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Letters

  • Puppy mills and feral cats

    To the editor:
    There were articles in the Beacon recently about a puppy mill case. One mentioned new laws for breeders to stop puppy mills. The other article was about the outcome of this recent case.
    What did they get for so many counts of animal abuse? A fine and probation. Not much of a message being sent to others in the business. Let’s not make new laws until we start enforcing current laws on animal abuse and cruelty.

  • Scat to cat program

    To the editor:
    Two articles on feral cats in the Aug. 30 edition of the Beacon describe the romance of humans with domestic cats. Some try to justify release of feral cats and TNR (trap-neuter-release) programs as a way to rid areas of the pesky cotton rat, Sigmodon hispidus. Exterminating companies and TNR folks likely love the cotton rat’s relatively high numbers in the past year, what better way to help sell their respective causes?

  • Billboard is disrespectful

    To the editor:
    Has anyone seen the billboard comparing our president to Osama bin Laden? This sign is a disgrace to all who pass it, whether they be Republican or Democrat.
    The billboard states, “The Seals took out one threat to the United States; vote to take out another.”

  • Something is wrong with DSS dismissal

    To the editor:
    The poorest people in our county just became the victims of 20 employees who didn’t want to work harder to provide services to them in a timely, cost-effective manner.
    Their claim? The stress imposed on them after being asked to assume more roles as DSS director Patty Connelly “worked on streamlining processes at DSS to shorten client waiting times.”
    Three of the five members of the DSS Board opted to support the workers.
    Does anybody else see that there is something wrong with this picture?

  • Writers reflect progress

    To the editor:
    The opinion article by John Heidke, “Some police and citizens do well without any guns,” and Dr. Ernie Ward’s column, “It’s time to ban North Carolina puppy mills,” show how much progress is being made here lately.
    Thanks to both writers for reminding us it is getting better every day.
    Carol Weaver
    Ocean Isle Beach
     

  • Glimpses of heaven and hell

    To the editor:
    I read two books recently that carried a powerful 1-2 punch.
    In the first book, “23 Minutes in Hell,” author Bill Wiese describes in vivid detail the intense heat, terrible thirst, horrid stench, merciless demons, fearsome darkness, absolute evil, and complete hopelessness of knowing there will never be a way out.
    Although very skeptical at the beginning, I was convinced by Wiese he had really taken this horrendous 23-minute journey. His experience can be accessed on youtube.com.

  • Proper ID shouldn’t pose a problem

    To the editor:
    I would like to know what all the fuss is about for wanting everyone to vote legitimately by showing proper ID and residency to vote.
    The vast majority of people who are involved with these issues are poor, elderly and the folks who cannot for some reason earn a living.

  • Thanks for helping church

    To the editor:
    To each of you who helped make our 200th anniversary a success, we would like to thank you.
    To the newspapers for helping us get our announcement out, to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office for giving us security during this celebration, to the printing company that printed our programs for us, to each and every one who helped in any way: Thank you.
    Emma Ross
    Bicentennial committee co-chairman
    New Britton Baptist Church, Ash
     

  • Thanks for assisting grandson

    To the editor:
    On Saturday, Aug. 18, my 11-year-old grandson had a biking accident on Ocean Isle Beach.
    People came immediately to help. One man took off his shirt to make a sling, and someone else brought an ice pack.
    The people on Wilmington Street were wonderful. I want to thank them all. We did not get any names, but instead rushed to the hospital.
    Surgery was required, as his arm was broken. The staff at Brunswick Novant was kind and caring. A special thanks to the doctors that helped.
    The people of Brunswick County are amazing.

  • More wheels needed for meals

    To the editor:
    Each year Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) delivers more than 45,000 hot meals to seniors through the Meals on Wheels program. The number of seniors in Brunswick County requiring resources from BSRI continues to grow at an enormous rate, and BSRI needs to purchase additional equipment to continue to meet these needs.