• Relocate gators

    To the editor:
    I was laughing to myself as I was reading the article in the April 4th edition of the Brunswick Beacon about a new leash law on Sunset Beach.
    This ordinance will limit the length of a dog’s leash to 10 feet. Meanwhile, “back at the ranch,” I see alligators everyday on the ponds in Sea Trail and all along the coastal road up to Beach Drive. People are golfing just a few feet away from these alligators! What is up with that?

  • Keep a watchful eye on taxes

    To the editor:
    This is in reference to the article on page 17A concerning merchants hot to unite to get support in Sunset Beach. In the third paragraph, the reporter states, “The group is seeking funding in the form of occupancy-tax proceeds.” I hope reporters for the Beacon continue to watch and report on this issue.
    The town of Sunset Beach currently collects 6 percent occupancy tax. Let’s put pressure on the town council to detail how that 6 percent occupancy tax is spent.
    Ron Smith

  • Laws should ban assault weapons

    To the editor:
    No one is saying, “Repeal the Second Amendment.” What we’re saying is, “Pass legislation that requires background checks on all gun purchases, ban the sale of high-capacity magazine clips and ban the sale  of assault weapons.” A majority of Americans want that, and most police chiefs want that. Law enforcement and the military are the only ones who should have access to such weapons.
    A hunter doesn’t need an AR-15 to kill deer. If he does, he isn’t much of a hunter.

  • Rabon should have represented voters

    To the editor:
    The N.C. statewide Lobby Day was Friday, April 5. Elected officials were asked to make themselves available to citizens they represented.

  • 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.