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Letters

  • Support minimum wage increase, Hagan

    To the editor:

    Seattle raised the minimum wage to $15, while Thom Tillis and the Republican Party refuse to raise it to $10.10 as U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina, supports. Who’s right?

    We had a “Demand Side” economy under FDR for 45 years, and at the end, the unemployment rate was under 5 percent and the debt was under $1 trillion. We have had a “Supply Side” economy since Reagan introduced it in 1980. The unemployment is more than 6 percent and the debt is more than $17 trillion.

  • Thanks to many

    To the editor:

    A sincere thank you to all who, this past Memorial Day weekend, paid the supreme sacrifice and all others serving, as well as all of us who did so in the past, with parades and memorial remembrance ceremonies in Brunswick County in your support of all military veterans.

    To Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy on being named 2014 UNCW Alumna of the Year: Congratulations, good show, well done, and it’s clearly evident you deserve to be so honored.

  • ‘Mad’ about Rabon excuses

    To the editor:

    In 2013, BladenOnline.com reported that Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognized state Sen. Bill Rabon for leadership within North Carolina to stop drunk driving. He was thanked for his dedication and commitment to advance MADD’s mission in this state.

  • Misguided lament

    To the editor:

    In response to Walter A. Carolus’ May 29 letter: I attended public schools until 1949. In the fifth grade, I was sent to Catholic schools through 12th grade. In those days, Protestants supported separation of church and state, so my parents paid local school taxes and tuition. The separation was so strict, I was not allowed to ride the public school bus to the local public school a block from my school.

  • Name-change police go too far

    To the editor:

    Common sense is dead. With all that is going on in this country, our Senate is involving itself in a controversy that is absolutely none of their business.

    It is claimed that the name “Redskins” offends many Native Americans. I am sure that some are offended. The “politically correct” police are calling for change but are not suggesting many replacements. I don’t think the Washington “Indigenous Americans” is going to make the cut.

  • Emperor has no clothes

    To the editor:

    As a senior citizen, I never thought that I would have to follow the example of a child who told the truth in the fairy tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Election-year decisions made by political leaders in Raleigh and Brunswick County reminded me of the tale.

  • Immigration laws trampled

    To the editor:

    Last year, the Beacon published my letter in which I took to task the misguided notion that illegal immigrants are deprived unfortunates lurking in the shadowy underworld of our American culture. Many boldly and brazenly flaunt their illegal status and openly demand U.S. citizenship in addition to the many benefits they already have acquired illegally.

  • Kudos to Laura Lewis

    To the editor:

    Thank you to Laura Lewis for the great and honest column concerning the Memorial Day services in Calabash.

  • Expensive decision

    To the editor:

    Last week, school board members voted to return to traditional start times at all 19 schools in our district. This vote was done without public input or discussion, an under-the-radar-type vote ensued, and our educational leaders are saddled with the consequences of an ill-advised policy change.

    This change is calculated to cost more than $1.75 million this year. We have to purchase buses, hire drivers, lose state dollars through reductions in efficiency ratings, and more.

  • 17 million kids deserve better

    To the editor:

    Seventeen million kids are being raised in poverty by full-time or multiple-job parents. Handicapped kids struggle every day. I’ve lived it for 54 years because of my experience raising an uninsurable handicapped daughter.

    These children struggle every day with hunger and fear of loss of a roof over their head, not to mention the embarrassment of not having money for any school activity.