• Animal services shows compassion

    To the editor:
    My heart was broken last week when I lost my 16-year-old miniature dachshund, Moses. His heart and kidneys had been failing for a while, and although I realized his end had come, emotionally I wasn’t prepared. I ended up having to take him to Brunswick Animal Services.
    When I arrived, I was so distraught, but from the minute I walked in the door, I couldn’t have asked for a more compassionate and loving group of people. They treated me and my Moe and my emotional state with such loving concern.

  • Thank all who served

    To the editor:
    During the holiday season, along with Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Thanksgiving, we as a country remember and thank our military. Without our military, we would not have the freedom we enjoy. During World War II, we had about 15 million who served to free the world from evil forces that wanted to enslave us all. More than 400,000 perished accomplishing this deed. My father was one of them.

  • Stalled bill hurts animals

    To the editor:
    Along with thousands of North Carolina pet owners and voters, I would like to thank Gov. Pat McCrory and his wife for their recent stand to protect defenseless animals across our great state.
    It is inexcusable that House Bill 930, sponsored by Sen. Jason Saine, was not read and voted on this past summer. If this bill had passed, many of the puppies now facing death in puppy mills across our state today would not be facing a cruel and painful death.

  • Lights marked child’s death

    To the editor:
    What a jerk! It really takes a low-life jerk to steal solar lights beside a cross on the road. I doubt that you can read, but perhaps someone you know can read this to you.
    That cross on N.C. 179 at Ocean Isle Beach marks the spot where my child died. It broke my heart when I stopped to talk with him and found that you had stolen the lights marking the spot where I lost my only child and the love of my life. I will replace them, and if you need additional lights, please let me know. They are very inexpensive, and I’ll pick them up for you.

  • Bounty system

    To the editor:
    Football players hurt their opponents most with hits: some illegal, some legal, and some legal by the rules, but cheap. The NFL cited several players and their organizations for paying a bounty for hits to key players. A bounty, by definition, is a reward for executing a strategy.
    Bankers are getting rewards for doing the same thing to customers. Bankers hit their borrowers hardest when the loan is in most jeopardy. Successful bankers get promoted, paid and praised. Mr. Banker does not act alone.

  • Nuclear option

    To the editor:
    The great thinkers on democracy — Locke, Rousseau and Mill — all shared a similar concern about protecting minority rights in a democracy from the tyranny of the majority. Thankfully, our founders respected their concern and created a system of government consisting of three equal branches with appropriate checks and balances.

  • Wake up, Washington

    To the editor:
    Does anyone think for a moment that Iran has any intention of not developing a nuclear bomb? Really?

  • Goodwill blessings

    To the editor:
    I was the recipient of the goodwill of five local men who volunteered to help me when my car stalled. I had just driven 200 miles on Friday afternoon and was filling up with gas at the Marathon station on Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Upon restarting my car, nothing happened — the battery was dead. I asked a fellow if he had jumper cables and he said sure. Another fellow joined in.

  • Equal opportunity

    To the editor:
    When people think of discrimination, the first things that come to mind are racial, religious, sexual discrimination.
    There is another form of discrimination that is overlooked every day and that is discrimination against those with a criminal record.
    There are so many good, hardworking people out there who have a rocky past, and it is a real shame that employers are too lazy to do a case-by-case evaluation of potential employees with criminal records as suggested by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • Aiding dog the right thing

    To the editor:
    Recently, a small male dog was delivered to me. I named him Leo. He was found by a Good Samaritan and was emaciated, flea-infested, full of worms, sick and frightened.
    Mats on his legs and feet along with long nails made it painful to stand. Leo has no eyes, a product of poor care and nutrition. Leo did not see the heartless humans who abandoned him in this condition. He also did not see the Good Samaritan who saved him, but he felt her kindness.