• Holden Beach 'massacre' letter unwarranted

    To the editor: I am disappointed that a Holden Beach commissioner sent an angry tirade to the editor and that the Beacon validated it with their headline.

    I attended that meeting and there was no travesty or massacre. All citizens were invited to express their interest in serving on any committee. This included existing committee members.

    Two people, including Gary Staley, asked not to be on the ballot for committees on which they were currently serving.

  • Shallotte Point being bulldozed

    To the editor: The town of Shallotte is “spot annexing” areas of Shallotte Point to pay for their sewer system with no regard for the preservation of the historic value, pristine nature and way of life of this small community.

    The concerned residents of “The Point” have no say in this brutal move to use their beloved community to underwrite the cost of the sewer system of a town that is miles away from them.

  • Is Southern charm real?

    To the editor: I came to the South two years ago and have yet to witness the Southern charm the world talks about. I have a theory on why.

    When northerners or any other person besides those from the South visit, spend a lot of money and then go back home, we get Southern charm. Now they refer to us as damn Yankees because some of us came and did not go back.

    Twenty-five years ago, you could count on one hand how many millionaires lived in this area, and you could also name the few people who ran everything. Today, more people from around the world live and thrive here.

  • Concerned about youth baseball

    To the editor: I would like to express my concern about Dixie Youth baseball.

    Each child pays to play on a team and learn how to play, good sportsmanship and how to set examples for others. This is hard to do when the coaches don’t set good examples in front of them.

    I have been following my grandson from T-ball, coach pitch, minor and now majors. My grandson, along with three more gets, get to play one inning, sometimes maybe two, and they rotate the same position.

    The other kids play most of the game and rotate around the field.

  • Supports Obama for president

    To the editor: I support Sen. Barack Obama for a lot of reasons, but the fact is, he is more likely of the two Democratic hopefuls to be elected president in November.

    Obama’s conservative adversaries know this, too, and they will do anything they can to see him lose the Democratic nomination.

    Back in late February, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh began urging Republicans to vote for Democrat Sen. Hillary Clinton in states where crossover voting is allowed.

  • Only recourse is the with the ballot box

    To the editor: Our forefathers bravely went to war against Great Britain for what they felt to be excessive and unjustified taxation.

    Now some 200 years later we, the residents of Brunswick County, are experiencing an almost identical situation.

    Does this sound overly dramatic? Not to the young people who are scrambling to find work or keep their jobs and put food on the table, in addition to paying high property taxes or having to deal with unreasonably high rent increases because the landlord’s property taxes are sky high.

  • Tuesday night massacre in Holden Beach

    To the editor: I feel a need to inform the fine folks at Holden Beach who did not attend last week’s board of commissioners meeting of the travesty that occurred there.

    I also feel compelled to make sure anyone desiring to serve on any town committee while the current board is in office knows exactly what they need to do to attain that lofty goal.

  • Supports Paul Swartz

    To the editor: While visiting good friends in North Carolina, we discovered our county commissioner from Maryland was seeking to serve the people of Brunswick County.

    Our loss is definitely your gain.

    Paul Swartz served Washington County, Md., with dignity, integrity and dedication like no other county commissioner has ever done.

    I can honestly say without a doubt Paul Swartz was and is a jewel.

    If you elect Paul Swartz, he will prove everything I said and more.

  • Reader shocked by town meeting

    To the editor: As former mayor of Holden Beach, I have tried to attend all meetings of the board of commissioners because I am still very much interested in the welfare of Holden Beach and its citizens.

    However, the meeting on Tuesday, April 22, left me stunned. The new board engaged in a “house cleaning” that involved tossing out practically all members of each of the town’s committees and replacing them with their own pre-approved people who think like them and won’t rock the boat.

  • Disappointed in town meeting

    To the editor: I left our town meeting last night (April 22) very disappointed. Our mayor monopolized the meeting.

    Only one commissioner had the nerve to give an opinion and he was “cut off at the pass.”

    The other four commissioners seemed to have no opinions or were just waiting for the mayor to tell them what to vote on. It is a shame our government on our small island appears to be run by only one man.

    Now I am wondering why we voted and elected the five extra people.