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Letters

  • Picture heralds the future

    To the editor: The prettiest picture I have seen in eight years was my president reaching out to shake hands with Hugo Chavez at the Latin American summit last weekend.

    I wish rightwing pundits would present the picture against the backdrop of eight years of U.S. interference in Venezuela. Chavez, an indigenous man, was democratically elected in 1998, and in every election since, with around 59 percent of the vote. And every election has seen U.S.-funded opposition and infiltration of Venezuelan news media, especially RCTV, the Venezuelan version of FOX.

  • Kudos to Ocean Isle

    To the editor: Kudos to Ocean Isle Beach for the spectacular pansies around the roundabout and at the entrance to the bridge.

  • One world, one government?

    To the editor: The Bible declares in Revelation before the Lord brings seven years of great tribulation to the earth for all who sin, there will be one world government and one world church. There is plenty of evidence these things are coming quickly—especially one world government.

    The European Union had been established. A North American Union (U.S., Mexico and Canada) is in the works behind the scenes, the United Nations is being given more sovereignty over nations and world leaders are seriously discussing a one-world currency.

  • Wanted local tea party

    To the editor:

    I was disappointed I could not find a “tea party” in the Shallotte area on April 15. I still want to “dunk” my tea bag in protest.

    Blair Guker

    Shallotte

  • Causes of the economic dilemma

    To the editor:

    People with poor credit and creditors making poor credit decisions have caused our economic dilemma.

    We with good credit are paying the price. What you need to do is refinance the houses of the top 25 percent of the credit market (especially those on fixed incomes) and lower their mortgage rate by 1 percent for free.

    We deserve a break, being we are the ones having to pay for everyone else’s poor credit and poor credit decisions.

  • Reduce vacation-booking risks

    To the editor:

    Vacation home rental management companies in the Southport-Oak Island area of North Carolina are applauding the latest efforts of insurance companies to work with the general public to reduce their risk in early bookings of vacation home rentals at the beach.

    In response to their customers, select trip insurance providers have decreased the minimum employment time requirement from five years to one year. Trip insurance is purchased at the time of booking for a nominal fee based on total rental cost.

  • Agrees with column

    To the editor:

    As baseball season nears, I enjoyed Bob Breen’s column last week.

    I also agree with Bob’s opinion of George S., but he did not say anything about today’s turf. That turned me off more than George S.

    Oh, well. Maybe if George S. lets Whitey Ford throw the first pitch to Yogi, I will come back to baseball.

    Hal Moore

    Calabash

  • Why are cases dismissed?

    To the editor:

    Each week, I examine the long list of cases at our district court. I am amazed at the high percentage of cases that are “voluntarily dismissed.”

    Maybe I do not understand this terminology, but I think this means for some reason the cases were dismissed and the defendant is allowed to walk away unpunished. Is this true?

    Why are 40-50 percent of the cases dismissed? Is there a reasonable explanation for this? Surely, I must be wrong. We would not go to all the trouble of writing up these cases and then dismiss half of them.

  • Volunteers make a difference

    To the editor: National Volunteer Week (April 19-25) is hot on our heels, and it is a great time to take action and begin solving problems in our communities. Volunteers inspire by example by encouraging those they help and motivating others to get involved.

  • Inmate plan could work

    To the editor: I just read the article regarding Sheriff Ingram pondering having inmates work at county animal shelters. I really think that is a wonderful idea.

    I see these young inmates working on the sides of the roads with litter pickup. They do a great job, but I really wish residents would extend a little courtesy toward them and stop throwing their litter out of their cars after these young ones clean it up.