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Today's Opinions

  • A few words about Selby

    To the editor: As a former building inspector, code enforcement officer and structural engineer for the town of Carolina Shores, I would like to comment on accusations against Mayor Steven Selby.

    First and foremost, I find it unbelievable anyone at town hall would make such a serious and hurtful claim that Mayor Selby discriminates against women. I can report firsthand that in my three-and-a-half years serving the town, Mayor Selby was fair and professional and takes the responsibility of his office seriously.

  • More debate, less 'shouting down'

    A politically astute friend of mine from high school is now my Facebook friend and often posts links to articles about what’s going on in Congress.

    He’s an Independent who leans to the left on a few issues, but he posts news and commentary from all sides of the arguments and is always asking for input from everyone on topics ranging from healthcare reform to Supreme Court confirmations. He likes debate.

  • May lose chance to fix broken system

    To the editor: In response to “Invited to Patients First,” I am deeply concerned with the anger shown by those opposed to healthcare reform.

    Even here in North Carolina, U.S. Rep. Brad Miller recently received a death threat because of his expected vote for healthcare reform. Many of these allegedly “spontaneous” outbursts from supposedly “average” citizens are actually part of a fake grassroots campaign run by big interests such as Americans for Prosperity (AFP), who is holding events across the state.

  • Looking for help with day-care issues

    To the editor: I am writing this in the hope someone has found a solution to a problem that is too common in our area.

    My daughter and son-in-law are expecting their first child, a girl, in October. They both work full time to make ends meet. They are one of the many lower- to middle-class young couples in our area faced with the cost of day care.

    Our daughter has called local day cares, and weekly prices range from $120-$160 per week. I have checked to see if they are eligible for any child-care assistance and, of course, they are not.

  • Call upon veterans to vote

    To the editor: Since our Americanism is being questioned at town hall meetings by our public servants in Congress, I suggest all former and current military personnel wear a piece of their uniform as identification.

    Being called un-American and a Nazi by these left-leaning representatives of “We the people” is more than any disabled veteran should have to stand or crawl to listen to.

  • Serve everyone, not just a few

    To the editor: I am writing in response to the article in the Beacon titled “Sunset Beach working to buy boat ramp, park site.”

    Our wonderful town council is pursing a deal to purchase a 5-acre tract near the waterway for a mere $5 million, in addition to purchasing the area on which the old Italian restaurant once stood for approximately $2 million dollars.

    What is going on? One million dollars an acre? Why does our council feel the need to spend all of this money during these economic times; this money, by the way, comes from town taxpayers.

  • Wants congressional meetings

    To the editor: In speaking with Congressman Mike McIntyre’s office on Aug. 7, I was informed his “schedule” was not available.

    Upon further inquiry, I was told he has no town hall meetings scheduled for August, the month he has to tour the district and meet with constituents.

    We’re facing the greatest political and economic crises of our lifetime, and he’s not available? Hmmm.

  • Agrees with allegations against mayor

    To the editor: I agree with Tom Puls’ comments on [Carolina Shores] Mayor Stephen Selby.

    The discord in town hall, the controversy on the form of government and battles between Gere Dale, Puls and Selby are a smokescreen covering the real issue.

    When I left office as mayor, I left Selby a healthy government. Selby sought my advice. I advised him he had a competent town administrator and should work closely with her, and she ran the day-to-day operations (as mandated by law).