• New grocery store is needed

    To the editor:
    It sure would be wonderful to have a grocery store in the immediate vicinity of N.C. 211 and U.S. 17. There is a huge amount of traffic going through that intersection, as well as a growing population living nearby.
    What is the population of people living within an eight-mile radius of that intersection, as well as how much traffic goes through it? What is the history of population growth in that eight-mile radius, as well as future projections?

  • Town qualifies for tree award

    To the editor:
    Re: “Tree City award should go back to Forest Service” by Alvin Franklin.
    It’s important to understand the Tree City USA program is an initial step for many communities toward managing tree resources. The goal is to encourage communities to expand their efforts and increase their level of management.

  • The basic fabric of our country

    To the editor:
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the liberal senator from New York, coined this phrase some years ago to depict the increasing public tolerance for deviant and or outrageous behavior: “What was once intolerable becomes accepted as an apathetic or brainwashed public begins to regard it as normal.”

  • Can’t see the forest for the trees

    To the editor:
    Re: letter from Jo O’Keefe, “Hypocrisy in Carolina Shores.”

  • Support the marriage amendment

    To the editor:
    In response to Mr. John Saxton’s letter in the April 12 issue of The Beacon, polygamy was sanctioned in the Old Testament to populate the earth. He was correct that Abraham and David had more than one wife, but they were not sinning.
    Since Mr. Saxton used the Bible to prove his point, I suggest he read the King James Version: Leviticus 20:13, which states: “If a man also lie with man-kind as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

  • The bigger cost of terminal groins

    To the editor:
    With regard to the article on the $7 million cost of a terminal groin on Ocean Isle Beach: Unfortunately, there are documented continuing costs associated with the installation of groins which have caused downstream damage to beaches and properties along the North Carolina coast; such as those at Atlantic Beach–Fort Macon and Pea Island, both touted as success stories by Mayor D. Smith in “News Breakers” (Volume 1, Number 1).

  • Do unto others

    To the editor:
    Define marriage, you say?
    Let’s say that only 5 percent of North Carolinians are heterosexual, and that homosexuals are the majority and have the political power to pass an amendment to the Constitution barring marriage between a man and a woman. Sir, you can’t marry the woman you love, or you, ma’am, can’t marry the man you love. We’d think that was unjust, and we’d be right.

  • Hypocrisy in Carolina Shores

    To the editor:
    At the Carolina Shores Arbor Day celebration, during which one holly tree was planted, the N.C. Forest Service gave an award to the town for its commitment to planting and caring for trees.
    I am shocked an award was given to a town ready to slaughter trees.
    Allegedly, the Carolina Shores golf course claims many of the trees identified for cutting will be diseased and it will grind up their tops and spread them on the ground for mulch. If so, that will spread infestation to remaining trees.

  • It’s not about where you’re born

    To the editor:
    David Rouzer believes being a native North Carolinian makes him more qualified to represent the 7th Congressional District. He begins an ad standing next to a sign, “Made in North Carolina, For North Carolina.”
    As a veteran who was not “Made in North Carolina,” but chose to make North Carolina home, I am disturbed. Am I not for North Carolina?
    This is 2012, and we are a mobile society. Many people relocate to other states because of the military, a job or family.

  • Seniors need good centers

    To the editor:
    I slept good last night and woke up this morning with my eyes still closed. Finally, I got them pried open; then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I passed 88 years several months ago and I am still going.
    I tell my friends I’m doing fine
    Slipping a little but getting further behind
    Had some money set aside
    Gasoline took it all for a ride
    Beyond that I’m doing fine.