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Letters

  • 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.

  • Bad news travels fast

    To the editor:

    There is a saying that bad news travels fast, but good news travels slowly (at a snail’s pace). That saying holds true with Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA). False stories, debunked days or weeks later, circulate quickly in the news or social media, but a recent survey showed that more than 40 percent of U.S. citizens do not know what key components are included in the ACA.

  • Remember puppy mill bill at ballot box

    To the editor:

    Supporting N.C. businesses is admirable, but supporting businesses that subject innocent dogs to inhumane conditions for profit isn’t moral, nor is it good for North Carolina.

    According to the Department of Agriculture, North Carolina is home to about 250 puppy mills. Why so many? This is one of the few states that have no regulations in place to protect dogs in puppy mills from horrific conditions and painful neglect.

  • Help and Hope for Alzheimer’s

    To the editor:

    According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are an estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including as many as 170,000 here in North Carolina. These numbers are projected to grow to as many as 210,000 by 2025 if we don’t do all we can to stop the disease today.

  • Puppy mill bill about compassion

    To the editor:

    The issue of the HB930 puppy mill bill is not just about ending the cruel practices of commercial high-volume dog breeding facilities. It is about who we are as North Carolinians.

    Are we about offering compassion to helpless dogs kept crated and forced to breed endlessly until they die? Are we about Sen. Bill Rabon and others of our so-called representatives who are more concerned about ego and personal power?