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Letters

  • Senior center plan explained

    To the editor: The letter from S.C. Scherer in The Brunswick Beacon on May 29 concerning the construction of a senior program facility in Southport deserves my response.

    The proposed building in Southport, about which concern was raised, is the first step in providing facilities for senior citizen programs on five locations within Brunswick County.

    It will be followed by similar buildings in Calabash, Ocean Isle, Leland, Shallotte and Supply.

  • Don't be silent about sewer fees

    To the editor: On Nov. 6, 2006, the town of Sunset Beach and Brunswick County entered into an agreement for Brunswick County to provide water and sewer service to the town of Sunset Beach.

    This agreement was made with little regard to property owners’ needs or desires. We are now being force-fed a sewer project that will result in many of our elderly and/or fixed-income residents having no option but to sell the homes they enjoy or secure loans to pay for the estimated $8,000 sewer assessment.

    This is an unacceptable hardship.

  • Serious changes needed at school

    To the editor: I am seriously considering home-schooling my child next year. I am asking for the support of other parents.

    I cannot, without there being serious changes, send my child into such an environment.

    Recently, South Brunswick kept students an extra 30 minutes. It was nearly 5 p.m., and my daughter’s school bus had not arrived to bring her home. We do not live close to the bus stop.

  • 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.