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Letters

  • Council members represent only themselves, not town’s citizens

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach votes 3-2 to fire its town administrator. Watched this circus on YouTube last night and am very disappointed at “the new direction” our community is being forced to endure.

    As a resident of Sunset Beach, I am one of the many citizens our elected officials choose to ignore. They made it quite clear with their silence in not addressing the reason for this vote or “the new direction” that they represent themselves and not citizens.

  • Administrator’s ouster makes Sunset Beach a laughingstock

    To the editor:

    Once again Sunset Beach Town Council makes news for its outlandish and embarrassing behavior and three members — Mark Benton, Rich Cerrato and Jan Harris — are responsible. I watched the meeting when a motion was made to terminate Town Administrator Susan Parker, but not one of the three offered an explanation. This is so disgusting and absolutely heartless. The citizens of this town deserve much better.

  • Sunset Beach won’t listen to its residents

    To the editor:

    My wife and I are snowbirds. We have always planned for Sunset Beach to be our retirement home, but after attending the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting March 5, we aren’t so sure!

    Over the years, I worked with and on various state and town boards, committees and commissions and I witnessed many parochial and divisive actions promoting personal agendas, but I have never seen anything remotely similar to what I witnessed that night. It was an unmitigated trampling of proper governmental process that has no place in any municipal government.

  • Let’s keep the dialogue about offshore drilling issue respectful

    o the editor:

    Please allow me to thank my neighbor Pennie von Bergen Wessels for last week’s letter highlighting my statements during public comments at the Feb. 19 county commissioners’ meeting regarding offshore energy. It proved to me once again that the power of my one small voice has the ability to resonate broadly. Never underestimate the power of each voice, each vote and each individual standing up for what they believe in.

  • Support safe offshore energy exploration

    To the editor:

    Although I have not been able to attend any meetings to show my support for offshore exploration, I want to express it via this letter.

    I am not a scientist or an environmentalist. I am a concerned citizen. I have worked for various agencies such as the Coast Guard, Navy, Army and Department of Agriculture and have done presentations at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Environmental Protection Agency and many other federal agencies. I have lived in various overseas countries and territories. I have also visited many overseas areas.

  • American values and principles are under attack

    To the editor:

    Our country faces a very dangerous and difficult time. American democracy, governmental institutions and values are all under assault, both internally and externally. At the same time, we face a crisis of governance.

  • Political extortion by proponents of offshore drilling

    To the editor:

    Thank you, Brunswick County commissioners Randy Thompson, Mike Forte and Frank Williams, for standing with the residents of Brunswick County in revisiting the board’s previous two votes supporting seismic testing and offshore drilling.

    Thank you for standing with the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear, educated women who have a history of thoroughly investigating community issues.

    Thank you for standing with 180 coastal communities, representing thousands of concerned citizens who oppose offshore drilling.

  • Infrastructure bill should include walking and biking trails

    To the editor:

    As Congress crafts their responses to the White House’s proposed infrastructure bill, we need a balanced transportation system that includes roads, transit, rail lines and trail networks. We can’t forget walking and biking infrastructure.

  • Thank you for supporting BCCF grant fund

    To the editor:

    On behalf of the board of advisers of the Brunswick County Community Foundation, I would like to say thank you to the citizens of Brunswick County for their support of our efforts to grow our community grant-making fund.

    This year, thanks to your generosity, we will be able to increase our grants to support our local nonprofits. Nearly $8,000 was raised locally and through a generous match from anonymous donors to the North Carolina Community Foundation through the campaign.

  • Seeking a new ‘leash on life’

    To the editor:

    As I walked on our beautiful Sunset Beach this week, I observed people with their dogs not on a leash. While this seems relatively harmless to those dog owners, it is against the law and causes hardship and inconvenience to law-abiding citizens. It is not OK, even if you believe your dog to be well behaved and friendly.