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Letters

  • Rip currents pose bigger risk than cabanas

    To the editor:

    A cabana, regardless of its size, is still a method to keep the sun off people. A Nissan Armada and Honda CR-V are SUVs with different characteristics but they share the attributes of an SUV. A child tent is for people who don’t want to drag around a cabana.

    From what we have observed, the only heavily populated areas are between Fifth and 31st streets on Sunset Beach during summer months.

  • ‘One person, one vote’

    To the editor:

    I am part of a restless breed

    Need someone who will read

    Poem I wrote

    Time devote

    Way to finish I want to lead.

    Must promote equality at voting box

    Somehow the system has to outfox

    Adjustments make

    Do destroy all fake

    And learn from school of hard knocks.

    James Thomas Horn

    Bolivia

  • Support skate parks for our community

    To the editor:

    On Feb. 5, Ocean Isle Beach will hold a public meeting to discuss new ideas for its park. This is a very informal meeting and the town is simply looking for fresh ideas.

  • Rotary raises funds for our area nonprofits

    To the editor:

    The Shallotte Rotary Club hosted its annual Las Vegas Night on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Planet Fun in Shallotte (next to Lowe’s Home Improvement) to raise money for nonprofits in Brunswick County.

    Hundreds of participants attended and were treated to a buffet dinner with carving stations followed by dessert. Each was invited to choose a door prize from jewelry, ceramics, hats and shirts, books, paintings, wall hangings, kitchen appliances, etc. Games were played all evening, followed by silent and live auctions.

  • Thank you, BEMC, ORCA for helping BFA

    To the editor:

    Brunswick Family Assistance would like to express its gratitude to Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. for its ongoing support of our mission through the Warm Homes, Warm Hearts program.

    Since November 2017, BEMC’s Warm Homes, Warm Hearts heating assistance program has contributed $27,000 to BFA. All funds donated through this program go directly to help eligible clients with heating and utility expenses.

  • A response to Sykes’ email

    To the editor:

    I am responding to county commissioner Pat Sykes’ email to Brunswick County that sounds a whole lot like she is one-sided.

    Personally, I think that our oceans have suffered long enough, and we need not go pinging around the floor of the ocean to see what is there when it will do far more damage than good to the oceanic wildlife living there— not to mention we need not take a chance on a spill occurring like the Deep Water Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, which is still suffering at this point.

  • Commissioners make bad public policy

    Editor’s note: The writer will face North Carolina House District 17 Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, in May 8’s primary election.

    To the editor:

  • Congress members fail to respond

    To the editor:

    I recently got fed up for the fact that Medicare payments went up 23 percent. My care has not improved, so I wrote emails to U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, and also my federal representative. I was requesting a simple explanation for the sharp increase in my cost. I have heard no response to my request.

  • Protect our state’s shores

    To the editor:

    Despite a 3-2 decision to rescind the July 2015 resolution allowing offshore oil and natural gas drilling, Brunswick County commissioners only deferred a more lasting resolution for 30 days. During this time, they are required to review a number of reference sites they were provided during the meeting by county staff.

    More than 200 advocates opposed to offshore drilling anywhere in our state rallied in front of county offices before the meeting began. They packed the meeting room to emphasize the importance of this issue to the commissioners.

  • Thanks to our public servants

    To the editor:

    I would like to recognize two public servants with whom I was blessed to come in contact with recently.

    First, Jeffery Bell, an Ocean Isle Beach policeman, came to my front door to tell me that my sprinkler backflow valve had been frozen and with the warmer temperatures had broken. Our next-door neighbors’ had done the same thing. He proceeded to wade through the puddles and turn both systems off to prevent any further damage. I am both blessed and proud to have him as a neighbor.