• Allow citizens to vote on annexation process

    To the editor:
    There has been tremendous growth in the Southport area during my 35 years as a citizen of the waterfront town. However, I was mystified when the “official” population remained relatively stable over three decades. I did not understand why the town failed to fill several potholes in a road beside an abandoned drugstore near the main street.

  • Protect the family unit, nation

    To the editor:
    There have been recent criticisms of the majority of North Carolina citizens for choosing to amend the state’s constitution in favor of identifying a legal marriage as that between one man and one woman.
    If a legally recognized marriage were to be defined, as has been vehemently maintained elsewhere, as that between two men, or as that between two women, why not then as that between one man and two women, or between one woman and two men, or between one man, or one woman, and a gaggle of Muscovy ducks or a herd of Arabian stallions?

  • Doesn’t like editorial cartoon about trees

    To the editor:
    I found the op-ed cartoon in the May 16 issue depicting a cavalier attitude on the part of the Carolina Shores Tree Commission to be offensive on several levels.
    First of all, the members of the tree commission collectively donate several hundred hours yearly to the task determining the viability of removing selected trees throughout the town.

  • Save our turtles; trash your trash

    To the editor:
    I felt I was in paradise strolling along Ocean Isle Beach, waves lapping at my bare feet, cumulus white clouds floating in a blue sky above, and the ocean roaring in my ears.
    Suddenly, a plastic bottle nudged my foot. I almost stepped on a broken brown bottle that frightened and angered me. Nearby, I spied a plastic bag at water’s edge.
    Paradise lost by man’s littering.

  • Time to renourish the beach

    To the editor:
    Please re-nourish our beach. Being a business owner that serves the tourists with rental equipment, I have been able to witness first-hand the beach erosion on Ocean Isle Beach on an all too-often basis. I am overwhelmed that our beach is quickly disappearing from the east end to the west end. This morning, I stepped out onto the beach at Ocean Point Condo’s (west end) and from the dune line, there may have been 10 feet to the high tide line.

  • Mark Saunders is good for county

    To the editor:
    After reading about Jaguar’s Lair, Sunset Beach and Mark Saunders, I wonder if anyone stops to recognize the good Mr. Saunders has done for this county?
    I have worked for him for the last 20 years and I have never known him to be the type of person who some of these homeowners would have us to believe he is.
    Mr. Saunders was caught up in dire economic times just like the rest of us. I’m sure we all would do things differently if we had seen the tough times ahead. I feel sure Mr. Saunders would do things differently, too.

  • Shame on you, Sunset Beach

    To the editor:
    The article, “Changes afoot for Sunset Beach,” was just another lesson for the public.
    Mr. Bob Tone had been doing a good job for the last decade and his services are no longer needed? What I suggest is Mr. Tone does the following: Understand the definitions of “nepotism” and “cronyism” and obtain a copy of www.ancestry.com and start digging.

  • The Bible is not a joke

    To the editor:
    If Christians are going to use the Bible to muscle amendments to our Constitution, the citizens of North Carolina should have an opportunity to test the validity of this holy book. There are many ways to test the Bible, but I suggest we use the criteria provided within the Bible itself.

  • Do something for this county and nation

    To the editor:
    Let the property owners in Brunswick County know that when things were booming, re-evaluation in Brunswick County went up for year 2007 from 200 to 400 percent.
    Now that the U.S. is almost falling off the cliff and when property taxes are killing investors, it is time to cut the valuation down to at least what it was in 2006.
    How do you pay outrageous property taxes, insurance, utilities and repairs when you can’t rent or sell the property?

  • Marriage amendment is bullying

    To the editor:
    Society has recognized the harm done to an individual who is discriminated against and is a victim of bullying. Unfortunately, it has taken suicide of young people to awaken us to bullying’s terrible consequences.
    We have initiated programs in schools to teach tolerance and acceptance. We teach children to fight bullying and to stand up for and support each other in a positive manner. We reach out to parents to teach tolerance and compassion to children.