• 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.”

  • Needs North Carolina items

    To the editor: Each member of our class is working on a project called Parade of States. We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can. I have North Carolina for my state.

    If any of your readers would help me out by sending any pictures, postcards, used license plates, facts or products from your state, it would be greatly appreciated.

  • Socialism is not the answer

    To the editor: The book “The Road to Serfdom” by Frederick Hayek is a primer on the socialist world into which we are plunging.

    With the takeover of healthcare by the government, our descent into a government-controlled plantation begins.

  • Wrong assumptions about cat

    To the editor: (In response to L. Hiester of OIB letter.) Is your glass always half empty, never half full? Felines do not deposit waste in driveways; they cover their feces and their urine. Many cats, including Bob, cohabitate with the avian population. Cats kill to eat, unlike humans.

    Nothing ever entered my door without being neutered (with the exception of my husband and our sons).

  • Bob was a good neighbor

    To the editor: New to the neighborhood, I was walking my Labrador retriever Sasha by the house next door when I saw a beautiful Siamese cat. Instead of bolting, the cat sat quietly assessing us.

    Later, I met the Hardings. I was invited into their backyard for a cold drink. I saw the Siamese lying close by, quietly watching birds on a feeder. Our eyes met, and I swear the cat seemed to say, “Hi, I’m Bob. Welcome to the neighborhood.”

  • Do you know history?

    To the editor: Mr. Donnelly [in his recent letter] proves he either does not know his history or does not understand it.

    The U.S. fought in Korea and withdrew without victory. The U.S. fought in Vietnam and withdrew without victory.

    President Bush claimed victory when there was none. Eight years after starting a war that has been proven to be without a basis, the U.S. is still engaged but will withdraw without victory.