• Country seems torn between pair of rivals

    To the editor:

    It is either “or” or either “and.” A senior fellow at an institute for the study of statesmanship and political philosophy, after earning a degree in social studies for six years, wrote about modern liberalism and predicted it would go out of business or be forced to radicalize. If the latter was chosen, it could radicalize along two lines: toward socialism or toward an increasingly post-modern form of leadership, and today it is doing both.

  • Are you satisfied with your life?

    Are you satisfied with your life?

    To the editor:

    On July 21, 1865, at 6 p.m., Wild Bill Hickok shot Davis Tutt in a duel in Springfield, Mo. The event became known as the first real shoot-out in the Old West. Hickok then turned to Tutt’s friends, who had drawn their weapons, and said, “Are you satisfied, gentlemen? Put up your shootin’ irons or there’ll be more dead men here.” And they put them up.

  • Kriz column misses point

    To the editor:

    Lindsay Kriz’s column in the Nov. 22 edition completely misses the point. First, the remark, “If any of you kneels during this (Veterans Day observance), I will shoot you,” was not a joke, but a metaphor against kneeling for the National Anthem, and secondly, the audience knew this and that is why they laughed.

  • Toy Run seeks more donors to help more children in 2018

    To the editor:

    Just want to say thanks to all who have supported the 26th annual Brunswick Toy Run so far.

    Because of the increased number of children who need help this year, we need to sell more raffle tickets for the golf cart/trailer package. The golf cart was donated by Pete’s Golf Carts out of Oak Island and the trailer was donated by A1 Hitch and Trailer based in Supply We still have 200 tickets we desperately need to sell. If anyone is interested, please come by The Sign Shoppe in Supply to buy one or more. They are $20 each.

  • Kriz column shows courage

    To the editor:

    I have just finished reading Lindsay Kriz’s column in the Nov. 22 edition and I want to commend her.

    I am a retired Naval officer with 24 years of service, so I have more than a passing familiarity with patriotism and its manifestations. I couldn’t agree more with her theme: she gets it!

    I do not know nor have I ever met her, but I think that that is my loss. As we say in the Navy: Bravo Zulu (well done).


    John E. McDermott

    Sunset Beach

  • Congress: pass a new farm bill before 2018 ends

    To the editor:

    Congress has only a few days left in 2018 to pass legislation. Adopting a strong, new farm bill should be at the top of their list.

    Lawmakers should approve a farm bill that includes closing loopholes in commodity payments, renewing major conservation programs, and continuing programs that offer support to rural communities and beginning farmers.

  • Keep pets safe, warm and dry

    To the editor:

    As winter sets in with wet and cold weather, is your loyal companion warm and dry?

    Please be the wonderful person your pet believes you are by making sure they receive care.


    Pat Purvis Brown


  • Thank you for Lions eSight event coverage

    To the editor:

    The Calabash Lions Club wishes to thank you for the coverage of our Nov. 8 event with Dr. Mary Sedgwick and her testing of the eSight electronic glasses.

    Dr. Sedgwick, who has regained her vision after some 13 years of near blindness (she baked her own turkey for Thanksgiving), tested 17 visually impaired persons with 10 qualifying for the glasses. Reporter Laura Lewis did a wonderful job in capturing these candidates taking the vision tests and describing the emotions of these individuals.

  • Thank you for Leland event honoring our local veterans

    To the editor:

    A big thank you to the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, the town of Leland and many other sponsors for the recognition of many veterans with a breakfast and program Saturday, Nov. 10.

    It was first-class with delicious food, a great guest speaker and many fabulous door prizes.

    We will look forward to next year!


    Virgil and Ann Batten


  • Time to restore unity, decency, tolerance, respect

    To the editor:

    Nov. 22 will be the 55th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Let us all reflect on the words of President Lyndon Baines Johnson in a speech to the nation on the day after JFK’s funeral:

    “Let us put an end to the teaching and preaching of hate and evil and violence. Let us turn away from the fanatics of the far left and the far right, from the apostles of bitterness and bigotry, from those defiant of law and those who pour venom into our nation’s bloodstream.”