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Letters

  • Amount of cheap labor appalling

    To the editor: I’ve been following the news both in the paper and on TV concerning the indictment against Ron Hewett. I’m writing to put a different spin on the controversy.

    I am appalled at the low dollar amount that has been attached to the embezzlement charges. As a private citizen, I have had trees removed from my property.

    I would love to have had access to “cheap labor” like Mr. Hewett did when he had his 52 trees removed.

    Unfortunately in my case, I found the charge was per tree, and quite high, I might add.

  • County lacks checks and balances

    To the editor: Ms. Curran’s article was “right on”; Ms. Sloan’s article that rationalizes theft was deplorable!

    We have all been bruised by life. On the way up, everyone is your friend; on the way down, it is a feeding frenzy.

    Mr. Hewett will find out who are his true friends. I truly feel for him, but I don’t excuse him. He will be a better person after this matter passes on.

    Like our local governments, there are no checks and balances in our system; no place for one to go to file a grievance without fear of retaliation.

  • Fireworks fine should be higher

    To the editor: I appreciate Sunset Beach Chief Lisa Massey’s recent request to raise the fine for fireworks from $50 to $100; however, I believe this does not go far enough to discourage illegal use of fireworks in Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach has fought hard to obtain funding for a new bridge. One of the reasons cited for its necessity was public safety, including the ability to respond quickly to fires occurring on the island.

  • Port questions need to be asked

    To the editor: Although I am an elderly lady who will not be here when the proposed port might be built on the Cape Fear River, I am still a concerned citizen who is delighted to learn there is opposition to the port from elected officials of Caswell Beach.

    Every thinking person in this area should also oppose the port.

    The N.C. State Port Authority’s business plan projects an average of 257 trucks would come or go from the port each hour and in peak hours there would be 441 trucks.

  • Port will benefit the community

    To the editor: Representing the men and women of the International Longshoremen’s Association Locals 1426, 1766 and 1838, we attended a meeting in Brunswick County last Friday where the N.C. State Ports Authority shared information about the proposed N.C. International Terminal with elected officials from the county.

  • Who's the real Mike McIntyre?

    There seems to be two Rep. Mike McIntyres. One is the conservative Blue Dog Democrat Mike who shows up when he needs the support of the people.

    The other is the Liberal Mike who follows the lead of Speaker Nancy Pelosi when casting his votes in Congress.

    On two separate occasions, Liberal Mike has voted, supposedly, to correct the rising cost of gas. The first time, he only addressed a very small part of the problem. He voted with the liberals to crack down on price gouging and fight against those who attempt to fix the price of oil.

  • Monroe teachers care about kids

    As a former teacher at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary, I am very disturbed by the negativity this school has received.

    After reading the articles in a recent paper, I felt compelled to stand up for all the teachers. I have worked in many schools since I started my endeavors as a teacher, and I can honestly say Jessie Mae is my home.

    I believe I speak for the entire staff when I say we chose teaching as our profession because we adore children. I want to let the public know that there are so many wonderful things that happen at this school day to day.

  • How to lobby for terminal groins

    I had several people contact me and ask what is the best way to lobby for hardened structures in North Carolina.

    We are at the beginning of legislation to get an experimental terminal groin in the state.

    Senate Bill 599 passed the N.C. Senate and was referred to a committee in the House. It will be up to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources to pass it out of committee so it can go to the floor of the House of Representatives for consideration. The bill is a pilot program for groins in inlets.

  • Thanks to 'angel'

    While driving to Shallotte for a shopping trip, my car started to steer in an awkward fashion. Naturally, I stopped immediately.

    Walking around the car, I found the right front tire was rapidly going flat. Then from nowhere came this angel in the form of a young man named George Coggins.

    George is an employee of Waccamaw Bank. And like an angel, George changed the tire to the spare and refused any reward.

    How wonderful this young man is, and by coincidence, we are customers of the bank.

  • Remember the week of the young child

    Young children here in Brunswick County deserve the best that we can give them.

    Week of the Young Child, April 13-19, is a time to recognize the needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their education and care.

    Parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children and Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts.