• Washington reps aren’t doing what’s best for us

    To the editor:

    If all the people who represent us in Washington, D.C., could get together and trade the Internal Revenue Service for the Fair Tax, we wouldn’t be having this conversation with newly appointed IRS chief John Koskinen.

    And if those same representatives really wanted to help the veterans who are waiting for medical help, they would send them to hospitals in their own hometowns instead of letting them be on a waiting list.


    Pat Purvis Brown


  • Maintain separation of church and state

    To the editor

    Walter A. Carolus, I find your comments about school prayer in your letter published May 29 as misguided and judgmental as folks were in 1948.

    I attended public schools until 1949. In the fifth grade, I was sent to Catholic schools through 12th grade. We said daily prayers each morning. It was the Protestant version of Our Father. Some teachers punished us for refusing to say it as our priest instructed us to do.

  • Carolina Shores sees little to no progress

    To the editor:

    This is a sad time for the people of Carolina Shores, as we see a repeat of the town’s unfortunate political past. Only four years ago, the town’s commissioners were mired in decisions made without listening to the citizens following confrontational meetings in a too-small room supervised by on-duty sheriff’s deputies.

  • Thanking Iler for support

    To the editor:

    The National Certification Medical Association (NCRMA) would like to thank state Rep. Frank Iler for supporting legislation to repeal the Privilege License Tax (PLT).

    The House and Senate showed overwhelming bipartisan support to rein in a tax that was never envisioned to get to these levels. Critics fail to mention these key points about PLTs:

    Some businesses pay tens of thousands while others pay zero. One Raleigh farmer’s market produce dealer saw his tax bill go from $50 to more than $9,000 with no added benefit.

  • Great work by BCSO, sheriff

    To the editor:

    In reference to a rash of burglaries in the Ash area last week, on behalf of the Carlisle family, I would like to thank the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office for recovering most of the items taken from their home.

    Sheriff John Ingram and his office did an awesome job of locating the items. He did not hesitate to begin investigating the burglaries. He has and is making Brunswick County a better place. I admire his work and dedication to Brunswick County. Needless to say, I have seen a decrease in the crime rate since he has become sheriff.

  • Rabon columns are disingenuous

    To the editor:

    I find the “District 8 Senate update” written by state Sen. Bill Rabon to be a highly dishonest piece of misinformation. Basically the update is weekly propaganda for Rabon’s personal agenda and does not represent the important issues of the week’s prior docket.

  • Thank you, Leadership Brunswick County

    To the editor:

    On behalf of the board of directors, executive director, staff, and most importantly, the clients of Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA), I want to thank Leadership Brunswick County (LBC) for their great work in developing a financial literacy program for BFA. We are very excited about this program because it will benefit the community by increasing the financial skills and knowledge of our clients.

  • OIB fireworks decisions make no sense

    To the editor:

    Having been a property owner at OIB for more than 30 years and having watched for more than 30 years the police on OIB act like Andy Griffith and Barney Fife running from house to house July 4, trying to stop people from shooting fireworks, the town council finally this year announced a city-sponsored fireworks show from the pier. This, after we have watched for decades as the communities around us have sponsored such shows.

  • School board needs refresher courses

    To the editor:

    After reading the story in last week’s edition regarding the change in school bus schedules, it is obvious to me we need to send the Brunswick County school board back to school. They certainly need refresher training in civics and finance.

  • Making things cost-effective

    To the editor:

    I’m pleased to see Ocean Isle Beach consider curbside mandatory recycling. As with anything new, there will be resistance, but cost should not be one of them. The OIB curbside service would only cost property owners $45 a year for bi-monthly pick up. We have a voluntary curbside recycling program in Sunset Beach, and it also costs $45 a year (only $3.75 a month). Out of 3,600 property owners, 700 have opted into the program, now in its second year.