• The kindness of a stranger

    o the editor:

    Dear Mike from New York, I’m sorry I don’t know your last name, but you know who you are. On Aug. 23, I was visiting my son Zach at the cross where we lost him Sept. 4, 2007. The cross is located on N.C. 179 (Beach Drive), across the street from Lowes Food. It was a very difficult visit, as I had to tell him First Bank was getting ready to build on that land and we would have to move the cross where I’ve visited with him for nine years.

  • Vote Casteen, not Rouzer

    To the editor:

    Southern Brunswick County voters: your current GOP congressman is David Rouzer; his opponent this Nov. 8 is Democrat J. Wesley Casteen.

    I will vote for Casteen for Congress in North Carolina’s 7th District because my issues are a living wage for hourly wage families, with health care and adequate education for our children. Rouzer opposes adequate funding for all three. Casteen supports adequate funding for all three.

  • Please help Shallotte house fire victims

    To the editor:

    On Aug. 3, an early morning fire destroyed a single-family home at 1683 Pacific Ave. SW in Shallotte.

    Firefighters said the family was “moments from disaster.” The family, along with their four dogs and a cat, escaped, with one person taken to the hospital with second-degree burns to the hands and eyes. Two cats did not survive. The fire was discovered about 6:30 a.m. on the back porch, and quickly spread to the back bedroom and the remainder of the house. Shallotte Point, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach firefighters responded.

  • The concept of freedom

    To the editor:

    In a land far away and at a time long ago, a people uniquely came to recognize they were endowed with a gift, that of self-determination. This concept, theretofore unknown, they called freedom.

  • It’s past time for Bolivia to get its due

    To the editor:

    Bolivia seniors, as well as other community members, are confused. Just what determines whether a community receives a playground for its children or a senior citizens’ center? When will Bolivia citizens be recognized for what they have contributed to the county? It is puzzling. We are constantly pleading for some consideration for our citizens. There seems to be unequal appropriations to the area in which our county seat is located: the town of Bolivia and areas in its vicinity.

  • Government allows insurance coverage discrepancies

    To the editor:

    Earlier in the year, I decided to put a new roof on my home because of leaks and other minor problems. The roof was 18 years old and I decided it was time. The cost was around $13,000. Since then, most all my neighbors have installed new roofs for a $2,500 deductible from their wind and hail insurance policies because of a storm that supposedly went through here sometime during July 2015. Most of these roofs were more than 20 years old and needed to be changed in the near future anyway.

  • Demand Rouzer support HR-1942

    To the editor:

    I emailed my congressman, David Rouzer, voicing my support of HR-1942 banning the export of horses from the United States to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada where they are processed for human consumption. Rouzer chairs the subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.

    Horse slaughter ended here in 2007, but irresponsible Americans continue to dispose of unwanted animals by selling them to buyers for transport across our borders. This fate befalls 150,000 to 300,000 animals per year.

  • We have a lot to lose

    To the editor:

    When I go to the beach here in our beautiful beach resort area, I will tan in the sun. I tend to get darkened, bronzed.

    On the way home, because I do live in the neighborhood, I am pulled over. “Yes?” I ask. “Well, you looked suspicious.” “How so?” “Well, you know.”

    If I couldn’t get away with passing for white, I might have a good bit more to lose than a few, you know what I mean?

    Dominique Loewenstein

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • Our people deserve better congressman

    To the editor:

    In the May 26 edition of the Beacon, there was a column by Congressman David Rouzer. It was entitled, “Remember Their Sacrifice.”

  • Praying for successful school year

    To the editor:

    The new school year will soon begin. We ask you to please pray for the caregivers, students and teachers. Put a hedge of protection around all our children as the new school year begins. Pray for your children returning to schools or colleges and the specific institutions they attend as well as children in your church. Where possible, lay hands on your children and bless them. Pray for wisdom, favor and good success.