• Flag etiquette refresher in order

    To the editor:

    I attended a small Fourth of July parade over the holiday and was flabbergasted that I was the only adult in sight with her hand over her heart when the flag passed.

    Here’s a refresher on the rules for showing respect for our flag, and the country it represents: According to the U.S. Code, your hand should be placed over your heart (current and former military may salute) during the national anthem, the pledge, when the flag is being raised or lowered and when it passes in review, like at the beginning of a parade.

  • Gun ownership seems too easy

    To the editor:

    The recent shootings in Florida, Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., have been raising the issues of gun control and gun rights. These are not relatively new issues, but with the increase of mass shootings, citizens are growing more and more worried. It seems as if it is too easy to possess a firearm nowadays even with strict gun laws in place already.

  • Criticism should apply to both political parties

    To the editor:

    In his July 7 letter, Thomas McGrath excludes Democratic policy preferences from the same criticism he imposes upon Republicans. McGrath claims among “... GOP ... national policy beliefs, ... tax cuts pay for themselves.”

  • Time to work for common good

    Please, America, we have to stop. Just simply stop and take a hard look at ourselves. We have come to a dangerous place.

    We must stop the incitement to violence: our words, our media images, our hatred, our greed, our lust for power. Our choices now are critical, for our nation, as well as our entire global existence. We cannot afford to be careless in our decisions.

  • OIB police officer Aycock helpful, professional

    To the editor:

    I am the owner of Emma Rose Fishing Charters, which recently had two Yeti coolers stolen by the “Cooler Culprit.” Capt. Brody Heath immediately reported the crime to Ocean Isle Beach police and we did not really expect much to happen.

  • Transparency and order are needed in Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    As a non-resident property owner who has been paying Sunset Beach taxes for 35 years, I learned a lot on a recent two-week visit.

    I attended a council meeting June 6 and learned audience members aren’t allowed to ask questions, even if they don’t understand what was just presented.

    I learned council members can and do have secret meetings where just two are present, because if three are present it is a meeting and subject to the Freedom of Information Act. No wonder there are so many 3-2 votes!

  • BFA needs Christmas in July assistance

    To the editor:

    As the school year winds down and children enjoy a couple of months of summer fun, it is time for us to prepare for the Christmas in July program.

    We are seeking sponsors, much like the Tree of Hope, to adopt a child and buy them back-to-school supplies and a new outfit to start the school year.

    Backpacks can be purchased for $5 at Seaside Embroidery at 4519 Main St. in Shallotte.

    This program helps the children of Brunswick County who are verified by BFA as being at 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

  • Why are there seashells in Grand Canyon?

    To the editor:

    Fossils of sea creatures are found in rock layers high above sea level. This is just one more piece of evidence of the truth of God’s Word.

  • Thank you for supporting Project PBJ

    To the editor:

    What a generous and compassionate community we have! One indication of this fact is the overwhelming response to our Project PBJ, an effort to collect peanut butter and jelly for children and families in need of nutritional support.

  • SBIC grateful for donations

    To the editor:

    Praise God for the children who attended Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church of Shallotte. During their graduation ceremony, they collected 161 nonperishable food items to donate to the South Brunswick Interchurch Council food pantry.

    We also offer praises for the residents of Oyster Harbour who donated toilet paper and both men’s and women’s toiletry items. This is a wonderful blessing to our neighbors in need here in southern Brunswick County.