• Good column

    To the editor: Thanks for the great column by Stacey Manning on the Taliban. You are right on.

    Although I am surprised that you remember the fallout shelters! Good job.

    Now, how do we get your words into the national media? No one wants to hear what’s right from us regular people living in Brunswick County and all around the more rural areas of this great country.

    Hopefully, they will hear from us in November.

  • Teachers are not bad guys or monsters

    To the editor: I am really fed up with teachers being the bad guys.

    Teachers in this county work very hard to provide the best possible education and environment for our kids.

    Take into consideration that in one elementary classroom, there can be kids with abilities ranging from kindergarten reading and math to well above their grade level, yet we expect one teacher to teach all those kids the same curriculum and have them pass the test at the end of the year. That is not reasonable in any way, but we ask every teacher to do it every day.

  • Jessie Mae Monroe is not a bad place

    To the editor: With all the negativity surrounding Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary as of late, we feel compelled to say something.

    Our daughter has been attending Jessie Mae for three years. The teachers have proven to be wonderful and accommodating and the principal does a great job holding things together.

    Just last week, the principal, Mrs. Rourk, once again went above and beyond what we feel her “normal” duties should be.

    We want to publicly thank Mrs. Rourk and all of the fine teachers at Jessie Mae Monroe for giving our daughter a solid education.

  • School's positives outweigh negatives

    To the editor: As a parent of a child in Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary, I felt compelled to speak out against the parents who hold this school in low regard.

    I found many of these things that the parents allege to be a tad over-stated, to say the least. My son loves to go to school, and I have had many positive experiences with the staff at Jessie Mae.

    They always keep me up-to-date with my son’s progress and have been helpful when I have questions about my child’s education.

  • Thank you, Mrs. McKeithan

    To the editor: She walked by my desk. I had been picked up by the police late Sunday afternoon for stealing gas.

    I was so embarrassed on Monday I would not go out for recess after lunch.

    Mrs. Katie May McKeithan, my eighth-grade teacher, walked near my desk and said, “Donnie, you see what trouble bad company causes?”

    She was kind and caring. I will never forget her comforting words. All the students in the eighth grade at Waccamaw High School that year in 1941 loved her.

    She was to remain our homeroom teacher throughout our high school years.

  • Gilbert made his actions public

    To the editor: Ray Gilbert’s personal life is on display as he is a public figure, but not from the viewpoint that anyone made it public; his own actions dictated that.

    Let’s review some facts about Mr. Gilbert’s recent actions.

    He was arrested and charged with failing to pay child support before he was elected; he allegedly threatened Ms. Hankins to the point of fear of her life; and he had an affair outside of his vows of marriage.

  • Parents need to take responsibility

    To the editor: This morning I read the many articles in your paper regarding teacher and faculty behavior at local schools, including Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary. I was infuriated.

    During my many years as a parent of school-age children and a present parent of a child attending Jessie Mae, I have spent many hours in my children’s classrooms along with functions and meetings with teachers.

    This past Valentines Day, I attended my child’s classroom to help pass out treats for the class party.

  • P&Z board needs its limits

    To the editor: I have just read the article about Carolina Shores wanting the planning and zoning board to take over the duties of the board of adjustment. I feel this would be a mistake.

    The P&Z ’s job is to plan and approve any construction and then recommend their findings to the commissioners.

  • Sloan should back up her statements

    To the editor: Here we go again. After Carol Trapani retired, I thought I would not have to take pen to paper again, but the column by Renee Sloan in the March 6 edition of the Beacon cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.

    Ms. Sloan’s column is devoid of anything even closely resembling factual data.

    Where is her proof any American has had their rights violated by any eavesdropping? Like her predecessor, she fails to name anyone.

  • Media bias is evident

    To the editor: With interest, I watch this so-called political process we have going.

    If anyone looks at Obama wrong, his supporters and the media yell foul, but they cannot and will not see the bias and prejudice against Hillary Clinton.

    The only reason she is being treated in such a dastardly way is because she is a woman, a girl trying to play in the boy’s playground. We can thank John Edwards for starting the sexist bias against Clinton, which lost him my support.