• What fresh ideas?

    To the editor: This letter is in response to Micheal Darby’s column in the Jan. 10 issue of the Beacon.

    You gotta have “faith” or something crowding the brain-pan to believe either Huckabee or Obama has “fresh new ideas.” Fresh, new, ideas? Come on—name one. Just one.

    Prayer might be your answer and hope that the “right person is elected” but I remember my granddaddy’s words: “Trust in the Lord...but lock your car.”

  • Sheriff deserves a thank-you

    To the editor: This one is for Ronald Hewett. Thank you, Ronald, for being the man you are.

    I know being sheriff is a very demanding job and having a family, too. But you always seem to find time for others. Thank you for being the person you are.

    I can’t think of a time that I called on you and you didn’t take time to hear me. And you know my son gave me a fit with drugs and other things. You always were there for my family.

    As a matter of fact, you probably helped save my son’s life. Now he has a family and kids.

  • Bush no worse than any others

    To the editor: In reference to William Stanley's letter "Who started this war on terror?"

    I was wondering how long it was going to be before you wrote in again, uninformed and only stating your personal opinion without facts and continue to insult others.

    Let me again do a little correction for you. Our country is not at the behest of Israel, and we do not bow to AIPAC, we support it, just as we support Israel’s right to be an independent state, just as we support other countries. You are obviously anti-Semitic, as I have read your rhetoric before.

  • Get over Bush already, Harold

    To the editor: Mr. Harold Hickman’s letter in last week’s Beacon as well as Mr. William Stanley’s from the week before are typical of what I expect from Democrats who have not gotten over George Bush being elected president not once but twice. I will address only a few of their points.

    Mr. Stanley contends our troops in Iraq are not fighting a real war and by inference only members of his generation have fought a “real” war. I do not know why Mr. Stanley thinks the Iraq war is not a “real war.”

  • New bridge will not radically change island

    To the editor: Probably everyone knows that on Dec. 21, 2007, Federal Judge Louise Flanagan opened the door for the N.C. Department of Transportation to build a new bridge to Sunset Beach by denying an injunction to prevent DOT from proceeding.

    Yet nothing is final. NCDOT will wait for the judge’s written opinion before deciding whether or not to award the construction contract.

  • Bush's violations are known facts

    To the editor: As a relative of Lt. Col. Davey Lee Stanley, I would like to offer a few facts in response to his recent letter to the Beacon.

    First, let me emphasize I respect Davey Lee Stanley’s right to make the statement that appeared in his letter-even if wrong. He and I both served in the military to protect that right.

    He asked a friend/relative what he disliked about Bush and apparently got some stupid answers. The facts that I am going to present stand on merit of truth.

  • Don't demean veterans' service in other wars

    To the editor: I do not know William Stanley, but I have been amused by his often-printed letters in the Beacon. He reminds me of Don Quixote—jousting with windmills.

    Now he has attempted to insult me by saying I am on cloud nine, whatever that means.

    Considering the source, I am not offended at all by that comment. I am offended; however, by the implication in his letter of Jan. 3 that those of us who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars were not in “real” wars.

  • Thanks for printing letter

    To the editor: I would like to compliment the editor at the Beacon for publishing Mr. J. Leon Krasniewski’s letter in the Dec. 13 edition. I also compliment Mr. Krasniewski on his fine missive.

    Many newspapers do not print letters critical of the paper or its editorial staff. It’s a pleasure to read letters that are representative of many reader’s opinions. I’m sure many of your paper’s readers agreed with the contents of his letter.

  • Dissection not necessary

    To the editor: Animal dissection, which was first used in classrooms in the early part of last century, is still being used in some classes.

    In recent years, dissection has been increasingly scrutinized. Experts have reevaluated the educational worth and morality of cutting up animals to “see how they work.”

    Compassionate students want to study biology without dissecting animals. Sophisticated computer simulations, videodiscs, and models have been developed to meet the needs of these students.