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Letters

  • Supports McIntyre

    To the editor:
    I’m a 70-year-old retired Vietnam veteran. As a registered independent, I vote for individuals who are committed to doing what’s best for our district, our country and the veterans’ community, regardless of their party affiliation. That’s the same criteria I’m using to decide between David Rouzer and Mike McIntyre for Congress.

  • Homeless still need help

    To the editor:
    After talking with individuals, agencies and county officials concerning poverty and homeless issues in Brunswick County, I am shocked at the feedback.
    Since Brunswick County doesn’t have a homeless shelter, the popular suggestion is to take them to Wilmington. Since January, Brunswick County Streetreach (BCSTR) has relocated 118 homeless to other counties.

  • Freedom to vote across party lines

    To the editor:
    We are nearing the end of the political campaigns that will determine the fundamental direction for the future of our county. Some call this the “silly season.” I call it the most serious of seasons.
    Recently, more than one person has informed me Democrats in the area are being told because they are registered Democrats, their only choice is to vote for all Democrat candidates. The implication being that legally, they are not able to vote for Republicans because of their party affiliation.

  • Voting for McIntyre

    To the editor:
    I am shocked that David Rouzer thinks he can be elected simply by having a new district drawn for himself.
    As many of us know, the 7th Congressional District was gerrymandered by our state legislators, including David Rouzer, so it now includes Rouzer’s home county (Johnston) and excludes the majority of Mike McIntyre’s home county (Robeson) in a blatant effort to unseat the incumbent.

  • Education could be better

    To the editor:
    Braniff, a 14-year-old schoolboy living in a comfortable home and enjoying the multiplicities of youth, is happy and could care less about the costs of universal healthcare or national debt crises. He is American.
    Braniff has no political ideology, no taxes to pay and certainly has no opinion about immigration or Social Security. His main concern is his wardrobe, his friends, their video games and his sports agenda.

  • Speak out against proposed insurance rate hike

    Brunswick County may be poised to take another hit in an already difficult economy.
    Recently, we learned our unemployment rate remained higher than 10 percent. We anticipate that number will remain near the same—or possibly increase—now that our busy tourist season is over.

  • Meet the candidates Oct. 17

    To the editor:
    Before Monday Night Football, we are challenged by the question: “Are you ready for some football?” Well, “are you ready for some voting?”
    By now, most of us have either made a decision on the presidential election or are doing our best to make an informed choice. However, when we step in that voting booth, we will be confronted with many other names and blocks to be checked.

  • Register comments for insurance rates

    To the editor:
    On Oct. 1, the N.C. Department of Insurance received a homeowners’ insurance rate filing from the North Carolina Rate Bureau for an increase in Brunswick County of 30 percent, effective June 1, 2013.
    In 2008, insurance companies were granted an increase for Brunswick County of 30 percent, effective May 2009.
    Our rates are already two to three times higher than inland counties for the same perils (fire, theft, etc.) and coastal areas have separate wind and hail policies.

  • Spin on park costs goes ’round and ’round

    To the editor:
    Re: Sandpiper Bay community/council meeting on July 24.
    Mr. Parker (when questioned about the $1.2 million): “Come to my office. I have it all laid out, estimated for each thing.” So, council member Karen Joseph and [former member] Len Steiner, it’s appropriate for town administrator Parker to use his office to disseminate meaningless and/or misleading information to serious inquirers, but not OK for me to share his data with others? To repeat a euphemism—hogwash!

  • Re-elect McIntyre

    To the editor:
    Whatever your affiliation, we all know that in the world of politics, experience equals clout. Our family can attest.
    My sister was a postal worker and was critically injured on the job, including a broken neck. Months later, she returned to work with the promise of “light duty,” but after several years was forced to retire and apply for disability.