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Letters

  • March is Red Cross month

    To the editor:

    Across the United States, March is recognized as American Red Cross Month.

    As one of the nation’s best-known humanitarian organizations, the Red Cross has been at the forefront of helping Americans prevent, prepare for and respond to large and small disasters for more than 127 years nationally, and more than 100 years locally.

  • Supports Robert Robinson

    To the editor: I want the people of Brunswick County to know they have had the privilege of having a great public servant for 28 years. I remember a young Register of Deeds Robert Robinson in 1981. He was full of energy and dedicated to doing his new job. He never lost this enthusiasm over the next 28 years.

    Robert was anxious to be ahead of the curve on technology to better serve his customers both public and attorneys who toiled long hours completing title searches. He was tireless in his efforts to do the job he was duly elected to perform.

  • Ditch issues

    To the editor: At the February Town of Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Commissioner Gere Dale publicly chastised the residents of the Village at Calabash development for expressing their feelings they were being unfairly treated economically. He then went on to point out the Village received services in the form of road repair and street lighting approximately equal to the property taxes collected from the development, and therefore the Villagers had no right to complain.

  • Questioning Holden Beach

    To the editor: After reviewing the minutes from the Town of Holden Beach’s last meeting, it makes me wonder. They claim to have a certificate of occupancy for the EOC building on Dec. 9, 2008, which allows them to use the building, deemed finished, but they have apparently not paid the contractor and have contacted his bonding company and are likely to attempt to receive a “settlement.”

    If the building is complete and I have seen them use it, why was the contractor not paid?

  • 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.