• Gun violence requires intelligence

    To the editor:

    Can we have an intelligent conversation without basing decisions on emotion when it comes to gun violence? My opinion is based on almost 40 years in law enforcement, 10 as a chief.

    Bans don’t work. We banned heroin and cocaine in the 1920s. We see how that has worked out.

  • Old white guys — the problem?

    To the editor:

    I read with some amazement the letter from an Ocean Isle Beach resident declaring our problem to be Donald Trump and all the “old white guys” making up the bulk of Congress. The solution was for all the white guys to quit and let the “next generation” take over!

  • Bring back cabana help

    To the editor:

    I have treasured my time at Sunset Beach for over 40 years. I am one of the owners of 1804 E. Main St.

    In my senior years (coming up on 80), I enjoy the beach in a different way. Gone are the boogie boards and long walks to the Kindred Spirit mailbox. But it is such a joy to plop my chair under a canopy and listen to the sounds, especially grandchildren at play in the surf.

  • Suspect group writes suspect letter

    To the editor:

    We’ve all heard the expression, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” These days, too many political and trade organizations try to deceive citizens by choosing names that imply the opposite of their real purpose. For example, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a front group for the tobacco, restaurant and alcoholic beverages industries. The Global Climate Coalition represents oil and coal companies. The National Wetlands Coalition exists to oppose policies related to wetlands conservation.

  • Free meals for all students questioned

    To the editor:

    I recently learned that we would be providing free lunches to all Brunswick County school students — no documents required. You are getting meals. No “need” required.

    Come on, where is personal responsibility of parents? I wrote to the board of education four days ago and I got no response. More tax dollars, no accountability.

    I am all for helping those truly in need, but shelling out to all seems to be another overstep in government.

    My real beef is I got no response from the school board. Are they deaf?

  • Peace will guide Age of Aquarius

    To the editor:

    Unable to serve the needs of people, current political and economic systems around the world are leaving millions of people disenfranchised and demanding change. As many people look to the useless and tired ways of the past for solutions, the young at heart aspire to create a world of love, brotherhood, sharing, cooperation, justice, freedom and unity in diversity. Thankfully, at this pivotal moment help is at hand.

  • Plain and simple, ban AK-47 rifle sales

    To the editor:

    Former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson said it best: “Hatred corrodes the container it’s carried in, until it explodes.”

    The events of this past weekend have sickened me. Congress uses the excuse over and over of mental illness to cloak the real issue. That issue is the legal sale of AK 47 rifles in our country. That rifle should be banned from public sale and only be used by our military. Plain and simple!

    Carolyn Breeyear-Jenks

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • County ‘levelheaded’ on offshore energy

    To the editor:

    There’s much praise to go around following a report that the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners continues to maintain its neutral stance on offshore energy.

  • Is life just a test?

    To the editor:

    I believe that life is a test to see who wants to be with God and an opportunity to use the gifts he has given us.

    (Psalms 11:4-7) The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain snares; fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup. For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; the upright will behold His face.

  • Old white guys are the problem

    To the editor:

    I love this country.

    I find myself becoming completely disheartened these days. The constant lies, racism and disinformation have become a daily event and from the person we have asked to lead us into the future.