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Letters

  • North Carolina is regressing

    To the editor:

    I retired in North Carolina thinking it was a great state to live out the rest of my life.

    Today I am not so sure, now that registered voters have to show a picture ID or they are turned away and not allowed to vote and everyone has to show a birth certificate in order to go to a restroom.

    It seems like a police state rather than the warm, friendly one I thought it was 25 years ago.

    Susan Scherer

    Shallotte

  • Building on land you don’t own

    To the editor:

    Once again certain members of Sunset Beach’s planning board and town council have shown their stupidity. Everyone except these few people know that you cannot build on land you don’t own.

    But if they get their way, reasonable people (me included) will build structures on the driveways of Lou De Vita, Carol Scott, Pete Larkin, Grady Richardson and Len Steiner to block them from getting to meetings. Under their proposal, they would have no recourse, as we can build without owning their lands.

  • Thank you for Brunswick Toy Run support

    To the editor:

    Just want to say thanks to our sponsors and the 60 participants of the Brunswick County Toy Run’s Spring Poker Run.

    The event started at Wal-Mart and was escorted 50 miles by Brunswick County Sheriff Office to Brunswick Island Baptist Church where we enjoyed lunch donated by the church.

    We were able to raise $3,000 to help finance our Christmas shopping with children from Brunswick Family Assistance.

  • Vote in honor of our service members

    To the editor:

    Memorial Day is the day we set aside as a nation to remember those who have served our country in war and peacetime. It is also the time to consider who our next president will be.

    Let us come together and remember the highest honor we can pay our service members is to vote in the next election. It is not only our duty and responsibility, but it is privilege.

    So many have given their all so we remain free to vote. So hold your nose, and vote.

    Mim McDermott

    Sunset Beach

  • Senate Bill 875 sets bad precedent

    To the editor:

    Sen. Bill Rabon has filed a bill (SB 875) with the General Assembly that proposes to de-annex from Sunset Beach to Brunswick County three areas within the town limits of Sunset Beach. These areas are Sunset Beach West, Palm Cove and Sunset Creek Commons. Neither the Sunset Beach Town Council nor Brunswick County knew anything about this bill prior to the senator’s phone call to Sunset Beach Town Mayor Ron Watts last Wednesday, May 11.

  • Senator’s proposal bad for people of Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    I am strongly opposed to Senate Bill 875 which state Sen. Bill Rabon introduced May 11. This is not in the interest of the citizens of Brunswick County and certainly not in the interest of homeowners and taxpayers of Sunset Beach.

    The only reason I can see Rabon would propose such a bill is to allow a developer to proceed with an attempt to spoil the wetlands and Bird Island by attempting to convince Brunswick County to reverse the decision by Sunset Beach citizens and their town council that the town owns the west end of Main Street.

  • Lawmakers must oppose Senate Bill 875

    To the editor:

    I am a resident of Sunset Beach and writing in reference to Senate Bill 875 sponsored by Sen. Bill Rabon that proposes to de-annex from Sunset Beach three areas under development.

    I would like to simply remind legislators of one of the foundation principles that allowed our country to become the greatest country on the planet: We are a government of the people, by the people and for the people!

  • Legislators must pass common-sense tax laws

    To the editor:

    Wikipedia describes a 19th century experiment in which a frog was supposedly cooked alive when water at room temperature was slowly heated to the boiling point. Evidently, politicians in Raleigh heard this story because a similar tactic is being used in their so-called tax reform package.

    There was a 2015 rollout of new taxes on services or entertainment such as concerts. The sales tax base in 2016 expanded to include repair, maintenance and installation services on a variety of things. Is this any way to protect citizens and small businesses?

  • Democratic Party is divisive

    To the editor:

    Regarding Thomas McGrath’s May 5 letter on cause and effect of policy, my conclusion is he needs to do a lot of research on The New Deal. Just like hope and change, it sounds good but didn’t solve anything — only made The Depression last more than a decade and the recent recession more than a decade. Just pick your own era of time.

  • Senate Bill 875 epitomizes cronyism

    To the editor:

    As I reported to Sen. Bill Rabon (and received no response), his Senate Bill 875 has created a firestorm in Sunset Beach. It must be rescinded.

    The process — without any input from taxpayers or town council and apparently meant to satisfy the financial interests for a developer — is morally reprehensible, riddled with political favoritism and a classic case of cronyism.