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Letters

  • 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.”

  • Washington lacks moral conscience

    To the editor: 

    Just saying. A leader with a conscience feels the pain of those who are affected by his/her decisions…and has empathy for them. Our current leaders in Washington seem to have no conscience or empathy! Just saying!

    Carolyn Breeyear Jenks

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • Detox center a priority

    To the editor:

    The need for a detox facility has been discussed for several years and we continue sending our loved ones and friends outside the county for help.

    The substance abuse and addiction commission has said that the detox center is a priority. Our county is blessed with Christian recovery programs, transition houses, churches with addiction programs, medical facilities, law enforcement, private and nonprofit organizations and federal, state and county agencies that assist individuals and families. All of these organizations need local help.

  • 10-year-old’s observation a sad commentary

    To the editor:

    Recent reports by the National Safety Council and the National Center for Health Statistics pegged the odds of an American being killed in a mass shooting at one in 11,125. That could explain why, in the face of so many active shooter incidents, gun violence isn’t such a high priority for many voters.

  • Sunset Beach meetings define dysfunction

    To the editor:

    Open meetings laws are designed to avoid the dysfunction we have seen at town council for the past two administrations. Respectful discussion, debate and dissent should occur in council chambers where taxpayers are present and their elected representatives respect their right to listen and participate.

    For that to happen on Sunset Beach Town Council, six elected officials (mayor plus five council members) have to come with open minds, not with their minds already made up on an issue, in executive and public session.

  • Natural resources need attention right here in U.S.

    To the editor:

    Just saying that maybe instead of the current administration looking into buying Greenland because it has a lot of “natural resources,” they may want to look into fixing the water problems in Michigan. They also have a lot of “natural resources,” that being American citizens.

    Carolyn Jenks

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • It’s past time to clean up roadside clutter

    To the editor:

    Three times in the past week or so, I have found myself passing through the intersection of N.C. 211 and Stone Chimney Road in Supply and found that what I see makes me heartsick.

    At exactly what point did “We The People” decide it would be OK to turn our public roadsides and intersections over to become litter-infested advertisement dumps? I can think of nothing else to call it and it is awful, not only at that location, but all over our county.