• Volunteers make the world go ’round

    To the editor:
    The neatest thing about volunteers is they perform wonderful services and share their wonderful gifts, expecting nothing at all in return. Many days upon days, that is exactly what they get: Nothing at all in return.
    Brunswick Family Assistance sets aside one morning each year to host a private little party for our volunteers as our way of honoring and thanking them for their unselfish service and for the thousands of hours they donate to keep our programs going.

  • Take a long walk off a short pier

    To the editor:
    The United States Congress can take a long walk off a short pier. Now, that is not a sentiment of mine, but a characterization I find easily attributable to the most recent exercise of imperial power by President Barack Hussein Obama.

  • Don’t take away healthcare options

    To the editor:
    All politicians running for office vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act will not receive my vote. They don’t seem to care that close to 50 million Americans (1 in 4 adults) lacked healthcare in 2011.
    They seem immune to the following realities: the uninsured often forego medical care, skip vital preventive services and pay twice as much for health services and drugs as the insured.

  • Aren’t we better than this?

    To the editor:
    I believe all who want to vote should be empowered to vote. To achieve that, (based on my experience today at the North Brunswick High School early voting site), I am convinced we need to develop some “campaign place” protocols.

  • Was this a hate crime or self-defense?

    To the editor:
    Is there anything more tragic than the death of Trayvon Martin for himself, his family and of our entire nation? No one would want to lose a family member or friend this way. No one who is civil would want someone who purposely singled out a person of any race to murder and then to get off free.
    The question is: Was this a racial hate crime or self-defense? Who knows, besides George Zimmerman, the eyewitnesses and 911 operators?

  • Stop dumping on us

    To the editor:
    On April 10, 14 bags of leaves were dumped on Pirate Shores Drive between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
    The police were notified and came out to see us. They said we needed to contact code enforcement. An officer came and viewed debris and said he could do nothing and that we needed to contact hazardous waste management. Repeated voicemails from myself and my neighbor have not been returned. Apparently, no one in Brunswick County will help with this if you live in a rural/unincorporated area of the county.

  • We all deserve to be happy

    To the editor:
    Before you decide how to vote on the Defense of Marriage Act, you may wish to consider what you know about your family and friends.
    Many of us have a brother, sister, niece, uncle, child or other family member or friend who is gay. We may not know the truth about that person’s sexual orientation. If we are socially or politically conservative, or outspoken against gay rights, our gay loved ones are less likely to have revealed their true nature to us.

  • Don’t endorse candidates, Beacon

    To the editor:
    I appreciate your newspaper running information two weeks ago about the four people running for the judge’s seat left vacant by the retirement of Judge Napoleon Barefoot Jr.
    I feel certain all four of these candidates are excellent people, and any of them would make our county and this district an excellent judge. They all seem to have the experience needed to fulfill a job that is crucial to our justice system.

  • Inmates are running the asylum (still)

    To the editor:
    Last year when the town of Sunset Beach voted to impose a fine for leaving trash receptacles at the curb, I wrote expressing alarm that intelligent people, when elected, could act so stupidly.
    Happily, after a few months, the town rescinded that ordinance and I felt common sense had prevailed.

  • Good things are happening in our schools

    To the editor:
    I am a retired school administrator from Westchester County, N.Y. I had the privilege of being invited to be a committee member for the selection of Brunswick County’s Teacher of the Year by Darrell Cheers, central office administration, committee chairman.