• Dredging direly needed in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    To Sunset Beach leaders:

    Please push forward the long delayed dredging of the bay area (where I live) and South Jinks Creek as you verbally supported last year, as an overwhelming majority of council members stated (Harris, Benton, Nern and Corbett). South Jinks Creek is a clear safety hazard right now, and if it closes completely, then I believe there truly will be an ecological debacle that so worries Mr. Hilderman.

  • Democrats: Sit back and enjoy the show

    To the editor:

    I have a message for Democrats: Stop complaining!

    Let’s imagine for a moment that Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election and was now our president. She would have entered office with a solid majority of Republicans in both houses of Congress. From the moment she took her oath of office, investigations into everything from her emails to the re-opening of the Vince Foster case would have commenced. Further, as they did for President Obama, Congress would have obstructed every initiative put forward by the White House.

  • Sea Trail roads meet standards

    To the editor:

    In (the March 21) Beacon, a letter from Mr. Duane Lewis suggested that the town of Sunset Beach had acted inappropriately by accepting the remaining private roads in Sea Trail, an action that was the result of “backroom politics” that will not benefit the town.

  • Disinformation is transparent

    To the editor:

    I love letters to the public through the editors, as I cherish the soapbox speakers of our American past.

    A concern about them, though, is that folks with tainted fish to fry and who have little acquaintance with the truth use them ill-advisedly. Some would poison the truth outright in an effort to influence public opinion through misinformation or disinformation.

  • Citizens deserve respect, neutrality

    To the editor:

    An open letter to Sunset Beach Mayor Pro Tem Benton:

    Mr. Benton:

    As presiding mayor pro tem, citizens expect you to be respectful and remain neutral. At the March 19 council meeting, you stated “there are only four or five people in this town trying to stop dredging.”

  • Protect turtles from seismic testing

    To the editor:

    Thank you, Rep. Iler, for filing HB 169 to make the loggerhead turtle the official NC Saltwater Reptile.

    I hope in addition to this honor there are benefits to the turtles such as protection from seismic testing. Threats to loggerhead turtles include by-catch in fishing gear, loss or degradation of nesting habitat, vessel strikes, entanglement in marine debris, disease, chemical pollution, noise, plastic ingestion and now seismic testing.

  • Veterans' monument clarified

    To the editor:

    In the Beacon’s “Towns” section on March 14, movement of a monument at the Shallotte Armory to Mulberry Park was credited to the VFW. This is a wonderful vets organization; however, they had nothing to do with the monument.

    I am the last Past Commander of Nocha White American Legion Post 247 in Shallotte until merging with Calabash American Legion Post 503 in 1999.

  • Trump panders to minority base

    To the editor:

    President Trump continues to fail at running the government and serving the country.

    Last year’s tax cut bill failed to increase business investment and expand jobs. His economic policies are increasing the national debt and causing global economic slowdowns. Recently, more layoffs were announced in General Motors’ plants.

  • Sunset Beach projects cost many to serve few

    To the editor:

    After 15 years of paying my taxes into Sunset Beach, watching money being spent on projects orchestrated by a chosen few, being insulted for asking for maintenance to fix a pothole and now watching thousands of tax dollars funneled into an experiment called “Dredging of Jinks Creek,” where is the sanity?

    Councilman Cerrato should be embarrassed and insulted; escorted out of chambers for being disruptive was necessary. Mayor Pro Tem Benton should have shut down the meeting entirely and sent everyone to the parking lot.

  • No more silence on abortion

    To the editor:

    For most of my adult life, I have believed that abortion was wrong. That life begins at conception. Up to recently, my attitude has been that the pro-abortion people would have to face their maker at some point and suffer the consequences of their actions.

    Now, however, with the New York and Rhode Island decisions (laws) to allow abortions up to and including through the third trimester, I can no longer keep silent. Let’s face the truth: If you kill a human being that has a heartbeat, it is murder — plain and simple.