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Letters

  • Aren’t we in a fiscal crisis?

    To the editor: The governor wants to spend $4.7 million ($10 million total) for a feasibility study on the new port at Southport. This is in addition to the $30 million the state still owes the federal government for the current Wilmington Harbor Project.

    And let’s not forget the $225,000 the state is spending on a study for a new road to the port when the land for the port is still unpaid ($30 million).

    I thought we were in a fiscal crisis? So far, the state is in hock for $60 million and the governor wants to add millions to that total.

  • Honored by those who came out to vote

    To the editor: I worked the polls on Election Day, campaigning for Frank Iler at the Methodist Church on Oak Island. The rain was pounding at times and the wind was cranky enough to discourage voter participation and encourage voter complacency.

    And yet, a man came out to vote who had lost both his legs in the Vietnam War. I know this because I commented (in awe and admiration) to my fellow campaigners about this fellow and was told his story.

  • Sweepstakes phenomena

    To the editor:

    For all Brunswick County townships, it’s time to duplicate the sweepstakes moratorium imposed recently by Leland, Burgaw and Wilmington—rejection of new business licenses for Internet waging and a renewal fee of $1,000 per year for each computer used for gambling.  The usual grandfather clause should exist for current operations.

  • Libraries offer valuable services

    To the editor:

    I would like to respond to the gentleman who suggests the county should cut computer services in our county libraries.

    Our county is large and diverse in our population and the needs of our residents are therefore large and diverse.

    I am retired and have been using this library for years on a regular basis and am appreciative of the services they provide.

    Some of the services I know the Rourk Library has available include:

  • Stop with the political games

    To the editor:

    On April 26, Congressman Mike McIntyre proudly stood with Blue Dog Democrats proclaiming he has co-sponsored legislation to reduce discretionary spending by 6 percent. 

    At first glance, this sounds like a great idea because it sounds like the initiative cuts out wasteful spending; however, I researched what programs are mandated to be under discretionary funding and among others it included the Veterans Affairs Department, which covers healthcare for veterans.

  • A smoking gun

    To the editor:

    Just to show you the height of awareness and intelligence of North Carolinian smokers, I was at a gas station getting gas. The customer right across from me was standing outside of his car smoking. I told him that the slice through smoking on the gas pump meant you were not supposed to smoke here. It was a fire hazard.

    He said he could not smoke in the car because there was a baby in it.

  • Thanks for help with fundraiser

    To the editor:

    On Saturday, April 24, Andy’s of Shallotte and Leland (next to Walmart), as part of its corporate philosophy to give back to the community, opened its doors and grills to the Brunswick Housing Opportunities Home Preservation Committee (BHO/HPC) for a fundraising pancake breakfast.

  • Likes board’s decision about prayer

    To the editor:

    The men of Athens had an unknown God and the Apostle Paul proclaimed he knew who He was Acts 17:23: “Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you. Acts 17:23: “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.”

  • Keep your dogs leashed

    My friends took two puppies for a walk on Sunset Beach recently. They never made it to the sand.

    About 6:30 p.m., they parked in the public lot at the gazebo. He had both puppies on their leashes while she went back to the car to get her sweatshirt. He passed a lady on her cell phone that had an unleashed husky and poodle by her side.

  • Supports MacCallum

    To the editor:

    Jim MacCallum is the clear choice for Clerk of Superior Court. He is a Vietnam veteran; three decades of practicing law; a leader at the national, state and local levels; and voted 2010 Citizen of the Year by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce. He is a true public servant if I ever knew one.