• Council culture needs to change

    I just read a letter to the editor titled “Backroom politics continue in Sunset Beach,” written by Rich Cerrato, and I can’t stop laughing.

    The last sentence in his article states the culture of town council will only change when the voters demand it, implying that Mr. Benton, Mr. Corbett and Mr. Nern are the problem. Nothing can be further from the truth.

  • Thanks not a prank

    To the editor:

    Old Crank Who God Did Thank

    Had grown up and I became an old crank;

    Every day must make sure that God thank;

    Me did assist;

    Cannot resist;

    On Him, He knows I will always bank.

    Jim Horn


  • Chaotic council can’t justify dredging costs

    To the editor:

    In just one year, we have had the town administrator fired, two mayors resigned, two accusations of workplace violence, accusations of council members having a conflict of interest and a council member escorted from a meeting in our Sunset Beach Town Council. It would appear we have a chaotic, dysfunctional town council!

  • Cerrato drama is an embarrassment

    To the editor:

    At a recent Sunset Beach Town Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton requested a brief recess in order to have town councilman Rich Cerrato ejected for continuously interrupting council members.

    Mr. Benton has stated that he has found it necessary to gavel Mr. Cerrato on numerous occasions for being out of order and disrupting council proceedings.

  • Rise in water prices questioned

    To the editor:

    I am concerned that Walmart and Food Lion in my area have recently raised the price of a gallon of store brand drinking water from 60 cents to 94 cents each at Walmart (more than a 50 percent increase) and at Food Lion from 65 cents to 89 cents.

    I consider this to be price-gouging in light of the fact that the drinking water in Brunswick County is a possible health issue and those of us who prefer not to drink the municipally-provided water have few alternatives other than bottled water. It’s the percentage increase that is troublesome.

  • BFA thankful for donations

    Brunswick Family Assistance would like to thank South Brunswick Islands GFWC for its generous donation of $4,667 and 30.6 pounds of food raised to benefit the Emergency Food Pantries. BFA greatly appreciates and looks forward to continuing this wonderful partnership in the future. Thank you!

    Charles Jackson

    Program Manager

    Brunswick Family Assistance

  • Sunset Beach needs schooling

    To the editor:

    Mr. Paul Piatek’s letter to the Beacon in your Feb. 14 edition is a very unsettling accurate description of the current Sunset Beach Town Council.

    I would be absolutely ashamed to be a member of that group and its kindergarten activities. I had the privilege of serving in a municipal government whose members (made up of both parties) worked together for the good of the city for 12 years and do so to this day.

  • What happened to personal evangelism?

    To the editor:

    Famed Christian Evangelist John Guest said, “Modern personal evangelism is like in Mother Goose, Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and doesn’t know where to find them. Leave them alone and they’ll come home, wagging their tails behind them.” He said the church just assumed the lost would find their way to the church eventually. Even Little Bo Peep eventually went after those lost sheep, apparently.

  • Kudos for expunging underage records

    To the editor:

    Kudos to District Attorney Jon David for rolling out a project offering free legal help to get criminal records expunged, especially for people convicted of crimes as a teenager. His office may end up helping thousands of our neighbors who currently struggle to find jobs and a place to live simply because they made a mistake at the age of 16. Until this year, that mistake would follow them for the rest of their lives. Sadly, North Carolina was the last state in the U.S. to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18.

  • Time for Cerrato to go

    To the editor:

    Why is it that this paper is voicing councilman Richard Cerrato’s continued negative comments regarding his obnoxious behavior during the last few meetings of the council? It is time to consider to retire. He is making too many negative and disruptive antics, which I as a resident and one who looks for a council that contributes to the betterment of the community, is continuing to undermine the views and forward direction of the tasks at hand. Time for him to go.

    Bill Long

    Sunset Beach