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Letters

  • Only pieces of ACA were implemented

    To the editor:

    It seems to me the Affordable Care Act hasn’t really ever been implemented. What was implemented were pieces and parts of the original proposal. What was originally proposed would have covered more people (including expanded Medicaid), spread the cost over a larger population and required insurance providers to cover at no-cost 10 Essential Health Benefits (EHS). What was originally proposed was actually close to a wellness program.

  • Problems are gridlock and ideology, not government

    To the editor:

    Mark Twain once said: “It’s not what you don’t know that kills you; it is what you know for sure that ain’t true!”

    Bernie Sanders knows a majority of American voters are ready for universal health care. Ain’t so.

    Paul Ryan knows a majority of American voters are ready for a market solution to health care. Ain’t so.

  • Join others in Hands Across the Sands

    To the editor:

    Most of us have chosen to live close to Brunswick County beaches. We enjoy the ocean, the sandy beaches and local seafood, or we make our living from those who do. Do we think about how important a clean coastal environment is to what we value and enjoy? Are we willing to take a bit of our time Saturday, May 20, to show our support for protecting our coast?

  • History does not support corporate tax cut claims

    To the editor:

    President Trump is proposing to cut the top marginal corporate tax rate from the current 35 to 15 percent with an estimated cost of $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years.

    According to the Tax Foundation, the top corporate tax bracket in the U.S. is the third highest in the world, so on the surface, a tax cut makes sense. However, looking deeper, the proposed 15 percent tax rate is extreme, as the proposed rate would move the U.S. near the bottom worldwide.

  • Thank you for Blessing of the Pets

    To the editor:

    Sunday, May 7, was my first time participating in the annual Blessing of the Pets at Sharon United Methodist Church. Currently I am “petless,” but borrowed a friend’s pet so I, too, could enjoy this experience.

    The Mistress of Ceremonies and her young assistant did a fantastic job coordinating pet introductions, the fashion show, talent contest, smallest pet, largest pet and best in show. At the program’s conclusion, Pastor Eddie Hill blessed each pet, including a bird. Needless to say, it was a super afternoon.

  • Foundation supports BFA

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance is proud to announce the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation has granted the agency funds for the 2017 fiscal year.

    BFA is beyond grateful for the ongoing support of the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation. It is only with the generosity of friends like them that BFA is able to fulfill our mission of assisting our neighbors in need.

    Thank you, CFMF!

    Stephanie Bowen, BFA executive director

    Shallotte

  • Respect and uphold basic rights for all

    To the editor:

    Maybe it’s because I can imagine my grandfather, as a child, arriving on a boat from Italy, or the three sisters from Austria, one who would become my great-grandmother, that I empathize with and support the rights of the latest immigrants and refugees.

    Recently, local law enforcement officials, at the request of residents, discussed policies and practices in Brunswick County.

  • Ask Burr and thank Rouzer for supporting palliative care

    To the editor:

    Having personally taken care of two family members who had Alzheimer’s disease, my late mother Yvonne and my father-in-law Alan, I am proud to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) (S. 693/H.R. 1676).

    PCHETA would ensure America has an adequate, well-trained palliative care workforce through workforce training, education and awareness, and enhanced research. Palliative care and hospice are critical services for people in the advanced stages of this terminal disease.

  • Sunset Beach must regain respect it lost

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council will face responsibility or meet a concerted effort to be replaced.

    It is in the news spotlight too often in the negative. De-annexation, banning everything they can, threatening to disband a committee they commissioned because they did not like the findings, charging permitting fees for everything from garage sales to walking a dog … shame on the council for allowing this to go unchecked.

  • It is time to act against the fire of addiction

    To the editor:

    The opioid epidemic and the many ways we can combat it should be no-brainers, except our foe is powerful: thousands of users and pushers who are addicts and must use and push.

    Both user and pusher are driven to feed their habits. We, on the other hand, are just now uniting and determining who will do what — an excellent start, but still miles and miles to go.