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Letters

  • Wants to help with Haiti relief

    To the editor: My wife Kathleen is in South Florida with the Red Cross. Some of her duties have placed her in direct contact with planeloads of children who have been traveling for 12-14 hours.

    Most of the children are frightened and confused and most need clean diapers and underwear. The bureaucrats who meet their planes and process them take hours to complete the paperwork to allow them on to their next stop.

  • Speak out against rate hike

    To the editor: As you may already know, there has been a 29.8 percent increase in your homeowners insurance as of May 1, 2009.

    Wayne Goodwin, N.C. insurance commissioner, has approved this percentage. It is the largest increase in the entire state of North Carolina.

    I contacted the commissioner’s office to verify this increase. If this issue is of concern to you, I ask you forward this information to anyone who lives in Brunswick County. You may contact Wayne Goodwin at (800) 662-7777 or its Web site at www.NCDOI.com.

  • The foxhole and repenting

    To the editor: Every time there is a natural or manmade tragedy, someone comes out and says it is the result of God’s wrath for specific sins.

    What does God say in His Word? In Luke 13:4, Jesus was asked: “On those 18 on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all the other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?” God said: “I tell you no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

  • Healthcare reform ideas

    To the editor: Another view of healthcare reform:

    •Increase supply of healthcare providers by expanding enrollment in all medical professions using federal money and clout in schools and associations;

    •Influence professional specialties and geography by incentives to medical students paying for education;

    •Increase roles of highly educated pharmacists and nurses in providing non-critical health services;

    •Allow U.S. pharmaceutical firms to bargain collectively with single-payer countries—no subsidies for U.S. technology;

  • Where was Rabon at events?

    To the editor: I’m all for the “more the merrier” when it comes to choices in a primary election race, but I’m also for commitment to principle.

    This commitment to America’s conservation ideology is what we grassroots activists are demanding in our lawmakers. Lead by example.

    Upon learning that Bill Rabon of Southport would seek the Republican nomination for the District 8 state Senate seat currently held by the indicted R.C. Soles, I was a bit confused.

  • Hagan didn't listen to voters

    To the editor: Re: An open letter to Sen. Kay Hagan.

    It is with a heavy heart I write to you about your statements and conduct pertaining to the passage of the Senate Healthcare bill.

    Your statement reported by the Greensboro News and Record, “I’d say that Harry Reid knows how to get 60 votes and that was important to our country in order to move forward with that legislation.”

  • Vegetation can help barrier islands

    To the editor: Life on barrier islands is risky. Insurance rates are climbing. State Farm won’t insure islands.

    On Ocean Isle Beach, the ecological infrastructure is decimated by development. Manicured lawns don’t slow storm surges or block winds. How can we protect property?

    The most effective means of protecting our islands is clustered native vegetation. Vegetation’s role was studied extensively by Coastal Barrier Island Network (CBIN), funded by the National Science Foundation (www.coastalbarrierisland.org).

  • How is your POA?

    To the editor: I hope there are some out there that live in subdivisions with POAs because you’ll understand or maybe yours is not like ours.

    In ours, you can’t speak at a meeting unless you request beforehand, but there are others who can go sit in and if they don’t like what’s being said, they speak anyway. Strange, huh?

  • Brunswick Family Assistance 2009 Report

    To the editor: On behalf of Brunswick County residents in crisis, the board of directors and staff of Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) would like to express our gratitude to the community of Brunswick County for their generosity in aiding the county’s neediest. Specifically, BFA in 2009 distributed:

    •$374,000 in food (183 tons) to 3,051 households with 9,546 affected people.

    •$139,000 in heating and utilities to 1,701 households.

    •$158,000 in rental assistance and emergency shelter to 484 households.

  • Opposing smoking in public places

    To the editor: As a smoker early in life and a non-smoker for the last 40 years, I’m opposed to smoking (in all forms) in public places.

    I found Ed Wilson’s editorial cartoon (December 2009) a hard-hitting warning of what is to come. It quickly and effectively tells the story without a lot of words, which so often can lose the reader.

    Good work, Ed.