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Letters

  • 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.

  • North Carolina fails its animals

    To the editor:

    Unimaginable suffering, painful injuries, restrained 24/7 in filthy cages, denied basic medical care, forced to breed over and over for years. This is what thousands of innocent dogs in North Carolina puppy mills must endure every day and when no longer able to breed, they are killed inhumanely.

  • Thank you for show benefitting CIS

    To the editor:

    Everyone in attendance enjoyed the memorable skits from “The Carol Burnett Show” performed by the Winding River Players benefitting Communities In Schools.

  • Shootings in gun-free zones

    To the editor:

    Except for two instances, every mass killing in the United States since 1950 has occurred in a gun-free zone. This is the second time for Fort Hood, Texas. When will we wake up and allow people to defend themselves? Remember, when seconds count, your local police are only minutes away.

     

    John A. Difloure

    Shallotte

  • Referendum should be split

    To the editor:

    The referendum to increase the sales tax in Brunswick County addresses two entirely different issues. Most support money for schools in Brunswick County, but why would anyone support paying a greater sales tax for a handful of property owners who expect those of us who do not live on barrier islands to help pay to keep their beaches from eroding away?

  • A loud 'no'

    To the editor:

  • Don't legislate animal cruelty

    To the editor:

    Last year, the N.C. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HB 930, the puppy mill bill; however, this bill cannot become law until the Senate passes it.

    It is bewildering why our own state senator, veterinarian Bill Rabon, refuses to support it and was quoted as saying, “Angels in heaven cannot make that bill pass.” It should not be legal for humans to subject animals to lives of torture. The ruse of the free market must not be allowed to protect people who practice animal cruelty.