• Assimilation trumps a wall

    To the editor:

    Our country really does need a good system to prevent people coming into our country without a reasonable processing program. We do need to sort out people coming here for bad reasons. A wall is just a symbol of hatred for immigrants.

  • Stop playing political games with government

    To the editor:

    The inability of our elected leaders to compromise has led to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

    I am proud of my work as a federal employee in service to the country I love.

    Federal workers nationwide are forced to stay home or work without pay waiting for the government to reopen. They are no longer able to provide the services upon which our fellow Americans rely.

  • A formula for building wall, ending shutdown

    To the editor:

    How many of you who are employed outside the federal government consider yourself a non-essential employee? I don’t see too many raised hands. What would happen if your boss reclassified your job as non-essential? Out you’d go! So, how do you think those 800,000 federal government “non-essential” employees feel about their self-worth (pay check not withstanding)? Not too hot, huh?

  • Government shutdown makes families suffer

    To the editor:

    While we can all argue about the cause or causes of the government shutdown, the fact is families are suffering.

    In several publications across the country, an average wage of $37 per hour was cited for workers who are not receiving pay. This was a disservice to those workers. That makes some folks talk about them being paid too much.

  • President Trump does represent all Americans

    To the editor:

    This is a response to the letter by Robin L. Van Vliet and the opinion piece by Lindsay Kriz.

    President Trump does represent all Americans, not just himself. I am glad he is our president and doing what he needs to for our great country.

    Disagreeing with him does not mean he does not represent you. He appears to be the adult in this whole situation. He does what he thinks will protect all Americans, not just his supporters. He knows this could mean he does not get re-elected, but he still does what he needs to do.

  • Trump needs to represent America, not just himself

    To the editor:

    Elected by the people of the United States to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, Trump doesn’t realize he is president of all people of the United States. This isn’t Trump’s government; it’s the government of the United States, “by the people, for the people and of the people.” President Trump works for us.

  • Opposition to offshore drilling justifies behavior

    To the editor:

    Staff Writer Brian Slattery stated in his Dec. 27 column that, in his opinion, I “acted like an ass” when I spoke at the commissioner’s meeting.

    Dear editor and fellow citizens of Brunswick County: I’m more than willing to “act like an ass” every day if it will help in any way to prevent offshore drilling.


    Billy Stewart

    Oak Island

  • USDA broadband initiative offers hope, ignores major barrier

    To the editor:

    Rural communities are increasingly depending on high-speed Internet to complete an education and talk to their doctors. Meanwhile, connecting to broadband Internet has become a necessity in today’s digital economy. As we advance deeper into the 21st century, broadband access will grow as an important indicator of quality of life for communities across the nation.

  • Use handicap parking only as needed

    To the editor:

    How would you feel if you or someone you knew, for the sake of convenience only, secured the remaining handicap parking spot and denied someone access to that spot who had a severe disability?

    Yesterday I saw a couple who could not secure a disability parking spot close to the grocery store help one another across the lot, one with a walker and the other with a portable oxygen device. I noticed they had a handicap license plate, but it was of little use as all the designated spots were taken.

  • Thank you for efforts to save my wife’s life

    To the editor:

    I would like to thank all the members of the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Brunswick County EMS and Shallotte EMS for their response and professional efforts to save my wife’s life that morning in July. I was proud to be in their company.

    Sadly, my wife left me that day.


    Mike Murphy

    Ocean Isle Beach