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Letters

  • Likes Sunset Beach candidates

    To the editor:

    Thursday, Sept. 12, I had the good fortune to attend the campaign kickoff party for Sunset Beach Town Council candidates Jamie Phillips and Tom Bormann.

    As a relative newcomer to Sunset Beach, it was wonderful to be in the room with so many residents who share my belief that we live in a little corner of paradise. Jamie and Tom share that belief as well and are running on a platform of positive and productive leadership.

  • Why go to church?

    To the editor:

    I have heard people say, “I don’t have to go to church to be a good Christian.”

    My question to that is, “Why would a good Christian not want to go to church?” A better question might be, “How do you keep a good Christian out of church?”

    People in foreign countries walk great distances to go to church, sometimes risking their lives. Totalitarian states have tried for centuries to prevent good Christians from going to church.

  • Republicans pulled a fast one on 9/11

    To the editor:

    NC House of Representatives Speaker Tim Moore said he saw an opportunity to hold a vote to override the governor’s veto of the Republican budget bill. There was a quorum, but most Democrats were not on the floor.

    Many were attending a 9/11 memorial service because they had been told no votes would be held. Moore knew it was 9/11. He knew Democrats would not skip this vote had they known about it.

  • Solutions to a problem

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach voters have a wonderful opportunity on Nov. 5 to restore effective, collaborative, cooperative and thoughtful government to the town. For too long, the town’s reputation has suffered from dysfunctional and disrespectful debate on its town council, where a couple of members have turned the meetings into a circus in which reasonable consideration and decision of issues is nearly impossible. Surely we are better than this.  

  • Take back Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    I have proudly been a resident of Sunset Beach since 1992 and proud of its leadership. For many years it was a wonderful secret that we wanted to keep to ourselves. But the word spread and more wonderful people have come to enjoy our town, beach and residents. How it has all grown and many arguments about having a “bridge,” a “park” and a “town center” with shops and restaurants, etc., were wrong.

  • Rouzer squanders opportunity to support coast

    To the editor:

    Last week, Rep. David Rouzer had an opportunity to protect the North Carolina coast from offshore drilling but voted instead with offshore oil interests over the coastal communities he represents. 

    Up and down the East Coast, communities have remained adamant in their opposition to offshore drilling activities. In North Carolina alone, more than 40 municipalities have formally opposed the expansion of offshore drilling, and this position is supported by Gov. Cooper and many other elected officials across the state. 

  • Future housing letter spot-on

    To the editor:

    A special thank you to Sunset Beach Planning Board Chairman Tom Vincenz for his recent Beacon letter that should have sounded the discussion and planning alarm at town council for future housing developments. There can be no doubt about the future impact on quality of mainland life and compounding of today’s issues for our small beach island.

  • Support Phillips, Bormann for Sunset Beach council

    To the editor:

    Ted Janes’ Aug. 27 letter well articulated what is currently lacking on the Sunset Beach Town Council — “thoughtful, respectful debate” and a desire for discussion where “collaboration, cooperation, compromise ... eventually resolve issues.” The town council is woefully lacking in decorum and, as stated by Mr. Janes, is the “definition of dysfunction.”

  • Hope to help hogs and humans in hurricane

    To the editor:

    In preparation for Hurricane Dorian, many schools closed here in North Carolina, but what was done to protect pigs and humans who could be sickened if the state’s waste lagoons overflow? No one wants a repeat of Hurricane Florence, when millions of pigs, chickens and other animals were left to drown and several waste lagoons burst, spilling liquefied pig manure and urine into the water supply.

  • Cartoon off-base

    To the editor:

    First let me thank you for all the free press generated from (the Beacon’s Aug. 15) editorial cartoon. I am not, however, the only one affected by the parking situation on the Calabash waterfront. I have been verbal about it more than others probably because they don’t want to be the butt of jokes and cartoons of misinformed reporters.

    I, on the other hand, welcome the opportunity for the public to understand the real situation. Like P.T. Barnum said, “Just spell my name right.”