• Fun and games not so funny

    To the editor:
    Your recent cartoon illustrating a gambling machine in the unemployment office is not funny.
    While North Carolina is still struggling to get unemployment down, closing all these “evil” places is absurd.
    My wife sometimes stops by just for fun. The place she visits in Shallotte will lose seven employees, and that is just one shop.
    And for what? To ensure the state of North Carolina will get all gambling revenues from its numerous games?

  • Councilwoman should clarify

    To the editor:
    I have never owned property in Jaguar’s Lair, but I am a long-term tax paying resident of Sunset Beach.
    It was truly alarming to read your Jan. 10 article about Jaguar’s Lair and the interview with a town councilwoman.
    In the interview, town councilwoman Karen Joseph stated an agreement with Coastal Communities establishes “a mutually agreed upon completion date for all work in Section 1 no later than Dec.1, 2013.” This much is true.

  • Thanks, anonymous food donors

    To the editor:
    It has come to our awareness that some people do many kind things to help those in need.
    The people we are speaking of often go as “anonymous,” someone who needs no recognition for being kind to others.
    We would like to say thank you to these unknown donors for sharing the gift of love through the gift of food. Many Brunswick County residents had food during the Christmas season because of you.

  • Electronic payments start March 1

    To the editor:
    This letter is for people who receive their Social Security, VA or other federal benefit payments by paper check.
    Beginning March 1, the Treasury Department is requiring all Social Security, SSI, VA and other federal beneficiaries to receive benefits by electronic payment.
    Senior citizens and other federal beneficiaries may choose to receive payments by direct deposit (an electronic payment to a bank account) or by a Treasury-developed Direct Express debit card.

  • Strange bedfellows

    To the editor:
    Politics make strange bedfellows. Truer words were never spoken in the case of Mayor Rich Cerrato thanking his new best friend, Councilwoman Carol Scott, in the Jan. 10 “Peer Pressure in Sunset Beach” letter to the Beacon.
    Cerrato was thanking Scott for “apparently rejecting council pressure” by not taking part in a recent letter to the Beacon by the other council members.

  • Writer right on target

    To the editor:
    Returning home from viewing “Les Miserablés,” I began to read my copy of this week’s Beacon and discovered Fran Salone-Pelletier had devoted her weekly column to this film.
    Once again, she displayed an inimitable sense of timing, as I, too, had been weeping over the magnitude of Victor Hugo’s rich story of sin, forgiveness, righteousness and redemption.

  • American Legion Post 503 dinner

    To the editor:
    I want you all to know the members of American Legion Post 503 are the most wonderful people I have ever met.
    This past Christmas they had a dinner that was unsurpassed and delicious. My lady friend and I enjoyed the dinner, which the all-volunteer staff served. You did not have to have supper after you ate what they served.
    Again, the people of Post 503 are the greatest. Semper Fi.
    Joe “Oij” Lovern
    Oak Island

  • Understanding veterans’ benefits better

    To the editor:
    Since I am a Vietnam veteran and work for the Portland VA Medical Center in Oregon, a friend of mine sent me the Dec. 27 article, “Vietnam veteran discovers he isn’t eligible for veteran’s benefits,” and asked me to explain why this veteran did not get his benefits.
    From the information in the article, I will try to explain what is happening.

  • Nasty politics in Calabash

    To the editor:
    It’s all politics, typical nasty politics—the (Calabash) mayor’s stormy performance, over-flooring and arguing with the attorney.
    What a disgrace to this town and all our taxpayers. Why?
    Community service representative Daria Buccilli quit again, along with all but two members.
    Still complaining about the Fourth of July. Why? Always outbursts from her spouse, too.

  • Excellent show of community spirit in Cedar Grove

    Cedar Grove has a lot of heart.
    Local residents showed just how much heart they have last weekend at the opening of the area’s new community center.
    As it is in many rural areas, meeting places are often the cornerstone of community. For many years, people in the Cedar Grove area got together regularly at an old canning house that dated back to the 1950s. From the 1970s through the ’90s, that building became a hub of the Cedar Grove community.