• Out of the frying pan?

    To the editor:
    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing is coming to Guilford County. Presuming he has experience with the proposed mega-port in Brunswick County, Guilford County may be wanting to engage his expertise in that endeavor.

  • Church ignores the real issue

    To the editor:
    St. Brendan the Navigator Church and its pastor have embarked on a campaign to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and to require law-abiding gun owners to carry liability insurance.
    They don’t seem to care about our rights, and they conveniently forget about the separation of church and state. Ironically, in my 40-year police career, I saw a number of priests arrested but never saw a single law-abiding, gun-owning American (of which there are more than 80 million) arrested for committing a crime with a gun.

  • Who is our enemy? Resist the devil

    To the editor:
    Who is our real enemy? Is it other people? Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
    We are warned 1 Peter 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
    Many Christians pray in the Lords prayer, “Deliver us from evil.”

  • Numbers don’t add up for sewer at Sunset

    To the editor:
    1 just received my first utility bill since hooking into the Brunswick sewer system for $55.07. The 7 cents was for my water consumption. There was my usual charge of $11 or water base service charge and a new charge of $39 for waste water residential and $5 for grinder pump maintenance fee. This means if I don’t turn on one spigot or flush the toilet for a month, I’d still owe Brunswick County Public Utilities $55.

  • Teen Court impressive

    To the editor:
    On March 26, I attended a Teen Court session at the Brunswick County Courthouse, open to the public, viewing teens who had been mentored and demonstrating skills prosecuting and/or defending other teens for various violations. It was live—a proceeding, open court. Both sides gave opening statements and after evidence, they gave closing statements and the judge gave his charge. Then a teen jury deliberated and gave its verdict. Observing these very polished events was remarkable.

  • Insurance hikes totally unjustified

    To the editor:
    In reference to a Beacon article about the 20 percent increase in our home insurance rates, let’s examine the facts:
    1) We have not had a major hurricane in southeastern North Carolina in 14 years.
    2) The market value of most of the homes in this area has decreased by almost 33 percent since 2008.

  • Smart Start thankful for gardening help

    To the editor:
    Smart Start of Brunswick County has been fortunate to receive several grants in support of its Just Watch It Grow project.
    This project allows Smart Start to purchase gardening equipment, materials and plants for participating childcare centers.
    Currently, Smart Start has eight centers involved in this special project that promotes healthy eating and has relied on Lowe’s Home Improvement in Shallotte for assistance with purchases and deliveries.

  • Spay-a-Stray offsets costs to society

    To the editor:
    Paws-Ability funded the recent Spay-a-Stray program in Brunswick County. This program provided free surgeries to spay or neuter cats in Brunswick County brought in by proactive citizens who are interested in reducing the number of unwanted cats in the community.   
    This program spayed 111 female cats, all pregnant, and 37 males. We prevented 444 kittens from being born in a single breeding cycle. Female cats breed
    three times per year in this area. In one week, we halted the birth of 1,332 cats this year alone.

  • Unwelcome event

    To the editor:
    We just relocated to the area at the beginning of December 2012.
    We have found most people to be friendly, helpful and indeed welcoming in Brunswick and New Hanover counties; however, we received a new kind of welcome this morning.
    The car’s front passenger window was totally broken with a hatchet sitting between the front seats. Not what I expected of “Southern hospitality.”
    If you or anyone you know is missing a hatchet, it is with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.
    Debby Warren

  • Thanks to all

    To the editor:
    Recently, I endured four weeks of jackhammering and plumbing work in my house. Needless to say, it was a nightmare! Through it all, however, the staff of John Williams Plumbing, especially Jason Dobson, was more than gracious and caring. Each of the many plumbers involved in trying to repair the many issues were caring men who went out of their way to do the very best job they could.