• 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.

  • Enough sheriff letters already

    To the editor: Enough letters regarding the sheriff situation. I am upset this newspaper printed a letter from an unruly woman.

    All elected officials, and I mean all, live in glass houses and they cannot move without being looked at. None of us are perfect.

    Our sheriff and his staff work diligently and constantly to safely protect each and every one of us. My family and I thank him very much and we want him to continue.

    That is why we live here.

  • Defeatist attitude is the problem

    To the editor:

    Yes, the 2008 presidential election, most notably the Democratic primaries, have “captured the imagination of America,” prompting more people to get involved in the process than ever before by watching, listening, volunteering, voting and even writing letters to the editor.