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Letters

  • Upset about allegations

    To the editor: I witnessed one of the most disgraceful and disrespectful shows of a person out of control last Tuesday night at the Brunswick County school board meeting when a woman named Tracy Danka became upset in the meeting.

    She went outside the meeting where, before a group of people, she became very loud and abusive. When [principal] Patricia Rourk and her mother started to leave the meeting, she turned her abusive behavior toward them so much so she followed them to their cars with loud profanity.

  • Good servers deserve tips

    To the editor: I would like to comment on the issue of gratuities. In the service industry, especially in restaurants, the people who serve the public depend on tips for their salary.

    There seems to be a misconception that these very hard-working people are paid well. In the restaurant industry, the base pay for a server is at best half of minimum wage, maybe $3 per hour with deductions. After deductions, there is little left.

  • Board has other issues to deal with

    To the editor: It has been reported, at a recent meeting, the Brunswick County Board of Education discussed and advocated the teaching of creationism.

    Board member Jimmy Hobbs is quoted in an article as saying evolution (which is currently taught in the schools) is “of the atheists.”

    Mr. Hobbs and the other school board members who advocate teaching creationism need to understand that a great number of Catholic Christians live in Brunswick County.

  • Concerned about grinder pumps, costs

    To the editor: The sewer project for Sunset Beach, especially the community of Seaside Station, urgently needs some attention brought to it.

    This area was originally developed as mobile home lots. Seaside Station consists of about 727 mobile home lots of which the majority are 60 feet wide by 150 feet deep. There are some double lots that have doublewide mobile homes.

  • Readers unhappy with gas price increases

    To the editor: This country’s big oil corporations have been ripping off the American people in the past months and getting away with it. This is due to lobbyists in Washington paying off our elected politicians not to do anything.

    This is a terrible thing for us and for our country as a whole. This has now trickled down to the local oil companies and our local gas stations.

    We are still under the emergency management of Tropical Storm Hanna and the prices of commodities are not supposed to go any higher than they were 60 days before this was put in affect.

  • Troubled by gas price increases

    To the editor: Last Friday (Sept. 12) at 10:45 a.m., I gassed my car at a gas station in Little River, S.C. It had a sign that read: “10 gallons only, as a courtesy to all our good customers, so all can get some gas.” (I am paraphrasing).

    I got gas, less than 10 gallons, and went to get my wife’s car to get gas, as I had heard a number of stations were allegedly running out or were charging exorbitant fuel charges.

    I returned at 11:18 a.m., 33 minutes later, and found the price up to $3.99 per gallon.

  • The bigger the government, the worse things are

    To the editor: Mr. McGinnis counsels us to vote for the politician who can return to us the most earmarks, a.k.a. pork. Emphasis is on “return.”

    Better we not send it to Washington to begin with. The town hall, not to mention the state capitol, is where these monies should come from.

  • An open letter to Sen. Richard Burr

    To the editor: I am in receipt of your [Sen. Richard Burr’s] letter dated Aug. 12, 2008, whereby you related to me what you are doing to help alleviate the major problem of fuel costs facing all Americans today. You indicated you cosponsored the Gas Price Reduction Act of 2008 (S.3202), which is “a more serious and comprehensive solution to our energy crisis.”

    The major conditions of your proposed legislation are:

    • Exploration would have to be at least 50 miles off the coast.

    • Meet stringent environmental protections.

  • Who is a pig?

    To the editor: Sen. Obama, you pledged to run a clean campaign and not resort to low-level personal attacks, but your new TV ad makes fun of Sen. McCain not being able to use a computer to send e-mail.

    Well, he can’t physically use his hands to type because of the beatings he took during his five years as a POW.

    In my book, Sen. Obama, you are the pig with lipstick.

  • Why won't McIntyre debate?

    To the editor: Why has Rep. Mike McIntyre refused to debate his opponent on the issues that affect his constituent’s quality of life?

    He has plenty of time to travel around the county dispensing money for his pet projects that engender a photo-op, but no time to discuss issues like energy, taxes and national security.

    Why isn’t the media asking for a meeting between the candidates? An open discussion that highlights differences can enable the electorate to make an informed choice. Is McIntyre not willing to make the time for this important activity?