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Letters

  • Obsessions contradict common sense

    To the editor:

    A child often senses that the world in which we live follows an orderly and predictable direction. His intuitive recognition of this inclusive phenomenon will often express itself in a quizzical question, like, “Why is the sky blue?”

  • Public safety and humane treatment of animals

    To the editor:

    At first glance it might not always seem like a malicious act to keep a dog tethered outside. Unfortunately, keeping dogs this way is bad for dogs.

    Yet, when the facts about tethering were presented at the Aug. 21 Brunswick County commissioners’ meeting, commissioners seemed unconcerned. The petitions circulated recently in Brunswick County quickly gathered more than 4,000 signatures of concerned citizens who want to ban tethering.

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  • It is time to change county tethering laws

    To the editor:

    Brunswick County commissioners heard a proposal Aug. 21 to ban tethering dogs in Brunswick County.

    Speakers included a local veterinarian and others who provided factual evidence outlining the benefits of such an ordinance, which has been passed in more than 20 counties in North Carolina and elsewhere in the U.S.

  • Thank you for help in time of family’s grief

    To the editor:

    On Aug. 13, 2017, my brother Charles Reeves passed away after losing his battle with cancer and heart disease.

    I really miss him, but am so thankful he was ready to meet Jesus. There are several folks I want to thank for the help that made his last days more comfortable.

    The first person I want to thank is my sister, Carolyn Schreiber of Calabash. She kept my brother in her home for more than two months and lovingly took care of him: cooking for him, praying for him, making his last few months of life a time of dignity and peace.

  • Lack of transportation keeps students out of BCC

    To the editor:

    Why can’t students who are graduating from our high schools continue their education at Brunswick Community College?

    For many, the reason is transportation. Not all parents can afford a car, gas and insurance to get their student there; however, did you know the same yellow buses that took them to Brunswick County Schools also go to BCC? Those buses travel all over the county every morning to pick up students and take them to BCC for Early College High School. In the afternoon, the bus takes them back home.

  • Boycott currency that depicts slave owners

    To the editor:

    With all the displeasure of statues that were and are a part of this nation’s history, I ask all people whether they are black, white, Native American or other to please boycott and do not use the $1, $20, $50 and $100 bills, as they depict slave owners on them.

    Gather all of these hideous forms of racism and send them to me, and I will see to it they are disposed of properly.

    You don’t have to thank me. I do this as a public service for my country!

    Jim Parsch

    Carolina Shores

  • Decision on terminal groin requires expertise

    To the editor:

    As a part-time oceanfront resident of Ocean Isle Beach, I have been aware of the ongoing controversy concerning the construction of a terminal groin at the east end of the beach, and I am familiar with these structures at Pawleys Island, S.C., which has a number of them.

  • Thank you for N.C. Vietnam veterans wall

    To the editor:

    I write to congratulate Brunswick County Clerk of Court Jim MacCallum and AMVETS leader Bill Clark for their efforts to bring the N.C. Vietnam veterans wall to the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    The memorial is a tribute to the 1,615 servicemen and -women from Brunswick County who died in the Vietnam War. It is on the front lawn of the courthouse, where it will remain through the end of the year.

    The wall was built here in Brunswick County by the AMVETS of America using cash donations, volunteer time and donated products.

  • Michigan turn will not make intersection safer for all

    To the editor:

    Recently, I was informed a Michigan turn would be installed at the crossroad of Thomasboro and Pea Landing on U.S. 17. The reason given was the number of accidents. It is my opinion this will not decrease the number of accidents.

    The proposed Michigan turn will force bicyclists who regularly cross U.S. 17 at Pea Landing and Thomasboro to make right-hand turns and travel on U.S. 17, then cross three lanes of traffic to enter the Michigan turn, then travel back on U.S. 17 to enter Thomasboro or Pea Landing.

  • Dredging opinion is based on facts

    To the editor:

    Stop the deception!

    Fact: The proposed Sunset Beach Dredging Project comprises nearly 15,000 feet of canals.

    Fact: The original grant application submitted to the state by Sunset Beach Town Council to fund the proposed dredging project stated that the project comprised “maintenance” dredging with no mention of dredging new areas.

    Fact: Nearly one-third of the proposed project is for never-before dredged canals.

    Fact: Council has yet to ask taxpayers if they are willing to pay to dredge this new area.