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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for help with food drive

    To the editor: A big thank you to Wilmington city and rural letter carriers, who collected 36,671 (and still counting) pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina on Saturday, May 9.

    This will help provide more than 30,000 meals for those at risk for hunger in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties.

     

  • Didn't like tax article

    To the editor: Brunswick County’s No. 1 industry is real estate and vacation rentals. The citizens mentioned in the unpaid tax article, and this industry as a whole, invested heavily in national marketing dollars, attracting new residents to Brunswick County.

    This led to Brunswick County’s explosive growth over the years, thus contributing to the Brunswick County tax base, as can be seen in the expansion of Brunswick County’s Government Complex facilities and work base.

  • Tax office is heartless

    To the editor: Our tax office is heartless. It’s not just Mark Saunders, Marty Cooke and Andy Sayre who are having difficulties paying their taxes.

    Police officers, real estate agents, teachers, plumbers, preachers, painters, nurses, brick masons, landscapers, carpenters, county employees, farmers, doctors, lawyers, commercial fishermen, banks, and 90 percent of all your neighbors, friends, family members and co-workers are effected by this economy.

  • Here’s hoping new 'Trek' franchise lives long and prospers

    For years, we’ve been called geeks, nerds and weirdoes for loving the old fashioned “Star Trek” TV show, the new TV franchises and the big screen adaptations.

    We’ve heard the annoying putdowns from non-Trekkies that made little sense, which just infuriated us more. (“You like Star Track? What’s the difference between that and Star Wars? Is Yoda in it?”)

    We’ve been told to “get a life” by none other than our hero, William Shatner himself, in a hilarious “Saturday Night Live” sketch.

  • Enjoys car shows

    To the editor: In reference to the April 23 edition of the Beacon (page 19A): I enjoy car shows and wish I could have

    attended yours. Not meaning to be too nitpicking, I don’t quite understand, with much due respect to Mr. Dick Gasper and his very nice ’57 Chevy, how a two-door post sedan that I’m not sure is a Bel Air from the angle of the picture, with non-original wheels and—heaven forbid—blackwall tires could win Best of Show over Mr. Wade McMickle’s white Bel Air hardtop with whitewalls and skirts.

  • Economy affects us all

    To the editor: The Beacon article regarding the plight of many caring citizens like Martin Cooke only illustrates once again the difficult time that we all have facing during the biggest economic melt down since the Great Depression.

    No one has been exempt. We are all worried. Our savings have diminished and our 401K (which is now a 101K) have caused many retirees to rejoin the working world.

  • Campaign finance issues?

    To the editor: County commissioner Marty Cooke either can’t or won’t pay the taxes he owes to the county he serves and yet has the gall to announce he will challenge incumbent N.C. Sen. R.C. Soles in the next election?

    If Mr. Cooke can’t come up with payments on his relatively modest tax bill, where will the thousands of dollars come from if he is to mount a credible challenge to Mr. Soles?

     

  • Town sold out residents

    To the editor: The Sunset Beach Town Council sold out town residents again last week when they unanimously decided every property owner should pay an equal amount for the pending sewer system, even though construction of the island portion will cost 1.5 times that of the mainland portion ($21 million vs. $14 million).

    In effect, retirees on fixed incomes and those living in trailers will be subsidizing the owners of million dollar homes on the island that rent them for $1,000 or more a week.