• Support puppy-mill bill

    To the editor:
    North Carolina is widely considered the puppy mill capital of the South with an unbelievable 15 puppy mill busts in the last two-and-a-half years, compared with three in South Carolina.
    Earlier this year, House Bill 930 passed with flying colors in the N.C. House by both Republicans and Democrats. It’s a simple, common-sense bill that establishes basic standards of care for large commercial dog breeders. Dogs bred for hunting, show or field trials are exempt from this bill.

  • Lost deposit

    To the editor:
    My sisters and I came to Brunswick County for the first time in 1989 and fell in love with Holden Beach. As our families grew, so did our need for more space. We rent three to four houses close together. Over the past 25 years, we have used all the rental agencies on the island. Everyone has always been honest, courteous and professional.

  • Recovery center needs support

    To the editor:
    From my conversation with Pastor Larry Shreve of the Brunswick Christian Recovery Center (BCRC), I learned that it is the only recovery center in Brunswick County and surrounding areas.
    Larry turned away nine applicants the other day, which is not uncommon. He said every day he has to turn people away who are struggling with their addictions. These are people who have reached a time where they have fallen to their lowest point and are desperate for help.
    There was a period in the history of Alcoholics Anonymous when the program produced

  • 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?