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Letters

  • Widow wants crime registry

    To the editor:

    Recently, I e-mailed Rep. Mike McIntyre requesting his help to push for the implementation and enforcement of a violent criminals’ registry in North Carolina. I would also like tougher laws for repeat offenders.

    McIntyre’s response was to inform me we already have a sex offenders’ registry and “since you are interested in criminal registries, we are trying to pass a bill through legislation to set up a drug offenders’ registry.”

  • Want to make a difference? Vote

    To the editor: It is amazing to me someone who was writing an article deriding the practice of bringing Gov. Sarah Palin’s “pregnant teenage daughter” into the political fray of today’s presidential election would spend the next 137 words (out of a 444 word column) doing exactly what she was criticizing others for.

    Blaming Bristol Palin for our lot in life will not solve any problems. She did not ask to be involved in this process, her mother did. Making her the weekend focus of the campaign news cycle was only done because it was easy.

  • Tragic events drive politicians

    To the editor: High offices are almost always driven by events such as 9/11. Sadly, President Bush has been second-guessed on almost every move he made post 9/11.

    It is so simple to be a Monday morning quarterback. Almost every politician from either major party has second-guessed Bush, most with malice. Bush promised all would be different if he was elected and that promise was kept.

  • Open letter to legislators

    To the editor: After I received my tax bill I noted the Calabash fire fee had increased from $50 to $100.

    I called the tax office and was told, "The legislators voted for the increase."

    So this is why we send you there? To vote a 100 percent increase mostly to the senior citizens on fixed income? Did our homes get any larger? Or did our cost of living increase?

    What is the logic in your actions?

    It's outrageous elected officials can act with no consideration.

  • Open your closet door, Superintendent McGee

    To the editor:

    Many years ago there was a weekly radio program that featured a character named Fibber McGee who had a closet filled with all sorts of junk. His wife would warn him not to open the closet door, but each week Fibber opened the door and all its contents would come spilling out.

    Brunswick County has another McGee who also has a closet. Unlike Fibber, this McGee seems to want to keep that door closed with its contents out of view. That hasn’t always been the case.

  • Discipline is OK

    To the editor: I agree wholeheartily with your comments about paddling in school. As a grandparent of four, my children know when they leave their kids with me, my rules prevail. That entails a swat on the bottom if needed. Keep up the pressure to bring corrective discipline back to our schools.

  • Doesn't agree with dumpster deal

    To the editor: First I would like to say I have worked in the Shallotte area for 23 years and have just in the last 3 years become a small business owner here.

    In all the years I have worked here, we have always placed our trash in our dumpster container, which is in the rear of our building where no one except our employees, the delivery people, the people who work for Waste Industries and an occasional passerby even sees our dumpster container.

  • Speak out about market speculation

    To the editor: Convincing myself that the price of crude oil, gas and diesel is not a result of supply and demand, I considered the only reason has to be speculations on the commodities market. If in fact supply and demand was the problem, then how could “We the People” allow auto races, boat races, airplane races, truck races, motorcycle races and large sporting events to take place?

  • Political hacks

    To the editor: I would like to reply to J.W. McKernan in The Beacon on Aug. 28. I agree with him about political hacks; never in my life have we had such bad ones. Everyone I talk to agrees in person or on the computer—we want our troops brought home from the Middle East. They should not have been sent there in the first place.

    Everything President Bush told us why they were sent turned out to be false.

    Obama and McCain are going to leave them there to fight and die for a false cause at the behest of AIPAC.

  • Agrees with paddling

    To the editor: I just wanted to comment on Stacey Manning’s article pertaining to discipline. It is commendable that someone will voice his or her opinion about discipline in schools and at home.

    We often talk about how a large number of the young generation was never taught respect for anyone and most do not respect themselves.

    Thank you for doing that article.