• Oral hygiene

    To the editor:

    Whichever end of a toothpick President Trump might choose to use, liberals will most assuredly claim it is the wrong one.

    When a toddler throws a tantrum, a caring parent will resolve the matter swiftly with a firm pat on the child’s backside, assuring him that not only is the conduct unacceptable, but, even if subconsciously, that some actions can have undesirable consequences.

    John A. Donnelly

    Carolina Shores

  • Democratic voters are ‘functionally illiterate’

    To the editor:

    This past election was extraordinary and one of exuberance. The morning of Nov. 9 around 3:30 a.m., Donald J. Trump became president-elect. What followed was remarkable. America saw first-hand what happens when people raised and educated by a village acted. The Democratic Party, from top to bottom, went into a total meltdown. The politicians, scholars and the three dumb-down generations of indoctrination showed the world how a functionally illiterate class of voters reacted. Pathetic!

  • Pray God will revive us all

    To the editor:

    Revival refers to a spiritual reawakening from a state of dormancy or stagnation in the life of a believer. It encompasses the resurfacing of a love for God, an appreciation of God’s holiness, a passion for his word and his church, a convicting awareness of personal and corporate sin, a spirit of humility and a desire for repentance and growth in righteousness.

  • Rain of revival

    To the editor:

    During the inauguration ceremony, the Rev. Franklin Graham pointed out God was giving a prophetic sign that day when a soft, gentle rain started falling from the sky. He remarked, “Mr. President, in the Bible, rain is a sign of God’s blessing, and it started to rain, Mr. President, when you came to the platform.” Graham then proclaimed from the podium: “There is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.”

  • Town’s response to gun theft both shocking and offensive

    To the editor:

    It’s hard to imagine which was more shocking and offensive to the citizens of Sunset Beach: acting Police Chief Joe Smith carelessly allowing four guns to be stolen from a town-owned vehicle or Town Administrator Susan Parker failing to inform the town council and mayor about this incident until weeks later.

  • Kennel gift rewards bad dog owner

    To the editor:

    There are hundreds of dogs tethered in Brunswick County who need a great kennel like the one recently provided by an anonymous donor for a dog in Ocean Isle Beach. This act removed the dog from the muddy, feces-covered space she lived in but it brings up many questions:

  • Why block Jaguar’s Lair properties to residents?

    To the editor:

    I am a winter resident (past six years) for three months every year and have been using the Jaguar’s Lair golf course along with many other locals as a place to walk our dogs.

    The Ocean Ridge Master Association recently erected cables across the road access, which prevent access to the area favored by the walkers.

  • Women’s march was Obama’s parting shot

    To the editor:

    I would like to share our joy in being able to go to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. This was not the first one I have attended, but this one was very different.

    Unfortunately, we had to endure long lines, which included a lot of protestors. The city was like a fortress. The police and military (which I do not blame) did nothing to help with the confusion. They were only there to stop any violence that might occur.

  • How Native Americans played lacrosse

    To the editor:

    In “American History Notes Lacrosse Origins,” legend development was noted as having originated in various tribal lore.

    One tribal (Eastern Cherokee) legend had birds (eagles, hawks, osprey, etc.) and land animals (deer, bear, otter, etc.) competing against one another. The truth portrayed in this legend may point to the fact that in the human version, the ball rarely touched the ground.

    In the legend, if the birds gained possession of the ball, it would be very difficult for the land animals to touch a bird or the ball.

  • Clarifying intelligence community opinion

    To the editor:

    Dr. Mike Claxton missed a couple points I made about the intelligence community.

    First, I did not blame the intelligence community for starting the Iraq War. But, really, do you seriously think the intelligence community could not have overridden Vice President Cheney if they wanted to exert the effort? C’mon, man.

    Second, I did not say the intelligence community should make Iraq pay for war.