• Help kids go back to school

    Although we’re still deep into summer, you may have noticed stores are already stocking shelves with back-to-school supplies.
    Before long, kids will have to head inside and wash off the sand to go back to school.
    In a community like ours, there have always been families who need an extra hand, but with unemployment rates in double-digits, many may need more help than ever.
    While many social programs focus on giving during the holiday season, there is also a need this time of year.

  • Not proud of ongoing shenanigans

    To the editor:
    Our family has been enjoying Sunset Beach for 25 years and will celebrate our 19th anniversary as island homeowners this fall. We have followed developments concerning garbage cans this past year.
    When vacationers arrive on Saturday, the first order of business is to unload, set up their cottage and then probably go to the beach or grocery store. Rolling back empty garbage cans is probably not top priority, or a major crime, no matter what town council members think.

  • Take a closer look at trash issue

    To the editor:
    One can only read some of the coverage about the Sunset Beach Town Council meetings and get a chuckle.
    In the middle of a hot and busy summer, we thank you for that!
    It seems that one or two councilmen feel trash cans out on a Saturday afternoon on the island is an issue yet again.
    May we remind some of them of the following:
    1. Town citizens pay for a second trash pickup on Saturday during the season on the island. So those cans probably were processed within a few hours of this “unsightly” survey.

  • What happened to our towns?

    To the editor:
    What happened to our towns? Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach are no longer a haven but a bust.
    We are losing our trees and much-needed forest for animals that have lives here, more than likely longer than the ones that are voting the cut down of their homes.

  • It’s a trashy conversation to have

    To the editor:
    Annually for three to four months we share Sunset Beach island with vacationers, who do much for the economy and financial security of business owners and their employees. Yes, there is a downside; however, the good far outweighs the bad.
    The town garbage ordinance clearly states garbage cans cannot be placed out before 2 p.m. the day prior to pickup and must be returned no later than 2 p.m. on the day after collection. Therefore, Councilwoman Karen Joseph, there may have been garbage cans outside occupied homes during your Saturday visit.

  • Thanks for return of lost wallet

    To the editor:
    My editor, why am I writing to you? It’s because I was on vacation on July 2 at Ocean Isle Beach.
    I went by BB&T at Ocean Isle Beach, and I went in and I left.
    On July 3 I was looking for my billfold and I didn’t have it. The bank was the last place I had it.
    On July 5 I went back to the bank and they had it. I want to thank Angie, Carolyn and Anna. Those three ladies took care of my billfold that I left in the bank.
    I just want people to know they took care of the people who do business with them.

  • ObamaTax makes no sense

    To the editor:
    My sweet and sometimes acceptably annoying mother-in-law doesn’t have automobile insurance.
    While she may have myriad reasons for absenting herself from this pool of insured, the fact she doesn’t own an automobile probably heads the list.
    If the state of New Jersey, where she resides, were to apply the illogical legal basis for upholding the healthcare ObamaTax (formerly ObamaCare) Chief Justice Roberts used, New Jersey would tax my mother-in-law for not having auto insurance.

  • Rodent problem scurries around

    To the editor:
    Thank you for this very, very true story. We lived on Holden Beach until 2009.
    We have sat on our front porch and watched large rats scurrying from Gerda Street to Lois Avenue, and then to an empty field facing the Intracoastal Waterway. They would also run under the siding of another house. They were everywhere!
    Many, many times I went to Holden Beach Town Hall asking for help, but no one paid me any attention. I am so glad you have presented this to the public.
    Jane and Harold W. Cole
    High Point

  • Fundraiser aids firehouse

    To the editor:
    On behalf of all members of the Calabash Fire Department, I would like to thank everyone who helped make our recent Fourth of July fundraiser a huge success.
    We were overwhelmed by the generosity of local residents and out-of-town visitors who graciously donated to our cause.
    The money we collected will go toward furnishing our new firehouse that is in the final planning stages and will hopefully be under construction in the next few months.

  • Sparks book is fabulous

    To the editor:
    After reading Caroline Curran’s review of Nicholas Sparks’ book, “Safe Haven,” I was very disappointed on what was written. I am an RN in an emergency room and my mother has been a director in domestic shelters for 30 years, and yes, “Safe Haven” is not reality, but I never knew that Nicholas Sparks was trying to write non-fiction.