• 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.

  • Christmas is for Christians

    To the editor:
    Christmas is for Christians, thank you. And if that bothers some, the baptismal font is just to the right. And if it doesn’t, God bless you and may next year be much better for you than this one has been.
    John A. Donnelly
    Carolina Shores

  • Thanks to BFA

    To the editor:
    It was such a pleasure to have Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) staff share its Christmas spirit in the town of Sunset Beach.
    A special thanks to the staff of BFA and West Brunswick High School students who volunteered their time and energy for this worthy and special cause.
    This wonderful organization still needs our help to ensure our loving citizens in Brunswick County do not go without during this holiday season.

  • Let’s call it Gadfly Beach

    To the editor:
    In the Beacon last week, staff writer Laura Lewis characterizes the new mayor of Sunset Beach as a gadfly. Such characterizations are demeaning and give the reader the feeling the Beacon is not just giving the news, but is editorializing opinion to the public.
    In another time, this type of writing was known as yellow journalism. Please make some attempt to keep your opinions on the editorial page, where the reader can know it is just an opinion. After all, opinions are like noses. Everybody has one, and some are just plain ugly.

  • Paychecks should be incentives

    To the editor:
    Brunswick County Schools is going to reward bus drivers monetarily for coming to work. I believe I have heard it all. By offering this “bonus,” you indicate you are encouraging bus drivers to show up for work. Their paycheck should be their incentive.