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Letters

  • Cement plant and community safety

    To the editor: Instead of taking direct responsibility for the environmental safety of the community, [New Hanover] county officials have said it will be up to the regulators to make sure the Titan Cement plant won’t do any harm.

    A recent news report, however, stated, “80 percent of cement plants (including Titan) have had either formal or informal compliance violations in the past five years.”

    A recent analysis of the area near a TXI Riverside cement plant in California showed hexavalent chromium levels 20 times higher than what was acceptable.

  • State port not a good idea

    To the editor: The proposed state port near Southport is not a good idea and should not be started.

    Like most proposals by a small number of business interests, there are the usual promises of good-paying jobs that don’t materialize.

    Mechanization and computers will handle much of the movement of goods. Subcontractors paying the lowest wages, without benefits, will provide manual labor.

  • Thanks to Samaritan who returned purse

    To the editor: While visiting the beach on Thursday, June 5, my purse fell out of my basket and I did not realize it until I was at the home of my friend’s grandparents in Sunset Beach.

    A good Samaritan found it in the sand, turned the purse over to the beach patrol and they sent it over to the police department where I claimed it.

    I am very appreciative, as the purse contained my camera and birthday money. Thank you very much, and I wish you well.

  • American Legion folks are great

    To the editor: I have lived on Oak Island for 20 years, having come south from Buffalo, N.Y., and I would like to say a few words of appreciation to the wonderful people of Nocha White Post 503 American Legion in Calabash.

    My good wife of 46 years passed away two years ago after four or five years of ill health.

    The last six months she had to endure kidney dialysis, and this brought us to Shallotte for three days a week, three or four hours a day. I had to stay close.

  • Sunset Beach takes positive step

    To the editor: Several Sunset Beach council meetings ago, I said we could have a black president before the town hires a minority. I was wrong.

    The town recently hired a minority as a part-time beach patrol person.

    A special thanks to [Sunset Beach Police] Chief Lisa [Massey] and [town administrator] Gary Parker for this small step toward equality.

    They did something that our mayor and the three Sea Trail council members did not have the courage to address. It is a positive start.

  • Senior center plan explained

    To the editor: The letter from S.C. Scherer in The Brunswick Beacon on May 29 concerning the construction of a senior program facility in Southport deserves my response.

    The proposed building in Southport, about which concern was raised, is the first step in providing facilities for senior citizen programs on five locations within Brunswick County.

    It will be followed by similar buildings in Calabash, Ocean Isle, Leland, Shallotte and Supply.

  • Don't be silent about sewer fees

    To the editor: On Nov. 6, 2006, the town of Sunset Beach and Brunswick County entered into an agreement for Brunswick County to provide water and sewer service to the town of Sunset Beach.

    This agreement was made with little regard to property owners’ needs or desires. We are now being force-fed a sewer project that will result in many of our elderly and/or fixed-income residents having no option but to sell the homes they enjoy or secure loans to pay for the estimated $8,000 sewer assessment.

    This is an unacceptable hardship.

  • Serious changes needed at school

    To the editor: I am seriously considering home-schooling my child next year. I am asking for the support of other parents.

    I cannot, without there being serious changes, send my child into such an environment.

    Recently, South Brunswick kept students an extra 30 minutes. It was nearly 5 p.m., and my daughter’s school bus had not arrived to bring her home. We do not live close to the bus stop.

  • Close to realizing long-held dream

    To the editor: The year is 1492, and Columbus sails the ocean blue. He discovers a land, a world he calls new, though it was not so new to those whom this land had already belonged to.

    Less than 100 years goes by when millions of Africans, given the choice of slavery or to die, are abducted from their peaceful lives and brought to the new world, chained and hog-tied.

    In 1607, Pocahontas saves the life of John Smith, while shortly thereafter, pilgrims land in Massachusetts and while there, they declare, in a state of mortal fear, that someone is a witch.

  • Congress needs to be smarter

    To the editor: A couple of weeks ago, I watched the congressional hearings on oil company profits. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was onstage denouncing oil companies for making too much money.

    She was mad and threatening to “socialize” oil companies for making too much money. What this total imbecile apparently does not know or care about is Congress taxes oil companies three times the money that oil companies make in profit.

    She does not know the difference between a profit margin and profit, but I bet all the loan sharks in her district know the difference.