• Down the dark road, part III

    To the editor:

    I previously penned two letters highlighting President Trump’s actions and policies that are threatening to destroy our democracy and lead our country to authoritarianism. Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan is another such action.

  • New kid in town

    To the editor:

    “I come from a small town in Pennsylvania where they embrace my uniqueness. A friendly smile and a warm hello is all I know.

    “I was born different than you. But I have a lot to offer a small town like Shallotte. Once you get to know me, I will open your eyes up to the simple things you may have forgotten in your hectic life. You will soon realize I want to work and be accepted into society just like you!

  • ‘To McCain’s Own Drum’

    To the editor:

    To McCain’s own drum marched to its beat;

    From victory to victory and defeat to defeat;

    Tough tenacity;

    Virulent veracity;

    One of greatest guys would want to meet.

    McCain his plane he was always refueling;

    With honor and dignity had been dueling;

    Always clever;

    Gave up never;

    Battles he fought became quite grueling.

    To God knew McCain would always relent;

    For him to meet maker was always intent;

    Do or die;

  • National Water Quality Month shows need for conservation programs

    To the editor:

    August is National Water Quality Month and, as we celebrate, lawmakers are negotiating the 2018 farm bill. Members of the farm bill conference committee have the ambitious charge of reconciling the stark differences between the House and Senate proposals.

    Farm bill conservation programs, like the Conservation Stewardship Program, are key to water quality improvement efforts in major waterways across the nation.

  • Call out Trump for press attacks

    To the editor:

    Thank you for joining hundreds of newspapers across this great country to “remind all citizens a free press is essential to freedom.”

    I wish you had been more specific in attributing the comment about journalists being “an enemy of the people.” You said you “speak truth to power” and you should have named Donald Trump as the author of this terrifying statement as so many other newspapers did.

  • Disrespect isn’t a crime, but vandalism is

    To the editor:

    As one of Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables,” I must confess to a flaw noted by my wife of 50 years. I am a bit aggressive and appear to many as rude. So, in the effort to improve my behavior I am going to make this letter as sweet and nice as possible.

  • Responding to letter about letter

    Editor’s note: The writer faces Democrat Tom Simmons in the Nov. 6 general election.

    To the editor:

  • Justices must uphold law, no matter how primitive

    To the editor:

    I was appalled while reading a recent letter to the editor calling for our U.S. Senators to reject the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The baseless panic over a “stacked” court and the lack of respect for life that abounds in the nation alarms me.

  • Some political candidates are already unresponsive

    To the editor:

    Do local elections matter? On the ballot at every voting machine in Brunswick County on Election Day, Nov. 6, there will be at least two people running for seats in Congress, state House and Senate, Brunswick County sheriff and Brunswick County Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor. There will also be candidates for two contested seats on the Brunswick County Board of Education and a contested seat on the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners. That is 25 different names. The winners will affect the lives of all of us here in Brunswick County,

  • Supreme Court nominee panic isn’t justified

    To the editor:

    Responding to a recent letter claiming Roe vs. Wade is DOA if Brett Kavanaugh is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court is the equivalent of yelling “fire” in a crowded theater. Asking our legislators to reject his candidacy for fear of the possibility that Roe vs. Wade will meet a challenge in this new court is absurd. Keeping an excellent candidate off the court because of one remote possibility for one law is not very smart.