• Why not save money?

    To the editor: During a conversation with the Brunswick County tax office, I asked what is the reason delinquent taxes are listed in the local papers. The answer: to reach taxpayers who have not received their tax notices by mail (bad addresses, lost in the mail, etc.) and hope neighbors or family will contact them.

    Question: And the advertising fee being added to their bill? Answer: It is only $1.

    Question: Who made the decision to assess this fee? Answer: It’s been done for years.

  • Plan stimulates concern, not economy

    To the editor: It seems President Obama had an economic stimulus plan that involves taxes after all. It’s just not taking the shape we assumed it would.

    Instead of attacking the problem by passing sweeping legislation that creates jobs and promotes economic growth, he is simply starting on a slightly smaller scale—one nominee at a time.

    While we all expected to see his tax plan come in the form of checks in the mail, it seems the checks are being written by his various cabinet nominees.

  • Are elected officials qualified?

    To the editor: The past week, Rep. Mike McIntyre and Sen. Kay Hagan voted for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill. President Barack Obama signed it into law as the second law of his administration.

    Like Medicaid, SCHIP is a partnership between the state and federal governments. The program basically provides medical insurance to children whose family income is below certain amounts.

  • Unfinished work

    To the editor: On Jan. 9 I was involved in my first serious traffic accident.

    I can hear the conversation going on between my husband and God as I approached that intersection.

  • What’s in His name?

    To the editor: In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Juliet says: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”

    I have heard it said the name of Jesus will either make you mad or glad. God’s word says in Acts: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

    Why is it this name provokes so many passions? You can mention just about any other moral world leader without causing so much emotion.

  • Are you happy with Obama?

    To the editor: He (President Barack Obama) signed an order to close the terrorist detention center at Gitmo. No plan for the terrorists there, except Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) has offered the minimum-security prisons in his central Pennsylvania district for them.

    “They are no more dangerous than regular criminals,” he said.

    In the meantime, two of those released in the past are on new terrorist videos this week, and one is the head of terrorists in Yemen where he commanded the attack on the U.S. Embassy.

  • Supports fight against increase

    To the editor: I want to share my concerns and thoughts about why I support the decision of our local and state representatives to fight the proposed increase in our home insurance rates. I do not believe weather-related storm damage is greater in coastal counties for the following reasons:

    1) Over the last 16 years, we have owned three homes in both New Hanover and Brunswick counties. We did not file any claims for any kind of storm damage.

  • Ask Ports Authority to prove claims

    To the editor: On Jan. 22, a capacity crowd attended No Port Southport’s third public meeting.

    Dr. Curt H. Stiles, associate professor at UNCW Cameron School of Business, was the guest speaker. He reviewed and commented on two documents. The first was No Port Southport’s analysis of the Ports Authority’s business plan for the proposed container port. The second was an economic impact study prepared by Ports Authority consultants concerning jobs and benefits.

  • Thoughts about the economy, county

    To the editor: This Madoff thing about him stealing is totally incredible and really sad. There are so many things us average Americans don’t know about the financial world. Obviously, it is a world of its own for starters.

    Why couldn’t the government just keep it simple? Many of us average people will never end up like this, or have our houses taken away, or our healthcare benefits and Medicare refused or forget to file an income tax return.

  • Poor examples and no compassion

    To the editor: Ron Rollo’s letter concerning increase of insurance rates contained bad examples. Ron, living in Myrtle Beach S.C., has “no dog in this fight,” and his voice and opinions should be moot.

    Ron used teenage drivers as an example to justify increase. With young drivers the rate is decreased each year if driver has no claims, tickets or accidents until they reach a certain age, and then regular rates apply.