• Brassard was way off base

    To the editor: I own and operate Calabash Gallery. Your Jan. 10 story states that Mr. [Russ] Brassard accuses me of not living up to my commitment to stay at the gallery for three years.

    I never had an agreement with Mr. Brassard in writing or verbally stating that I would pay rent to him for three years or any other time period. I was strictly on a month-to-month lease.

    As a matter of fact, when I gave Mr. Brassard my notice to leave, effective Jan 1, 2008, he was actually very happy.

  • Mayor won't give out his number

    To the editor: I have asked our mayor, Alan Holden, for his home telephone number more than once. He will not give out this information!

    All the board of commissioners—former and present—and our former mayor have very freely given out this information and seem to welcome all callers.

    I, as a resident, taxpayer, homeowner, and voter of Holden Beach, would like to be able to get in touch with all our elected officials when I deem it important or an emergency.

  • Not going to give up using 'wordsmith'

    To the editor: "It is what it is!" Considering myself a technological ignoramus, I appreciate a Beacon columnist doing my Internet surfing.

    So, thank you, Caroline Curran, for giving us Lake Superior State University’s list of “banished” words in your Jan. 10 column.

    I, for one, refuse to find an alternate for “wordsmith.” Whoever concocted that word hammered long on the anvil of creativity. It’s such a picturesque word.

  • We don't need another trash can

    To the editor: We received a form letter that was sent to all rental vacation owners informing us that effective March 1, 2008, we were to have an additional trash can at the cost of $93.44 and would pay $11.68 for four months of the year for two pickups per week, and then pay $5.84 for 8 months of the year.

    When rental season is over, and in my case it is the last week in August and starts Memorial Day weekend, my trash can is cleaned and put away until next year.

  • What fresh ideas?

    To the editor: This letter is in response to Micheal Darby’s column in the Jan. 10 issue of the Beacon.

    You gotta have “faith” or something crowding the brain-pan to believe either Huckabee or Obama has “fresh new ideas.” Fresh, new, ideas? Come on—name one. Just one.

    Prayer might be your answer and hope that the “right person is elected” but I remember my granddaddy’s words: “Trust in the Lord...but lock your car.”

  • Sheriff deserves a thank-you

    To the editor: This one is for Ronald Hewett. Thank you, Ronald, for being the man you are.

    I know being sheriff is a very demanding job and having a family, too. But you always seem to find time for others. Thank you for being the person you are.

    I can’t think of a time that I called on you and you didn’t take time to hear me. And you know my son gave me a fit with drugs and other things. You always were there for my family.

    As a matter of fact, you probably helped save my son’s life. Now he has a family and kids.

  • Bush no worse than any others

    To the editor: In reference to William Stanley's letter "Who started this war on terror?"

    I was wondering how long it was going to be before you wrote in again, uninformed and only stating your personal opinion without facts and continue to insult others.

    Let me again do a little correction for you. Our country is not at the behest of Israel, and we do not bow to AIPAC, we support it, just as we support Israel’s right to be an independent state, just as we support other countries. You are obviously anti-Semitic, as I have read your rhetoric before.

  • Get over Bush already, Harold

    To the editor: Mr. Harold Hickman’s letter in last week’s Beacon as well as Mr. William Stanley’s from the week before are typical of what I expect from Democrats who have not gotten over George Bush being elected president not once but twice. I will address only a few of their points.

    Mr. Stanley contends our troops in Iraq are not fighting a real war and by inference only members of his generation have fought a “real” war. I do not know why Mr. Stanley thinks the Iraq war is not a “real war.”

  • New bridge will not radically change island

    To the editor: Probably everyone knows that on Dec. 21, 2007, Federal Judge Louise Flanagan opened the door for the N.C. Department of Transportation to build a new bridge to Sunset Beach by denying an injunction to prevent DOT from proceeding.

    Yet nothing is final. NCDOT will wait for the judge’s written opinion before deciding whether or not to award the construction contract.

  • Bush's violations are known facts

    To the editor: As a relative of Lt. Col. Davey Lee Stanley, I would like to offer a few facts in response to his recent letter to the Beacon.

    First, let me emphasize I respect Davey Lee Stanley’s right to make the statement that appeared in his letter-even if wrong. He and I both served in the military to protect that right.

    He asked a friend/relative what he disliked about Bush and apparently got some stupid answers. The facts that I am going to present stand on merit of truth.