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Letters

  • Sunday voting is not necessary

    To the editor:

    In North Carolina, we are blessed with an extended period of voting when compared with other states that vote only on Election Day in your precinct and another that uses only mail-in ballots.

    Brunswick County has 13 full days of early voting plus 60 days of absentee mail-in voting and 13 hours on Election Day. Our statewide election voting schedule accommodates those with schedule and transportation issues to find an easy way to exercise their solemn civic duty of voting.

  • Unleashed dogs pose threat to beachgoers

    To the editor:

    A nice walk at beautiful Ocean Isle Beach is getting more and more nervous because of the wild running of unleashed dogs. Many dog owners neither comply with the town ordinance nor show any concern about public safety. When a big dog barks and runs toward beach walkers or joggers, the owners simply smile and say he/she doesn’t hurt, he/she is just chasing birds.

  • Council cabal creates cabana quandary

    To the editor:

    For 37 years, I have been a keen observer of many changes at Sunset Beach. Before professional cabana companies began doing business, beachgoers tried to put up their own cabanas. Many came loose in the wind, blew down the beach or up into the dunes. Often, families left their cabanas on the beach overnight and abandoned them at the end of the week. Umbrellas are worse. They often come loose in the wind and fly along with a spear attached!

  • Remember congressman’s responses when casting ballots

    To the editor:

    Following the Florida school killings, I wrote David Rouzer asking his support to ban assault weapons. This is not the first time I have written to him and his replies have been either non-responsive or ridiculous.

  • Oath to defend Constitution should override personal distaste

    To the editor:

    No NFL football will be shown at the Calabash VFW Post. A vote was taken and the count shut it down. The disrespectful kneelers will be put in place. A member was granted the floor to speak: “This result needs to go further; we need this to get out there.” He is right.

    My vote was in the loser column. It was not a unanimous decision, but the majority ruled.

    If you believe the issue is not free speech, stop reading. Your mind is made up.

  • Shallotte town leaders warrant kudos for efforts

    To the editor:

    Kudos to Shallotte town leadership, led by Mayor Walt Eccard, for its vision, communication, collegial transparency and persistence to develop Shallotte’s waterfront. Coordinating land purchases, planning water and sewer improvements, moving the ABC store, realigning roads with state support, selecting developers, engaging designers, seeking grants and securing public input, as was done at a town meeting June 26, is a significant task.

  • Elected officials, parties need to work on solutions

    As I was out walking this morning, the thought crossed my mind that the political parties are tearing our country apart by constantly trying to get something over on President Trump and the other party. If Trump, the White House, Congress, the Senate and the House were working together and in unity, so much could be done to not only fix our country’s problems but also make us a great nation again.

  • Benton should not serve as both councilman and mayor

    To the editor:

    All it took was one minute, 36 seconds. At the July 2 Sunset Beach Town Council meeting, Dr. Greg Weiss was there with his wife. Weiss, the unopposed single candidate for mayor, was to be confirmed by vote and installed. He left two minutes later.

    Weiss, after personal interviews with each councilman, had already attended the previous June council meeting where he publicly presented his credentials, background, vision and hopes as mayor for Sunset Beach. He answered honestly and openly all questions from the dais and floor. He received an ovation.

  • An exercise to cope with state of politics

    To the editor:

    You’re distraught, depressed. You can’t believe what has been happening to our politics. And now, with the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, some of the issues that are dearest to your heart are in jeopardy.

    It’s very tempting to place the blame on others: our president, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Hillary Clinton, the North Carolina congressional delegation or any number of other public figures. But that only makes you feel powerless and even more miserable.

  • County should allow Sunday voting option

    To the editor:

    At the most recent Brunswick County Board of Elections meeting, information was presented by the county elections director, Sara Knotts, regarding the numbers of voters who were able to vote because of Sunday voting in New Hanover County in the years 2016 and 2018. In 2016, 612 citizens were able to physically vote at a polling place and in 2018 there were 425.