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Letters

  • Help save college financial aid

    To the editor:

    The future of college financial aid is in dire straits.

    Pell Grants, which ensure low-income students the opportunity to attend college, are under attack in Congress.

    The FY17 spending agreement passed by Congress in May 2017 rescinded $1.3 billion from Pell Grants. This plan cut the grant program’s surplus, which is funding needed to pay for grants when the congressional prediction for how much aid is needed falls short.

  • Headline misapplied

    To the editor:

    The heading, “Clowns War Against Icons,” affixed to my letter in last week’s edition, was misapplied. Clowns, as well as our flag, the Constitution, the military and the family, among others, are the icons. The cultural, social, media and political elitists are those who have and are warring against our national icons.

    I am grateful to The Brunswick Beacon for publishing most of my letters.

    John A. Donnelly

    Carolina Shores

  • Do your duty: Vote in elections

    To the editor:

    As a member of the armed forces for 28 years, I learned a great deal.

    I learned all of us have a responsibility to our country and our community. One of the most important duties we all share is to cast our ballot in all elections.

    The upcoming Sunset Beach Town Council election is one of the most important I have seen in our community. We have the opportunity to change the tenor of the council and move toward a more positive image.

  • Thanks for best Sunset at Sunset yet

    Editor's note: Signer Jan Harris is a candidate for Sunset Beach Town Council in the Nov. 7 municipal election.

    To the editor:

    Many thanks to all who made the Sunset at Sunset festival in Sunset Beach on Saturday, Oct. 7, such a wonderful affair. It takes a great deal of time, energy and dedication to organize such a large event, and the Brunswick Environmental Action Team (BEAT) wishes to commend organizer Karen Joseph, committees and volunteers for all their hard work.

  • ‘Reading About Bleeding’

    To the editor:

    Was watching TV and saw people stampeding,

    And on you by others, they had been bleeding.

    They did suffer so,

    More than we know

    Changes in all weapons laws we are needing.

    The Second Amendment regarding weapons was made in the 1700s. Fine. People had crossed muskets hanging over their fireplaces. You were authorized a rifle musket and a pistol musket with powder and 20 balls. Those weapons were all they needed.

  • Time for our country to take its medicine

    To the editor:

    The refrain being heard since the horrific event in Las Vegas is: “Something ought to be done! But what?”

    The answer I submit is so obvious that it is missed by many and unacceptable to others.

    We are witnesses to one of the worst decisions in American history. Since prayer and Bible reading in our schools were removed, disciplinary action is not for smoking or spitballs. It is for crimes such as assault and rape.

  • Clowns war against icons

    To the editor:

    When I was a child many years ago, clowns were a source of awe and hilarity. There was Clarabell the Clown of the “Howdy Doody Show,” the Emmett Kelly hobo character Weary Willie and the wonderment of a half-dozen encapsulated clowns erupting from a psychedelically painted Beetle-like car.

    The clowns’ slapstick humor featured rear-end smacks from a loud cracking flat bat and an astonished audience recoiling from a large fire bucket of speckled confetti cascading over them, all beneath the tented canopy at a county fair.

  • President speaks the truth for me

    To the editor:

    If you listen to the news, you would believe President Trump is the one being divisive.

    In reality, that is not true. Most times when he speaks up or tweets on a subject that everyone has been talking about, he speaks the truth.

  • Godspeed, Dr. John Madison

    To the editor:

    I started looking at Shallotte as a prospective place to practice in 1970.

    I met three businessmen who encouraged me to open my practice in Brunswick County: Floyd Kirby, owner of the Steak House (now Jerome’s), and two dentists — John Ward and John Madison — were my first contacts with Shallotte.

  • DACA taxpayers deserve to stay

    To the editor:

    The debate is what to do with or about 700,000 to 800,000 American K-12 educated kids who grew up in America, but are not Americans.

    We are talking about more than 95 percent who have no police record, work and pay both income taxes into Medicare and Social Security.

    These young adults were brought here illegally by their parents, abetted by American employers who hired them illegally, to save labor cost. We do not know if the employers also broke tax laws or passed the savings on to the American taxpayers.