• Volunteer at the animal shelter

    Since January, I have had the honor of being a volunteer at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services in Supply. I have seen first-hand what Sheriff John Ingram, Lt. Tommy Tolley, the shelter staff and the many volunteers are doing to help find forever homes for all of these homeless, abandoned and stray dogs and cats in Brunswick County.

  • Cycling dangers

    To the editor:
    There are many avid cyclists in Brunswick County, including year-round residents and tourists who are aware of the wonderful cycling that can occur in Brunswick and surrounding counties. Cycling does come with inherent dangers. My cycling group rides twice a week and has encountered cars trying to run us off the road, cabbages and other things tossed at us and, the reason for my letter, dogs wandering outside and unleashed by their owners.

  • Assistance on Sunset Beach

    To the editor:
    This letter was sent to Rich Cerrato, mayor of Sunset Beach, relating a story about two of his beach patrol members and a beach patron to show how employees assist the public.

    Dear Mayor Cerrato:
    What do you think the odds are of one’s losing a car key on the beach at Sunset Beach? What do you think the odds are recovering a lost key on the beach at Sunset Beach? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me on Monday, July 8.  Noticing I had no pockets in my shorts, I decided to place my car key in a paper bag.

  • Town council not on spend-a-thon

    To the editor:
    In response to the letter to the editor with the heading “Throw out the over-spenders,” I totally disagree.
    The letter writer wrote of a number of expenditures that he considered examples of over-the-top spending decisions made by Sunset Beach Town Council.

  • Demand answers to tough questions

    To the editor:
    Since the town halls of 2010, when many members of Congress got tough questions, it seems most have been in hiding.
    Elected officials are seen at ribbon cuttings or social soirees when they know no one can ask tough questions. The August recess is here, and Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan and Rep. Mike McIntyre are holding no public town halls and We The People have lots of questions and concerns, especially about the inaptly named Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

  • Animals deserve human kindness

    To the Editor:
    It seems that lately when I pick up the Beacon, there is at least one story reporting animal cruelty. What is wrong in Brunswick County?
    I have lived here for seven years, and I have seen some horror stories. The way that some neglect and abuse their animals is deplorable.
    For instance, why get a dog if all you are going to do is tie him out in the yard?

  • Kudos to Cerrato

    To the editor:
    I want to recognize the mayor of Sunset Beach, Richard Cerrato, for going above and beyond.
    Last Sunday while walking down the beach access across from my family’s house, I had to step across a missing section of boardwalk. This walkway is very dark at night, and I was concerned that someone would be seriously injured if this were not repaired.

  • Reconsider parallel parking on Sunset Beach

    To the editor:
    As owner in a partnership at 703A W. Main St. on Sunset Beach, I would like to address a concern I have.
    The new rules allowing street-side parking on the island at Main Street have created a terribly dangerous and difficult situation during the summer months. To allow parallel parking on a street where driveways exist less than 10 feet or so apart seems to be shortsighted.

  • Summer concert a Quick hit

    To the editor:
    Wednesday night, July 24, proved to be a fabulous night for the concert at Sunset Beach.
    A record crowd can be attributed to organizational efforts of the concert committee headed by Fred Thorne Realty but certainly added strength was gained by support from supporters of Paws-Ability and from the popularity of music by Jim Quick and Coastline.

  • Throw out over-spenders

    To the editor:
    Kudos for Gene Method’s “Vote out big spenders” letter (published in the July 25 edition).
    There’s a lot of legitimate fervor to oust the tax-and-spend incumbents on Sunset Beach Town Council and end the appalling spending orgy of the last four years.
    However, not all incumbents are the same. Before we reflexively throw them all out, let’s distinguish between Karen Joseph, Lou DeVita, and Carol Scott.