• R.I.P., Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association

    To the editor:

    In 2012, the Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association was born thanks to the efforts of Marc Kaplan, Dave Nelson, other merchants and town council’s generosity by injecting $150,000 of taxpayer funds supporting their start-up effort. Thanks to the efforts by the association and volunteers, they started the farmer’s market and PaddleFest and became financially self-sufficient.

  • Why does God hate sin?

    To the editor:

    God hates sin because it separates us from him: “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2, Isaiah 13:11; Jeremiah 5:25). The fact that God hates sin means he hates being separated from us.

  • Let voters settle tethering issue

    To the editor:

    The recent Advocates for Animal Rights (AFAR) presentation to Brunswick County commissioners called for a single change to animal welfare ordinances: restrict the chaining of dogs. This single ordinance is one more tool to law enforcement as we combat drug houses and dogfighting in our community.

  • Get serious on climate change

    To the editor:

    The devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey is a frightening look at our future if we do not take steps to mitigate and reverse climate change. Though these storms occur naturally, warmer waters can make them bigger, more intense and longer lasting.

    How many storms does it take before we measure rain in feet, rather than inches? How many more billions of tax dollars are we willing to devote to flood insurance? How many more lives are we willing to displace, or lose completely?

  • Put an end to price gouging

    To the editor:

    Don’t you often wonder what drives business corporations to take your money in unscrupulous ways? We all know too well the term “price gouging” and witness it even locally here in Brunswick County.

  • Money perverts reason in health care debate

    Editor’s note: The writer is a candidate for Sunset Beach Town Council in the Nov. 7 municipal election.

    To the editor:

    Why is America the only wealthy country in the world without a universal health care system? The answer is because voters do not want to be known as “working-class” citizens. The average voter wants to be known as “middle class.” Even though they have not had a raise in pay in real dollars for 35 years or more, they will not succumb to being known as working class.

  • Obsessions contradict common sense

    To the editor:

    A child often senses that the world in which we live follows an orderly and predictable direction. His intuitive recognition of this inclusive phenomenon will often express itself in a quizzical question, like, “Why is the sky blue?”

  • Public safety and humane treatment of animals

    To the editor:

    At first glance it might not always seem like a malicious act to keep a dog tethered outside. Unfortunately, keeping dogs this way is bad for dogs.

    Yet, when the facts about tethering were presented at the Aug. 21 Brunswick County commissioners’ meeting, commissioners seemed unconcerned. The petitions circulated recently in Brunswick County quickly gathered more than 4,000 signatures of concerned citizens who want to ban tethering.

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  • It is time to change county tethering laws

    To the editor:

    Brunswick County commissioners heard a proposal Aug. 21 to ban tethering dogs in Brunswick County.

    Speakers included a local veterinarian and others who provided factual evidence outlining the benefits of such an ordinance, which has been passed in more than 20 counties in North Carolina and elsewhere in the U.S.

  • Thank you for help in time of family’s grief

    To the editor:

    On Aug. 13, 2017, my brother Charles Reeves passed away after losing his battle with cancer and heart disease.

    I really miss him, but am so thankful he was ready to meet Jesus. There are several folks I want to thank for the help that made his last days more comfortable.

    The first person I want to thank is my sister, Carolyn Schreiber of Calabash. She kept my brother in her home for more than two months and lovingly took care of him: cooking for him, praying for him, making his last few months of life a time of dignity and peace.