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Letters

  • Employee needs do not determine their wages

    To the editor:

    In his letter published Feb. 4, Thomas McGrath offers arguments favoring an increase in minimum wage based on specious premises.

    Invoking biblical reference, he assumes because a “good” vineyard owner paid his laborers “a full days wage,” the wage paid was a living wage and the labor performed was unskilled work. His reference supports neither assumption.

  • Driver notices kind actions of BCSO deputy

    To the editor:

    Thursday, Feb. 4, I was in the carpool line at West Brunswick High School. The weather was very nasty, so I went early as did many other parents and grandparents, turning off my car while I waited. The woman in front of me also turned off her car, but unfortunately was not able to get it started again, which was only evident with the events that transpired.

  • Rouzer restricts topics for the public he serves

    To the editor:

    Congressman David Rouzer, your website references only two topics on which you are seeking my input, and unfortunately, it appears to only be eliciting a negative evaluation of both: “If you have any problem with federal agencies or benefits, please call my Smithfield, Bolivia or Wilmington office or go to www.rouzer.house.gov so we can help. You can reach the Smithfield office at (919) 938-3040, Bolivia office at (910) 253-6111 or Wilmington office at (910) 395-0202.”

  • Carolina Shores residents want convenience center kept

    To the editor:
    At the Feb. 4 Carolina Shores Town Council meeting, it seems former Mayor Walter Goodenough was once again trying to shut down the town’s convenience center. This time, he cites it as a liability to the town because people have had accidents and we already pay for curbside pickup. Well, we don’t close roadways down when people have accidents and we don’t close buildings because someone slips and falls.

  • Don't miss the wedding

    To the editor:
    John’s vision in Revelation pictures the wedding feast of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) and his bride (the church). Invitations are completed on earth when each individual believer placed his or her faith in Christ as savior. The dowry paid to the bridegroom’s parent (God the father) would be the blood of Christ shed on the bride’s behalf. Attending the wedding feast will be not only the church as the bride of Christ, but others as well. The “others” include the Old Testament saints who will be in heaven with us.

  • CIS brings out best from our students

    To the editor:
    As a parent, I want to share a story of success with you. We found a partner in the community with Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS). Let me tell you how that turned out.
    My daughter Haley and I moved to Brunswick County about two years ago. She started the seventh grade very withdrawn and uninterested in school and her grades started to suffer. She was having trouble making friends and adjusting to life in a new state. I tried what I could at home, but as a single mom, it was hard.

  • Support sustainable minimum wage

    To the editor:

    In the Bible, Jesus tells the story of the good vineyard owner who paid all of his laborers a full day’s wage, to define how his father would treat all of us. Many conservative voters interpret this to mean only the owner has the right to set wages. Democrats see a fairness and sustainability problem with the GOP freezing minimum wages as inflation has raised consumer cost and rising productivity has continued to increase profits.

  • Local deputies warrant high commendations

    To the editor:

    I am remiss in not noting the deputy’s name and badge number, but he was directing traffic Jan. 24 on U.S. 17 outside St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte.

    As I pulled into the turn lane, I ran over debris that caused a tire to blow out. This deputy immediately came to my aid by finding and identifying the metal debris. He then directed me to place my car on the median in order to clear traffic flow and to keep my car safe.

  • Shame on our county commissioners for seismic testing support

    To the editor:

    Shame on Brunswick County commissioners for their support of seismic testing to explore for offshore oil.

    Public sentiment is clearly opposed to this, but our county commissioners are not listening. Commissioner Marty Cooke said, “I don’t think the people in public office should sit there and be blown back and forth by what way the public sentiment goes.” Excuse me? Wasn’t he elected by the people to represent them? He has a strange way of interpreting his role as a public servant.

  • Shelter appreciates Paws-Ability support

    To the editor:
    In 2007, the Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter opened its door to injured and orphaned wild birds. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, it is completely dependent upon donations.
    After a couple of years of growing and evolving in Brunswick County, we and Paws-Ability each became aware of our similar missions to save animals. Bless Janie Withers and Ellen Rothenberg and the rest of the board who nurture that organization.