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Letters

  • We are a fractured society

    To the editor:
    I received an email this morning that documented with actual film footage the rescue of people from Manhattan Island on 9/11. It was the largest boat evacuation in history, rescuing 500,000 people in nine hours. Hundreds of boats, all sizes, converged on the lower end of Manhattan to transport the dust-covered masses to safety.
    It took me back to that fateful day, but not to reflect on the horror and loss of life. What I remembered was the courage and compassion of the American people.

  • Representative gets it

    To the editor:
    I think Rep. Frank Iler gets it. Greg Piner doesn’t. Keeping with Piner’s logic, sightseers, visitors and others should pay reduced fees for bus, taxi or ferry transit.
    Would the rides be free if the person utilizes this mode of travel to and from work?
    John A. Difloure
    Shallotte
     

  • Backyard garbage pickup available

    To the editor:
    Most elderly residents disabled by age are unaware that Brunswick County offers backyard garbage pickup.
    If a physician signs a county form indicating the resident cannot pull a 90-gallon container to the curb, and no one else is available in the household to put the container out, the county will provide backyard pickup.
    The most egregious oversight is the failure to notify all residents of the original Carolina Shores neighborhood. Many owners moved here 30 years ago, widowed and are unable to transport trash.

  • What caused the rant?

    To the editor:
    Councilwoman scolds mayor? What caused that rant? Sunset Beach councilwoman Karen Joseph said during the Feb. 6 council meeting, “We have letters that say ‘Sunset At Sunset did nothing wrong, nothing illegal.’”
    Mayor Cerrato had the audacity to ask her for a copy of the letters. She has not and will not provide him with copies because no such letters exist.

  • Be your own health advocate

    To the editor:
    Getting the right prescription for whatever ails you is important. Making sure that you do not receive the wrong medication is equally important.
    I picked up a prescription that I have been taking for several years at a local pharmacy. I saw that the pill was a different color, so I checked the ID on the container and on the tablet and noticed that the dosage was the same and glanced at the name. A big mistake.  
    I take hydralazine and the pharmacist had given me hydroxyzine.

  • Who’s the watchdog for residents?

    To the editor:
    At the Feb. 6 Sunset Beach council meeting Mayor Rich Cerrato suggested they adopt a “whistle-blower” policy. Councilman Wilson Sherrill said he was working on one and it would be available shortly.
    It was unveiled at the March 5 meeting when Councilwoman Carol Scott moved, Sherrill seconded and council voted unanimously to ban Mayor Cerrato from further discussion of the Sunset at Sunset matter before council and to direct town staff (potential whistle-blowers) to not speak with the mayor about this matter.

  • Respect, Brunswick County

    To the editor:
    I just wanted to let you know how proud I am of Brunswick County. Some people say terrible things about this county, but let me tell you what I saw recently.
    I went to the funeral of a friend who was a long-time Brunswick County resident.
    From the minute we left the church to the minute we got to the cemetery, every single car pulled over in the other direction. Every single car! Even a tractor-trailer truck! One delivery truck did not, but every other vehicle on the road pulled over.

  • Sunset Beach mayor has his own agenda

    To the editor:
    Sunset at Sunset is one of the things that has been right since its inception.
    Most people involved are not Mayor Rich Cerrato supporters.
    Cerrato has his own personal agenda to tear down the town of Sunset Beach. He never followed any of the rules as a citizen at council meetings. He lives in his own dream world where everything he says, made up or factual, is the absolute truth. When the real truth is brought to his attention he denies saying what he said.

  • Bridge/ferry comparison drives left of center

    To the editor:
    The letter last week from one Mr. Piner who says he is from Oriental was interesting, if one cares nothing about facts. I congratulate him on getting one thing right: the spelling of my name.
    His comparison of ferries and bridges misses the point. Ferries and bridges both have construction and maintenance costs. Ferries have fuel and personnel costs that bridges and roads don’t have.

  • Community supports Wounded Warriors

    To the editor:
    On Saturday, Feb. 25, Calabash Elks had its Richard McLean/James Rochel Golf Tournament at The Pearl golf course.
    I had an anonymous donor give four rounds of golf for the event to be used by Marine Wounded Warriors. Austin Sammon, chairman of our veterans’ affairs, was in touch with Camp Lejeune and its wounded warriors program.
    In looking for accommodations for the Marines and their families, I was hoping to get a one-night stay. At the Ocean Isle Inn, I met Lee Shapiro, whose donated a two-night stay with breakfast.