• CIS brings out best from our students

    To the editor:
    As a parent, I want to share a story of success with you. We found a partner in the community with Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS). Let me tell you how that turned out.
    My daughter Haley and I moved to Brunswick County about two years ago. She started the seventh grade very withdrawn and uninterested in school and her grades started to suffer. She was having trouble making friends and adjusting to life in a new state. I tried what I could at home, but as a single mom, it was hard.

  • Support sustainable minimum wage

    To the editor:

    In the Bible, Jesus tells the story of the good vineyard owner who paid all of his laborers a full day’s wage, to define how his father would treat all of us. Many conservative voters interpret this to mean only the owner has the right to set wages. Democrats see a fairness and sustainability problem with the GOP freezing minimum wages as inflation has raised consumer cost and rising productivity has continued to increase profits.

  • Local deputies warrant high commendations

    To the editor:

    I am remiss in not noting the deputy’s name and badge number, but he was directing traffic Jan. 24 on U.S. 17 outside St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte.

    As I pulled into the turn lane, I ran over debris that caused a tire to blow out. This deputy immediately came to my aid by finding and identifying the metal debris. He then directed me to place my car on the median in order to clear traffic flow and to keep my car safe.

  • Shame on our county commissioners for seismic testing support

    To the editor:

    Shame on Brunswick County commissioners for their support of seismic testing to explore for offshore oil.

    Public sentiment is clearly opposed to this, but our county commissioners are not listening. Commissioner Marty Cooke said, “I don’t think the people in public office should sit there and be blown back and forth by what way the public sentiment goes.” Excuse me? Wasn’t he elected by the people to represent them? He has a strange way of interpreting his role as a public servant.

  • Shelter appreciates Paws-Ability support

    To the editor:
    In 2007, the Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter opened its door to injured and orphaned wild birds. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, it is completely dependent upon donations.
    After a couple of years of growing and evolving in Brunswick County, we and Paws-Ability each became aware of our similar missions to save animals. Bless Janie Withers and Ellen Rothenberg and the rest of the board who nurture that organization.

  • God does not cause evil

    To the editor:
    “God Isn’t Fixing This” was the New York Daily News front page banner commenting on the prayers offered for those slaughtered in San Bernardino, Calif. To put it another way, God isn’t going to send a legion of angels to strike down terrorists before they commit another atrocity.
    Well, so it may be, but God doesn’t cause evil. Evil is man’s misuse of God’s gift of free will, and all the evil man can do will never thwart God’s will for man’s eternal good.

  • Lots of good laps left at aquatics center

    To the editor:

    After some 40 years, acting on a New Year’s resolution, I recently swam laps at The Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center. It’s a beautiful facility and I’ve been wanting to, meaning to, thinking about getting motivated to swim like it was 1984.

    This water nymph turned turtle swam competitively for 12 years. I lived and breathed the neighborhood pool in the ‘60s and ‘70s. My teammates were year-round friends. We swam AAU events in the winter, with two-a-day practices during the summer. ...

  • End old pledge on raising taxes

    To the editor:

    For most Democrats, the New Deal policies of President Franklin Roosevelt are still supported, and for the GOP, most economic supply-side policies of President Reagan are still supported. It was FDR’s New Deal policies that have been supported by all Democratic presidents since to assess the cost of each policy and to tax at a rate sufficient to fund the policies he managed to get enacted and he signed, including the cost of World War II. Taxes were very high on the top bracket rich.

  • How do you react to hearing Jesus’ name?

    To the editor:

    We, as Christians, are commanded to be sure of our heavenly destination: “Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about his calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble,” 2 Peter 1:10.

    We can be sure of our calling: “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the son of God does not have the life,” 1 John 5:11. Do you have the son?

  • Thank you for swift attention to causeway problem

    To the editor:

    We would like to thank all of the Brunswick County employees who worked so hard to fix the causeway problem at Queens Grant Circle in Shallotte.