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Letters

  • Close to realizing long-held dream

    To the editor: The year is 1492, and Columbus sails the ocean blue. He discovers a land, a world he calls new, though it was not so new to those whom this land had already belonged to.

    Less than 100 years goes by when millions of Africans, given the choice of slavery or to die, are abducted from their peaceful lives and brought to the new world, chained and hog-tied.

    In 1607, Pocahontas saves the life of John Smith, while shortly thereafter, pilgrims land in Massachusetts and while there, they declare, in a state of mortal fear, that someone is a witch.

  • Congress needs to be smarter

    To the editor: A couple of weeks ago, I watched the congressional hearings on oil company profits. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was onstage denouncing oil companies for making too much money.

    She was mad and threatening to “socialize” oil companies for making too much money. What this total imbecile apparently does not know or care about is Congress taxes oil companies three times the money that oil companies make in profit.

    She does not know the difference between a profit margin and profit, but I bet all the loan sharks in her district know the difference.

  • Obama's message is bothersome

    To the editor: Obama has promised and delivered on “Change in America” by defeating the evil and corrupt “Clinton Machine.”

    He said that business as usual in Washington will end and he has delivered on this major victory, but his other ideas of change bother me, especially when I read on his Web site he wants every American to have free healthcare, bail out those who made bad home purchases, spend more on education and provide college for all.

  • Time for change in Congress

    To the editor: I like Rep. Mike McIntyre, and I do not know of anyone who does not like Mike.

    He has been an able and generally good representative of the people and has done a reasonably good job. He is a Democrat.

    It is not a bad thing to be a Democrat. There are only two major parties in the United States; however, being a Democrat does carry some baggage. As does being a Republican.

    Most people consider North Carolina to be relatively conservative. We have a high population of church-going, God-fearing people of which I am proud to be one.

  • Widow outraged by repeat offender

    To the editor: I was outraged when I read the May 22 edition of The Brunswick Beacon. The laws should be tougher for repeat criminal behavior.

    My husband [Adam Bradshaw] might be alive today if the laws were already tougher for those who choose to be career criminals. The fact is, they have a choice.

    They can choose to commit crimes or they can choose not to commit crimes. I don’t understand the psychology behind it.

    What drives someone to choose a life of crime? What drives someone to commit murder?

  • Shallotte Point businesses respond

    To the editor: We represent two of the three businesses that have been written about in recent letters to the editor concerning annexation of Shallotte Point properties.

    Our family has been in Shallotte Point for more than 100 years so we care about the Point.

    We want to set things straight.

  • Concerned about county salaries

    To the editor: I am concerned about unequal treatment of Brunswick County employees.

    I understand a “select few” are receiving a significant pay raise, while other employees have been informed merits would be held to the mid-range this year even if their manager had recommended a higher merit.

    Mr. Sue made the comment that the county manager may know something about the employee that his manager doesn’t know and is in a better position to judge the employee’s merit.

  • Shallotte loses healer, friend

    To the editor: I lost a good friend last week. Shallotte lost a good friend as well.

    When I came to Shallotte in 1973, my first medical doctor was Dr. B.B. (Ben) Ward. Friends and relatives called him Bennie Brooks. I never worked up enough courage to call him that.

    To me he was “Dr. Ward,” the healer of all of my ailments, the man who got me well enough to never miss work. We socialized very little, probably because we ran in different circles.

  • Thanks for enforcing canopy ban

    To the editor: I would like to express my appreciation and sincere thanks to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department for enforcing the canopy ban on the beaches.

    I am a property owner and was extremely concerned last year when the canopies were in such abundance on the beaches.

    Maybe if they would have been taken down each evening, it may have been tolerable, but to watch the sunrise with canopy “shells” lining our beach was quite frankly horrific, not to mention the negative impact to the sea turtle population.

  • A global warming proposal

    To the editor: There is a considerable ongoing debate over whether there is global warming and, if so, whether mankind is contributing to what many consider to be a planet-threatening phenomenon.

    The former prime minister of Great Britain, Tony Blair, has now added his voice to the debate and recently urged the United States to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gases.

    In fact, he is of the opinion that unless we do something now, “damage to the climate will be irreversible.”