• 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.

  • Holden Beach appearance needs attention

    To the editor:

    I have had a seasonal residence in Holden Beach since 1998. It’s so sad that no improvements have been made to the area from Wings to the bridge. It’s a complete eyesore and needs attention for improvements and beautification.

    The area has so much potential — sidewalks, street lighting, benches and landscaping upgrades — to make it pedestrian-friendly. Also, a roundabout (traffic circle) is needed at the Wings location and also at the bottom of the bridge on the beach side to ensure a steady flow of traffic.

  • Thanks for Charters of Freedom efforts

    To the editor:

    On behalf of Brunswick County Commissioners and the citizens of Brunswick County, I would like to thank the following sponsors for the Brunswick Charters of Freedom Gala:

    Naming sponsors ($2,000 to $5,000): Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, Jerome’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant, Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. and The Brunswick County Seniors.

  • Work to preserve Brunswick County

    To the editor:

    I read recently that Wilmington is now down to less than 3,000 acres of open space. The potential for the same thing happening here in Brunswick County is very real. How could this happen? Well, it sneaks up on you.

    A strip mall here, a housing development there and before you know it, it’s all gone.

  • Stop Trump’s attack on civil liberties

    To the editor:

    Similar to the way Sen. Joe McCarthy poisoned anyone who resisted his campaign against Communism in the 1960s, we can see Donald Trump is using the same playbook against his critics.

    Anyone who dares defend the civil liberties of immigrants, the free press or the ability of Congress to defend the U.S. Constitution suffers abusive attacks from Trump’s White House.

    During the McCarthy era, anyone who opposed Joe McCarthy was publically ostracized so the end result was that many critics remained silent.

  • Hypocrisy reigns on in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Pro Tem Mayor Benton, lead spokesperson for councilmen Corbett and Nern, has requested that I should resign for exposing the town’s failure to self-report as indicated in the “No Conflict of Interest” certificate required for the dredging grant. The operative words are potential [for], appearance [of] and financial interest. This matter is now being questioned by the state.

  • Dredging deserves citizen input

    To the editor:

    I’ve enjoyed coming to Sunset Beach for over 30 years and have owned several properties on the island. Because I will soon move here permanently, I follow with great interest the shenanigans at the town council meetings.

    Despite what the mayor says, disrupting the local marshes and wetlands with dredging is not only a terrible idea but also a criminal act. These fish nurseries need to remain undisturbed if we want to keep the oceans alive.

  • Market project aims to help children

    To the editor:

    Shoppers attending the Sunset Beach Summer Market will notice that Pure Markets is now sponsoring the “Be KIND” project that will directly benefit Brunswick County schoolchildren. Items such as matted prints will be available for a donation. At last year’s Holiday Markets, $1,400 was raised during our “Giving Tree” initiative for the student fund at West Brunswick High School. Because of this success, the idea of the “Be KIND” project was initiated and will continue throughout the season.

  • Sunset Beach tax hike a scam

    To the editor:

    I have read with interest and dismay the Beacon’s reports on the town of Sunset Beach budget process. It is apparent from those reports that the town intends to raise the tax rate from 15 cents to 16 cents and the fire fee another 5 percent after a whopping increase last year.

  • Voters reap Rouzer routine

    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.