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Letters

  • Voices go silent

    To the editor: Mid-20th century: The masculine voices of two more national fathers go silent, and their messages go unheeded.

    Jan. 20, 1961: “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Assassinated! Unheeded!

    Aug. 28, 1963: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Assassinated! Unheeded!

  • Stop government control of private lives

    To the editor: Americans have concerns about the proposed healthcare reform measures in Congress. That the American people do not want any form of healthcare reform is borne out by the most recent polls showing a 2:1 plurality against any reform.

    Why do members of Congress insist on pushing a bill through, despite wishes of their constituents? Is this being done to gain more control over the American people than the government already has?

    Perhaps a review of some of the provisions of the House bill put forth by Pelosi will reveal the reason.

  • Thanks to Laura Lewis

    To the editor: As Calabash’s historian, I would like to thank the Beacon and reporter Laura Lewis for the community article recognizing Hollis Smith and his wife, along with his crew.

    Roadside fish markets and local catches are fast becoming a thing of the past in our coastal culture, and it’s refreshing Hollis is keeping this part of our culture alive.

  • Who was it they saw?

    To the editor: John 6:46-47: “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.”

  • Doesn't support use of gas chamber

    To the editor: Brunswick County’s decision to buy a refurbished gas chamber without better informing the people is so wrong in so many ways.

    Don Yousey seemed irritated someone was questioning his decisions. He was quick to say if anyone had a problem with his agenda, they could have come to the county commissioners’ meeting.

    The newspaper or television—no posters, no fliers and no announcement on the county Web site—didn’t inform the people. The only way to know about the meeting was to individually research the agenda.

  • Christmas Jar can help local family

    To the editor: My husband and I watched Glenn Beck’s show this past Wednesday. He was talking about “The Christmas Jar.” He read the book, and his family has been doing it for five years.

    You save your change all year in a jar and then anonymously give it to a deserving family. Hopefully, some day they will be able to pay it forward.

    He went on to say if you hadn’t started, you could catch up and still do it this year. Don’t wait and start next year.

  • Feral animal problem?

    To the editor: If Don Yousey is convinced 60 percent of animals his men pick up are feral, then Brunswick County, you have a problem! You are all in danger!

    Or maybe he’s just trying to justify using that dinosaur to kill them in. What an outrageous thing to say. You poor taxpayers will be paying through the nose to keep that secondhand archaic form of killing repaired and safe. That is why the Reidsville Animal Shelter got rid of it. It’s a money pit.

  • McIntyre got vote right

    To the editor: I have been critical of Rep. Mike McIntyre on several occasions. I have not always agreed with him on some of his decisions; however, on his vote regarding national healthcare, he voted correctly.

    Who in his right mind would buy a pig in a poke, which is what the Democrats offer us?

    I have counted and the Democrat leadership has made 297 statements in regard to healthcare, and they have contradicted themselves about half of the time.

    Who would buy a house and move in without knowing what the cost would be? No one.

  • Hagan had distorted facts

    To the editor: In last week’s paper, an article mentioned Sen. Kay Hagan’s support of the Reid Senate Health Care Bill. She says we spend more than any other developed nation on healthcare with no better outcome.

    Really? This data is from the discredited U.N. World Health Organization study, which by the way, found the life expectancy in the U.S. ranks just behind Cuba, in spite of the fact Cuba’s spending is a fraction of the spending in the United States.

  • Will mandates govern your healthcare?

    To the editor: Breast cancer is 25 percent of all cancers out there. Breast cancer in women in their 40s is aggressive.

    New guidelines by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, made up of no oncology experts, recommend women in their 40s no longer have annual mammograms. Most insurers and the Medicare program said they would ignore the panel’s recommendation, as it should be. But Obama-care will mandate by law that this task force will provide the new regulations that micromanage all health insurance decisions (see section 2713 of the Senate bill).