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Letters

  • Pruden’s resignation a community loss

    To the editor:

    Thank you for providing me a public forum to express my disappointment in our Brunswick County school board. I met Edward Pruden when he was here to interview for our county’s school superintendent position. That interview coincided with the death of his first cousin’s husband, a member of the church I serve in Shallotte. Being the son of a prominent Baptist pastor, Ed did the right thing and stayed to attend the funeral and support his extended family.

  • Thanks for motorcycle safety support

    To the editor:

    The Motorcycle Safety Awareness Program (M.S.A.P) is taught as part of the curriculum of driver education classes throughout the state of North Carolina. The two-hour presentation provided to Brunswick County Schools is conducted by volunteer members of the local Concerned Bikers Association/ABATE and the Beach House H.O.G. Chapters. The presenters donate their time and material to teach our county’s young drivers how to SHARE (Safe Highways = Respect + Education) the roads with motorcyclists and other vehicles on the road.

  • Bring back military draft

    To the editor:

    Was Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, a coward or a traitor? Maybe any or all, but for sure, he was AWOL in a war zone. A washout for the good of the service after just four weeks in Coast Guard basic training in 2004, why was he in a war zone two years later? He is a poster child for the mistake of ending the draft after Vietnam.

  • Thanks for patriotic concert support

    To the editor:

  • Common Core state standards needed

    To the editor:

    North Carolina needs Common Core state standards because a significant number of high school graduates require remediation in their high-priced post-secondary work. Despite a high U.S. unemployment rate, technology companies in Silicon Valley are desperately trying to obtain work visas for foreigners to fill highly skilled jobs. Although implementation of the Common Core standards would address these problems, the political leaders in Raleigh have used several myths to reject the standards.

  • Rudeness unexpected at medical center

    To the editor:

    I recently moved to Calabash. It has been an adjustment as I am used to living in larger cities, but so far I find everyone to be nice.

  • Proper diet is a life-changer

    To the editor:

    I am 86 and have had a happy health incident in my life that I think your readers might like to know about. Some years ago, I went to an alternative care doctor who told me I was dehydrated and malnourished. She told me, as had a urologist, that I needed to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. That is a little bit more than I can manage now, but I am increasing my intake quite a bit.

  • Dispose of litter properly

    To the editor:

    There appears to be a false concept that I collect aluminum cans and recycle glass bottles. The fact is that I live on a “destination street,” which means there is one street into and out of this subdivision. Therefore, either my neighbors or their friends who have been disposing of their trash in my front yard really need to take note and find a proper way to dispose of their refuse.

  • Bless our nation, all God’s children

    To the editor:

    As we celebrate America’s birthday, we prophesy as we pray God’s blessing for our nation. We fill the heavens with sounds of rejoicing and praise for the uniqueness of America and its call as a beacon of freedom down through our history. We honor the founders who gave us our Constitution and Bill of Rights. We cry out for great awakening and return to the foundations that make America a land of liberty and prosperity. We declare honor for God in all our institutions, and that our nation will continue to be favored and blessed.

  • Mind canines in summer temperatures

    To the editor:

    When it is 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside your car will spike to 89 degrees in just 10 minutes and 104 degrees in one half hour. Imagine sitting in a car with a fur coat on in these temperatures. Never leave your dog unattended in a parked car during the summer months. Even if you park in the shade with your windows cracked open, the internal temperature of your car can heat up in no time at all, putting your dog at serious risk for heat stroke and death. Cars can rapidly reach life-threatening temperatures, even on mild days.