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Letters

  • Campaign finance issues?

    To the editor: County commissioner Marty Cooke either can’t or won’t pay the taxes he owes to the county he serves and yet has the gall to announce he will challenge incumbent N.C. Sen. R.C. Soles in the next election?

    If Mr. Cooke can’t come up with payments on his relatively modest tax bill, where will the thousands of dollars come from if he is to mount a credible challenge to Mr. Soles?

     

  • Town sold out residents

    To the editor: The Sunset Beach Town Council sold out town residents again last week when they unanimously decided every property owner should pay an equal amount for the pending sewer system, even though construction of the island portion will cost 1.5 times that of the mainland portion ($21 million vs. $14 million).

    In effect, retirees on fixed incomes and those living in trailers will be subsidizing the owners of million dollar homes on the island that rent them for $1,000 or more a week.

  • Opposes terminal groin legislation

    To the editor: I oppose efforts in the state legislature initiated by representatives of coastal counties to permit the Coastal Resources Commission to authorize construction of terminal groins at inlets in North Carolina.

    I feel this is a violation of the public trust doctrine that provides for the state to maintain the ocean shoreline for the public.

    In recent years, preservation of and access to beaches has been impacted by rampant development.

  • More items stolen from cemetery

    To the editor: My Aunt Ginny recently passed away and along with Paula Cartrette’s loved one, she too is at rest in Mintz Cemetery. Unfortunately, she has also had things stolen from her resting place.

    It is a sad world where our dear departed are disrespected and disregarded. These grave robbers need to know that how you treat people, dead or alive, will reflect on how you are treated. I do feel sorry for you, and you should be ashamed for yourselves.

  • Should one more be relieved of duties?

    To the editor: In last week’s editorial dealing with “One Child Left Behind” and in past editorials and news stories regarding unfortunate happenings within the Brunswick County School System, the words “should not happen again” were always resonated but apparently to no avail.

    Katie McGee, the “Teflon” Superintendent, who gets an “A” in words but barely a “satisfactory” evaluation in performance, stated the district has policies, procedures in place to ensure this incident does not happen.

  • Economy hits home

    To the editor: It is kind of storming out today and it reminds me of the song “Tell Me Why” or was it “Stormy Weather”?

    While you are at it, explain to me why insurance premiums go up, yet something gets older and is now worth less. Not only that, my house and property are still worth the same at the county courthouse, and I am having to pay more taxes on it.

  • Responds to letter about Chavez

    To the editor: I will present the picture of President Chavez sympathetically saluting President Obama at the Trinidad-Tobago Summit of the Americas, against a brief backdrop based on verifiable information not just unsupported allegations, particularly after listening to Chavez referring to Obama as an “ignorant negro” sometime before the summit.

  • Items taken from cemetery

    To the editor: This week I went to visit a wonderful and very much loved friend. I visit with him every day and usually twice a day.

    This time when I got there, lots of things were wrong. He uses a cross for his night-light and when there isn’t sun to power that, his battery-powered candles do the trick. There are many tokens of love left for him by the ones who love him most.

    Messages written in the sand, wiped away. You see I visit my most treasured love at Mintz Cemetery. We lost him Aug.26, 2008.

  • Remembering a good neighbor

    To the editor: I have been a fortunate man, and have lived a long, full life. I gladly embrace the teaching of the Christian religion and since I am late in a long life, I await my fate. But one of the greatest fortunes that befell me, besides the love of my wonderful wife, is the greatest joy of knowing Stan Salvatore.

    Stan died on April 17 while recovering from a serious attack of emphysema. He had been suffering from that dreaded health problem for some time. He was probably the greatest friend I ever had in my life.

  • Responds to meeting violation allegation

    To the editor: Suggested reading: “Open Meetings and Local Governments in N.C.” by David Lawrence and “Rules for Small Local Government Boards” by Fleming Bell (both professors at the School of Government, Chapel Hill).

    An official meeting is when a public body meets to deliberate, or act on town business. A quorum is the majority of the board plus the mayor or four commissioners. When three members of the board meet in private to deliberate, or act on town business, that is a violation of the open meeting law.