• Rehabilitated people deserve second chances

    To the editor:

    Humans aren’t perfect by any means, which means we will make mistakes. When mistakes are made, usually there are expected consequences, but how long does it take for the mistake to be forgiven?

    Breaking the law isn’t acceptable and the individual should be held accountable, but does it mean the individual will never change? The answer could be yes or no because ultimately it’s up to the individual whether they are going to change.

  • Thank you to ECU School of Dentistry

    To the editor:

    I give priority in my retired years to awaken each day with the intention of recognizing and sharing my appreciation to each and every person, service, experience that may have presented itself in my life in an exceptional way. I live by the realization that every human being in our entire world needs to be acknowledged, and that they belong to our world!

  • Vote for our children’s future

    To the editor:

    It would be difficult to reconcile our concern for our children with the way many of us vote on Election Day, choosing candidates who represent positions contrary to their best interests.

    After all, is it in our children’s interest to support a candidate who favors tax cuts for the wealthiest among us while cutting spending on education and denying our teachers a living wage? How does forcing teachers to take second jobs and then show up to class exhausted benefit our kids?

  • Thanks for mission team support

    To the editor:

    The Dublin mission team from Calvary Baptist Church in Shallotte wishes to thank the many people who made our Memorial Day weekend yard sale a huge success.

    From all the folks who donated so many wonderful items to the Calvary family who baked goods, cooked and sold hot dogs and lemonade and to those who spent hours with us setting up and cleaning up, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    We are close to making our funding and plan another yard sale June 23 starting at 8 a.m.

  • Horton will hold polluters accountable

    For too long, the citizens of southeastern North Carolina have elected representatives and leaders who have betrayed the health and welfare of the public and sold our area’s natural resources to the highest bidder. North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District is in need of an elected official who will hold corporate polluters accountable; someone who will respect people over polluters and make informed policy decisions based on the needs of her constituents rather than corporate donors.

  • Elect those who will listen

    To the editor:

    My wife and I moved here nearly 14 years ago, in large part because of our desire to be near the ocean. I’ve been reflecting on this fact, as the first week of June was North Carolina’s official Clean Water Week.

  • Remember World War I veterans

    To the editor:

    On Memorial Day, the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range remembered the 24 Brunswick County men who gave their lives while serving in World War I.

    Pvt. 1st Class Walter S Brock, Pvts. Harvey T. Chadwick and Jimmie Griffin, Pvt. 1st Class Erastus Iredell Nelson, Pvt. Harry Langdon Pigott and Cpl. Herbert B Ward were killed in action.

    Pvts. William Cross Hewett and Benjamin B. Smith died of wounds.

  • Thank you for promoting Fort Caswell efforts

    To the editor:

    Thanks for publishing community news items supporting the monument for World War I veterans and the restoration of 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range.

    I had no idea when I sent the photos and information to Amy and Norma Eckard of the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range that I would be featured in the Beacon on June 7.

  • Council fails to reduce tax rate

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council demonstrated its lack of financial knowledge by failing to reduce the tax rate by 3.5 cents. This reduction would have made this year’s 45 percent fire fee rate hike increase revenue neutral. Other municipalities reduced their taxes or refused to increase their fire fees, thus remaining revenue neutral.

  • Jesus alive, well

    To the editor:

    If we have come to the conclusion there must be a God like Einstein — “I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists” — then why should I believe it is Jesus?