• Sunset Beach ceremony most memorable

    To the editor:

    I would like to give a huge “thank you” to the members of the Veterans’ Memorial Committee who put together the Memorial Day ceremony at Sunset Beach Park.

    There could not have a more spectacular setting and backdrop than that beautiful park for such a solemn ceremony — beautiful live oaks providing so much shade with the ICW beyond. Not to mention the Veterans’ Memorial itself, which actually brings me to tears every time I visit there.

  • No grounds for disrespecting McCain

    To the editor:

    The late John McCain has always been a challenge for Democrats. On one hand, most of us disagreed with John McCain, the politician, when it came to his positions on the issues. On the other hand, it would be difficult to find a Democrat who doesn’t have enormous respect for John McCain, the man.

    It never once crossed my mind to question Sen. McCain’s loyalty or his conviction to always act in what he felt was the best interest of all Americans.

  • Protection orders can help reduce gun violence

    To the editor:

    Another week, another mass shooting.  Can anything be done?

    One idea gaining traction is Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs). Fourteen states have given law enforcement, families and others this tool.

    ERPOs allow a family member or law enforcement to petition a judge to have someone’s guns temporarily removed if they are perceived to pose a threat to themselves or others. Evidence must be presented, and the guns can only be retained temporarily.

  • Duke reaps big dividends

    To the editor:

    Imagine you have $10,000 sitting idle in your bank account. You might invest it in the stock market where historic returns have averaged around 7 percent annually. Or you could trade that gas-guzzler in for a hybrid that will save you as much as $1,200 a year in fuel cost.

    How about upgrading your home appliances? Whatever you choose, you will likely get a reasonable return, but would you be able to turn that $10,000 into billions? Is it even possible?

  • Sunset Beach proposal merited a few questions

    To the editor:

    Kudos to the volunteers of Sunset Vision for their efforts in supporting Sunset Beach with their contributions to the town; not so much to a majority of our elected officials and town administrator.

    Councilman Corbett takes the podium and participates in a presentation that has budgetary implications for the residents he allegedly represents. He then takes his seat to vote in favor of the same proposal. Conflict? Perhaps. Dumb politics? Obvious. Was it not possible to present the proposal without Mr. Corbett’s direct involvement?

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, May 17-18, 2019

    May 17

    Peggy Lareen Williams, 50, of Clubhouse Road, Sunset Beach, arrested for disorderly conduct.

    May 18

    Kefron Cook, 37, of Westbrook Avenue, arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Kudos for response regarding Rouzer

    To the editor:

    It is almost always a pleasure to read opinions from local readers but few reveal truths as offered by Tom Sapp’s column in the May 2 issue of the Beacon. I urge everyone to read his column, “Responding to Rep. Rouzer’s 100 days of Democrats.”

    It occurred to me the voters of the 7th District voted last November and now reap any reward or pain their choice has caused. In this case the voters are routinely subjected to untruths and exaggerations as evidenced by Rouzer’s column.

  • Fair maps needed for fair elections

    To the editor:

    The U.S. Census requires states to redraw voting districts based on population numbers. In North Carolina, new maps are drawn by the party in power of the Legislature. Historically, both Democrats and Republicans have drawn the maps to benefit their own party’s chances of winning. This practice is gerrymandering.

  • Sunset Vision involvement not a conflict

    To the editor:

    At the May 6 Sunset Beach Town Council meeting, a presentation was given to the council on a proposed fitness trail that is being initiated and coordinated by the nonprofit group, Sunset Vision.

    This group has raised funds for previous projects to include the environmental sea turtle sculpture by the beach gazebo, the binoculars at the bird walk observation deck, bike racks and dog watering stations at the town park, etc. All projects benefit the town residents and its visitors.

  • BFA appreciates food drive efforts

    To the editor: 

    Brunswick Family Assistance thanks all of the volunteers who came out to the post office in Sunset Beach on Saturday, May 11, to help with the food drive.

    Volunteers were driving the postal routes and assisting the carriers by collecting bagged food. They were also stationed at the post office to assist the carriers as they returned from their routes.

    The food will be used in BFA’s emergency food pantry at both the Leland and Shallotte locations.