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Letters

  • What has happened to the school board?

    To the editor: What has happened to the Brunswick County Board of Education? Their leadership has never been great, and I think it’s time for a new board.

    Last year, when it came to an appointment to the Brunswick Community College board, the board chairman told Ray Gilbert they would appoint a black person next time, but Shirley Babson stated after they appointed another white this time, there is always another time.

  • Food first, what's next?

    To the editor: Democrats have proposed the taxing of sugary drinks and other “unhealthy” foods to help fund the healthcare “overhaul.”

    When it is determined the tax on soda, chips, etc. aren’t teaching us to live more healthy lifestyles (or getting them enough money for their massive programs), Congress will be open to another tax to another food service or activity they deem “unhealthy.” There is no end to the excise taxes they can impose on us.

  • Thanks for food drive help

    To the editor: The members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 10-08 of Shallotte wish to thank the people of Ocean Isle Beach and the surrounding vicinity for their most generous contributions of food and money to the Coast Guard Station Oak Island food drive.

    Flotilla 10-08 was able to collect more than 2,000 pounds of food to help Station Oak Island turn in more than 10,000 pounds of food to the North Carolina Food Bank.

    Thank you all so much.

  • Nationalized healthcare?

    To the editor: National healthcare or socialized medicine? It’s one in the same. Want to know if it works? Go to www.neoperspectives.com/canadahealthcare and see for yourself from those living in the moment.

    All the experts tell us this won’t work. Spain, UK and Canada are all living under this rationing of healthcare and it doesn’t work. As a five-year colorectal cancer survivor (stage III going into stage IV), I was fortunate enough to have the options of my professional healthcare providers.

  • Involuntary annexation

    To the editor: Re: St. James involuntary annexation proposal.

    I never cease to be amazed at the audacity of the St. James mayor and town council. Their move toward involuntary annexation on N.C. 211 and Midway to control commercial and private property associated with the new Oak Island bridge corridor is opportunistic and unacceptable.

    Contrary to their assertions, N.C. 211 (named Southport-Supply Road for a reason) is not the entrance to St. James; it merely passes by the entrance.

  • Why do nonprofits get county help?

    To the editor: It will be interesting to see if the county commissioners cut any of the nonprofits from their budget.

    One would think with the overall thinking they might possibly have to cut salaries or worry about laying off employees and cutting nonprofits would be a no-brainer.

    Why aren’t nonprofit organizations conducting their own fundraising?

  • Benefits of being elected

    To the editor: I appreciated your paper’s article and editorial on delinquent taxes. I do not think you went

    deep enough in your articles.

    Each county commissioner receives over $12,000 per year salary plus a cell phone, DSL Internet service, a computer and health insurance. They have the option of adding their family to the policy but are required to pay the additional premium.

  • Heart aches for wreck victims

    To the editor: I am writing this letter in regard to the five students involved in the car accident on Friday morning.

    My heart goes out to all the families affected by such a tragic accident. As a parent, I understand the heartache all are facing today.

    I would like to commend Stephanie Allen, Andrea Allen, Emily Craven and Joseph Crawford for stopping at the scene of the accident and being Good Samaritans. In today’s society, many people would have walked away or not even stopped to lend a hand because they are worried about themselves.

  • Now is the time for terminal groins

    To the editor: I was quite surprised to read in the May 7 issue Dr. Pietrafesa, Dr. Young and Dr. Pilkey believe “Senate Bill 832 would reverse 24 years of sound coastal management policy to permit the construction of terminal groins.”

  • Thanks for help with food drive

    To the editor: A big thank you to Wilmington city and rural letter carriers, who collected 36,671 (and still counting) pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina on Saturday, May 9.

    This will help provide more than 30,000 meals for those at risk for hunger in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties.