• Fire response draws gratitude

    To the editor:
    My hat’s off to all volunteers who responded to the Holden Beach fire during the wee hours on a cold winter morning. The response time of nine minutes for a bunch of unpaid firefighters (volunteers) is excellent by anyone’s standards.
    People on the island who worried about getting to their necessary appointments on time due to fire hoses blocking roads need to “get a life.”

  • Bus program cost-effective

    To the editor:
    Last week’s editorial minimized the difficult task of recruiting and retaining qualified school bus drivers. Many of the assertions of the editorial were not factually based and downplayed what remains a critical personnel issue.
    Brunswick County Schools conducts five bus driver training classes annually. Average attendance at these training sessions, which are publicized through the Employment Security Commission and local businesses and churches, is 22.

  • Truth in Christmas

    To the editor:
    If we Christians were not so defensive about Santa Claus, lighted trees, gifts aplenty and wise men at the manger, we might come to believe that the anti-Christmasites are doing a great service to the Truth of Christ, for much of the traditional American Christmas story is not truth, but myth.

  • Thanks for assistance

    To the editor:
    I just want to thank the Southeast North Carolina (SENC) Mustang Club members for their most gracious gift of $700 to a woman who is battling liver cancer.
    I told them about my former neighbor diagnosed more than a year ago. Her husband lost his job due to the economy, their house went into foreclosure, and they are now living in a rental with three teenagers.

  • New vision in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:
    In the Dec. 15 edition of the Beacon, staff writer Laura Lewis wrote about the new mayor of Sunset Beach. I would like to commend Ms. Lewis for this article. She gave a very fair assessment of Mr. Cerrato and his vision for Sunset Beach.
    Unfortunately, in the state of North Carolina, referendums for purchasing land, construction of new buildings, etc., are not required.

  • Lights to behold

    To the editor:
    As Christmas quickly approaches, I want to send some encouragement to anyone who hasn’t yet felt that Christmas spirit or even those who are in full gear to go by and see all the beautiful lights and decorations at 1268 Chavis Drive in Shallotte—the home of the Leflers.
    Each year, my dad, stepmother and brother, along with other family members, work extremely hard on putting up lights and decorations to share Christmas joy for all who can see.

  • Rein in deer ‘presents’

    To the editor:
    Whereas the eyesore of visible trash cans has been addressed by Sunset Beach Town Council, isn’t it time to pass an ordinance rectifying our island’s problem of unequal treatment under law in respect to poop pickup rules applying to dog doo-doo but not to deer droppings?

  • True spirit of Christmas

    To the editor:
    This time of year people are excited about what they will get for Christmas.
    Judy Loflin is excited about what she can give to the lonely, homeless people, little children and people who live in nursing homes—her little people, she calls them. They are people who have nothing to give her in return except love and prayers. She loves people. You can see faces light up when she walks into the room. Everyone will roll their wheelchairs, smiling, and say “Mrs. Judy!” because they are excited to see her.

  • Editorial doesn’t match the facts

    To the editor:
    Huh? Your front-page story on the school district’s temporary plan to pay school bus drivers an incentive for perfect attendance clearly states that there is a shortage of qualified applicants and that only 10 percent of those become bus “professionals.” The article also mentions, “the limited number of substitutes and the short and low-paying routes,” yet your editorial launches into an attack on the work ethic of the very bus drivers who are in such short demand. Did your editorial writer read Caroline Curran’s article?

  • Give me that same deal

    To the editor:
    Recently, our county commissioners voted to give county employees a bonus of more than $1 million, including $1,000 for themselves.
    In this time of economic uncertainty can we really afford this? One year of service for health insurance to be fully funded? (Give me that deal.)
    It is no wonder why our property taxes were raised this past year. (My taxes went up by 12 percent but our assessed value went down by 22 percent.) When I questioned the increase, I never even got the courtesy of an email or a phone call.