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Letters

  • DeGroot letter was rude, wrong

    I would like to weigh in on the attitude of Jaqueline DeGroot over the letter she wrote regarding the state and countys seriousness of [the investigation into] Ronald Hewett.

    I dont know Mr. Hewett personally or professionally, but I am a citizen of Brunswick County, a true southern belle, and I am speaking from experience as my grandfather was a sheriff deputy one rank below sheriff status for 32 years for Lee County. My mom retired from the department of corrections.

  • Smart Start helps, but more needed

    To the editor:

    Smart Start has been operating in Brunswick County for many years and continues to improve the lives of young children and their families.

    The most significant improvements have been in improving childcare quality and increasing the number of children in high quality care.

    Today, with a great deal of dedication, hard work and statewide collaboration, 57 percent of young children are in high quality care. This reflects a 33 percent increase in the overall level of quality in childcare facilities since 2001.

  • Bridges, sewer plants change beach life

    Two factors that really have changed Holden Beach and the general Brunswick County area are the central sewage treatment plant and high-rise bridges.

    There is no question the high-rise bridge alone has changed the character and even costs of living on Holden Beach. Some of the change has damaged the very character of the island.

    Greed took over, and instead of reasonably priced homes on the island, we are seeing monstrous homes being built that totally obscure the ocean view from Ocean Boulevard, and that is a shame.

  • Stimulus package is a joke

    To the editor:

    In the past week, the Economic Stimulus Package, HR 5140, designed to give American taxpayers a rebate check, passed the House and has been passed on to the Senate.

    This bill, written by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, has a provision that will send a rebate check to anyone who paid taxes and submitted a Social Security number to the IRS.

  • Save our forests; support recycling

    To the editor:

    Our forests in southeastern North Carolina are the most bio-diverse temperate forests in the world; once we lose them, we lose them forever.

    Yum! Brands, which owns Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and other fast food companies, buys their paper packaging from big southern mills. Huge tracts of land are deforested to feed that demand.

    Fast food packaging ends up either on our roadsides (equaling 20 percent of that litter) or in our landfills.

    In North Carolina, 15 percent of landfill waste comes from our food packaging industry.

  • Obama inspires voters on all sides

    To the editor:

    For the past 20 years or so of my life, we either had a Bush or a Clinton (and their lobbyists) in the White House and nothing has changed.

    We finally have a candidate who sincerely praises both President Reagan and John McCain only to ridicule Hillary Clinton and her “old left buddies.”

    I have never voted for a Democratic president; however, that is about to change.

    While “Billary” hires a new campaign manager, she nevertheless is still singing that “same old song.”

  • Readers respond to Gilbert petition

    To the editor: One final letter to you, Mr. Gilbert:

    The other day, I declined to sign a petition for your removal as a school board member that was being circulated by a concerned parent who hopes it will have an effect on you or ultimately the attorney general.

    Though I agree that you should resign, something gave me pause. The next day the Beacon headline basically echoed Ms. Danka’s position (organizer of the petition).

    She stated that you are a person children should look up to and that you are not above the law because you are a school board member.

  • Public apology, resignation are warranted

    To the editor: I wish I could sign Tracey’s petition 100 times. What’s wrong with the civil servants of today is that they don’t take seriously their obligation to be above reproach while eyes of the public are on them.

    Mr. Gilbert, cheating on your wife doesn’t cause you humility. Setting an adulterous example to the children you serve doesn’t cause you to bow your head in shame and remorse.

  • Gilbert not even close to the worst

    To the editor: Is Tracey Danka from North Carolina?

    Maybe she doesn’t know enough about the more prominent and public people in Brunswick County. Ray Gilbert would have to steal milk money from orphans before he could edge into the Top 10.

    I’m sure they have been thankful that his problems have taken up space where theirs might have shown up in print.

    I am less afraid of Ray Gilbert being in the schools than the anonymous person who stole my child’s eyeglasses.

  • 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.