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Letters

  • Shallotte loses healer, friend

    To the editor: I lost a good friend last week. Shallotte lost a good friend as well.

    When I came to Shallotte in 1973, my first medical doctor was Dr. B.B. (Ben) Ward. Friends and relatives called him Bennie Brooks. I never worked up enough courage to call him that.

    To me he was “Dr. Ward,” the healer of all of my ailments, the man who got me well enough to never miss work. We socialized very little, probably because we ran in different circles.

  • Thanks for enforcing canopy ban

    To the editor: I would like to express my appreciation and sincere thanks to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department for enforcing the canopy ban on the beaches.

    I am a property owner and was extremely concerned last year when the canopies were in such abundance on the beaches.

    Maybe if they would have been taken down each evening, it may have been tolerable, but to watch the sunrise with canopy “shells” lining our beach was quite frankly horrific, not to mention the negative impact to the sea turtle population.

  • A global warming proposal

    To the editor: There is a considerable ongoing debate over whether there is global warming and, if so, whether mankind is contributing to what many consider to be a planet-threatening phenomenon.

    The former prime minister of Great Britain, Tony Blair, has now added his voice to the debate and recently urged the United States to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gases.

    In fact, he is of the opinion that unless we do something now, “damage to the climate will be irreversible.”

  • Shallotte Point named endangered

    To the editor: This past week, the Historic Wilmington Foundation (along with the Deputy Secretary of Archives) added the Shallotte Point community to their list of properties and communities in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties that are now classified as “endangered.”

    There were just nine on the list. The Shallotte Point Community was No. 1. We (the Shallotte Point Preservation Group and our many supporters) are not just a bunch of hot heads. The concern over this issue is widespread.

  • Village resident says Puls should resign

    To the editor: It has been a little more than two weeks since the Village at Calabash lost its District 1 status in the town of Carolina Shores.

    You would think the decision to re-district us should have put an end to bad feelings between our community and the town. Guess again.

    The feeling’s this community has runs deeper than just district status. When we were annexed five years ago, we were assured of the same services as the community annexing us. The only thing that was guaranteed was, “nothing is guaranteed.”

  • Driving slower is the answer

    To the editor: Slow down, Mrs. Gallo. Your hyperbole-laden opinion regarding the inherent dangers of speed humps/bumps is nearly out of control and should be pulled over by the common-sense police and ticketed for reckless spinning in a residential zone.

    We, the residents of Carolina Shores, may be careless speeders, but we are not stupid, careless speeders.

  • Kids need a park more than dogs

    To the editor: I find it hard to believe a dog park seems to be so important, when our children who do not participate in organized sports have absolutely no place to ride bikes, roller skate, skateboard, etc.

    My grandson has to be driven 35 miles each way to skateboard in either Wilmington or Myrtle Beach, S.C. He is not the only one. There is no place in Shallotte for them to skate or bike.

    We have a beautiful park, terrific for soccer or baseball, a tennis court and a basketball court. No bikes or skates allowed. We desperately need someplace for teenagers.

  • Please stop when school buses stop

    To the editor: I am a proud parent of two wonderful school-aged children. Throughout the school year in the afternoons, I wait by the street for my children to get off the bus.

    It seems like almost every afternoon as the bus stops and those red lights flash, and I wait for my little ones to exit, someone passes the school bus.

    As the bus driver wails on her horn, they still continue to pass.

  • Engage brain before engaging the pen

    To the editor: How odd: An open-minded, even-keeled journalist such as Renee Sloan castigating a few presidential candidates for misstatements in public.

    I guess she was too busy traveling the 57 states and visiting Auschwitz with Obama’s uncle to focus on his mistakes.

    I’ll paraphrase her last sentence and offer it back to her as this: Engage your brain before you pick up your pen. Or else, play fair!

  • Road signs should help, not confuse

    To the editor: I’m new to the beautiful, southern Brunswick County area, so it may be a little early to comment on local goings-on, but after reading Rod White’s seemingly ridiculous comments on road sign placements, I just had to write.

    Mr. White’s position is traffic services supervisor for NCDOT; however, he has very little understanding of what his job is.

    Sign placement is meant to guide people who are here for the first time to their destination, not to frustrate them.