• Government is the problem

    To the editor: Many in our country unfortunately share Michael Darby’s socialist ideas. If we continue on a socialist path, as he advocates, our country will be only a shell of what we are now.

    Our healthcare is our personal responsibility—not Exxon’s or the government’s.

    The mess our current system is in can be laid at the feet of government in the form of regulations and intervention. If we want the best healthcare in the world to fail, along with a system that is already failing, more government involvement will do the trick.

  • Article contained only one side of the story

    To the editor: I am wondering about some of the information contained in that splashy headline story, “Parents upset with student treatment.”

    In particular, the secondary headline on page three says, “Dankas: Teachers involved did not comment,” but then the article quotes five paragraphs’ worth of comment from the two teachers.

    Mrs. Norris and Mrs. Gore did explain the circumstances involving the Dankas’ son, giving a reasonable and believable account of events.

  • Disciplining kids is a fine line

    To the editor: I am the mother of six children, 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. When my children were young, I told them if they got spanked at school they would get another when they got home. If there was any doubt, I could always talk with the teacher or principal.

    Now, you can’t spank or discipline children because of fear of lowering their self-esteem. Now our children are out of control. I thought we sent our kids to school to get an education, to respect those in authority and use self-control.

  • Let me wake up from this dream

    To the editor: As I have preached over and over again, this country has bred a nation of ignorant and poor who have only their cunning ways to beat the honest and free-hearted people out of everything they can get.

    There are still those of us who want to help folks who appear to be of need and of smiling face and exhibit a sincerity and truthfulness, yet when the chips have all be eaten, the smiley face goes away and the real truth of “do unto others before they can do unto you,” appears.

  • Good column

    To the editor: Thanks for the great column by Stacey Manning on the Taliban. You are right on.

    Although I am surprised that you remember the fallout shelters! Good job.

    Now, how do we get your words into the national media? No one wants to hear what’s right from us regular people living in Brunswick County and all around the more rural areas of this great country.

    Hopefully, they will hear from us in November.

  • Teachers are not bad guys or monsters

    To the editor: I am really fed up with teachers being the bad guys.

    Teachers in this county work very hard to provide the best possible education and environment for our kids.

    Take into consideration that in one elementary classroom, there can be kids with abilities ranging from kindergarten reading and math to well above their grade level, yet we expect one teacher to teach all those kids the same curriculum and have them pass the test at the end of the year. That is not reasonable in any way, but we ask every teacher to do it every day.

  • Jessie Mae Monroe is not a bad place

    To the editor: With all the negativity surrounding Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary as of late, we feel compelled to say something.

    Our daughter has been attending Jessie Mae for three years. The teachers have proven to be wonderful and accommodating and the principal does a great job holding things together.

    Just last week, the principal, Mrs. Rourk, once again went above and beyond what we feel her “normal” duties should be.

    We want to publicly thank Mrs. Rourk and all of the fine teachers at Jessie Mae Monroe for giving our daughter a solid education.

  • School's positives outweigh negatives

    To the editor: As a parent of a child in Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary, I felt compelled to speak out against the parents who hold this school in low regard.

    I found many of these things that the parents allege to be a tad over-stated, to say the least. My son loves to go to school, and I have had many positive experiences with the staff at Jessie Mae.

    They always keep me up-to-date with my son’s progress and have been helpful when I have questions about my child’s education.

  • Thank you, Mrs. McKeithan

    To the editor: She walked by my desk. I had been picked up by the police late Sunday afternoon for stealing gas.

    I was so embarrassed on Monday I would not go out for recess after lunch.

    Mrs. Katie May McKeithan, my eighth-grade teacher, walked near my desk and said, “Donnie, you see what trouble bad company causes?”

    She was kind and caring. I will never forget her comforting words. All the students in the eighth grade at Waccamaw High School that year in 1941 loved her.

    She was to remain our homeroom teacher throughout our high school years.

  • Gilbert made his actions public

    To the editor: Ray Gilbert’s personal life is on display as he is a public figure, but not from the viewpoint that anyone made it public; his own actions dictated that.

    Let’s review some facts about Mr. Gilbert’s recent actions.

    He was arrested and charged with failing to pay child support before he was elected; he allegedly threatened Ms. Hankins to the point of fear of her life; and he had an affair outside of his vows of marriage.