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Today's Opinions

  • Sunset Beach spending more than it reaps

    To the editor:
    Interesting information from Brunswick County: The county is granting a 2 percent pay increase to employees with a 3 or better performance review. This is their first increase since 2009.
    Sunset Beach, however, is giving a 5 percent across-the-board increase for fiscal year 2013. This is a total of 15 percent for the last four years. For a town our size—3,400—our employees are very well paid.

  • Theory doesn’t mesh with reality

    To the editor:
    I have read with interest recent articles by guest columnist John Heidtke about his concerns with America’s life with guns.
    His comment about not carrying his gun, even though he has a concealed carry permit, is interesting. One would hope that, as a trained former law enforcement officer, he would have some sense of obligation to use his training and expertise if an occasion arose, such as the shooting in the Colorado theater.

  • Reporting from the courtroom: Trial testimonials can try the soul

    It takes guts to do the right thing.

    For the last week, I have sat in Brunswick County Superior Criminal Court watching as the murder trial of Craig Bryant unfolds. Bryant is accused of murdering Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw in late April 2008.

    One-by-one as the witnesses have taken the stand, I have seen one thing in common—nervousness. Yes, there have been a few witnesses who are more seasoned at being put on the stand to testify, but the majority are not.

  • Fair Sentencing Act isn’t fair to citizens

    A recent heroin bust here in Brunswick County is a perfect example of what is wrong with North Carolina’s justice system.
    It’s not the work investigators did to uncover the drug operation; it’s the fact the perpetrator was on the streets to begin with.
    Back in 1994 Christopher Mosby was convicted of second-degree murder. He was found guilty for assisting in the murder of Louis Lopez in Winston-Salem on Jan. 21, 1994.

  • Turmoil in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:
    Mayor Cerrato was elected by 60 percent of voters on a platform of “Spend Less-Tax Less.” His platform consisted of 19 items, such as salaries, spending and waste, but any time an item is brought up, it’s quickly brushed aside by our town council.
    Mayor Cerrato was opposed to purchasing the park land even before 1,200 citizens signed a petition opposing it. The county has a park less than 2 miles away. Why are we going to be paying for two parks, one through our county taxes, and the other through town taxes?

  • Safety has always been town’s priority

    To the editor:
    A recent letter by a Carolina Shores resident accusing Sunset Beach of ignoring the safety of our beach visitors paints an inaccurate picture.
    The safety of our beach-goers is always our first priority. We take pride in the enhancements made to our beach area, especially the new and improved access ramps.

  • What has happened to Supply?

    To the editor:
    What has happened to Supply? I have wonderful childhood memories of this small town. Now we have some property and a temporary vacation home here, and we have been sadly hurt by the scum that now occupy this area.
    Our home has been broken into more than six (I have since lost count) times. We have been told there is a drug problem where we have a place (Little Macedonia Road). Why have authorities not taken action to get rid of this hazard?

  • Obama is best thing for USA

    To the editor:
    Ref: In response to the Ken Drennan letter in Aug. 15 edition of the Beacon.
    I’m glad the Chicago Thuggery Machine (as mentioned in your letter last week) won the White House.
    I don’t think the country could have survived another four years of Republican control. Two wars started by the Republicans, generating billions of dollars for the greedy and nothing but grief and sorrow for the families of all those brave soldiers who were killed and wounded. My heart goes out to each and every one of them.