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Letters

  • Possible tax increase in Sunset Beach should raise serious alarm

    To the editor:
    Last year, Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker recommended a 31-percent tax rate increase. The council and mayor gave the impression the town’s fiscal problems were not as serious as proclaimed by Parker. To prove this point, not one agenda item was devoted discussing her alarming proposed tax rate increase. Mayor Ron Watts even claimed in the Beacon “the town is financially strong.”

  • Recognizing BFA volunteers

    To the editor:
    On April 15, Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) hosted a breakfast program to honor and salute volunteers for their dedication and hard work. We would like to recognize publicly to all Brunswick County residents the passion, dedication and community service of our volunteers. BFA is very fortunate to have 87 volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and expertise to provide assistance and services to our neighbors in financial crisis.

  • Those who owe taxes need to pay their share

    To the editor:

    April 15 was tax day. I hope yours are paid; mine are. In life, there is a reason or excuse for everything one does. As the old saying goes, everyone has to pay his taxes and die.

  • Jaguar’s Lair could be premier community

    To the editor:

    Let’s face the facts: Jaguar’s Lair will never be a golf course community. Here’s why:

    From 2001-13 there were 1,460 golf course closures in the United State. The next wave of baby boomers and millennials has spoken. They do not want to waste five hours a day, along with the expense of golf, in their retirement. All studies have shown of these two groups prefer a retirement lifestyle that is dictated by them, not by some tee time.

  • Faith that saves is never alone

    To the editor:

    There are many Christians who are being martyred for standing for Christ. “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it,” (Matthew 10:39). Peter denied Christ three times. Jesus predicted it. Until Peter was prepared by God, he was afraid. Peter was crucified as a martyr around 64 A.D. Peter served the Lord Jesus because he loved him. That was Jesus’ question. Do you love me? Peter, do you love me? If you love Jesus, you will serve him.

  • Cherish, preserve Sunset Beach’s natural wonders

    To the editor:

    I just finished reading the reports about proposed development plans for the east and west ends of Sunset Beach. Our family bought property on the waterway almost 25 years ago ... It is where our children have grown up to appreciate and enjoy salt marshes, maritime forests and ocean life. They have witnessed firsthand the ever-changing shape of a barrier island from tides, hurricanes, weather and more recently, its most damaging erosion: man.

  • Sherrill needs to clarify role

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Councilman Wilson Sherrill made a statement at the April 6 Sunset Beach council meeting, as reported in the April 9 edition, regarding his membership on the Ocean Isle appointed Project Review Team (PRT) for the proposed terminal groin at Shallotte Inlet.

    He stated he was invited by Ocean Isle Mayor Debbie Sloane Smith as a member of the public to a meeting sometime in 2012 or 2013. Sherrill said he attended the meeting but never spoke.

  • Board should vote against rule change

    To the editor:

    I am a homeowner at Continental Condominium on Sunset Beach. Continental has been a tourist attraction since 1968, way before many of the large expensive homes. It has made possible for middle-income families to own and vacation at the beach. Because half of the units are on ground level, it makes it possible for handicapped renters to stay there.

  • Climate change claims meant to destroy capitalism

    To the editor:

    Natural forces over millions of years brought about major global climate changes. Did these natural forces simply evaporate when mankind arrived? Don’t we experience natural forces on our planet that exceed our ability to anticipate, abate and control them? Isn’t it arrogance and conceit to claim man’s activity alone accounts for these upheavals?

  • Remove fence for sake of drivers’ safety

    To the editor:

    Recently, I have noticed a fence has been put up in front of the cemetery at Gilbert Road and Midway Road in Bolivia. It has made it more difficult to see what is coming while turning onto Gilbert Road from Southport.

    As a new driver, I believe this fence doesn’t have much of a purpose and it may cause an accident in the future. For the safety of the citizens who use Gilbert Road every day, please take it down so no one gets hurt.

    Ashley Andriuolo, South Brunswick High School sophomore

    Bolivia