• Time to restore Sunset Beach’s Environmental Resource Committee

    To the editor:

    More than a year ago, I requested Sunset Beach Town Council restore the Sunset Beach Environmental Resource Committee (ERC). Council selected John Corbett and Jan Harris to lead this effort.

    Corbett was one of the council members who refused to accept, on record, the ERC independent science-based warnings raising serious environmental concerns if Jinks (North and South) Creek were to be dredged. These concerns included increased flooding and property erosion due to water volume, flow and speed, and potential destruction of a primary nursing area.

  • Vehicles and their impact on climate change

    To the editor:

    A recent letter to the editor criticized the pending GM layoffs with a link to climate change. The author lamented the rollback of Obama-era MPG standards then suggested a carbon tax to force the public into smaller cars. With this scheme in place, GM was now to be competitive with European manufacturers.

  • Our failure to address climate change costs us

    To the editor:

    Fourteen thousand GM workers are the latest victims of our failure to address climate change.

    In 2012, the Obama administration, with the support of the major auto manufacturers and the United Auto Workers, set in motion the audacious goal to nearly double fuel efficiency standards for autos and light-duty trucks by 2025. This move guaranteed that U.S. automakers would, at minimum, remain competitive with foreign brands. It set in motion a wave of innovation with an emphasis on building smaller, more efficient vehicles.

  • BFA thanks Beacon for assistance

    To the editor:

    Now that the effects of Hurricane Florence are somewhat behind us, it is time to reflect on what was done right and how we did get through it all, helping those in Brunswick County who needed it most. Brunswick Family Assistance excelled even beyond our own expectations and the numbers we were able to serve were beyond expectations.

  • Country seems torn between pair of rivals

    To the editor:

    It is either “or” or either “and.” A senior fellow at an institute for the study of statesmanship and political philosophy, after earning a degree in social studies for six years, wrote about modern liberalism and predicted it would go out of business or be forced to radicalize. If the latter was chosen, it could radicalize along two lines: toward socialism or toward an increasingly post-modern form of leadership, and today it is doing both.

  • Are you satisfied with your life?

    Are you satisfied with your life?

    To the editor:

    On July 21, 1865, at 6 p.m., Wild Bill Hickok shot Davis Tutt in a duel in Springfield, Mo. The event became known as the first real shoot-out in the Old West. Hickok then turned to Tutt’s friends, who had drawn their weapons, and said, “Are you satisfied, gentlemen? Put up your shootin’ irons or there’ll be more dead men here.” And they put them up.

  • Kriz column misses point

    To the editor:

    Lindsay Kriz’s column in the Nov. 22 edition completely misses the point. First, the remark, “If any of you kneels during this (Veterans Day observance), I will shoot you,” was not a joke, but a metaphor against kneeling for the National Anthem, and secondly, the audience knew this and that is why they laughed.

  • Toy Run seeks more donors to help more children in 2018

    To the editor:

    Just want to say thanks to all who have supported the 26th annual Brunswick Toy Run so far.

    Because of the increased number of children who need help this year, we need to sell more raffle tickets for the golf cart/trailer package. The golf cart was donated by Pete’s Golf Carts out of Oak Island and the trailer was donated by A1 Hitch and Trailer based in Supply We still have 200 tickets we desperately need to sell. If anyone is interested, please come by The Sign Shoppe in Supply to buy one or more. They are $20 each.

  • Kriz column shows courage

    To the editor:

    I have just finished reading Lindsay Kriz’s column in the Nov. 22 edition and I want to commend her.

    I am a retired Naval officer with 24 years of service, so I have more than a passing familiarity with patriotism and its manifestations. I couldn’t agree more with her theme: she gets it!

    I do not know nor have I ever met her, but I think that that is my loss. As we say in the Navy: Bravo Zulu (well done).


    John E. McDermott

    Sunset Beach

  • Congress: pass a new farm bill before 2018 ends

    To the editor:

    Congress has only a few days left in 2018 to pass legislation. Adopting a strong, new farm bill should be at the top of their list.

    Lawmakers should approve a farm bill that includes closing loopholes in commodity payments, renewing major conservation programs, and continuing programs that offer support to rural communities and beginning farmers.