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Letters

  • Thank you, Sunset Beach, for excellent storm response

    To the editor:

    We wanted to send an open letter of appreciation to the entire Sunset Beach community following the wrath of Hurricane Matthew.

    As out-of-town owners of rental property on Sunset Beach island, we were concerned our beachfront cottage may have been damaged by the storm. Even in the midst of the approaching storm, Sunset Properties arranged to have our cottage cleaned when the prior renter departed early because of the evacuation.

  • American Legion Post 186 takes stand on flag

    To the editor:

    American Legion Post 186 took a stand at its October membership meeting. Any sports team that has or will display disrespectful postures during the playing of the National Anthem will have their team’s games banned from being televised in American Legion Post 186. The American Legion’s preamble to its Constitution includes, “to foster and perpetuate a 100 percent Americanism.” We encourage every patriotic organization, veteran, child of a veteran or just someone who is proud to be an American First, to stand with us.

  • Charlotte mayor to blame for city’s problems

    To the editor:

    The clear lack of direction and leadership in Charlotte in the aftermath of the shooting of Keith Scott lies squarely with Mayor Jennifer Roberts.

    As seen case after case with violence after police shootings, protests escalate, innocent bystanders are injured and significant damage occurs to businesses and property. With this precedent, I am baffled why Roberts refused Gov. Pat McCrory’s assistance at the first indication of possible unrest.

  • Clinton’s email security breaches were ignored

    To the editor:

    In his Sept. 29 letter, Satinder Ahuja wrote: “Clinton admitted her mistake (regarding) ...use of a private email server ... and it is time to move on to more important matters.” The most important matter for the president of the United States is national security.

  • Rouzer deals in weasel words

    To the editor:

    I’ve shared a letter from our 7th District Congressman David Rouzer he sent in response to a question I asked him about why he signs a pledge to never raise taxes, when 100 percent of America’s $19 trillion debt is because Congress has voted to spend $19 trillion more than Congress has voted to tax on incomes, forcing the Treasury to borrow instead.

    In his letter, he names Social Security as the second most important driver of this ($19 trillion) federal debt.

  • Williams’ story too familiar for far too many

    To the editor:

    For those of us who have lost a son or daughter to the ravages of addiction to drugs and alcohol, Pam Williams’ front-page story in last week’s edition is all too familiar.

  • We cannot afford to elect Trump

    To the editor:

    I knew when I first heard Donald Trump say Mexicans were rapists (and more), I knew he was even more hateful than he was on his TV show, “The Apprentice.” He seems to love Donald Trump; he is narcissistic; his egotism is even larger than his mouth. His “You’re fired!” was delivered with so much abhorrence and glee, I wondered why any of the “apprentices” would agree to submit to such a “reality” show.

  • Be alert at the voting booth

    To the editor:

    Recently, a voter identification verification bill was passed in North Carolina (voter ID law). Acceptable IDs were available free at numerous locations with help offered if needed. In the election this fall, a person would provide the ID to show they are who they say they are and eligible to vote.

    The NAACP protests the voter ID requirement as placing an unfair barrier to poor and minority folks. Some people’s mindset is rooted in the past segregation era. The rest of the country apparently has moved on.

  • David Rouzer misleads on Social Security

    To the editor:

    Congressman David Rouzer is misleading Brunswick County voters about Social Security in answering questions at his open houses around the county.

    He has taken a pledge to never raise income taxes on high earners, even to fight terrorism. He does blame the resulting debt from fighting terrorism on Social Security, which he calls a major cause of the debt. Social Security taxes bring in an extra $400 billion every year, did last year and will again this year.

  • Pray for an end to forces of division

    To the editor:

    Please pray for Charlotte, where rioting and racial turmoil have been occurring after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man, by a black police officer last week.

    We pray comfort for the Scott family for their loss, but many forces of division and in this land have taken advantage of this event to stir up turmoil and violence in this city.