• Loved ones can never be replaced

    To the editor: Pain never really ends; tears do keep on falling.

    Stacey Summitt Manning is my niece. Her mother, my sister, whom I miss terribly, cannot be reproduced in a little town restaurant serving breakfast. She was much too big for that. She was truly a one of a kind mother, sister, aunt, niece, daughter, granddaughter and friend.

    Life hands us many burdens to carry. We wonder sometimes where God is in all of these burdens. He has handed our family many over the past years.

  • Where are the true Democrats?

    To the editor: As a much younger man, I was greatly inspired by the inaugural address of President John F. Kennedy.

    Among other things, he stated: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

    The current crop of presidential candidates, masquerading under the banner of the Democratic Party, has turned his declaration on its head.

  • Sonic booms are a serious problem

    To the editor: The last year or so I have been in contact with Jerry Walters, town manager of Oak Island, concerning sonic booms.

    My first concerns were not seriously accepted as sonic booms, but as Seneca Guns (continental shelf plates shifting). I explained to Mr. Walters that after the sonic boom shook my house, a jet aircraft could be heard off the coast.

    This was not the Seneca Guns but low-flying aircraft.

  • Meetings should not be 'mayor's shows'

    To the editor: I have attended the regularly scheduled meetings of the recently elected Holden Beach Town Council.

    As you may know, there is a new gang in town with only two holdovers, three new guys and a new mayor. One of the new guys has been absent more times than present, which has never been commented upon during the proceedings. I hope he’s OK.

    I will admit to being a little confused. As I understand it, the town is chartered under the commissioner/manager form of government. The meetings so far seem to be something else.

  • SBTA was not against new bridge

    To the editor: While your editorial gives a nod of thanks to SBTA and other principals for accepting Judge Flanagan’s ruling, it does an injustice to their intent and efforts.

    From beginning to end, SBTA has fought to have a valid and adequate environmental impact assessment that will stand the test of time for the bridge project.

  • Needs help

    To the editor: My daughter and I were involved in a hit-and-run on Friday, Feb 8, at about 8:45 a.m. at Red Bug Road and N.C. 130.

    I was headed toward Shallotte. Upon approaching Red Bug Road, a late ’80s or early ’90s light blue Lincoln Town Car ran the stop sign, hitting me on the front driver’s side. There may be damage to the other driver’s car doors. My car is a black 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. There may be black paint on the other car.

  • Hartnett not closed-minded

    To the editor: After reading Stacey Manning’s editorial in the Jan. 24 issue of the Brunswick Beacon, I wonder who has the "closed mind."

    She states in the article: “It’s surely a shame that a local official has such a closed-minded opinion. Mr. Hartnett, as a member of P&Z board, should not openly reject changes or new ideas.”

    I question whether she contacted Mr. Hartnett personally to clarify his quote and opinion on the matter. I talked to him recently and he denies ever having been contacted by Ms. Manning.

  • Was cemetery abandoned?

    To the editor:I see our county commissioners voted not to allow a developer to relocate an abandoned cemetery found behind Belville Elementary School.

    My comments here are not to address the merits of relocating the cemetery.

    My concern is the supposition the cemetery has been abandoned. Abandoned by whom? I understand the occupants are still home, in body at least.

    If the cemetery had been abandoned, I would expect the developers would have found no residents at home.

  • Many thanks to responders

    To the editor: I am currently serving in Iraq with KBR supporting the U.S. military as a paramedic stationed on Korean Village near Rutbah, Iraq.

    On Feb. 10, a call for help was made because there was a woods fire in Ash.

    My home was at risk of being involved if it were not for the quick response of the local volunteer fire departments and the N.C. Forestry Service.

    My wife called me in a state of panic due because she could see the fire coming and there was nothing she could do about it.

  • Residents want St. James center

    To the editor: Much misinformation exists about the level of support for a community center in St. James.

    Opponents contend a majority of residents oppose the center. Little evidence supports this notion.

    A history of the interest in a center will demonstrate the level of support.

    First, interest in a community center was expressed in 2000 through a petition signed by half the residents expressing a wish for one.

    The 2006 St. James Comprehensive Plan determined a “desire for a community center” was the second most important inside-the-gate issue.