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Letters

  • Debris collection essential part of hurricane recovery

    To the editor:

    In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, removing massive amounts of debris is an important part of helping communities clean up and rebuild.

    Long before the first rain fell, the state environmental department was working with local governments to establish locations where storm debris can be temporarily stored and processed. These temporary debris sites are necessary after any major storm to speed up the cleanup process that would take much longer if the debris had to be hauled to a landfill.

  • Recycle to keep Brunswick County clean, beautiful

    To the editor:

    Even though the national recycling rate is an impressive 34 percent, Brunswick County residents can help expand recovery and reuse numbers.

    In honor of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, Keep Brunswick County Beautiful, the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is asking everyone to take three simple steps to lend a hand:

    1) Learn what recycling options are available in your community

    2) During the next month, reduce the amount of waste generated, focus on recycling more, and purchase products with recycled content

  • U.S. cannot afford its own government

    To the editor:

    Thomas McGrath’s letter of Oct. 6 expressed concern about the national debt, while stating: “No one should vote for a politician who ... will not vote for adequate taxes.”

    McGrath left “adequate” undefined and omitted two significant facts: 45.3 percent of earners didn’t owe any federal income tax last year and 60 percent of all federal expenditures are “payments for individuals,” unauthorized by the Constitution of the United States.

  • Vote Mentzer for school board

    To the editor:

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has been run for a number of years by Republicans.

    So how has the all-Republican board been doing? For the past several years they have sat by and watched hundreds of students a year drop out. Ask any sheriff what an extra 600 aimless, uneducated teenagers a year will mean for law enforcement over the next five or 10 years.

  • Fight opioid, heroin epidemic

    To the editor:

    I am asking for your help to solve an urgent health crisis facing America: the opioid epidemic, along with this major drug, heroin.

    Everywhere I go, I see communities devastated by opioid overdoses. I meet families too ashamed to seek treatment for addiction.

  • Cast ballot for Mentzer on school board

    To the editor:

    We write to support Marty Mentzer for Brunswick County Board of Education. We’ll go right to the bottom line first: She’s the neighbor we trusted with the key to our house — the neighbor you trust with your life in case of emergency.

  • Money spent on education isn’t wasteful

    To the editor:

    The letter by Ginny Quaglia of Ocean Isle Beach published Oct. 13 on the school bond issue for Brunswick County intrigued me and I would like to respond.

    Schools have been and always will be our investment in our collective futures. It would seem plausible that all means available should be used to have the pertinent bond information out for public consumption, enabling the public to make an informed voting decision.

  • The truth about coal ash in N.C.

    Editor’s note: The writer was appointed chairman of the North Carolina Ports Authority board by McCrory in 2014.

    To the editor:

    Roy Cooper campaigns on being a crusader out to save North Carolinians from coal ash, but his record highlights how this is an opportunistic stance.

    In the first 14 years of his political career in the North Carolina Senate, including a stint as majority leader, Cooper never introduced or supported a single bill to regulate or clean up coal ash.

  • Message on Holden Beach business sign is all too clear

    To the editor:

    I am a member of an extended family who has been vacationing at Holden Beach since 1971. This annual event is now made up of more than 30 members and we often stay two or more weeks, sometimes requiring the rental of four to five houses. We love it there and obviously over the years have made a substantial economic impact.

  • Recognize drug addiction as an illness

    Editor’s note: The writer is a Brunswick County Board of Commissioners candidate for district 5.

    To the editor:

    The question I keep asking myself is how much worse does it have to get before we start to change our approach? Currently, Wilmington is ranked as the No. 1 area in the U.S. for opiate abuse, according to a study published in mid-2016. This study, which compiled statistics for analysis, estimated 11.6 percent of the population in this region is classified as an opiate abuser.