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Letters

  • Supports POW-MIA legislation

    To the editor: For years, the National Alliance of Families of POWs/MIAs, Rolling Thunder Inc. and other veteran organizations, have pressed our federal government for full disclosure about our Prisoners of War/Missing In Action (POW/MIA), from Iraq, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, the Cold War/Korea Conflict and World War II.

    In his book, “An Enormous Crime,” former U.S. Rep. Bill Hendon (R-NC) chronicled that when the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam, it knowingly left behind hundreds of POWs.

    There is evidence to warrant further investigation.

  • Get Democrats out of office

    To the editor: The Democrats have turned the energy issue into a three-ring circus. Gasoline is now more than $4 a gallon, and this is strangling our economy.

    In the Senate ring, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said on camera coal and oil make us sick and will not allow us (United States) to have any more.

    In the House ring, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) is totally refusing to allow any more drilling for oil.

  • National energy plan needed

    To the editor: It is time for a non-partisan, interim energy plan. Here is a start:

    1) Postpone the discussion of offshore and Arctic drilling. Realization of benefits has a 10-plus year window, so it will not hurt to postpone this discussion until it can be included in the new president’s comprehensive energy policy.

  • CIS has anti-gang initiatives

    To the editor: The anti-gang legislation passed by the General Assembly this week is a good step in the right direction for putting an end to the gang violence in our state.

    The legislation truly gets to the heart of the matter because it focuses on the source of gang activity—older adults who deliberately target our youth to join gangs by making the life of a gang member more alluring than reality.

  • Obama won't get us out of war

    To the editor: About one half, maybe more, of the American people are stupid. Their stupidity grows out of lack of education and failure to keep themselves informed.

    I shall take this opportunity to expose my own stupidity. I hear people say they are going to vote for Obama because he will get us out of this war. No president can get us out of this war.

  • Readers have had enough of cabana issues

    To the editor: I personally have heard enough about this cabana thing on the island.

    The town heard input on this matter from residents before voting on it, and they decided the only measure that would be enforceable would be to ban them altogether.

    I’ve heard it all from suggesting permits be issued to the town disposing of them if they’re left on the beach after 7 p.m. Do you want to know what happens when the town says, “Sure, we’ll do that?”

  • Stop with the cabana debate

    To the editor: I have been living in Calabash for the last year and have subscribed to your newspaper for that time.

    I have read numerous letters to the editor addressing the cabana issue written before the law was passed banning them and then now afterwards.

    I get angry every time I read one because it is the “fault” of our visitors that we have one at all.

  • Supports town's cabana ban

    To the editor: I have also been a longtime property owner at Ocean Isle Beach, and I totally support the town council for their tough decision regarding cabana use.

    It is the first time in years I can go to the beach and enjoy the ocean without maneuvering through dozens of canopies to get a view of the ocean and find a place to sit. I feel we now have our beach back.

  • Some annexation is arbitrary

    To the editor: It is difficult to understand how a supposedly democratic body ever passed the present statute determining annexations in North Carolina.

    Many communities will be faced with this arbitrary municipal imperialism in the future.

    I recently attended a meeting in Calabash and was informed the village intended to annex more than 500 residents. The vast majority of these residents were totally against this annexation.

  • Annexation laws are needed

    To the editor: In a recent Brunswick Beacon article, Rep. Bonner Stiller stated that any law allowing the taking of, or annexing any property should be revisited more often than every 49 years.

    Firstly, the word “taking” should not even be in any consideration of annexation law; there is no taking.

    Secondly, the annexation law has been revisited by the N.C. General Assembly at least four times over the last five decades (S.L.1967-954, S.L. 1983e,36 & 768, S.L. 1998-150, and S.L. 2001-487), and each time the law was amended significantly, most recently in 2001.