• America, what has happened to you?

    To the editor: Just when you thought the Bush/Cheney legacy could sink no lower, new torture pictures surface.

    A Sydney paper published a few; Wired Magazine had published others in February 2008. Now, General Taguba confirms U.S. personnel raped men, women and children in their custody and sexually abused them with nightsticks, phosphorescent tubes, etc.

    Can Americans handle the truth, or do we prefer to sweep these atrocities under the rug, giving the Bush/Cheney administration a pass?

  • Stop forced annexation

    To the editor: From reading articles in newspapers across the state, particularly Raleigh and Charlotte, it appears media have been misinformed, misunderstand or simply accept statements given them by pro-forced annexation proponents.

    Annexation would not come to a screeching halt if those being victimized by forced annexation had a vote. Eighty-six percent of North Carolina’s annexations are voluntary; and they have a vote.

  • Share the road with bicyclists

    To the editor I am a homeowner in Holden Beach. We love to ride our bicycles from east to west. We prefer to use the road, as their are pedestrians using the sidewalks and it’s more of a bumpy ride.

    We were riding on the west end recently and motorists were yelling at us to get off the road and use the sidewalk. Even some obscene language was used.

    We ride single file and stay right on the edge of the road and usually there is plenty of room for motorists to go around us.

  • Find Christ, find peace

    To the editor: Is the quality of our lives dependent on our circumstances? God created us to love, praise and enjoy doing His will.

    “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

  • Soldiers wear uniforms

    To the editor: I found it most disconcerting to read in Laura Lewis’ article “Local communities honor America’s fallen soldiers” that “All three wore garb from their respective branches of military service...”

    Surely there is another word (uniforms perhaps?) that could have been used more appropriately. Referring to a military person’s attire as “garb” portrays a less than positive image.

  • Thanks to teachers

    To the editor: Brunswick County is blessed with heroes, and many are in our education system, molding our children’s lives every day.

    My daughter, Alex, is an A-B student at Union Elementary School who works hard and does well in school, but she was needing extra help this year with math so she could improve her test scores.

  • Caroline got it right

    To the editor: I just read Caroline Curran’s column of May 28. She hit it right on when she said, “Each and every elected official owes everyone smart, fiscally sound decisions that benefit the people, not the lobbyist, not their friends and not government.”

    Prior to retiring, I worked for a large company, Alcoa. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill was the chairman of the company for about 11 years. Under his leadership the company performed exceptionally well.

  • Support the president

    To the editor: Now that the change the American voters voted for has finally arrived, let us display our appreciation by supporting our elected official, President Barack Obama.

    Let us support him with our prayers, cooperation and advice when necessary. Let’s forget his wearing apparel, religion and skin color and support him when he’s right and pray for him when he’s wrong.

    I admonish all of us to pray for our elected officials that they will serve politically, religiously and without bias.

  • Thanks for bike event

    To the editor: I would like to thank the Shallotte town commissioners for approving permits for Beach House Harley Davidson during Bike Week 2009 and not allowing the ignorant, negative opinions sway their decision; however, I was offended by comments in a previous letter to the editor that urged the town to deny those permits.

    I felt the letter, in part, insinuated people who ride motorcycles get drunk and disorderly, gather to stir trouble and engage in “adult entertainment.” To me, it was discriminating against bikers.

  • Good job, SMS

    To the editor: As a parent of students that attend Shallotte Middle I have heard bad things that have happened but not today.

    I had given my time last week to be a proctor for the end of the testing. I had a chance to be in all three grade levels, and to the students, you are great.

    My hats off to the great staff they have now at Shallotte Middle. The kids should be proud to have such a wonderful support team.

    I have never felt more welcomed by staff, teachers and students as I did these past three days.