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Letters

  • Calabash UDO response

    To the editor:

    In response to commissioner Distasio’s letter last week, I need to clear up a few comments.

    There is no doubt by now who thinks they run this town. The evidence is clear enough. Let it be known commissioners Emily Distasio, Cecelia Hennan and John Melahn think they run this town.

    With a 3-2 vote on every issue, they thought they could just push this UDO on us and we would just accept it and not do anything. Well, surprise, surprise: We are fighting back.

  • Bill could increase voter fraud

    Sen. R.C. Soles never ceases to amaze me at the tactics he will use to control his constituents. Could his proposal to change the voter assistance law effectively lead to voter fraud?

    I think it would because I have worked the polls on Election Day, and I can see the potential of voter fraud if Senate Bill 56 is passed.

    When the state board of elections met in Columbus County on Sept. 12, 2008, chairman Larry Leake made it quite clear Jesse Graham, chairman of the Columbus County Board of Elections, was well out of line in his interpretation of the voter assistance law.

  • Responds to EDC comments

    To the editor: We read with interest the article by Sarah Shew Wilson regarding her interview with Jim Bradshaw, Brunswick County Economic Development Commission director, about the proposed international port in Southport.

    While she took pains to provide some balance in her article, it was apparent Bradshaw has not availed himself of all the facts. Unfortunately, he would appear to have been lulled by the ports authority’s approach of avoiding answering questions while pleading for time to work things out.

  • Rep. responds to criticism

    To the editor: I would like to clarify a recent letter (Feb. 5 edition) written about my efforts in Congress to revive our economy.

    I voted against both bank bailout bills last fall and against the automakers’ bailout bill. I also recently voted against the extension of another wave of funding for the banks’ bailout. These bills were not the “stimulus bill,” as stated in the Feb. 5 edition.

  • Congress has lost touch

    To the editor: I am writing to address some situations that have had a negative effect on my ability to reason objectively. It seems Congress has lost touch with those whom they are sworn to represent. To bring them back into focus, I would suggest the following actions:

    Members of Congress should be furloughed without pay or benefits at the same ratio of unemployment that now exists. That would mean, presently, about seven senators and somewhere between 25-30 members of the House.

  • Thanks for wallet return

    To the editor: Thank you. You know who you are.

    I’m residing in the Holden Beach area for the winter. On Sunday, Feb. 1, I lost my wallet somewhere in the area. You found it and left it anonymously at the police station on Holden Beach.

    The police department saw to it I got it back. You will never know how grateful I am. A very “sincere thank-you” to you and the police department.

    In appreciation I am making an anonymous donation to a local charity.

  • Cabana ban claims beach visitors

    To the editor:

    (Note: This letter was sent to the town administrator of Ocean Isle Beach.)

    This is just a quick note to let you know our family will not be returning to your beach (Ocean Isle) for vacation this summer, as we have made arrangements to rent an oceanfront house on Oak Island.

    We have vacationed at Ocean Isle for the past 12 years, as have five other of our friends’ families. We all rented houses for the same week each year and had the best time.

  • Bring about change

    To the editor: On Nov. 4, 2008, America voted for change and on Jan. 2, America inaugurated its 44th president, believing for that change.

    According to my understanding, we were saying we were going to assist our new president to bring about change. It is incumbent upon each of us to work with our elected officials and assist them by letting them do what we expect of them.

    We will not bring about change by discussing our problems in the grocery stores, checkout counters and parking lots.

  • Cutajar letter on target

    To the editor: As a semi-interested observer of the goings-on at Holden Beach, it seems to me this fellow Louis Cutajar has his finger on the pulse of things.

    Transparency should be the ideal in all government, but here, opaqueness seems to be the rule. If not opaqueness, then translucence is just enough smoke to make you think you’re seeing the truth.

  • Doesn’t support stimulus plan

    To the editor: The past week, Rep. Mike McIntyre broke his campaign promises and voted for the infamous pork-filled $850 billion stimulus bill.

    This bill is a huge rip-off on the American people by wasting billions on unneeded programs and doubling the size of many government programs. He approved spending money we do not have on things we do not need.

    Lets see how Mike voted to spend your money:

    1) $41 billion (5 percent of the total package) goes to major infrastructure projects promised by Obama; a good thing, but then where is the other 95 percent going?