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Letters

  • Assimilation not working

    To the editor:

    Teddy (Altreuter), are you really that clueless?

    For your information we have immigration laws, ports of entry, processing centers and well-trained authorities to carry out this process.

    Wake up, read a book or two on the history of our country.

    My ancestors came to America to colonize and build a nation in the early 1700s. I don’t know about yours.

    I think they did a remarkable job. They didn’t come here for welfare like what’s pouring in now.

  • Council culture needs to change

    I just read a letter to the editor titled “Backroom politics continue in Sunset Beach,” written by Rich Cerrato, and I can’t stop laughing.

    The last sentence in his article states the culture of town council will only change when the voters demand it, implying that Mr. Benton, Mr. Corbett and Mr. Nern are the problem. Nothing can be further from the truth.

  • Thanks not a prank

    To the editor:

    Old Crank Who God Did Thank

    Had grown up and I became an old crank;

    Every day must make sure that God thank;

    Me did assist;

    Cannot resist;

    On Him, He knows I will always bank.

    Jim Horn

    Bolivia

  • Chaotic council can’t justify dredging costs

    To the editor:

    In just one year, we have had the town administrator fired, two mayors resigned, two accusations of workplace violence, accusations of council members having a conflict of interest and a council member escorted from a meeting in our Sunset Beach Town Council. It would appear we have a chaotic, dysfunctional town council!

  • Cerrato drama is an embarrassment

    To the editor:

    At a recent Sunset Beach Town Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton requested a brief recess in order to have town councilman Rich Cerrato ejected for continuously interrupting council members.

    Mr. Benton has stated that he has found it necessary to gavel Mr. Cerrato on numerous occasions for being out of order and disrupting council proceedings.

  • Rise in water prices questioned

    To the editor:

    I am concerned that Walmart and Food Lion in my area have recently raised the price of a gallon of store brand drinking water from 60 cents to 94 cents each at Walmart (more than a 50 percent increase) and at Food Lion from 65 cents to 89 cents.

    I consider this to be price-gouging in light of the fact that the drinking water in Brunswick County is a possible health issue and those of us who prefer not to drink the municipally-provided water have few alternatives other than bottled water. It’s the percentage increase that is troublesome.

  • Sunset Beach needs schooling

    To the editor:

    Mr. Paul Piatek’s letter to the Beacon in your Feb. 14 edition is a very unsettling accurate description of the current Sunset Beach Town Council.

    I would be absolutely ashamed to be a member of that group and its kindergarten activities. I had the privilege of serving in a municipal government whose members (made up of both parties) worked together for the good of the city for 12 years and do so to this day.

  • Time for Cerrato to go

    To the editor:

    Why is it that this paper is voicing councilman Richard Cerrato’s continued negative comments regarding his obnoxious behavior during the last few meetings of the council? It is time to consider to retire. He is making too many negative and disruptive antics, which I as a resident and one who looks for a council that contributes to the betterment of the community, is continuing to undermine the views and forward direction of the tasks at hand. Time for him to go.

    Bill Long

    Sunset Beach

  • Health costs a 2020 issue

    To the editor:

    It’s obvious Medicare-for-all will be a top issue in the 2020 election. Already Republicans have staked their position, repeated by potential independent candidate Howard Schultz, that the country can’t afford universal single-payer health insurance. How do Democrats push back against that position? Does anyone know?

  • Kudos for expunging underage records

    To the editor:

    Kudos to District Attorney Jon David for rolling out a project offering free legal help to get criminal records expunged, especially for people convicted of crimes as a teenager. His office may end up helping thousands of our neighbors who currently struggle to find jobs and a place to live simply because they made a mistake at the age of 16. Until this year, that mistake would follow them for the rest of their lives. Sadly, North Carolina was the last state in the U.S. to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18.