Today's Opinions

  • Vote on the issues this November

    To the editor: I read and hear the town of Sunset Beach council is considering funding a public boat ramp and park or both—among other expensive issues.

    Rather than discuss the questionable advantages of such undertakings, I would propose another perplexing problem. It seems several councilmen are willing to undertake this costly project “depending” on the availability of grant money from the state.

    This begs the question: “Whose money is this?” It is not free; rather it is the taxpayers’—yours and mine, if you will.

  • Will go to 'Peace' presentation

    To the editor: My husband and I will be attending the “Peace Mom and the Patriot” program at Odell Williamson Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 26.

    Two letters in the last issue of the Beacon take issue with the right of Cindy Sheehan and Lt. Col. Bob Bowman to speak out on the subject of peace and urging others to do so as well.

    Our freely elected government upholds the right to freedom of speech and the right to peaceful assembly, which this heartbroken but courageous woman and this former soldier have done and continue to do.

  • The devil and the details

    To the editor: Sensational captions get attention. The challenger for Sunset Beach mayor claims: “We need to override Mayor Klein’s and council’s decision not to have a 30-year sewer bond.”

  • Forced annexation is wrong

    To the editor: Forced annexation is not only wrong but also unfriendly, unneighborly and un-American. It is a bad law. People who would use this tactic just because they can, fall into the same categories.

    What kind of people think they have more rights to a property than their neighbor who worked, saved and paid for that property? Only arrogance can make you believe the rights of others are subservient to your own.

  • Supports Dunn, Goodenough

    To the editor: Cities and towns in North Carolina were created for business needs such as maintenance, security, refuse, fire department, water, sewerage and storm water protection that are necessities and can usually be furnished more effectively by cities and towns than counties and the state.

    In November 2005, the elected commissioners of the town of Carolina Shores voted for Ordinance 155.42-155.43 (maintenance responsibility) that made the homeowner responsible for maintenance of what was thought to be “town” property.

  • Surprised by comments

    To the editor: I was surprised by the nervy, self-serving comments from Becky Kaplan in regard to the article by Laura Lewis, staff writer for The Brunswick Beacon.

    Kaplan is “booting” parked cars in the Sunset Beach private parking lot because, as she states, to show the problem they will have when the new bridge opens. The bridge won’t open until late next year, so why the rush now to address a so-called problem that is so far into the future?

  • 'Extra help' available for seniors

    To the editor: On Oct. 7, I participated in an event in Raleigh as part of the N.C. Senior Tar Heel Legislature’s “Relay for Extra Help” campaign kickoff event.

    I joined fellow legislators in walking one mile to raise awareness about a program that affects more than 80,000 Medicare recipients across our state.

  • Backs Gere Dale for election

    To the editor: The Town of Carolina Shores needs to change back to the way it was before December 2007.

    Gere Dale has been dedicated to the town since its formation more than 10 years ago. He has much respect for and strives for the protection of all town employees as well as the appointed positions.

    He, like the other commissioners and the politically experienced residents, know when a small group of residents question a pending board decision, those few do not represent the majority, even though they may think they do.