• Shame on Sunset Beach for parking ordinance

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council has sunk to an all-time low. My family has been coming to Sunset since 1980. We enjoy the quietness and simplicity, but it seems town council intends to eradicate any and all vacationers and visitors. We own a home and property within town limits.

    On May 24, we drove to the beach and parked on Main Street at 9:55 a.m. We were very careful to parallel park and double-checked to make sure our tires were off the pavement. There were no cars in front or behind us and no cars beside us. We stayed on the beach until 1:50 p.m.

  • Pray for Nepal

    To the editor:

    The second of two major earthquakes in three weeks brought more death and destruction on Nepal. More than 8,000 people have died from the 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes.

    Pray for the people of Nepal as they face the worst natural disaster to hit their nation in the last century. Pray for the recovery efforts, especially lifting up the rescue and relief workers who are in the region to bring aid.

  • Marine Fisheries proposals hurt state, local economy

    To the editor:

    I have been a Brunswick County resident and charter boat captain for more than 43 years. I ran my offshore/inshore fishing boat, the Sea Hawk III, until 2010. I would still be in that business if the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries had not started making such poor regulations. Now it is targeting flounder.

    This month I had four flounder trips when we caught 42 flounder, 29 of them keepers. Marine Fisheries is saying there are no flounder left, just like it said about sharks.

  • Time to vote out tax-raising commissioners

    To the editor:

    I read with dismay that our county government is considering whether to raise the property tax rate by almost 10 percent. If I had a raise of 10 percent, I would think I had struck gold! If the county can’t cut costs to avoid this rate increase then I think we are being duped. In tight financial times the rest of us have to adjust our spending accordingly, but the county seems to think it’s fine to just demand more of our money under the authority we gave it in the last election.

  • North Carolina is no longer retirement-friendly

    To the editor:

    I can give you a dozen reasons to retire to North Carolina. North Carolina was a retirement-friendly state — until now.

    Last year, it passed a law removing retirees’ $4,000 pension deduction from their income taxes, also removing medical deductions and raising the minimum tax.

  • No excuse for Sunset Beach tax increase

    To the editor:

    While I respect the right of the Sunset Beach town and town council to blow off the 4 percent of the population living below the poverty line and claim the rest of the town is wealthy enough to pay more taxes, I think they are missing the point. It is not the tax increase that’s really the issue — it is the reason for the increase.

  • Thank you for supporting CIS

    To the editor:

    It takes a generous person to offer time, concern and commitment to brighten the life of a child. Community volunteers contribute to and support many programs offered by Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS), empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS was founded on the belief that “it’s relationships, not programs that change children.” The difference our volunteers make in the life of a child never goes unnoticed.

  • Editorial was offensive and way off base

    To the editor:

    Wow! You stretched so much with your reasoning in your May 7 editorial I am sure you have fulfilled a week of yoga classes.

    Equating the Ku Klux Klan to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners is offensive and wrong. Your position is not supported with facts, and your speech is inflammatory.

    No. 1, gays are not a protected minority. Liberals keep saying it, but that does not make it true. The board is upholding marriage as it is defined: a sacred union between a man and a woman.

  • Foundation facilitates diabetes education

    To the editor:

  • Funds should be shifted to school district

    It was noted in a recent Brunswick County Board of Education meeting that additional funding was desperately needed for the 2015-16 school year. The problems included a leaking air conditioning system in a school built during the 1950s and three classroom teachers at another elementary school “sharing” a single teacher assistant.