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Letters

  • Family says thank you for support

    To the editor: Jerry W. Jones and family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love that you have shown us during my battle with leukemia.

    Your prayers, the barbecue benefit, the blood drive and all the acts of love are very much appreciated and have touched our hearts deeply.

    Please continue to pray for us.

  • Responders saved building

    To the editor: I would like to take this public opportunity to thank the town of Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach fire departments and Det. Eric King of the Shallotte Police Department for a job well done.

    In the early morning hours of June 5, a bottle rocket (fireworks) landed on the roof of the Red Apple Professional Building and sparked a roof fire.

    In addition, a piece of burning material landed on a sprinkler pipe and caused a piece of it to melt, creating a flood of water.

  • Congressman says he fights for public rights

    To the editor: A recent writer apparently did not realize I have consistently fought to protect the First Amendment rights of religious broadcasters.

    In fact, I was invited to speak at the National Association of Religious Broadcasters convention when it was in Charlotte.

    Just as the writer and many others do in our area, I enjoy listening to Christian radio and regularly tune in as I travel through our district.

    Freedom of information and speech are essential to our democracy, and that includes freedom of religious expression as well.

  • Writer disagrees with Zullo letter

    To the editor: This is in response to Mr. Ralph Zullo’s letter of last week.

    First, Mr. Zullo, let me thank you for your service to our nation in Korea.

    Second, I believe the eight grades of education you received through the 1940s contained much more substantive and useful knowledge than many high school graduates receive today.

    And now to the meat of your letter.

  • More readers against town's cabana ban

    To the editor: I have just returned from my vacation to Ocean Isle Beach. We have owned a house there for 16 years and rent it during the summer season.

    I was extremely disappointed at the shortsightedness of the “cabana ban.”

    When my children were small, having a cabana on the beach was essential. When I was taking chemotherapy, it was even more so. And for our fair-haired friends or the elderly, adequate shade is required for their enjoyment of the beach.

  • Sun dangers result in need for cabanas

    Sun dangers result in need for cabanas

    To the editor:

    I have been a property owner on Ocean Isle Beach for 12 years. The ban the town has put on canopies is an unwise decision.

    There are so many people who suffer from the sun’s harmful rays but still would like to enjoy the beach. And yes, an umbrella is helpful.

    But when a large family gets together for their vacation at the beach and they are banned from using their canopy, it makes their stay an unpleasant one. From the elderly to the very young, they especially need protection from the sun.

  • Property owner's yard is not a U-turn

    To the editor: For six years now, I have watched and waited for summertime and all the traffic associated with our wonderful beach area.

    I am glad we have visitors from all over, and it’s always nice to know we have a nice place for families to enjoy the sun and fun that Ocean Isle Beach has to offer. On the other hand, I think it is time for me to let people know that four left turns or right turns do make a block.

  • New group formed to fight port

    To the editor: A public meeting took place June 24 in Southport organized by a newly formed grassroots organization named “NO PORT Southport.” Hundreds of people attended.

    We are putting the people of North Carolina and its elected officials on notice. Six hundred acres of some of North Carolina’s most precious land may soon be completely covered with asphalt.

  • Supreme Court decisions not just

    To the editor: There are justices on the Supreme Court. They are supreme, all right, but not necessarily just.

    Let’s take one decision: Boumediane vs. Bush. This decision was rendered in June 2008. It gave all prisoners in Guantanamo prison the right of habeas corpus. What does that mean to us?

    It means a person who was caught on a battlefield attempting to kill American service people and is a foreigner and is considered a terrorist by all relevant nations because they were without uniforms and could, if they wished, blend into the civilian population at any time.

  • Dog parks would waste tax dollars

    To the editor: I wasn’t going to address the issue of dog parks, but Libby and Emma insisted.

    These two felines are very staunch conservatives in our family and border on being Libertarians. They have never depended on public largesse taken from taxpayers to survive and don’t feel dogs should, either.

    They, as well as their guardians, feel if you can’t afford to cope with your dogs’ needs, you shouldn’t have them.

    Don’t accept the liberal view that others should be taxed to provide for your pets.