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Letters

  • Seismic testing, oil drilling are cause for alarm

    To the editor:

    I would like to respond to Gary Halberstadt’s letter in last week’s edition, “Seismic testing and oil drilling are no cause for hysterics.” Really? All anyone has to do is watch the movie “Deepwater Horizon” about the worst BP oil drilling disaster ever!

    Off the coast of New Orleans, 11 men died. The oil leaked into the Gulf for 82 days. More than 200 gallons of oil killed wildlife, ruined fishermen’s livelihood and destroyed tourism!

  • A heartfelt thank you to Shallotte police for compassion

    To the editor:

    A few days ago, the patriarch of our family, who suffers from dementia, vanished into the clear midday light of a beautiful Carolina day.

    The police department of the town of Shallotte responded to our call immediately and began what was to culminate nearly 36 hours later in the safe return of our loved one —this husband, father and friend, who could not, indeed, have told anyone where he was because he simply did not know.

  • Seismic testing and oil drilling are no cause for hysterics

    To the editor:

    John Keilman’s letter in last week’s edition does a disservice to those concerned about our environment. He attacked two of county commissioners based on flawed interpretations leading to hysterical conclusions. He accused Pat Sykes and Marty Cooke of “hubris, greed and stupidity...” whose decisions would lead to “...the collapse of our coastal beach economy.” He obviously knows neither commissioner.

  • Thanks for supporting BCC students, foundation

    Editor’s note: The writer also is a member of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners representing District 4.

    To the editor:

    Earlier this month, almost 300 people enjoyed a wonderful culinary experience in support of the Brunswick Community College Foundation. Bella Italia, in its second year, raised more than $50,000 for student scholarship support.

  • Women can restore our nation’s moral high ground

    To the editor:

    With a disregard for the truth, denigration of immigrants and multiple accusations of sexual assault of women, President Trump has shown he is ethically and temperamentally unfit to lead. Yet he enjoys support of a conservative base that includes congressional sycophants and many evangelical Christians. I believe Trump was correct when he said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”

  • Living wage is real issue in global economy

    To the editor:

    Health care and retirement are examples of expensive national needs most cannot self-fund and are viewed differently by our two major political parties.

    One group likes economic issues solved through capitalism. Capitalism funds most things for more people than any other economic system. But none anticipated who would pay for health care or retirement at our founding, let alone how much wealth America would one day produce or how expensive these costs would become.

  • Betting on offshore drilling

    To the editor:

    The thought of federal revenue sharing fueling substantial additional county revenues is apparently an irresistible “opportunity” for Brunswick County commissioners Marty Cooke and Pat Sykes. The history of oil and gas rigs leaking, burning and exploding, or of their transports crashing, running ashore or sinking are industry facts too easily discounted by these commissioners.

  • Business expo benefitted all participants

    To the editor:

    I would like to express appreciation for being able to participate in Saturday’s Brunsco Has It Business Expo, with special thanks to John Crumrine from Brunswick Financial LLC for graciously donating his space to the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. This was a wonderful and valuable opportunity to share what is offered at both sites with the public as well as other vendors at the event. Our location at the expo was ideal and quite ample with space and foot traffic.

  • Thank you for successful business expo

    To the editor:

    I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you on behalf of myself and all vendors at Saturday’s Brunsco Has It Business Expo. Without the hard work of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Shannon Viera, Robyn Beliveau and Heather Buell, there would be no event.

  • County position on offshore drilling matters

    Editor’s note: The writer is a member of the Brunswick Environmental Action Team Board of Directors.

    To the editor:

    I am writing to address just one aspect of the offshore drilling debate: the position on this issue taken by coastal governors and U.S. senators. For this analysis, I consider the 15 East Coast states that have direct Atlantic coastline or are connected by a major sound or estuary and the three mainland West Coast states that have direct Pacific coastline.