• Doesn't like college ban resolution

    To the editor: I was so heartened during the holiday season by the generosity of North Carolinians toward those less fortunate. There were numerous stories in the media showcasing extraordinary humanity.

    But my optimism faded quickly when I read that Brunswick County commissioners plan to craft a resolution in an attempt to ban undocumented students from attending state community colleges. And to your paper’s shame, you are supporting this endeavor.

  • Call your insurance agent

    To the editor: I don’t know what happened. Maybe enough of us wrote expressing our disbelief at what the state had allowed insurance companies to do.

    My agent called to let me know replacement cost coverage is once again an option on my North Carolina Homeowner Windstorm and Hail policy.

    Yes, it’s still only at a maximum of 40 percent of the primary dwelling’s coverage and, yes, there is an additional premium, but at least I can now choose to have some degree of protection for the contents of my home.

  • Let volunteers into animal shelter

    To the editor: I have volunteered with animal shelters for many years. I have never found a shelter that did not welcome volunteers into the shelter. Refusing to allow volunteers into the shelter is perceived as hiding what happens there.

    Many residents of Brunswick County would volunteer time, energy and talents to help animals there find new homes. I firmly believe if you allow volunteers into the shelter, your adoption rates will improve and public perception of animal control will improve.

  • Paying for our government

    To the editor: After World War II, all the countries of Europe went socialistic. They decided their governments would practice socialism versus capitalism.

    That being said, it is common practice for people under socialism—democratic socialism—to take a whole year off with full pay if a woman bears a child. The woman can take off a whole year with pay, and in some countries, the father can do the same.

    Likewise, unemployment insurance is full pay for whatever time it takes to find another job.

  • Happy New Year

    To the editor: We have all had someone wish us “Happy New Year!” Did those words ever come true? If not, could it be because what makes us happy has not become a reality in our lives?

    “We are all created with a god-shaped vacuum in our hearts,” said Billy Graham. Some attempt to fill this vacuum with many different activities other than a relationship with God.

  • Find the good

    To the editor: Find the good in every day, hold it in your heart like a scripture.

    It’s easy to see the negative, hard to paint the perfect picture.

    Frequently we take for granted, frequently we forget

    What is it that’s important, and what is it we should regret.

    Opportunities we don't take turn into an infamous mistake.

    Always working, always taking short breaks.

    Some bet it all and wager their lives

    And some play it safe and struggle inside

    Whenever not sure, up is always the definite rout.

  • So To Save Us

    To the editor: With nature’s rules, whole world will comply;

    At night, deep darkness does fill whole sky.

    Then morning breaks and sun begins to rise,

    Starting new day with God’s great surprise.

    Early one morning, new baby had been born;

    His or her body from mother was then torn.

    Such a sweet child still so worth seeing,

    Separate new entity it now was being.

    When praying without raving or ranted,

    Many more things, Gracious God granted.

    When our prayers will answer each and all,

  • Student suggests Web site changes

    To the editor: A student in communication studies at UNC-Wilmington recently presented her proposal for re-designing the university’s Web site. As part of a required project in pursuit of her bachelor’s degree, Stephanie Putnam of Leland recommended the separation of academic and non-academic subjects for continuing education courses.

    UNC-Wilmington’s Web site currently processes CE requests; however, with this change, Brunswick Community College, as well as teachers in eight surrounding counties, could benefit from easier, more informative accessibility.

  • Insurance rates are too high

    To the editor: I have lived more than 20 miles from the coast since 1978 and have never had a weather-related damage claim on my property insurance, yet my premiums have tripled.

    The last claim I had was on property in Wingate (Union County).

    We are getting increases, and the western counties are getting reductions. Hugo went there and not here.

    Our representatives are trying, but nothing will help until we property owners get involved. We need to write and call to get the news media involved. There are 13 coastal counties involved.

  • Who are you, Tiger?

    To the editor: Please tell me it isn’t true, Tiger; or better still tell me who you really are?

    It seems I don’t know the person. He is one who has seemingly a bottomless pit of talent, a beautiful wife and kids, a never-ending lake of money, and is a gentle person, who adults look upon as “simply amazing.”