• Vote Medlin for county commissioner

    To the editor:

    I am pleased to endorse Jim Medlin for the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners in the third district that represents the St. James, Southport, Supply and Oak Island area.

  • Victim pays for crimes in small claims court

    To the editor:

    I recently went to small claims court to sue someone for services that were paid for but not completed. He did not appear for the hearing, and the court entered a judgment for $1,120.

    This action cost me $125, and the only satisfaction I got was that a judgment order was entered. Now in order for me to collect the money, I will have to pay another $120 to take him back to court. There is still no guarantee I will ever collect the money owed to me.

  • Note party differences

    To the editor:

    Most Democrats are not Socialists, and most GOP members are not Libertarians. So what are the opposing views on the key areas of policy differences in 2016, if we can get past whose persona we love or hate, or hate politics itself?

  • OIB Park plans threaten neighborhood tranquility

    To the editor:

    Brunswick County’s parks and recreation department announced last week its new 2016 conceptual master plan for the Ocean Isle Beach Park expansion. Ocean Ridge Plantation property owners are deeply concerned about the changes made to the 2008 original design. The 2008 plan appeared to be designed with the intent of a neighborhood park and did more to buffer and protect our residential community.

  • Why Americans hold politicians in contempt

    To the editor:

    If you have ever wondered why Americans are angry and hold politicians in contempt, I have an answer for you.

    In early January, I wrote a closely reasoned letter to Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and Rep. David Rouzer expressing my deep concern about the Department of Defense decision to assign women to the combat arms of the Army and Marines Corps, an issue informed by my 30 years of active military service. My letter asked them to perform their constitutional duty and take remedial action.

  • Vote ‘yes’ for Connect NC bond March 15

    To the editor:

    Several months ago, our board of directors approved a resolution in support of the Connect NC bond referendum. We revisited this decision recently, after the legislature approved a $2 billion bond issue that did not include funds for transportation projects.

    Our board unanimously endorsed the action of our legislature to move forward with a bond issue supporting critically needed investments in higher education, clean water systems and our state parks system.

  • Insist on adding bike lanes to roads

    To the editor:

    I am writing to say that I am in agreement with the letter from Dan C. Dickerson concerning the widening of N.C. 179 to include a bike lane on each side.

    I have quit riding N.C. 179 because it is too narrow and have almost been struck by vehicles several times.

    I hope your newspaper is able to adequately impress the highway department to add the extra width to provide more safety for us bikers. Thanks for your efforts.

    Lawrence Wiseman

    Sunset Beach

  • Roads require bike lanes for overall safety

    To the editor:

    I have been recently informed of Brunswick County commissioners’ and North Carolina Department of Transportation’s plan to resurface N.C. 179 between Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte without including a bike lane or at a minimum, widening the shoulders.

  • Bill benefits builders, not all taxpayers

    To the editor:

    Frank Iler, who represents Brunswick County in the N.C. House, sponsored a bill, which the General Assembly passed, that exempts builders and developers from paying residential property tax for three years after the property is built or until it is sold. Iler’s bill also gives commercial development a five-year exemption.

    There are two problems with Iler’s bill:

  • Rare Disease Day raises awareness

    To the editor:

    This year Feb. 29 is Rare Disease Day, the rarest day of the year.

    I have been living with a rare disease for about four years now. My rare disease is called Dercum’s Disease, which is also called Adiposis Dolorosa. It was discovered by a neurologist named Francis X. Dercum in 1892. On some lists, it is the third rarest disease in the world. It is also on the list of the top 10 most painful diseases to have.