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Letters

  • Paying the price for ‘lyin’ eyes’

    To the editor:

    “Every form of refuge has its price.” The soul-searing words from the song, “Lyin’ Eyes,” resonate with no less meaning today than they did when Don Henley and Glenn Frey of the Eagles composed them in 1975.

  • Shallotte supports tax referendum

    To the editor:

    Residents of Brunswick County are being asked to support a 1/4-cent increase in the sales tax. This increase would provide approximately $l.5 million annually for schools in Brunswick County and the same amount for county beach nourishment and dredging. While funds produced by this tax will not meet all of the needs of either the schools or our beaches and rivers, they will provide immediate assistance in both areas. This sales tax increase will help avoid an increase in property taxes and will spread the tax burden between residents and visitors.

  • Settle on school start times

    To the editor:

    I just heard about the possibility of changing school start times again and wanted to share my opinion. Last year, I fought to keep the schedule as it was because it worked for most working parents, as well as the children. I even suggested that older students have the later start time because they do not require the supervision getting ready or onto a bus that young children do.

  • Red Cross seeks volunteers

    To the editor:

    The American Red Cross Cape Fear Chapter celebrated its volunteers and the work they do in the community during National Volunteer Week, April 6-12.

    Last year, our volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to 513 local residents who faced home fires and other disaster situations. They trained 2,637 people in lifesaving skills and assisted 542 military members, veterans and their families. They also helped collect 16,370 units of blood from 495 blood drives in the Cape Fear area.

  • Rabon owes puppy mill bill to taxpayers

    To the editor:

    Who wants to pay more taxes that are funding an abusive, horrific business: The business of over breeding dogs in inhumane conditions?

  • Puppy mill bust shows need for legislation

    To the editor:

    Yet another N.C. puppy mill bust. That makes 16 in the same time neighboring states had a grand total of four. With an estimated 250 puppy mills in our state, we are like a magnet, as surrounding states pass regulations to protect the dogs in their state. Did you know that there are no N.C. laws or regulations for commercial dog breeders who sell puppies directly to the general public in our state?

  • Support sales tax referendum

    To the editor:

    On May 6, voters in Brunswick County will have the opportunity to weigh in at the polls on a quarter-penny tax levy. While the idea of any tax increase may be unsettling, there are actually many advantages of this proposed increase to address some of the shrinking state and federal resources available to our schools and beach communities.

  • Support minimum wage increase

    To the editor:

    I’m upset about the minimum-wage argument in this year’s Senate race. I just heard that 4.8 million full-time adult U.S. workers, the parents of 17 million kids, work full time for minimum wage. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina said that in our state, 25 percent, or 1 million of all employees, work for minimum wage.

  • Remembering Jean Russ

    To the editor:

    Shallotte lost a very important person last week. We lost Jean Russ. She was a throwback to an earlier time, a person from another era, an era when Southern ladies were gentile and mannerly. She had a beautiful Southern drawl and an aristocratic, yet humble, nature about her that reminded you of the Deep South.

  • ACA letter requires facts

    To the editor:

    Mr. DeAtkine, I read your letter in the March 20 edition of The Brunswick Beacon with interest. I explained my experience as a young father just out of the military at the end of my tour of duty, with a daughter brain damaged a few months earlier. As a result, she was uninsurable for many years.