• Are you stuck in sinning?

    To the editor:
    Are you a slave of sin? Many may say, “What a ridiculous thing to ask while I live in the freest country in the world.” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. Do you realize you are a sinner? John 8:34.
    Romans 3:23: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
    1 John 1:10: “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. God has provided us with a way to become freed from our slavery and our sin.”

  • Why are our rates so unfairly high?

    To the editor:
    The following is an email I sent to my congressmen. I hope others do the same:
    Well, we here at the coast really suffered from Hurricane Irene. A few trees toppled and some branches off trees—the same things happened inland a few hundred miles, but those people did not get the exorbitant increase in homeowner insurance we did.

  • Head back North

    To the editor:
    To the ladies who were offended by some wearing costumes to the premiere of the movie “The Help,” may I offer some gas money, a compass to point you back North and a slice of Minny’s pie.
    Amy Tyner

  • Remembering "The Help"

    To the editor:
    It all came to mind while watching the movie, “The Help.”
    She was a black woman (colored, back then) who came to the house by bus daily to tend to my year-old baby brother and do other household tasks. Though not required, she also helped me with my worst subject...arithmetic. She left by 4 p.m. so that she would be back within her black neighborhood before the curfew.

  • Costumes were in appreciation, not disrespect

    To the editor:
    I want to thank readers for letters about costumes worn during the premiere of “The Help.” I organized the party, and I want to explain why.
    After reading this story and discussing it, I was amazed at how many could relate to it.
    One lady who was raised during the time said to me, “I was raised by a black lady. She was family to me. And when she hugged me, I really felt love. I felt safe. There was nothing like it.”

  • Outfits didn’t ‘Help’ anything

    To the editor:

    As a white woman, I was embarrassed and angry at the insensitivity of a few white women attending the Shallotte premiere of the movie “The Help” dressed in character for the occasion. 

  • Doesn’t like way people dressed for movie

    To the editor:

    I attended the opening of the movie “The Help” at Coastal Cinemas in Shallotte on Aug. 10. I am here to tell you I have never been more ashamed of white people in my life. 

  • Doesn’t like school schedule

    To the editor:

  • Where’s my fuzzy button?

    To the editor:

    Please tell me where to find the fuzzy button on my calculator. The same one Brunswick County used to figure my property tax bill for 2011. My property value went down $48,110, but my tax bill went up $94.92. 

  • Quit it with the trash

    To the editor:

    Come on, people. Quit throwing trash out the car window. We’re messing up the roadways. Set a good example for the kids and the tourists. Pitch it in a trash bag inside the car.