• Replace county commissioners who refuse to represent citizens

    To the editor:

    The citizens of Brunswick County overwhelmingly oppose offshore drilling. More than 250 of us attended the March 19 county commissioners’ meeting.

    Month after month, we travel to Bolivia from all over the county to re-assert that position.

    Thirteen of our 19 municipalities have now adopted resolutions opposed to offshore drilling. Citizens have bombarded our elected officials with letters, texts and phone calls, but our county commissioners are deaf to our pleas.

  • Pursue clean energy, preserve our resources

    To the editor:

    I would like to thank the 13 municipalities in Brunswick County, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners and one Brunswick County commissioner, Randy Thompson, for supporting resolutions that oppose offshore oil drilling.

    At the March 19 meeting of the county board, despite widespread opposition to offshore drilling, four commissioners declined to vote on the future of this community’s precious resource, the ocean — the foundation of our way of life and livelihood.

  • Postpone gator hunting until reliable census

    To the editor:

    The problem of allowing alligator hunts in Brunswick County is that alligators here do not reach sexual maturity for about 12 years, making them the largest gators at the point when they can make more.

    And which gators are the ones hunters will want to kill? The largest ones they can find, of course!

    There is no reliable existing census of alligators, so we could be killing the future populations by allowing the taking of the largest.

  • Join in Hands Across the Sand

    To the editor:

    Did you know that last year Sunset Beach had the largest Hands Across the Sand participation of any beach on the U.S. East Coast? Almost 200 people gathered to join hands for 15 minutes to demonstrate support for protecting our coasts.

    This year, volunteers are organizing large events at all the Brunswick County beaches: Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island and Sunset Beach. So mark your calendar to come out to one of our local beaches Saturday, May 19, to gather at noon with residents and vacationers who value our coastal environment.

  • Offshore drilling, seismic testing decisions should transcend politics

    To the editor:

    My political affiliation is independent. I left the Republican Party when it adopted the far-right Tea Party in 2010. I state this because several speakers at last month’s Brunswick County commissioners’ meeting chastised them for going against the GOP platform instead of voting their conscience, doing what is right for all county citizens. The disgrace is on those speakers, not the commissioners.

  • Beneficiaries should shoulder dredging costs

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach is proposing a dredging project that includes the Canal Bay Area, feeder/finger canals and Jinks Creek to allow access for larger boats from the canals to the Intracoastal Waterway. Who will benefit from this project?

  • Roadside litter is disgusting and penalties nonexistent

    To the editor:

    Every time I drive from Supply to Shallotte, I get upset. I go through the same emotions each and every time. I start talking to myself. It goes something like this: “Look at this garbage. Why do people do their town like this? Don’t they have any respect for the way the tourists see us?”

    Then, where are the signs that read “$1,000 for throwing garbage out?"

    Who is charge of keeping garbage in the cans and off the side of the roads? Did he die, give up?

  • Thank you for sharing community news item

    To the editor:

    I wanted to give a special thank you to The Brunswick Beacon for running Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church’s Columbiettes community news item to invite the community to the card party we held at Ryan’s in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on March 20. We had 130 people attend and raised more than $1,500 to use toward scholarships for students who will be attending St. Elizabeth Ann Seton High School.

    We so appreciate the support of The Brunswick Beacon and staff who advertised our event in religion news for many weeks leading up to it.

  • Leland business rates 11 on scale

    To the editor:

    David and Tammy Hardee, owners of The Original Cape Fear Rooter in Leland, are the real deal, the old-fashioned idea of genuine service.

    They called literally within a minute of my filling a Home Advisor request form and Tammy was on the phone with my wife three times in the next five minutes to figure out what was wrong and when they could be here.

    Less than two hours later, they had fixed my sewer problem.

    I was expecting a bill that was three to four times higher than they charged us.

  • Town should ban cabanas to end conundrum

    To the editor:

    The March 22 editorial regarding the continuing cabana struggles in Sunset Beach should be a lesson.

    Reportedly, years ago, Sunset Beach Town Council allowed the commercialization of cabanas to satisfy a friend to profit. This took place during a time when our little beach was only known by a few. Many day visitors stayed away to avoid either waiting in a long line to cross the one-lane bridge or feared being trapped for hours on the island if the old bridge had a problem.