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Letters

  • Temperament can be riskier than ideology

    To the editor:

    It usually takes centuries to build an empire or a great nation; however, many nationalist leaders have proved a national government can be destroyed in eight years or less.

    Temperament can be more dangerous, in my mind, than powerful ideologies.

    Together, they can become a cautionary tale for a free people who have stopped compromising.

    Tom McGrath

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • Officials learn nothing from environmental mistakes in N.C.

    To the editor:

    Recently, The (Wilmington) StarNews ran a report, “Silent No More,” about those serving at Camp Lejeune from 1953-1987. Up to a million people “drank, washed, swam and cleaned their dishes and clothes in water tainted with a toxic stew of chemicals and contaminants.”

    As I read each victim’s story, my heart ached. Acknowledgment and compensation came way too late. It cannot make up for the loss of life and chronic illnesses these families have experienced over the decades.

  • The unreal is the real

    To the editor:

    “Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.” These are the words of Lavrenty Pavlovich Beria, Joseph Stalin’s secret police chief, suggesting how political undesirables can easily be eliminated unjustly.

    “If you tell a big lie often enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it,” said Joseph Goebbels, Adolph Hitler’s propagandist.

  • God loves what he created in us

    To the editor:

    Is God living in you? If not, he wants to. God loves what he created, and he especially loves human beings because we are the most like him (Gen. 1:27). What could possibly cause us to not want God in our lives? It is our natural inclination.

  • Are we really that afraid?

    o the editor:

    I see President Trump has just signed a spending bill that will keep the government running for four months and cost $1 trillion; $15 billion will be for defense spending and $1.5 billion will go to border security. Are we that afraid? And they will guarantee $1.3 billion to preserve health benefits for 22,000 retired coal miners.

  • Burr helps fight Alzheimer’s disease

    To the editor:

    This year, the annual cost of caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will reach $259 billion, $175 billion of which comes in direct costs to Medicare and Medicaid. Yet in 2016, for every $100 the U.S. government spent on Alzheimer’s research, $16,000 was spent by Medicare and Medicaid to care for those living with the disease.

  • Why not seek Sunset Beach de-annexation?

    To the editor:

    Please inform me if I am wrong: Our appointed mayor of Sunset Beach, Robert Forrester, is soliciting support for anti-de-annexation legislation from Brunswick County mayors? Instead of offering reasons to stay connected to Sunset Beach, he rallies support to force annexed areas to stay put. Offering no reasons, like improved services, just a plea to the League of Municipalities’ mayors.

  • Shame on the driver who hit and killed cat

    To the editor:

    Do you live in the Shell Point subdivision? Do you drive like a racecar driver? Maybe you were the one who ran over a fluffy white and black cat. You could have pulled her out of the road after you hit her.

    She loved the outdoors most of the time. She laid under a bush in the yard, but she always met me at her eating place every morning.

    I have never cried as much in my life as when I buried her.

    All the streets in our area are short streets. There is no need to drive like a racecar driver!

    Jean Garland

  • Thank you for helping Wreaths Across America effort

    To the editor:

    On May 20, the Brunswick County Composite Civil Air Patrol Squadron conducted a Wreaths Across America promotion at Shallotte Wal-Mart.

    On behalf of the entire Squadron, I would like to thank the Wal-Mart customers who opened their purses and wallets to donate funds.

  • Thanks for supporting Masons’ fundraiser

    To the editor:

    The Shallotte Masonic Lodge 727 and I would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the local community for their support May 5 as the lodge hosted a chicken plate fundraiser. The funds raised during the event will go to support various Masonic charities.