• Recognize drug addiction as an illness

    Editor’s note: The writer is a Brunswick County Board of Commissioners candidate for district 5.

    To the editor:

    The question I keep asking myself is how much worse does it have to get before we start to change our approach? Currently, Wilmington is ranked as the No. 1 area in the U.S. for opiate abuse, according to a study published in mid-2016. This study, which compiled statistics for analysis, estimated 11.6 percent of the population in this region is classified as an opiate abuser.

  • Only hope is with the Lord

    To the editor:

    Last October we were flooded. We are still working on getting back to normal. When Hurricane Matthew hit, I prayed for all our neighbors here in Carolina Shores who endured the hardships of this latest flooding. The stormwater came very close again but thank God, we did not flood this time.

  • Life is what is worth dying for

    To the editor:

    The Bible teaches that the greatest love one can give is our own life for another. God knows our babies before we know them. That teaching is embedded in our very culture, except at pre-birth.

  • Ends justify the means

    To the editor:

    Ends justify the means. Objective values and principles do not exist. What is good and acceptable today, the same is bad and unacceptable tomorrow. For Hillary Clinton, as with the Obama regime, nothing is moral or immoral. There is only the amoral.

  • Pray for victims of Matthew

    To the editor:

    Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm, ripped through Haiti and then the southeastern states.

    Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated because of the devastating flooding in North Carolina. People all across the South have much damage.

    Pray now for churches to arise and recovery efforts to move forward. Bind the spirit of further destruction and pray blessing, protection, peace and healing for all that have been affected.

  • Community members show generosity again

    To the editor:

    Last Thursday, Richard and Gail Eury called me saying they felt compelled to help the victims of flooding from Hurricane Matthew.

    They, Kevin and Tracey Hickman, my wife Shawnna and I started getting the wheels turning. I called and got permission from the town of Shallotte to use Rourk Gardens for a setup area, with Dawn Ashton making fliers, posting on Facebook and helping Deb Knox collect goods from WT Cox Information Services.

  • Support the school bond

    Editor’s note: The writer is a Brunswick County Board of Education candidate for district 4.

    To the editor:

    I trust all the fine citizens of Brunswick County want and support quality public education.

    Good schools enrich our community and its economy. If there were proposed a cost-effective way to improve our schools and give our students the facilities they need and provide our educators the environment in which to best teach, would we not support it?

  • Support HB 930 to end puppy mills in our state

    To the editor:

    Why do we still have puppy mills in North Carolina? Two years ago, the state House passed and the governor supported HB 930 to ban the obscene, abusive and horrific business of over-breeding dogs in inhumane conditions.

    How many more puppy mills have to be busted before this bill will be voted on by the Senate? How many more dogs need to suffer and die? This bill is supported by 90 percent of voters.

  • Give Trump a chance

    To the editor:

    No matter which way you lean, understand all candidates are not perfect, but the bottom line is if you want a president who will have open borders, appoint judges who will not follow the Constitution, who will allow enormous numbers of people to enter our country without knowing who they are or their intentions and one who wants to tax your investments and 401Ks and finally who will shut down coal and not take advantage of all the energy that exists in our own country, then vote them into office.

  • Help solve state’s puppy mill problem

    To the editor:

    Recently I held a little poodle with no teeth and no lower jaw because of a lack of medical care. Her tongue hangs out permanently. I held another poodle whose fur was matted and caked with dried feces and urine. This is the way many puppy mill animals live.

    When is it going to stop? When people stop buying that cute little dog or cat from a pet store, from the side of the road or from a Wal-Mart parking lot. Also, when our state lawmakers introduce and pass a bill to stop animal suffering and put puppy mill owners out of business.