• The story behind the cabanas in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    In last week’s edition, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Rich Cerrato wrote: “Reportedly, years ago, Sunset Beach Town Council allowed the commercialization of cabanas to satisfy a friend to profit.”

    Let me introduce myself. I am Anna from Cabana Anna. My husband Billy Clayton and I established the first cabana company at Sunset Beach. This is the real story of how cabanas started.

  • Compromise does more good than currrent gridlock

    To the editor:

    I’ve heard folks sum up their political feelings by saying, “I want my country back.” Will that ever happen if what changed was the end of abuse for groups whose rights had long been denied?

    Is gridlock the price of ending segregated schools, or women being paid less for the same work, or labor unions not being allowed to use dues to hire lawyers to negotiate contracts the way corporations can use stockholders’ money or gay couples receiving the same tax breaks as the rest of us get when we file a joint return?

  • My Easter poem for you

    To the editor:

    Even though I do know Jesus died,

    On Him I surely always have relied,

    To be there meeting my each need,

    For my knowledge much does feed.

    When I had awaken on Easter Morn,

    Thought about His body badly torn;

    Suffering so badly from head to toe;

    Stabbed and suffered from each blow.

    They were wondering how to handle,

    Jesus wearing sandal who is a vandal;

    By Him are saved as well as assured,

    With faith, anything can be endured.

  • Offshore energy exploration extremists get too much press

    To the editor:

    You’ve recently seen fit to run several stories highlighting people who are against offshore energy exploration in North Carolina, and that troubles me.

    As a veteran, I have served my country to defend everyone’s right to an opinion and free speech, but I think you are ignoring an important part of this debate and catering to the anti-exploration extremists.

  • Sunset Beach has become a dictatorship

    To the editor:

    Once again, Sunset Beach citizens and taxpayers have been shafted behind their backs. I thought we lived in a democracy, but instead three of our town council members — Mark Benton, Rich Cerrato and Jan Harris — have seen to it we have become a dictatorship.

    Seems three of our council members can fire our administrator, Susan Parker, who has done more for this town than any of the others we’ve had and knows what is best for our town, and have decided the citizens and taxpayers shouldn’t be told of the reason.

  • Anti-Rabon political ads target regional team efforts

    To the editor:

    I received three separate political ad cards in the mail accusing state Sen. Bill Rabon of jeopardizing hundreds of potential jobs in Brunswick County and using millions of dollars of funds slated for economic development for other purposes. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    I retired about three years ago from Brunswick County Economic Development. It was well publicized we were the finalists for a number of large industries, including Continental Tires, Caterpillar and Mitsubishi.

  • Thank you, Seaside United Methodist Church

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance would like to say thank you to Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach for its donation of $2,400 and for its ongoing partnership and support of our mission.

    BFA and SUMC have been working together for a number of years and the partnership we share is invaluable to BFA and the clients we serve.

    Thank you, Seaside United Methodist Church, for all you do to make Brunswick County a better place to live!


    Stephanie Bowen, BFA executive director


  • Replace county commissioners who refuse to represent citizens

    To the editor:

    The citizens of Brunswick County overwhelmingly oppose offshore drilling. More than 250 of us attended the March 19 county commissioners’ meeting.

    Month after month, we travel to Bolivia from all over the county to re-assert that position.

    Thirteen of our 19 municipalities have now adopted resolutions opposed to offshore drilling. Citizens have bombarded our elected officials with letters, texts and phone calls, but our county commissioners are deaf to our pleas.

  • Pursue clean energy, preserve our resources

    To the editor:

    I would like to thank the 13 municipalities in Brunswick County, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners and one Brunswick County commissioner, Randy Thompson, for supporting resolutions that oppose offshore oil drilling.

    At the March 19 meeting of the county board, despite widespread opposition to offshore drilling, four commissioners declined to vote on the future of this community’s precious resource, the ocean — the foundation of our way of life and livelihood.

  • Postpone gator hunting until reliable census

    To the editor:

    The problem of allowing alligator hunts in Brunswick County is that alligators here do not reach sexual maturity for about 12 years, making them the largest gators at the point when they can make more.

    And which gators are the ones hunters will want to kill? The largest ones they can find, of course!

    There is no reliable existing census of alligators, so we could be killing the future populations by allowing the taking of the largest.