• Rethink Sunset Beach streetscape

    To the editor:
    Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott is misrepresenting the facts on the planned $729,000 streetscape proposal. The N.C. Department of Transportation does, in fact, landscape and maintain many of its roads in North Carolina towns. The town of Butner (where I own property) is one of them.

  • Race to the bottom

    To the editor:
    As a proud senior citizen of North Carolina, I have wanted my state to always be ranked in the Top 10 in the country and to be mentioned frequently in cable news and late-night TV shows. Unfortunately, my wish has come true in recent weeks for all the wrong reasons.

  • Path to eternity

    To the editor:
    Have you ever heard someone being referred to as a “born again” Christian? Scholar R.C. Sproul says it sounds like they stutter because what other kind of Christian is there? In John 3:3, Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

  • Voice concerns

    To the editor:
    The N.C. General Assembly froze teacher salaries for the fourth time in five years and cut $50 million from the 2013/14 K-12 education budget. North Carolina teacher salaries are $10,000 less than the national average. Lots of North Carolina’s best teachers are seeking employment in other states.

  • 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?