• Survey community about needs

    To the editor:
    A teacher friend of mine recently said that he wished the administrators would spend less on new-fangled curriculum changes that show others they’re doing something and more on what is sorely needed...like books and materials for the students. The same seems to be true in Carolina Shores.

  • The cause of infectious stupidity

    To the editor:
    After careful consideration, I believe I have discovered the cause of infectious stupidity: Elect someone to Congress. There, they can forget their conscience, ignore their passion and concentrate on the big I, me and myself.
    The post office is going broke, so obviously eliminate services and people. How about you start eliminating the free distribution of charitable requests? If we have to pay for postage, why shouldn’t they?

  • Leave us with some dignity

    To the editor:
    I was struck by the power of the dedication ceremony Sunday for all those who died on 9-11. I want such a movement to take place in front of banks and Congress for all those living who are losing or who have lost their homes due to the arrogance and avarice of our politicians and bankers who are taking their homes away so callously.
    They are still trying to live the American dream, which has been turned into a nightmare for many. Their monuments already stand in all the empty houses without refrigerator pictures, laughter and baby cries.

  • Are you stuck in sinning?

    To the editor:
    Are you a slave of sin? Many may say, “What a ridiculous thing to ask while I live in the freest country in the world.” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. Do you realize you are a sinner? John 8:34.
    Romans 3:23: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
    1 John 1:10: “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. God has provided us with a way to become freed from our slavery and our sin.”

  • Why are our rates so unfairly high?

    To the editor:
    The following is an email I sent to my congressmen. I hope others do the same:
    Well, we here at the coast really suffered from Hurricane Irene. A few trees toppled and some branches off trees—the same things happened inland a few hundred miles, but those people did not get the exorbitant increase in homeowner insurance we did.

  • Head back North

    To the editor:
    To the ladies who were offended by some wearing costumes to the premiere of the movie “The Help,” may I offer some gas money, a compass to point you back North and a slice of Minny’s pie.
    Amy Tyner

  • Remembering "The Help"

    To the editor:
    It all came to mind while watching the movie, “The Help.”
    She was a black woman (colored, back then) who came to the house by bus daily to tend to my year-old baby brother and do other household tasks. Though not required, she also helped me with my worst subject...arithmetic. She left by 4 p.m. so that she would be back within her black neighborhood before the curfew.

  • Costumes were in appreciation, not disrespect

    To the editor:
    I want to thank readers for letters about costumes worn during the premiere of “The Help.” I organized the party, and I want to explain why.
    After reading this story and discussing it, I was amazed at how many could relate to it.
    One lady who was raised during the time said to me, “I was raised by a black lady. She was family to me. And when she hugged me, I really felt love. I felt safe. There was nothing like it.”

  • Outfits didn’t ‘Help’ anything

    To the editor:

    As a white woman, I was embarrassed and angry at the insensitivity of a few white women attending the Shallotte premiere of the movie “The Help” dressed in character for the occasion. 

  • Doesn’t like way people dressed for movie

    To the editor:

    I attended the opening of the movie “The Help” at Coastal Cinemas in Shallotte on Aug. 10. I am here to tell you I have never been more ashamed of white people in my life.