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Letters

  • Audit proves Sunset Beach finances are quite healthy

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach taxpayers should indeed believe their town’s finances are healthy. Some facts from the most recent audit include that the town has $7.1 million in reserve, and $2 million of that is designated for various future projects; the other $5.1 million is undesignated. Our town’s total budget this year is $6 million, which includes $500,000 funded from designated reserves, as the town continues toward completion of a long-range project to repave community streets. That work actually was completed in November for $400,000.

  • The true spirit of Christmas

    To the editor:

    Growing up, I was inspired by my parents who believed and practiced giving back to the community to make a difference for good in the world. It is heartwarming to see people in our community who by their lives and deeds, exhibit that same belief and make a difference in the community.

  • Angels in community make Angel Tree a success

    To the editor:

    Each year, Building Hope Ministries provides hundreds of gifts to the innocent victims of crime — the Angel Tree Kids (prisoners’ children ) — just to let them know they are loved and not forgotten.

  • Speak up for holiday traditions

    To the editor:

    What’s happening? Communities, schools, etc., are not only removing Christmas, but now are not allowing Santa to be part of the Christmas celebrations.

    It seems that if one person complains about this holiday or anything associated with it, administrators, principals and community leaders cave and bow down to these complainers. I would like to see just one of them say “No” and have the courage to stand up for the traditions that are part of this country at this time of year.

  • Shallotte earns kudos for safe Christmas parade

    Each year the Shallotte Christmas Parade brings smiles to thousands of locals and people visiting our town. With more than 120 entries, the parade line goes on for several miles and it’s quite the sight to see.

  • Third of voters dictate politicians’ behavior

    To the editor:

    All of us have given in to the slight majority of the one-third who voted in the last election. Sixty-six percent, for whatever reason, remained silent and did not vote. Why be surprised that mules (according to letter to the editor writer Paul Swartz) are in charge of Brunswick County Schools? Why be surprised at the way schools get their funding, somehow dictated out of Raleigh? Politics seems to always take money from the weak, students who have no vote. Shame on the 66 percent who could vote, but did not.  

  • Tax-Aide publicity helps others

    To the editor:

    Last year, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, working at five sites, helped more than 3,000 people in Brunswick County with preparing and filing their federal and state income tax returns. This year we hope to help more low- and moderate-income taxpayers to prepare and then electronically file their taxes at no cost.

    The Brunswick Beacon has been our most effective way to inform people of this free service and find qualified volunteers. We thank the Beacon’s editor and staff for their help in past years, now more than 20 at some sites in the county.

  • Rest in peace, Leon McCall

    To the editor:

    On Sunday, Dec. 14, heaven accepted a true angel and we here on earth bid farewell to a true gentleman and a very gentle man. I never knew Roy Leon McCall’s last name, but I knew him for his kindness to others. It did not matter where I saw Mr. Leon; he had the same smile and greeting, whether it was at Wal-Mart, Hill’s Foods or at the service station. Mr. Leon spoke and knew me by name. It is the many people in our community who should be thanking the McCall family for this wonderful gift that was shared for so many years.

  • Thank you, Shallotte, for great parade

    To the editor:

    I felt I needed to thank the people of Shallotte and Mayor Walter Eccard for allowing the surrounding communities to enjoy a great Saturday morning viewing a wonderful Christmas parade filled with a variety of entries. The weather was good, as the crowd enjoyed the entertainment provided along with all the candy being thrown to the crowd of little ones. I noticed some big kids enjoying the treats, too. It was great to see something being offered to all where there was no admission. Something free!

  • Please keep parking free on Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    I was dismayed to read the town of Sunset Beach was “turning toward” paid parking at the beach — $2 per hour or $8 a day. Why? Is it to make money for the town?

    The proposal outlined would entail hiring an outside management company for $500 per month, plus two full-time enforcement employees. Looks like an expensive proposition to me.