• Public has the right to know

    To the editor:

    Shame on you, Sen. Bill Rabon and the North Carolina legislature. Anything said or any attitude expressed by a politician in relation to their job as an elected official should be public knowledge, regardless of the meeting being public or private. If the politicians’ opinions are expressed by him or her in the capacity of an elected official, then the public should have the right to hear this opinion directly from its source so they may be able to form their own opinion on what was said.

  • Get teacher pay act together

    To the editor:

    Based upon the broken promises made by GOP leaders in Raleigh during 2013, I thought that it would take at least the six-week (short) session for a 2014 promise to be broken.

    Unfortunately, it took six days or less for the governor to promise additional funding for a teacher pay raise and the GOP house speaker pro tem to reject that proposal. He said school districts could shift state money designated for one purpose and use it for another: teacher salary increases. Simply, he wants to “rob Peter to pay Paul(ine).”

  • Timely words

    To the editor:

  • Temples of the Holy Spirit

    To the editor:

    Marijuana is not a “safe” drug, as most people have come to realize. This drug destroys brain cells, while simultaneously destroying a person’s lungs. The THC released

    by inhaling smoke from a marijuana plant is the active ingredient in producing the high feeling. This feeling is never as good as the first time, which can lead a person toward addiction.

  • Waive the residency rule for veterans

    To the editor:

    Recently, I saw a report about military personnel being discharged in North Carolina. These veterans only want to take advantage of the benefi ts offered to them, one of which is getting a college education here in North Carolina.

  • Town should surrender its recycling center

    To the editor:

    After reading the article on the Carolina Shores recycling center (the dump) employee and the utter stupidity of the complaints, I have decided it is time for the entire maintenance staff and its supervisor to be replaced by a competent organization like Waste Industries.

  • Face the Obamacare music

    To the editor:

    The story about county employees facing a big increase in their health insurance is just another example of how Obamacare is affecting the cost and quality of health care throughout the U.S.

    I just hope the county does not pass its health care costs to the residents of the county.

    Hunker down and face the music. For those who voted for a president who authorized this brave new world and who wants to share the wealth and distribute what we earned to someone who did not earn his keep, you are getting what you asked for.

  • BFA extends thanks to community

    To the editor:

    The board of directors and staff of Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) extend thanks and appreciation to the community for the outstanding support of our 2013 Annual Appeal and Christmas Program.

    As a result of the generosity and compassion of all who contributed to our Annual Appeal, our primary fundraising effort, we surpassed the amount we collected in the 2012 Annual Appeal, and we also exceeded our 2013 goal. This funding enables BFA to provide critical programs and services to our neighbors who are struggling during these hard economic times.

  • Answering to Rabon's voters

    To the editor:

    I was one of the people who attended the recently publicized meeting on proposed N.C. House Bill 930, also known as the puppy mill bill, on Jan. 16 with Sen. Bill Rabon. There are a few points I would like to clarify.

    1) The meeting was represented by voters in his district. No groups were represented or mentioned.

    2) A tape recorder was being held in the hand of one of Sen. Rabon’s constituents in the open, not hidden.

  • Taking issue with protest

    To the editor:

    This letter is in reference to Rev. William Barber’s moral meeting/protest in Raleigh over the weekend of Feb. 8. Let’s get one thing straight right off, and that is that this letter is not racial in nature. It is intended to include all races and nationalities.

    One of the things the reverend is upset about is the voter ID requirement. The reason he gives is that his “constituents” have no way to get to wherever the registration place might be.