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Letters

  • Don't stifle voices

    To the editor: Canaries sing incessantly. For someone desiring absolute peace and quiet, they are by no means the ideal pet. But if we would hear the “Song of Life,” a canary is essential.

    I understand early coal miners carried canaries underground with them. A break in their song or one found dead in his cage indicated the presence of noxious fumes and the possibility of a lethal explosion. When the canaries stopped singing, the miners quickly got out of the mine.

  • Senator Soles and his philanthropy

    To the editor: I find it most interesting that many readers, such as myself, are always asking the media to print more positive stories and events. Yet, I am amazed at what the public and media try to make out of people doing good.

    I saw that Senator Soles had said he set up a charitable foundation to do some good things after he died. The senator has said that he has been blessed financially. Why do we condemn and automatically become suspicious when he said he thought he would do some good while he was living?

  • Upset about distemper outbreak

    To the editor: I was watching the news recently and would like to voice my opinion.

    The county failed to inform citizens that distemper was going around in time for us to get treatment for our animals.

    I myself have lost three animals to this because we were not told about this. The county just covered it up and said we couldn’t adopt any animals because they were sick.

    I think it’s a shame the county didn’t tell us in time to get the proper medical treatment for our pets.

  • Can affordable healthcare work?

    To the editor: The effort to get some kind of healthcare for all Americans that will work, as well as the various systems throughout the industrialized world, seems to be running into a lot of less than sensible opposition. I’d like to address some of this:

    Would a system that covers every American cause government bureaucrats to make medical decisions for doctors and their patients?

    Answer: You mean like the way insurance companies presently do?

  • Disney characters could replace commissioners

    To the editor: I don’t know where I was when Carolina Shores seceded from the United States and suspended the Constitution. I may have been at the dump (excuse me—recycling center) when my freedom of speech was taken away and my right to public discussion was abridged.

    I believe this action was tried some time ago when discussion was outlawed and certain people were described as a cancer on the community. I hope we all remember what a difficult situation that left us all in for many years.

  • Wake up, commissioners

    To the editor: Calabash commissioners, in particular Emily DeStasio and Cecelia Herman, have continually misrepresented what has been going on in Calabash. They even have made the comment concerning the age group of 30 that the norm is to cheat and falsify resumes. I resent that, as my daughter, who is a federal attorney and graduate of Georgetown Law, is going to be 30 in September and has never lied or cheated to obtain a job or grade.

  • What about those without Medicare?

    To the editor: I just read Sarah Shew Wilson’s article about the Patients First Bus that visited Shallotte and the comments from We The People.

    Of course retirees don’t want reform, because they already have single-payer insurance. It’s called Medicare!

    What about those of us between 18-65 who can’t afford the high cost of insurance? Or those who go bankrupt due to medical bills?

  • Responds to allegations

    To the editor: Mr. [Dan] Mann has aspirations to be mayor again; however, attacking me will fail to produce my resignation or his election.

    The discord in town hall is caused mainly by constant interference by some board of commissioner members, and it will be addressed in the November election.

  • Who is behind healthcare bus?

    To the editor: In interest of transparency and full-disclosure, your piece on the healthcare rally at Rourk Gardens could use a little fleshing-out.

    Like dozens of similar “spontaneous” gatherings of “grassroots” organizations intent on blocking desperately needed healthcare reform, the driver behind the wheel of the Americans for Prosperity bus that rolled into Shallotte is a guy named Tim Phillips.

  • Puppy mill bill ignored

    To the editor: The N.C. puppy mill bill has again been ignored. I am disappointed in N.C.’s legislators. Elected officials are more interested in organizations with lobbying efforts (NRA/AKC) than the interest of voters.

    The taxpayers of N.C. will pay for the cleanup of these mills. The breeder will make money by selling puppies. The puppy mill dogs will continue to live a life confined, without basic care until they can no longer produce puppies. Then, they will be taken to your local animal control, where you–the taxpayer—will pay to euthanize them.