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Letters

  • Thank you for helping Wreaths Across America effort

    To the editor:

    On May 20, the Brunswick County Composite Civil Air Patrol Squadron conducted a Wreaths Across America promotion at Shallotte Wal-Mart.

    On behalf of the entire Squadron, I would like to thank the Wal-Mart customers who opened their purses and wallets to donate funds.

  • Thanks for supporting Masons’ fundraiser

    To the editor:

    The Shallotte Masonic Lodge 727 and I would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the local community for their support May 5 as the lodge hosted a chicken plate fundraiser. The funds raised during the event will go to support various Masonic charities.

  • Vote ‘no’ on de-annexation legislation, and then Rabon, too

    To the editor:

    Well, it seems Sen. Bill Rabon has wielded his power and once again ignored the wishes of the town of Sunset Beach. He and his Senate cronies have passed legislation that would de-annex Sunset Creek Commons from the town limits. It now rests with the House to stop this travesty. It is time for Rep. Frank Iler to tell his colleagues to vote “no” on this proposal that will come to them.

  • 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.