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Letters

  • 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.

  • Does anyone care about wildlife?

    To the editor: “Ocean Isle Beach voted one of the best.” Sounds great, doesn’t it?

    I have lived on a canal lot for seven years and have owned it for eight. When I first moved here from Charlotte, I was pleased to find a nice island with friendly people, but also a fair amount of greenery on both ends of the island.

    Soon I learned on the east end there was a small black bear, some deer and an assortment of wildlife. Among these were the dreaded feral cats that people don’t realize help to control the rat population.

  • Disagrees with Shutts' letter

    To the editor: Regarding the letter by Jay and Peggy Shutt in the April 3 issue, they sure are testing our intelligence.

    They write that we Anglo-Saxons have a Jewish heritage. The Jewish religion and the Christian religions worship two different gods.

    If anyone has any doubt, let them read the Christian Bible and the Jewish Talmud.

    There is a so-called preacher named John Hagge misleading a lot of people. I wonder if Jay and Peggy have been reading some of his books?

    When the Israelites were in bondage in Egypt, Moses led them to the land of Canaan.

  • Former alderman responds to 'bulldozed' letter

    To the editor: The brutal move, referenced in the letter (about Shallotte Point being bulldozed), implies the town of Shallotte is actively seeking the annexation of properties on the “Point.” This is not true.

    Shallotte has not asked or requested any of the annexations mentioned in the letter. All of the annexations of properties on the “Point” have been voluntary.

  • Thinks Jessie Mae is a good school

    To the editor: In light of all the recent negativity surrounding the teachers at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, I thought it would be nice for a change to hear the positive.

    My name is Kimberly Southward. I have four children attending JMMES. My oldest, Hannah, has been there since the doors opened.

    I’ll admit in that first year there were kinks to work out. I think that was completely understandable as it was the first year, but since then I have had no complaints about the school or its teachers.

  • Center should be centrally located

    To the editor: I have kept quiet up until now, but seeing it in the Brunswick County tax budget has made me want to speak up.

    Whose idea was it to build a Brunswick County senior center in Southport?

    What percentage of Brunswick County’s seniors live in the Southport area? Whatever that percentage, they are the seniors with the most revenue available. How many of the other seniors in the county can afford the gas to go to Southport to take advantage of a senior center?

  • Speed bumps problematic

    To the editor: What’s the difference between a speed bump and a speed hump?

    A bump is designed for cars traveling between 2-5 mph. A hump has a gentler design for vehicles moving from 5-10 mph. Speed humps are typically applied to residential streets where speed limits don’t exceed 25 miles per hour. Both are referred to as “traffic calming” methods.

  • Reader concerned about Carolina Shores speed hump plan

    I read with interest the article describing the budgetary requirements of Carolina Shores pertaining to police and speed bumps. It was interesting to see $50,000 referred to as a “drop in the bucket” and an outlay of a “huge amount” mentioned for future police establishment.

  • County needs more rehab options

    Southern Brunswick County is in desperate need of a rehabilitation hospital. Three years ago, I had a complete knee replacement at Brunswick Community Hospital, and since I lived alone, I was sent to Coastal Rehab Hospital in Wilmington.

    Recently, I had my right knee done, and Social Services would not send me to Coastal. I had to spend 10 days at Autumn Care Nursing Home and Rehab.