforcement, 10 as a chief. A letter to the editor last week called for action to ban “military style assault weapons.”

    Forget the emotion and hysterics; it doesn’t help.

    Bans don’t work (heroin was banned in 1924).

    “No Firearm Zone” signs don’t work (almost every mass shooting was in a No Firearms Zone; maybe criminals can’t read).

    We have thousands of gun control laws on the books. Enforce them with zero tolerance.

  • BFA thanks Food Lion foundation

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance would like to say thank you to the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation for its continued support of our food pantry.

    This year, the foundation awarded BFA $1,800 to help purchase food for those in crisis in Brunswick County.

    We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the Food Lion Feeds Foundation.

    Stephanie Bowen, BFA executive director


  • Governor right, Leland wrong in their water safety actions

    To the editor:

    While I often don’t agree with Gov. Roy Cooper, his criticism of the legislature’s failure to act on GenX is right. The difference between House and Senate versions of House Bill 189 is how much money would they spend to study GenX and who will get the funds.

    Neither version provides funds for remediation. They both recommend actions to update the permitting process.

    The legislature needs to compromise and pass HB189. Our government has a responsibility to assure we have clean and safe drinking water.

  • Thank you for supporting Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter

    To the editor:

    Our thanks to Scott and Pam Martin, Putter the Squirrel and the generous customers of Fantasy Ice Cream and Golf for their support of Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter. We are a volunteer-run organization that depends on our community.

    Thus, we also thank The Brunswick Beacon for including us in the charming cartoon that graced your editorial page last week!

    We speak for our pelicans, owls, shore birds and songbirds by tweeting and hooting our heartfelt gratitude.

    Mary Ellen Rogers, Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter director

  • It all starts with us

    To the editor:

    Because I have been homebound for some time now, I have had the opportunity of seeing some of the best and much of the worst from Americans after the terrible shooting in Parkland, Fla. What is wrong with us?

  • Ban military-style assault weapons

    To the editor:

    This is a call to action to all residents of Brunswick County to help ban military-style assault weapons.

    There is no legitimate reason for anyone, other than law enforcement officials, to own these weapons. Assault weapons have only one purpose: killing on a massive and brutal scale.

  • Sunset Beach bamboozles neighborhoods

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council has a new balance of voting power and hopefully new logic. No longer can doing the wrong thing versus the right thing to avoid setting a precedent be tolerated. Image trying to explain to a young child that you cannot do what is right by him or her because you treated the older brothers and sisters unfairly and to change would not be fair to the older siblings?

  • Vote them all out

    To the editor:

    Here’s a thought: Vote out every incumbent, regardless of party affiliation.

    It may get the attention of “career” politicians and solve the problem of term limits at the same time!

    Lorraine Hiester

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • Seismic testing, oil drilling are cause for alarm

    To the editor:

    I would like to respond to Gary Halberstadt’s letter in last week’s edition, “Seismic testing and oil drilling are no cause for hysterics.” Really? All anyone has to do is watch the movie “Deepwater Horizon” about the worst BP oil drilling disaster ever!

    Off the coast of New Orleans, 11 men died. The oil leaked into the Gulf for 82 days. More than 200 gallons of oil killed wildlife, ruined fishermen’s livelihood and destroyed tourism!

  • A heartfelt thank you to Shallotte police for compassion

    To the editor:

    A few days ago, the patriarch of our family, who suffers from dementia, vanished into the clear midday light of a beautiful Carolina day.

    The police department of the town of Shallotte responded to our call immediately and began what was to culminate nearly 36 hours later in the safe return of our loved one —this husband, father and friend, who could not, indeed, have told anyone where he was because he simply did not know.