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Letters

  • Stop the fox before it gets to the door

    To the editor: Today I read in the news once again American companies are looking to the government for what they like to call a bailout (more like a cop-out).

    I am a firm believer if a person or group of people would like to go public with their company one of the first things on the application in bold letters should say, “If you or your company fails you agree to give any and all you earned back to the shareholders before keeping what (if anything) is left.”

  • Reader thanks EMTs, paramedics for help

    To the editor: Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, my husband fainted and fell in the kitchen. I called 911 and was told what to do and that help was on the way.

    In a very short time, an off-duty EMT was at the door and started checking his vitals. Soon, there were six EMTs or paramedics here taking care of him and assuring us it (fainting) was from age, heat and dehydration.

    They recommended going to the emergency room for further testing, which we did. The hospital also was prompt in caring for him in every way.

  • Board must be accountable

    To the editor: Recently, the Brunswick County Board of Education voted to name the new school under construction in the Cedar Grove community Cedar Grove Middle School.

    The decision did not come without controversy, and I applaud the logic and fairness of the board members who voted in accordance with the final decision.

    However, I do have concerns about other actions the board has taken recently under the guidance of the superintendent, Dr. Katie McGee.

  • Flowers help beautify town

    To the editor: Benjamin Franklin, in Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1741, wrote: “Beauty, like supreme dominion, is but supported by opinion.”

    It’s my opinion the flowers along Main Street and Rourk Gardens in Shallotte have definitely brought enhanced beauty to our town. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sara McCullough and anyone who assisted her with this beautification project.

    I love calling Shallotte home. It’s a pleasure to drive through town and see the gorgeous flowers blooming in the summer sun.

  • Thinks Obama flutters on positions

    To the editor: Have you ever noticed a butterfly’s flight appears to be haphazard, unlike that of most birds who fly generally in straight lines? I’m no aeronautical engineer, so a butterfly’s anatomical design may require such erratic flight.

    However, I am more inclined to believe its flight pattern is a means of self-preservation. Some birds eat insects, including butterflies, but for a bird to match the flight pattern of a butterfly would be a daunting task. A butterfly’s Achilles heal may simply be exhaustion.

  • Reader thinks proposed energy plan is a joke

    To the editor: Sen. Barack Obama’s new energy plan is a farce and a cruel joke on the American people. In his divine wisdom, he is going to decide how much profit a company can make.

    With the oil companies, it does not matter the profit margin is low, i.e. Exxon 8 percent, Disney 14 percent, Google 27 percent and Microsoft 28 percent.

    What matters is you think Exxon makes too much money. Obama is going to take Exxon’s profits for five years and give a one-time payment of $1,000 per family to offset high heating bills in this winter.

  • Thanks for Heidtke article on rooster

    To the editor:

    Thank you for John Heidtke’s editorial, “Roscoe the Rooster,” in the July 31 edition of the Brunswick Beacon.

    The lesson learned hit the mark. I hope it was not too subtle for your readers.

  • What are Judge Ola Lewis' goals?

    To the editor: I read the Beacon article, “Breaking addiction.”

    Does Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis really believe people find truth in the goals she claims to aim for? She should have thought of helping Brunswick County as a whole long before now.

    And thanks, Mr. Hobbs, for being so true and straightforward at the board meeting.

    Erica Fullwood

    Cedar Grove

  • FCC explains DTV transition

    To the editor: Big changes are coming to broadcast television. At noon Sept. 8, all full-power broadcast television stations in the Wilmington-area, including Brunswick County, will stop broadcasting in analog and continue broadcasting in digital only.

    This is known as the digital television (DTV) transition. Other parts of the nation will make the switch on Feb. 17, 2009.

  • Funding cuts could hurt local hospice program

    To the editor: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on April 28 that would reduce hospice rates by eliminating the budget neutrality adjustment in the hospice wage index. CMS has stated publicly the final rule on this provision is expected on Aug. 1.

    Nationally, the regulation would take more than $2.3 billion in payments to hospice providers, according to a recent MedPAC study. Once fully implemented, this regulation would cut reimbursement to hospices when more and more people need and use this vital service.