• Sunset Beach citizens deserve details on town’s ‘new direction’

    To the editor:

    We heard the rumors and with “say it isn’t true” in our hearts, we went to the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting. It was true.

    While Susan Parker stood with grace and dignity in the back after the closed session, we listened to residents speak on her behalf. From former council members, to citizens, each told of their personal experiences with Parker and her positive effect she made to our town as its administrator. The vote was taken and, as a result, our mayor resigned and our finance director took early retirement.

  • Seismic testing, offshore drilling risks intolerable

    To the editor:

    Eight years ago, we began watching video of oil gushing into the Gulf. We watched in agony for 87 days.

    BP is still paying for remediation, claimed as tax deductions. No one was jailed for causing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

  • Cabana Anna was an excellent local business

    To the editor:

    Thank you to Ann McNally of the former Cabana Anna business. I was working at one of the Sunset Beach rental companies when they began their rentals and they did an excellent job.

    In his March 29 letter, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Rich Cerrato started his comments about the origin of the town’s cabana issue with “reportedly,” as if he didn’t want to take ownership of the sentence.

    Lin Penta

    Carolina Shores

  • Sunset Beach needs a clear answer on firing

    To the editor:

    In his April 12 letter, Jim Thomas wrote: “I am fully confident there were excellent reasons for (Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan) Parker’s dismissal by the town council, which cannot legally be disclosed to the public.”

    Mayor Robert Forrester, councilman John Corbett and I were given no warning of the plan by council members Mark Benton, Rich Cerrato and Jan Harris to fire Parker before someone contacted me directly about it March 2.

  • Einstein and belief in God

    To the editor:

    The idea that if at one time nothing existed and now something does exist means that there was an eternal power or the thing that exists self-created, which is absurdity. Then the question is what do we call that power: Yahweh, the power, God?

    Albert Einstein did not believe in a personal God; however, it is interesting how he arrived at that conclusion.

  • Vote Benton for school board

    Editor’s note: The writer is the wife of Gerald Benton, one of three Republican candidates for the District 5 seat on the Brunswick County Board of Education in the May 8 primary.

    To the editor:

    When I began my career as an educator more than nine years ago, my husband supported me in my goal to help students become more successful. This is, after all, why I became a teacher.

  • Keep town of Sunset Beach in harmony with environment

    To the editor:

    Change came to coastal Carolina in 1972 when the federal government enacted the Coastal Zone Management Act. With this act, the federal government charged the 20 coastal counties in North Carolina to put in place programs that regulated development in the coastal area.

  • State law forbids disclosure of reason for termination

    To the editor:

    I’d like to remind all the writers protesting Susan Parker’s termination as Sunset Beach’s town administrator that North Carolina law requires that derogatory information in an employee’s personnel file is confidential and may not be publicly disclosed.

    I am fully confident there were excellent reasons for Parker’s dismissal by the town council, which cannot legally be disclosed to the public.

  • Commissioners’ decision on offshore drilling resolution was the right call

    To the editor:

    The March 29 editorial called out Brunswick County commissioners for failing to pass a resolution against offshore energy development. The editorial gets it wrong on multiple levels. The commissioners’ decision was the right call.

    North Carolinians spend an annual average of $3,073 per person on energy and have a median household income around $48,000. Our electricity bills are 8 percent higher than the national average. Do the math.

  • Thank you to members of St. Luke Lutheran Men on a Mission

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance would like to say thank you to St. Luke Lutheran Evangelical Church’s Men on a Mission in Shallotte for their generous monetary donation and for the 2,287.6 pounds of food they collected during their recent food drive in Sunset Beach.

    The partnership we share is invaluable to BFA and the clients we serve.

    Thank you, St. Luke Lutheran Church, for all you do to make Brunswick County a better place to live!


    Charles Jackson, BFA program manager