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Letters

  • Good luck to fire chief

    To the editor: As president of the corporation of the Piney Grove Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department for more than four years and a member of the department for 13 years, it has been a tremendous honor and privilege to work with Chief Bork.

    As we begin our search for a replacement, we, as a fire department, are reminded how much Randy has done for the department, its members and this community. The best tribute to his leadership and drive to make our department strong and active comes from the members of the department themselves.

  • A nation of fear?

    I fear for the future of my country when a presidential address advocating hard work, ambitious goals and personal responsibility is considered too controversial and subversive for young ears.

    I fear for the message the controversy sends to our youth. The president never deserves your respect if you don’t agree with him. Don’t honor a call to sacrifice if the commander in chief is of the opposite party. Never listen to anyone you disagree with.

  • Officer Cully is an asset to town

    To the editor: After attending a meeting Aug. 18, I stopped at the GoGas in Shallotte around 11:15 p.m. During the process, I placed my wallet on my vehicle and did not realize I had not retrieved it until I was home.

  • Renew McGee's contract

    To the editor: Your article last week, “Longevity issues plaque superintendent position,” was an excellent history lesson and makes a compelling case for why Katie McGee’s contract needs to be renewed and soon.

    With the recent notable exception of Dr. McGee, Marion Wise and John Jones, Brunswick County children have significantly suffered from a series of “under-performing” leaders in the past.

  • Health insurance coverage

    To the editor: On a rainy night in 1974, I was at a reception at Mathilde Krim’s New York City townhouse for Ted Kennedy. It was raining so hard on the Northeast coast that Kennedy was three hours late. When he arrived, he bounded up the staircase and introduced himself to my wife, Kathleen, and proceeded to apologize for the delay. The meeting was to propose a documentary film about healthcare in America and what we should be doing about it.

  • The problem isn't the gate

    To the editor: St James’ problem is not the gate. Many lovely communities in Brunswick County are private and gated. One hundred percent of St. James residents live behind their gate, and we on the outside aren’t envious of them or concerned with how they regulate their lives. The problem occurs only when they attempt to regulate our lives, first by ETJ in 2005 and now by forced annexation in 2009.

  • Thanks for help at wreck

    To the editor: On Friday, Aug. 21, our daughter Kristina M. Bermudez and her friend April Degler were in a car wreck on Stanley Road in Supply around 7:30 p.m.

    Although shaken up and scared after the impact, the girls immediately called 911 and also called their families. The girls soon realized that Kristina was stuck upside down in the passenger seat and was unable to get loose, but with the help of her friend April, they managed to get the seat belt loose themselves and Kristina was finally free. However, it

  • Think about who you vote for

    To the editor: I read the letters praising the virtues of our state senator.

    The fact R.C. Soles has been elected by the people of North Carolina and has served us for 40 years is a reflection of my own ability to make decisions. I probably voted for him a couple of times before I found out Archie Billings was still alive.

    I voted for Rex Gore because I believed Amy Frink’s killers would never be freed, and I hoped they would receive the death penalty.

  • Praise for Dancing with the Stars

    To the editor: Three years ago, the board of directors of the Brunswick Community College Foundation was sizing up the landscape of the already busy year-round schedule of charity events to see what type of new event would be well received by county residents.

    Enter new board member Clarice Holden, who pitched the board on an idea she heard of that took place in Spartanburg, S.C.—a successful local version of “Dancing with the Stars.”

  • Turmoil in town

    To the editor: In response to Jack Butcher: Initially, life was quiet under Mayor Selby because mayors have no authority.

    Mayor Selby disrupted the scene by giving orders to town employees, upsetting them and arousing concern among commissioners. He further annoyed commissioners by claiming he was not invited to a meeting when he was told about it four times.