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Letters

  • Political pandering in election process

    To the editor: The other day I saw the movie, “Swing Vote.” It wasn’t a particularly great film. There was some not-so-subtle political satire, which was amusing.

    The improbable plot has a presidential election coming down to the decision of a single voter, and that voter is clueless on issues. The candidates then spend 10 days trying to win over this man to their side.

    In the course of doing this, they both pander to him to the extent the Republican becomes an environmentalist and the Democrat takes an anti-immigration position.

  • Paws-Ability has successful clinic

    To the editor: Paws-Ability, a fundraising group formed to assist existing animal rescue groups and shelters in Brunswick County, had its first microchip clinic on June 21 at Seaside Animal Care in Calabash as a fundraiser for the organization.

    Dr. Ernie Ward and Seaside Animal Care staff helped to make this clinic possible. He offered facility and manpower. Dr. Jami Rose and Julie Mullins of Seaside Animal Care assisted with implanting 52 dogs and cats with permanent microchip identification and their efforts helped Paws-Ability raise money for rescue needs.

  • Who is right about history?

    To the editor: I enjoyed the article by Fred David titled “The Pirate Years 1690-1720 at Ocean Isle Beach.”

    In his story, he wrote three pirates who operated in the Ocean Isle Beach area in 1720 were caught and hanged. They were Calico Jack Rackham and two female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

    I just finished watching the History Channel, and the show featured pirates who sailed the Caribbean. The show stated the above pirates were sentence to hang but only Rackham was actually hanged.

  • Questions accuracy

    To the editor: I have been reading with amusement the articles on the history of Ocean Isle Beach written by Fred David.

    It is interesting to note that almost anything that happened in the Caribbean or on the East Coast of America is considered to be the “Ocean Isle Beach area,” especially since, to my knowledge, Ocean Isle Beach was given that name by Odell Williamson in the early 1950s.

  • Bravo, John Kinlaw

    To the editor: Bravo, John Kinlaw for standing tall and tough in the face of adversity with the bullying tactics of San Rio developers, Wakefield Coastal.

    In your position as an elected Shallotte alderman, thank you for standing your ground for the good of Brunswick County, and all of its property owners and residents.

  • Who are those Tootsie Roll guys?

    To the editor: You may have seen them outside Food Lion, Lowes Food Stores, IGA Grocery or Wal-Mart wearing yellow and red jackets and handing out Tootsie Rolls.

    Who are these men who greet you as you enter the store and ask you to help mentally challenged citizens of Brunswick County?

    They are members of the Knights of Columbus, an organization dedicated to strengthening families and family life, and assisting those most in need in our community.

  • 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.