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Letters

  • POA prefers separate district

    To the editor: On April 1, the Carolina Shores board of commissioners adopted a resolution to amend the town’s charter by adopting an ordinance to eliminate District 1 as a separate district.

    They are having a meeting at 6 p.m. on May 5 in town hall at 200 Persimmon Road for public comment.

  • Hewett deserves more than a slap on the wrist

    To the editor: I believe the writer of the letter about Ronald Hewett deserving a slap on the wrist has it wrong.

    He is suggesting we should have a lower standard for public officials, in particular law enforcement officials, than normal citizens. That trend has been set by the entertainment industry, in particular professional sports.

    However, two wrongs don’t make a right.

  • Sunset sewer distortion

    To the editor: Not long ago, Mayor Ron Klein and council members, led by Len Steiner and former member Carl Bazemore, led the push to mandate every citizen be forced to connect to the new sewer system.

    Unfortunately, council members Bobinski and DeVita followed the blind wisdom of their Sea Trail golf partners.

    This mandate would have caused serious financial hardship for many retirees and working class citizens.

  • Supports McCrory for governor

    To the editor: I am a resident of Brunswick County and former resident of the Charlotte area.

    I have known Pat McCrory for more than 20 years. I saw firsthand the leadership he provided as the mayor of Charlotte for more than 13 years, having been re-elected seven times.

    Pat’s leadership in areas such as crime control, transportation and planning has been recognized by both Republicans and Democrats in Charlotte.

    Pat wants to take his leadership experience to Raleigh and change the culture of state government.

  • Readers respond to Darby's last column

    The heading of Michael Darby’s column on April 17 was "Providing assistance to those in need is compassion, not socialism.”

    I would agree with that; however, when the government provides that assistance, it is by definition socialism.

    It may come as a surprise to many in our country, but the government does not give a dollar to someone without first taking that dollar from someone else. That is redistribution of wealth, which is socialism.

  • Collectivism is the proper term

    To the editor: Micheal Darby’s last column raises some interesting questions.

    Defining isms today seems to be a game of “gotcha” and makes little sense.

    Michael says, “Believing in needed government assistance doesn’t make a person a socialist.” Needed is an interesting word there. Who gets to decide what’s needed—the recipient or the source of the largess?

  • Rental costs are skyrocketing

    To the editor: We started visiting and renting homes two and three times a year at Holden Beach almost a dozen years ago and have watched as rentals prices, taxes and fees have skyrocketed to the point where we thought twice about renting anything this year.

    I am curious to know if the huge jump in rental fees and other fees has caused a decline in seasonal rentals on Holden?

    The taxes have become outrageous and that, along with the so-called trip insurance, can nearly double the cost of a rental.

  • Support public access to hospice

    To the editor: There are many in our communities who have received the benefits of hospice care over the past 30 years; yet there are so many who have never had the opportunity to utilize their guaranteed Medicare Hospice benefit.

    Up until recently, the growth of small hospices have been rising thanks to the efforts of the many caring health professionals within our communities.

    That growth, and that care, is now being threatened by a complex and confusing issue now before Congress known as the Medicare Hospice Cap.

  • Big difference between games and crime scenes

    To the editor: This letter is in reference Mr. Halberstadt’s letter to the editor dated April 17.

    I am not taking sides about Sheriff Hewett, but in reference to: “Oh my gosh! He took his son to a crime scene! I played basketball. Had I had sons I would have taken them to basketball games.”

    The word is “crime scene” not game. A crime scene could turn into a firefight.

    Mr. Halberstadt, have you ever been in a firefight? It is deadly. People get killed; sometimes the bystanders are killed, not just the crooks.

  • Swartz is the man for the job

    To the editor: The primary and General Election are nearly here, especially the primary, which will take place May 6.

    Every vote counts, and I’ll be casting mine for Paul Swartz for county commissioner, Brunswick County 4th District, who is running as a Democratic candidate.