• 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.

  • Take another look at Sunset Beach data

    To the editor:
    Yes, Mr. (Gene) Method, grants are our tax dollars, but if Sunset Beach doesn’t benefit from them, another town will.
    They’re not coming back to us as individuals in the foreseeable future. Therefore, it would be fiscally irresponsible and a disservice to us for our town leaders not to apply for available funds to help defray the cost of infrastructure, amenities and service improvements.

  • Song lyrics won’t solve problems

    Song lyrics won’t solve problems
    To the editor:
    In a recent news article, Gov. Pat McCrory is quoted as saying, “Just like the Tom Petty song, ‘I Won’t Back Down.’” He was referring to his support of the Republican legislative agenda.
    Let me get this straight, Governor: Are you not backing down on giving my tax dollars to parents so they can send their children to private religious schools? Or perhaps is it maintaining North Carolina teacher pay at one of the lowest levels in the nation?

  • Shame on person who abandoned kitten

    To the editor:
    You know who I’m talking to.
    The kitten you put in a box and then placed on the road so maybe someone would run over it? Why not put it in a sack and throw it in the river? The box must have cost you something, since it was a cat carrier.
    I didn’t need another cat, but I wouldn’t throw her away like you did. She loves to play, is very active and pretty as a picture.
    Shame on you.

    Jean Garland

  • Same-sex ruling a wrongful right

    To the editor:
    Discrimination is as common as the air we breathe.
    It is the necessity to choose the best of available options and therefore is neither good nor bad in itself. We discriminate in the food we choose to consume, the brand of medicine and hair coloring we buy, the clothes we elect to wear, the doctor we select for our care, and the persons in whom we place our trust.
    Society discriminates when it chooses to give a preference to one person over another, one group over another.

  • Blame politics for furloughs

    To the editor:
    Blaming the furloughs on sequestration is ludicrous, with the Department of Defense (DOD) talking out of both sides of its mouth.
    Case in point: At a western military base, the DOD is spending $3.6 million to buy perimeter land to protect the pocket gopher, which is not a threatened species. Multiply this by hundreds of examples of targeted cuts, it’s evident the cuts are political.
    One can see we have a spending problem that the media won’t pursue in their desire to protect their god, Obama.

    John A. Difloure