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Letters

  • Make final arrangements in advance

    To the editor:

    Sometimes families call Brunswick Family Assistance, churches and other organizations seeking help to pay for funeral expenses. I am writing to address the need to make final arrangements in advance. There are no provisions in our county for indigent funerals, except in the case of an unclaimed body.

  • Will vote for Pantano

    To the editor:

    I disagree with last week’s letter, “Vote With Your Head,” declaring that Lt. Pantano’s alleged murder of two suspected Iraqi terrorists was not adjudicated and guilt or innocence not established.

    According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, an Article 32 hearing “is a judicial proceeding and plays a necessary role in military due process of law. It is a thorough and impartial investigation of all charges; an inquiry as to the truth of the matter set forth in the charges.”

  • Impression wasn’t correct

    To the letter:

    I apologize to Corvette owners for your being given an incorrect impression of what I said.

    Fortunately, e-mail messages provide documentation. I wrote: “Possibly Corvettes are toys of retirees who moved here from the North. When the council decides whether or not Corvettes should go first, please consider the feelings of the average Brunswick County native.”

  • Vote with your head

    To the editor:

    We are entitled to our personal opinions, but not to our personal facts. Mr. Pantano was not determined “not guilty.” His case was not adjudicated; therefore, guilt or innocence was not decided. Whether or not Mr. Pantano is guilty of the war crime alleged or not is now a matter of personal opinion. There was no closure to the matter. When you vote with your head, it is necessary that you are conversant with the facts.

    Carol A. Weaver

  • Thanks for support

    To the editor:

    We the children of Ralph Varnam want to thank 132 people for coming to his 87th birthday party at Dixon Chapel Methodist Church on Sept. 11. It made his day. He received lots of birthday cards, gifts and phone calls. Ralph is a World War II Navy veteran.

    Karen V. Harris

    Oak Island

    Howard Varnam

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • Help Kellie Gore

    To the editor:

    Please help Kellie Gore and her family if you can. I work in the building right beside her house that faces the causeway. We have heard the water pumps run non-stop since Monday. She is trying to keep her head up, but you know as well as I do that it is so stressful for her and the family. She has two young children, and my heart goes out to them as well. 

  • MacCallum is right choice

    To the editor:

    How typical of Democrats to resort to cheap personal attacks when they realize they are about to lose an election. Ms. Pye-Simmons’ accusations against Jim MacCallum, candidate for Clerk of the Superior Court, are case in point.

  • You are in control

    To the editor:

    When considering for whom you will cast your vote in a few weeks, it is important to look back to know where we have been and where we are now. In our state, the governor hardly cut the administrative costs, just services to you and me, including a hike in the state sales and income tax. How about our attorney general not signing onto the coalition of states suing the government about Obamacare?

  • What about raises?

    To the editor:

    Did I miss something? On the front page the headline read “True Cost to Be Governed.” The commissioners’ discretionary spending allowance of $9,000 was cut. These funds had benefited nonprofit organizations in the past. 

    Sounds good to cut the funds in a poor economy, but why did they give themselves outrageous raises? Are they going to still give $5,000 to the senior citizens fund?

  • Shame on you

    To the editor:

    As a conservative-minded, registered member of the Republican Party for my entire adult life, I must say I’m not too proud of the campaign my party is running for the N.C. 7th District congressional seat.