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Letters

  • Thanks for help with home

    To the editor: On Tuesday, April 28, around 10:45 p.m. a drunk driver smashed the car he was driving into my home, causing some significant structural damage.

    My wife and I were uninjured and would like to extend our thanks to the following first responders who came to our aid: The N.C. Highway Patrol, The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach police and fire departments and local EMS services.

    We would also like to thank others who have helped us begin our repairs.

  • Learning from the citizens' academy

    To the editor: What would cause a person to respond to a call for help at 5 p.m. and be four hours late for dinner or leave his home at 2 a.m. to respond to a serious accident or crime?

    Since attending the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Law Enforcement Academy, I think I have the answer.

    I am so amazed at the honest concern, teamwork and devotion the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has to protect us. We were instructed on everything from history, to patrol and detective divisions, to courthouse procedures to narcotics.

  • Support March of Dimes fundraiser

    To the editor: Most people do not recall the first steps they ever took. Due to birth defects, my sister took her first steps when she was 4-and-a-half years old with the aid of leg braces. Those braces were provided by the March of Dimes.

    Established by President Roosevelt in 1938, it was called The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. In 1979, the name was officially changed to the March of Dimes.

    In 2001, the World Health Organization reported only 480 cases of polio worldwide, due partly to research and funding from the March of Dimes.

  • Say no to Senate Bill 921

    To the editor: Senate Bill 921, introduced by Sen. Tony Ward (D), would allow ABC liquor sales on Sunday.

    It is estimated this could add $5.5 million to state coffers. The problem is, this revenue is on the backs of victims with the associated misery and indebtedness. These laws were created in Colonial times so people inclined to go to church would not be tempted to buy liquor instead.

  • Mother's Day service sponsored by NAACP

    To the editor: Are you tired of the same thing every Mother’s Day? Are you tired of going out to eat after morning service, getting over-full, coming home, going to sleep, and then waking up in the afternoon and wondering if Mother’s Day is over?

    Well, not if you come to St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Bolivia at 5 p.m. on Mother’s Day, May 10, for a real Mother’s Day “Mother of the Year” meal—the Bread of Life.

  • Bothered by officer assault story

    To the editor: I read the story about a Holden Beach officer being charged with assault. I am reading this on April 23 and the alleged assault took place on April 7.

    In most cases where there is an assault reported by the newspaper, there is a victim and something about what happened. Not in this case.

    So I guess if you are an officer of the law, this is not important. When it is all over with, there will probably not be anything in the paper to tell what had happened.

     

  • Where is renourishment money coming from?

    To the editor: I go to the beach a lot. There are a lot of people losing their jobs and their homes. We can’t afford to buy health, insurance, a car, food, clothes and so on. Where is the money coming from to replenish the sand on the beach?

    I’ve been watching this for years. These last few years have been windy. The trucks run one after another, day after day for weeks, only to have the sand be washed out as fast as they spread it.

  • Is this the change you voted for?

    To the editor: This week, President Obama’s allies in Congress are having hearings on regulating carbon dioxide, which, as we have been told, is the gas that causes global warming. They call this “cap and trade.”

    Electric companies will buy a permit from the government to discharge carbon dioxide (the cap) and what they do not use they can sell (trade). Gasoline, propane and natural gas will be taxed based on how much carbon dioxide they create when burned.

  • Supports Salazar's approach to energy

    To the editor: Since taking office in January, Secretary Salazar has prioritized renewable energy, put the brakes on the Bush administration’s full-steam-ahead approach to destructive oil shale development and canceled oil and gas leases on the edge of Utah National Parks and historic sites on nearby public land.

  • 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.