• Taken aback by Sunset Beach Town Council

    To the editor:

    I believe Ted Janes’ comments in last week’s edition ring true with much more than the majority of the citizens and taxpayers of Sunset Beach. I attended the June 21 council meeting, my first. Prior to going, I had asked a local business owner if he was going. He laughed, shook his head and said: “Kangaroo court!” Wow, his comment was spot on as well.

  • Attending RNC was an honor

    To the editor:

    It was an honor to be one of the three delegates from North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, and the only one from Southport and from Brunswick County, to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

    The convention could not have been run more smoothly and with such a high level of security without planning by Cleveland, the RNC and more than 3,000 volunteers and about 3,000 security officers who kept planned protestors from even wanting to come to Cleveland.

  • What ‘destitute’ really means

    To the editor:

    Today I am so much wealthier than I was 19 hours ago! The reason is because of finding out the meaning of the word “destitute.”

  • Purpose of Black Lives Matter is confusing

    To the editor:

    So, Black Lives Matter? Some, most, all? I am truly confused.

    Two black men, one in Baton Rouge, La., and the other in Minneapolis, were shot and killed by police officers. Those killings initiated demonstrations once again and some violence in several cities across the country by this group, Black Lives Matter, much as it had in Ferguson, Mo., where another black man was shot and killed by a police officer.

  • Task force offers hope

    To the editor:

    It was encouraging to read about the success of the FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force. The explosion of heroin in Brunswick County and surrounding counties continues the destruction of young men and women in quantities never before seen.

    Untreated addiction to drugs and alcohol has no happy ending. At best, an addict can look forward to death, prison or a body and mind riddled with disease (I’ll spare you the details).

  • The world could use many more Day Kreuzbergs

    To the editor:

    There are people in our community who give so much and, when we lose them, there is a hole in the community. One such person lost recently is Day Kreuzberg. Day embraced the community he called home to do his part.

    A champion of animal welfare in Brunswick County, he served on the Paws-Ability board as treasurer for five years. This past year, he served as director of logistics, negotiating and managing contracts, services and needs for our various fundraising activities.

  • Flag etiquette refresher in order

    To the editor:

    I attended a small Fourth of July parade over the holiday and was flabbergasted that I was the only adult in sight with her hand over her heart when the flag passed.

    Here’s a refresher on the rules for showing respect for our flag, and the country it represents: According to the U.S. Code, your hand should be placed over your heart (current and former military may salute) during the national anthem, the pledge, when the flag is being raised or lowered and when it passes in review, like at the beginning of a parade.

  • Gun ownership seems too easy

    To the editor:

    The recent shootings in Florida, Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., have been raising the issues of gun control and gun rights. These are not relatively new issues, but with the increase of mass shootings, citizens are growing more and more worried. It seems as if it is too easy to possess a firearm nowadays even with strict gun laws in place already.

  • Criticism should apply to both political parties

    To the editor:

    In his July 7 letter, Thomas McGrath excludes Democratic policy preferences from the same criticism he imposes upon Republicans. McGrath claims among “... GOP ... national policy beliefs, ... tax cuts pay for themselves.”

  • Time to work for common good

    Please, America, we have to stop. Just simply stop and take a hard look at ourselves. We have come to a dangerous place.

    We must stop the incitement to violence: our words, our media images, our hatred, our greed, our lust for power. Our choices now are critical, for our nation, as well as our entire global existence. We cannot afford to be careless in our decisions.