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Letters

  • 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.

  • Iler doesn’t believe in ferries

    To the editor:
    Rep. Frank Iler (Brunswick County) has been vocal about residents of Pamlico and Beaufort counties paying a toll to ride their commuter ferries. In a recent News and Observer article, he said, “It’s an effort to have them cover more of the cost.”
    After Gov. Perdue stopped the ferry tolls, Rep. Iler said, “I’m disappointed she chooses to pander to folks in that way. Someone who has a job and wants to cross the river and buy a pass would be paying less than $1.50 a day. I think it’s extremely reasonable.”

  • Thank those who keep us safe

    To the editor:
    This past week, a hardened criminal engaged members of our law enforcement in a high-profile chase on U.S. 17 near Shallotte. The stop was “textbook” and there were no injuries, other than property damage.
    We should remind ourselves our police officers, deputies and highway patrol officers deal with life-threatening matters such as these every hour of the day and night. The same is true for our firefighters and first responders.

  • Thanks for help with card party

    To the editor:
    The Women of the Moose, Shallotte Chapter 132, would like to thank The Brunswick Beacon for its support in the paper for our recent card party. We would also like to thank the merchants in Shallotte for their generous donations of gifts and gift certificates. Thank you all again.
    Eileen Childers
    Shallotte
     

  • Measure is a knock against civil rights

    To the editor:
    The recent resolution adopted by the Brunswick County Commissioners in support of Marriage Amendment One is simply an embarrassment to human rights and equality.
    Whether or not you agree that marriage should be between a man and a woman is an individual’s opinion. Ultimately, the people who choose to marry someone of the same sex will go before God once they die and will have to answer for the choices they made.

  • Escape the curse

    To the editor:
    Gal. 3:10: For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” 11: But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” 12: Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”

  • America should read this book

    To the editor:
    Jonathan Cahn, a Jewish rabbi, has written an intriguing book titled “The Harbinger.” It describes in stunning detail how God’s dealings with the United States have paralleled His attempts to get ancient Israel to repent.
    The collapse of financial institutions, the collapse of the housing market and the resulting stock market plunge, along with costly foreign wars and horrific natural disasters, are shown to be linked with a timetable the Lord used with Israel.

  • Education, skills are the key to job recruitment

    To the editor:
    I read with interest and incredulity the remarks of Jim Bradshaw, Brunswick County Economic Development Director, about the state of the economy in our county. He said the county’s economic forecast was good and “despite the economy, we are doing well.”
    Really? Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 11.9 percent in December 2011, a 1.5 percent increase from November 2011 and higher than the national average of 8.5 percent.

  • What’s the real cost of county benefits?

    To the editor:
    I took great interest in last week’s report on the county commissioners updating of employee health benefits.
    I have a few questions regarding spousal coverage. In the interest of taxpayers (all of us in the county), how about eliminating the “honor system” concept with regard to coverage? It should be mandatory for the county to be the payer of last resort.