• Add your comments about parking

    To the editor:

    We, those who are not Sunset Beach island residents, believe the restrictions suggested by the Sunset Beach Parking Committee are designed to keep the island for those either renting or living there. 

    The suggestions that parking meters be installed and strict limits on side street parking would help keep the island an enjoyable retreat for those wishing to spend time at the shore are unfounded. 

  • Disappointed county not moving on with RACE

    To the editor:

    I am extremely disappointed in the health board’s decision to reject the application submitted by RACE (Rescue Animals Community Effort) to privatize the Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    On the ridiculous advice and absurd notions on the part of Chip Carroll of the agriculture department and Ray Casteen of the Sporting Dogs Association, eight members on the health board caved in to the “good old boy” mentality.

  • The ‘BS’ of ‘SB’

    To the editor:

    I also oppose the parking recommendations presented from the Sunset Beach parking committee. I have never read anything so convoluted and confusing. I was ready to remove my Sunset Beach (SB) decal from my car. Then I realized nobody would know I ever had one. 

    I came up with a better idea—turn the decal upside down as my own personal protest. Now it reads BS. Join me and do the same with your decal if you have one.

    Diane Mangiapane


  • Don’t fix what isn’t broken

    To the editor:

    I recently attended the 100th birthday celebration of a cousin in northeastern North Carolina who is still politically savvy. However, this African-American lady will not be able to vote in the 2012 elections if the legislative leaders in Raleigh pass the proposed voter bill in which a photo ID is required.

  • Thanks for Little Princess Ball

    To the editor:

    I would like to thank Communities in Schools and the Parks and Recreation Department of Brunswick County for putting on the Little Princess Ball on Feb. 5. 

  • I call it ‘death panels’

    To the editor:

    The “death panels” recently claimed nonexistent by Barbara Stanley are in fact in an earlier bill rushed through Congress by the Democrat Majority—The Stimulus Bill—The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

  • Questions to ponder

    To the editor:

    If state law requires using headlights when it’s raining, why aren’t violators issued warnings?

    If NCDOT has funds to plant flowers along highways, why can’t they afford to repair potholes?

    If an “activity study” had been performed by the Smith Avenue Extension contractor, would we still see 10 people observing the one worker with the shovel when we drive by?

  • Consider the ‘Madoff Method’

    To the editor:

    I am certain that my opinion is in a minority of thinking citizens. I believe that Bernie Madoff should be appointed Secretary of the Treasury. It appears that anyone who can, by any means, amass a fortune of $65 billion by whatever means deserves to be considered exceptional. To be able to operate without the knowledge and approval of the banking community, investment firms and the greedy individuals who are now claiming ignorance, is beyond my comprehension.

  • ‘The Perfect Fiction’

    To the editor:

    Everything said serves the purpose of good.

    It comes naturally and the outcome of the next day means nothing.

    The sun shines without expiration, life becomes more than a declaration.

    Separation, non-existent. Pleasing a stranger, no longer strange.

    The path less taken is smiled upon, respect once again found in a handshake.

    Love, once again felt in a hug. Even the rich appreciate an old VW bug.

    The smallest of people are looked up to and the tall lend a hand,

  • The message Sunset is sending

    To the editor:

    Like many vacation property owners within the town of Sunset Beach, I pay a nice sum in the form of property tax. Like many others, I also pay an additional $1,000-plus per year to the town in the form of accommodations/vacation tax. 

    What do we get? A few portable toilets in a parking lot that is almost always full. 

    If parking on the island becomes just another expense and is so limited that it is virtually impossible to find a space, I might need to ask why I need to own property there at all.