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Letters

  • 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?

  • Thanks to ATMC for grant money

    To the editor:

    I am a special education teacher from Shallotte Middle School, and I would like to thank ATMC for awarding my classroom grant money so we could purchase a computer program, Boardmaker Studio.

    This program has made a significant impact in my classroom and has made learning more fun and accessible for my students. Their generosity has provided more opportunities for my students with limited communication skills to have access to the Common Core curriculum and enables the students to better communicate their wants and needs.

  • Health-care plan not about health

    To the editor:

    In order to understand the unmitigated disaster the Obama health-care plan has been for most working families, including that of my own extended family, one has to realize this was never about health at all.

    It was part of Obama’s leftist philosophy to create the conditions for socialized medicine as an instrument to further acquire more power. Nothing illustrates this point more than the fact that many are opting to pay a fine because they are unable to afford the Affordable Care Act.

  • God is not unfair

    To the editor:

    Who would dare say that God is unfair? At first blush, it would appear God’s word says he is unfair. King David was an adulterer and murderer, yet God said he is a man after God’s own heart because he repented, followed God and did his will.

  • Thanks for successful ‘spay-ghetti’

    To the editor:

    On Sunday night, Feb 23, Paws-Ability business member Mama Brava’s in Shallotte hosted a “spay-ghetti” dinner fundraiser organized by Paws-Ability. Normally not open on Sunday nights, they opened their doors to 153 people in the community who had purchased tickets in advance to support the spay and neuter efforts in Brunswick County. Funds from this event will help Paws-Ability continue the spay and neuter program in partnership with Brunswick County Animal Protective Services.

  • Tax referendum should be split

    To the editor:

    Brunswick County officials have added a referendum to the May primary ballot asking voters to approve an increase in the county sales tax from 6.75 percent to 7 percent. The proposed use of revenues generated from this tax would go to school facilities and to beach projects like terminal groins. The referendum should be divided into two referendums. One referendum should be for school projects, and the other one for beach projects.

  • ACA is work in progress

    To the editor:

    The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): Is it a train wreck best repealed as the GOP ads promise? I think it is an important work in progress as Sen. Kay Hagan’s ads suggest, worthy of improving as we go.