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Letters

  • U.S. cannot afford its own government

    To the editor:

    Thomas McGrath’s letter of Oct. 6 expressed concern about the national debt, while stating: “No one should vote for a politician who ... will not vote for adequate taxes.”

    McGrath left “adequate” undefined and omitted two significant facts: 45.3 percent of earners didn’t owe any federal income tax last year and 60 percent of all federal expenditures are “payments for individuals,” unauthorized by the Constitution of the United States.

  • Vote Mentzer for school board

    To the editor:

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has been run for a number of years by Republicans.

    So how has the all-Republican board been doing? For the past several years they have sat by and watched hundreds of students a year drop out. Ask any sheriff what an extra 600 aimless, uneducated teenagers a year will mean for law enforcement over the next five or 10 years.

  • Fight opioid, heroin epidemic

    To the editor:

    I am asking for your help to solve an urgent health crisis facing America: the opioid epidemic, along with this major drug, heroin.

    Everywhere I go, I see communities devastated by opioid overdoses. I meet families too ashamed to seek treatment for addiction.

  • Cast ballot for Mentzer on school board

    To the editor:

    We write to support Marty Mentzer for Brunswick County Board of Education. We’ll go right to the bottom line first: She’s the neighbor we trusted with the key to our house — the neighbor you trust with your life in case of emergency.

  • Money spent on education isn’t wasteful

    To the editor:

    The letter by Ginny Quaglia of Ocean Isle Beach published Oct. 13 on the school bond issue for Brunswick County intrigued me and I would like to respond.

    Schools have been and always will be our investment in our collective futures. It would seem plausible that all means available should be used to have the pertinent bond information out for public consumption, enabling the public to make an informed voting decision.

  • The truth about coal ash in N.C.

    Editor’s note: The writer was appointed chairman of the North Carolina Ports Authority board by McCrory in 2014.

    To the editor:

    Roy Cooper campaigns on being a crusader out to save North Carolinians from coal ash, but his record highlights how this is an opportunistic stance.

    In the first 14 years of his political career in the North Carolina Senate, including a stint as majority leader, Cooper never introduced or supported a single bill to regulate or clean up coal ash.

  • Message on Holden Beach business sign is all too clear

    To the editor:

    I am a member of an extended family who has been vacationing at Holden Beach since 1971. This annual event is now made up of more than 30 members and we often stay two or more weeks, sometimes requiring the rental of four to five houses. We love it there and obviously over the years have made a substantial economic impact.

  • Recognize drug addiction as an illness

    Editor’s note: The writer is a Brunswick County Board of Commissioners candidate for district 5.

    To the editor:

    The question I keep asking myself is how much worse does it have to get before we start to change our approach? Currently, Wilmington is ranked as the No. 1 area in the U.S. for opiate abuse, according to a study published in mid-2016. This study, which compiled statistics for analysis, estimated 11.6 percent of the population in this region is classified as an opiate abuser.

  • Only hope is with the Lord

    To the editor:

    Last October we were flooded. We are still working on getting back to normal. When Hurricane Matthew hit, I prayed for all our neighbors here in Carolina Shores who endured the hardships of this latest flooding. The stormwater came very close again but thank God, we did not flood this time.

  • Life is what is worth dying for

    To the editor:

    The Bible teaches that the greatest love one can give is our own life for another. God knows our babies before we know them. That teaching is embedded in our very culture, except at pre-birth.