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Letters

  • What’s in His name?

    To the editor: In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Juliet says: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”

    I have heard it said the name of Jesus will either make you mad or glad. God’s word says in Acts: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

    Why is it this name provokes so many passions? You can mention just about any other moral world leader without causing so much emotion.

  • Are you happy with Obama?

    To the editor: He (President Barack Obama) signed an order to close the terrorist detention center at Gitmo. No plan for the terrorists there, except Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) has offered the minimum-security prisons in his central Pennsylvania district for them.

    “They are no more dangerous than regular criminals,” he said.

    In the meantime, two of those released in the past are on new terrorist videos this week, and one is the head of terrorists in Yemen where he commanded the attack on the U.S. Embassy.

  • Supports fight against increase

    To the editor: I want to share my concerns and thoughts about why I support the decision of our local and state representatives to fight the proposed increase in our home insurance rates. I do not believe weather-related storm damage is greater in coastal counties for the following reasons:

    1) Over the last 16 years, we have owned three homes in both New Hanover and Brunswick counties. We did not file any claims for any kind of storm damage.

  • Ask Ports Authority to prove claims

    To the editor: On Jan. 22, a capacity crowd attended No Port Southport’s third public meeting.

    Dr. Curt H. Stiles, associate professor at UNCW Cameron School of Business, was the guest speaker. He reviewed and commented on two documents. The first was No Port Southport’s analysis of the Ports Authority’s business plan for the proposed container port. The second was an economic impact study prepared by Ports Authority consultants concerning jobs and benefits.

  • Thoughts about the economy, county

    To the editor: This Madoff thing about him stealing is totally incredible and really sad. There are so many things us average Americans don’t know about the financial world. Obviously, it is a world of its own for starters.

    Why couldn’t the government just keep it simple? Many of us average people will never end up like this, or have our houses taken away, or our healthcare benefits and Medicare refused or forget to file an income tax return.

  • Poor examples and no compassion

    To the editor: Ron Rollo’s letter concerning increase of insurance rates contained bad examples. Ron, living in Myrtle Beach S.C., has “no dog in this fight,” and his voice and opinions should be moot.

    Ron used teenage drivers as an example to justify increase. With young drivers the rate is decreased each year if driver has no claims, tickets or accidents until they reach a certain age, and then regular rates apply.

  • Chamber wants to promote job creation

    To the editor: In October, the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an informational meeting for its members concerning the N.C. International Port in Southport.

    Chamber board of directors felt strongly its members should be given the opportunity to hear about the project from the N.C. State Port Authority. They agreed, and we had almost a full house at Surf Cinema to hear the information.

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who helped with the program.

  • Encourages others to study Bible

    To the editor: On Sunday morning, the sound of “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” filled the church. I looked up at the large cross, high on the front wall of the church. Suddenly, I realized how true the words are.

    We, as Christians, stand beneath the cross in our everyday lives. Little do we realize how this influences our every thought, action and channels our direction in life. The cross can only do for you what you invite it to do.

  • Irony at Holden Beach

    To the editor: Irony: incongruity between actual result and the expected result.

    One-year anniversary:

    Expected: To get things done.

    Actual: Still have not communicated goals and objectives yet alone achieved any; committees after one year are just now establishing goals; previous BOC’s achieved were: EOC, town hall, pavilion and roadwork to reduce flooding.

    Budget

    Expected: Doom and gloom.

    Actual: No tax increase; fat budget: difference of additional $2.5 million or 20 percent (’08 vs. ’09).

    Accountability

  • Enjoys writer’s opinion columns

    To the editor:

    I have been a reader of The Brunswick Beacon for approximately 15 years. Over

    the years, you have employed some rather questionable staff writers and a previous

    editor with very hard-core, left-wing and hateful Northern views of almost every

    subject from elections and politics, First and Second Amendment rights, Southern food,

    our native Southern ways of life and just about any other subject one could think of.

    One of your recent staff writers was so left and Northern in her views and hateful