• Stolen trap set for a reason

    To the editor:

    On the night of June 20, a thief stole an animal trap set behind South State Bank in Sunset Beach.

    This is the backstory. On June 17, a small kitten was coaxed out of the engine compartment of my car where it had hitched a ride. I had parked in the parking lot next to South State Bank in Sunset Beach. I recognized it as one of a small litter born behind my home. She ran into the wooded area behind the bank.

  • Cerrato delay tactics driving up dredging costs

    To the editor:

    In the June 20 edition of the Beacon, councilman Richard Cerrato portrayed himself as the superhero of fiscal and environmental responsibility for the taxpayers of Sunset Beach. Nothing can be further from the truth.

    He states that the dredging project is not only expensive but is more costly now than it was when it was first proposed several years ago. He also states that dredging will permanently damage the environment. Let’s examine those claims.

  • Woodsong funding boosts BCC Foundation

    To the editor:

    On behalf of the BCC Foundation, I’m happy to report that funds raised by Woodsong Art Stroll 2019 have pushed the neighborhood’s contributions to BCC student support to more than $40,000 over the past four years.

    The Woodsong community’s endowment and annual gifts benefit students of the construction trades (i.e. carpentry, masonry, welding, HVAC, plumbing and electrical). As BCC’s construction skills program grows, the benefit of these scholarships also grows.

  • OIB terminal groin a misguided venture

    To the editor:

    It was with interest that I read your article about the Ocean Isle Beach (OIB) budget for the upcoming year, $6.176 million for “Coastal Storm Damage Reduction and Terminal Groin Projects.”

    I say storm impacts reduction — Yes; terminal groin projects — No.

    A terminal groin, in this case a “jetty,” is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars to be squandered based on the whims of a mayor and a town council who collectively have no core understanding of the consequences of such a misguided venture.

  • Dredging a matter of due diligence

    To the editor:

    Given the chance, councilmen Benton, Corbett and Nern would already be dredging the environmentally fragile areas of North and South Jinks Creek and even Tubbs Inlet.

    Thankfully, the state is performing its due diligence, examining concerns expressed by coastal scientists. The dredging is now delayed until at least November 2020.

  • Trump administration violates checks and balances

    To the editor:

    Over the last few weeks, the White House and a number of government agencies (Commerce, Justice and Treasury) have refused to provide documents requested by Congress. In addition, administration officials have refused to testify before congressional committees on a number of issues.

    In justifying these actions, the administration says Congress is “out of control.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Congress is simply exercising its oversight powers and duties granted by the Constitution.

  • Wake up, America, to narcissist problem

    To the editor:

    Niels Hoegel is a narcissist. In case you never heard of Hoegel, he is a 42-year-old German nurse who was just sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 85 patients in his care.

    Mr. Hoegel administered life-threatening drugs to patients that had not been prescribed. Once the patients reacted to the drugs, Hoegel worked to resuscitate them, saving some lives and losing others. Hoegel testified that he felt euphoric when he was able to save a patient’s life. He enjoyed being hailed as a hero by hospital staff.

  • Awareness key in preventing drownings

    To the editor:

    Each time I hear about another child drowning, my thoughts go immediately to Kelly Helbig, her family and their mission.

    In June 2010, Kelly’s 4-year-old son Jack drowned in a lake in their backyard. Since that time, the Jack Helbig Memorial Foundation was established to prevent drowning through education and public awareness.

  • Thanks, CIS volunteers

    To the editor:

  • Calling foul on Rabon’s Duke Energy bill

    To the editor:

    To use baseball as a metaphor for politics, Sen. Bill Rabon has thrown us some curveballs in the past. The latest is his controversial Senate Bill 559 demanded and largely written by Duke Energy for multiyear rate increases. Duke Energy contributed $10,000 to Rabon’s Campaign Fund for his pivotal role in advancing the bill.