• Leaving AARP

    To the editor: Editor’s note: This letter was sent to AARP.

    I am enclosing my and my wife’s membership cards. Due to the AARP stance on the healthcare reform bill being deliberated by the cronies in Washington, we are hereby canceling our memberships to AARP.

    AARP is supposedly for the protection and benefit of seniors, but AARP and other corporations are selling out seniors in an alliance with lobbyists and bureaucrats in Washington to line their pockets.

  • What’s going on at the shelter?

    To the editor: Ah, Mr. Stanley. How convenient for you to be able to use the excuse of “public safety and liability concerns” when denying the Beacon access to the county animal shelter to do a story.

    I’m sure the staff at the Beacon has a legal advisor available that could satisfactorily word a release of liability form for their reporter to sign relieving the county of any responsibility should an incident occur.

  • Healthcare's mounting debt

    To the editor: Local and Triangle newspapers reported last week that state spending on Medicaid is $160 million over budget so far this fiscal quarter.

    News on the radio reported Gov. Perdue traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She was looking for federal assistance for Medicaid because of the budget shortfall.

    How ironic. Gov. Perdue and our Sen. Hagan have endorsed the healthcare plans of their party in both the House and the Senate that would greatly expand state Medicaid spending programs.

  • Thanks for a great football season

    To the editor: It was just days ago you could smell it in the air: the smell of football season. School has been in a few weeks. The nights get cooler. The days get shorter and leaves begin to fall. If you love football, you know what I mean.

  • The day Jesus was sent

    To the editor: There was such an unscheduled event the day in which Jesus was sent.

    Each year there is many a yarn that the boy had been born in a barn.

    Sky seemed so bright and still mum; three wise men, they soon would come.

    Yet sky still so starry it was; there was one big bright one just because.

    That bright star would lead the way to where children in a barn would play.

    It was then that Mother Mary and Joseph said: “It’s time for us to go to bed.”

  • Regain control of our country

    To the editor: It was reported Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu accepted a $100 million bribe in return for her vote to allow the Harry Reid Senate healthcare bill to come out of committee for a full floor debate.

    When asked about it, she brazenly declared it was really $300 million. Wow!

    When Republicans, no stranger to these tactics themselves, objected, the Democrat response was to explain it away, saying this has been going on for a long time. As if that makes it right.

  • Long waits at the doctor

    To the editor: I always thought nothing is more irritating than having a doctor’s appointment and then having to sit in the waiting room for a half-hour before you are called in. But sometimes it happens. Any doctor is an important person in our lives and irritating or not, we have to live with it.

    I recently had an appointment at 8 a.m. At 8:21 a.m., the nurse called me in, checked my blood pressure and left the room.

  • Voices go silent

    To the editor: Mid-20th century: The masculine voices of two more national fathers go silent, and their messages go unheeded.

    Jan. 20, 1961: “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Assassinated! Unheeded!

    Aug. 28, 1963: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Assassinated! Unheeded!

  • Stop government control of private lives

    To the editor: Americans have concerns about the proposed healthcare reform measures in Congress. That the American people do not want any form of healthcare reform is borne out by the most recent polls showing a 2:1 plurality against any reform.

    Why do members of Congress insist on pushing a bill through, despite wishes of their constituents? Is this being done to gain more control over the American people than the government already has?

    Perhaps a review of some of the provisions of the House bill put forth by Pelosi will reveal the reason.

  • Thanks to Laura Lewis

    To the editor: As Calabash’s historian, I would like to thank the Beacon and reporter Laura Lewis for the community article recognizing Hollis Smith and his wife, along with his crew.

    Roadside fish markets and local catches are fast becoming a thing of the past in our coastal culture, and it’s refreshing Hollis is keeping this part of our culture alive.