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Letters

  • Rights do not justify uncivil behavior, words

    To the editor:

    I would like to thank The Brunswick Beacon’s managing editor, Jackie Torok, for the wonderful civics lesson she provides on freedom of speech in her Sept. 1 column. At a time when freedom of speech has become a casualty in the nationwide war for political correctness, it’s refreshing to hear it is still valued on the public square.

  • CIS program decisions explained

    To the editor:

    Last week Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) made a decision just prior to the start of school to close fee-based Before and After School Programs at Belville, Southport, and Town Creek elementary schools because of a lack of adequate student registration.

    Once this difficult decision was made, parents who had registered their children, staff, and affected schools were notified. This resulted in an outpouring of concern and pleas to reconsider the decision because of limited community child-care options.

  • Drivers need to slow down on Sunset Beach island roadways

    To the editor:

    My husband and I just returned home from a glorious month at Sunset Beach. It was our 35th year of visiting the prettiest beach on earth, so we’re very familiar with life on the island. It is exactly because we love the island that I write this letter.

  • Thanks to NCDOT for U.S. 17 paving

    To the editor:

    As I smoothly glided along U.S. 17 from the South Carolina state line heading for Shallotte, I traveled eight miles of newly re-paved road (both ways) that had been constructed over these past two weeks during the evening hours.

    Thank you, North Carolina Department of Transportation, for recognizing the increased traffic patterns this road serves with all our summer visitors to our wonderful beaches and golf courses and for having the foresight to accomplish your work during the low traffic hours. Kudos to your planning department!

  • 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.