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Letters

  • Thanks for supporting fundraiser

    To the editor: We wish to thank all of businesses in Shallotte and Calabash who graciously donated gifts and time to participate in the open house and silent auction at the Wilmington Treatment Center on Holden Beach Road last Thursday, Sept. 10.

    We were able to raise $1,270 to benefit the Drug Court program, which helps those involved receive transportation to find jobs, medical help as needed, and incentives as they change their lives.

    It is an awesome program I feel privileged to be a part of.

     

  • Extra taxes?

    To the editor: My family became a resident of Calabash on July 1 of this year, not by choice, but by way of annexation.

    On Sept. 16, I received a tax bill from the town for 2009. I called town hall and was told the fiscal year was from July 1-June 30. I was not a resident on June 30, so I am either being billed for taxes when I was not a resident or I am paying taxes in the future.

    A local attorney said, “Annexation is rape by a town.” I feel that way also but now I have to pay the town for the honor.

  • Questions need for park

    To the editor: As a long-time year-round resident of Sunset Beach, I question the “need” for a park and boat ramp, just as I question the “need” for the sewer project. There is a nice boat launch nearby at Ocean Isle Beach and Brunswick County is developing a park on Old Georgetown Road.

    At the town council meeting on Sept. 14, Councilman Steiner launched a filibuster extolling the “need” for Sunset Beach to purchase a tract of land for $5.5 million. The town has previously purchased a tract of land for the same purpose.

  • Where is our raise?

    To the editor: I would like to know why us senior citizens are not getting a raise this coming year?

    I think people in Washington should be put back on Social Security. If it is good enough for us, then it should be good enough for them. Why are they better than us?

    And the same goes for this new healthcare program they are pushing. If it is not good enough for the president and his family, the Congress and Senate, then why is it good enough for us?

  • The new morality

    To the editor: Many proponents of Health Care Bill HR3200 said support is a moral issue. Of concern are several people in positions to influence HR3200, who stated or wrote the following:

    1) Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health policy advisor in Hastings Center Report: “Services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed.”

  • Promote positive feelings

    To the editor: This letter is about Catherine Cooke’s comment in a Sept. 9 news article, “If anybody else says it had anything to do with race, I’m going to throw up” and further stating she doesn’t like the president.

    Not liking the president is a personal choice and should not have been expressed in this manner by Ms. Cooke as a representative of the school board.

  • Same healthcare as government

    To the editor: So long as my congressmen and senators have the same healthcare that I have, then it’s a done deal.

    It’s that simple, Mr. President. So let’s get it done.

     

  • Sad to see restaurant close

    To the editor: Twelve years ago, The Huddle House came to town and with it came a great man by the name of John Hancock. John was the owner and another great man named Paul Norton was the manager.

    When I applied for a job, I knew the Huddle House was going to be a great place to work. The Huddle House and its employees grew on you after a while and we all seemed like family.

    Four years ago, Paul got cancer and within eight months had passed away. Losing him was like losing a family member but somehow we all got through it.

  • Disappointed with board of education

    To the editor: We were disappointed to hear the Brunswick County Board of Education voted to not allow the president’s address to be heard as it was broadcast.

    To have the president of the United States address our country’s students at the beginning of their school year is inspiring, reassuring and tells our children of their importance. Please, someone on the board tell us what is wrong with the speech? Haven’t our presidents been addressing school children for quite some time now?

  • Reasonable ways to reform

    To the editor: I expect reasonable, nonpolitical observers can find various ways to improve our healthcare system, short of government takeover. We know ambulance chasers make a fantastic living by suing hospitals and doctors, who must therefore practice costly, defensive medicine.