StarNews readers sound off on possible sale of NHRMC, litter on U.S. 17 and much more.

Call the witnesses


EDITOR: This country is having a difficult time with impeachment. Now the division seems to be over the appearance of witnesses. The Republicans say that the witnesses would be a waste of time and that the Democrats are just trying to make Trump look bad. The Democrats say that the witnesses are critical in order for the complete story to be told.


I would like to propose a solution that would make everyone put their money where their mouth is. Call the witnesses. If 18 republicans change their minds after hearing the witnesses’ testimony, then let’s have impeachment. If no Republicans change their minds, then everyone should vote to acquit. I doubt either side will approve this, but it would be nice if they would do something.


James S. Shew, Oak Island


What’s our interest in Iran?


EDITOR: Does anybody understand what President Trump expects to accomplish, and why, with his breaking the nuclear deal and initiating multiple provocations against Iran? Aside from restricting Iran’s efforts to become a nuclear power, which the Obama agreement achieved, what interest does the U.S. have in Iran’s activities in its centuries old sectarian conflicts with majority Sunni Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen and the other Gulf States?


And the fact that Iran chooses to side with the displaced Palestinians against Israel is frankly not a threat to the United States. While it is always a bad thing when Americans are killed when doing business activities in other countries, we can ask why the President was not similarly driven to violence when a journalist living in the US was brutally murdered by agents of Saudi Arabia?


It is not the role of American Presidents to make godlike determinations as to whether the inhabitants of any other country qualify as good or bad people and thus deserve acts of violence against them. What current behavior of Iran will justify the death of American soldiers when Iranian citizens feel compelled and justified to respond in kind to President Trump warlike aggression?


Gustav Dahl, Wilmington


Poor college alternative


EDITOR: Contrary to a contributor's comments, the (NPVIC) National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would not make the election of the president more democratic but it would most certainly eliminate the electoral college and serve to destroy the republic established by our forefathers.


The 15 states currently involved in this boondoggle represent another attempt by the progressive left to endow the heavily populated Democratic dominant regions of the country with more political power. These state laws are in direct contrast to the 12th amendment and Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution which clearly states that "no state shall without consent of Congress enter into any agreement or Compact with another state". I also disagree with his assertion that 8% of the population could not dominate the remaining 92%.


Consider the 5 counties that encompass NYC (Bx., Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond and Queens) which cover only 319 sq. miles in area. Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. The U.S consists of almost 4 million sq. miles which break down into 3,141 counties of which Trump won 3,084. In the county of San Francisco, Clinton won by over 4 million votes which more than explains her national popular vote edge. The (NPVIC) is just another Democratic scam to control a process that they cannot win honestly.


George Schierle, Kure Beach


Whose facts?


EDITOR: The AP article "AP Fact Check: Lest old distortions be forgot" on January 6th was in places misleading and in other places dishonest, as can be expected. Concerning "Impeachment" it states, "it did not find evidence that the bureau had acted with political bias". Those were not Horowitz's exact words. He modified "evidence" with an adjective, which I don't remember, but it indicated that he asked agents if they had any bias and they said no. This means absolutely nothing. To make 17 errors, they either had bias or were extremely incompetent, which is unlikely. Additionally, Democrats are not following the process for impeachment laid out in the Constitution. Most of the inquiry was conducted behind closed doors, no witnesses were allowed on the Republican side, and the Articles of Impeachment were not sent to the House. And of course, he was impeached even though there was no evidence.


Additionally, the article mentions that Pelosi is holding up sending the Articles to the Senate because "she wants more clarity about what a trial will look like." Pelosi has no jurisdiction over the Senate, and this is another example of how she is not following the process laid out in the Constitution.


Roberta Curtis, Holly Ridge


Golden hypocrisy


EDITOR: What fun it was to watch the "woke" Hollywood elite's faces during the Golden Globe awards while Ricky Gervaise excoriated them!


I'd like to add my own two cents to what I see as the left elites and their particular brand of hypocrisy:


As they are opponents of school choice for minorities yet send their own kids to private schools


As they scream "Black Lives Matter" while supporting policies that continue to decimate the black family, and ignore black on black murder.


As they demand higher taxes yet shelter their own money and move to lower tax states.


As they kneel at the altar of man made global warming yet fly private planes and hire gas guzzling limos.


As they insist on diversity in all forms in communities, yet lock themselves in gated lily white communities.


As they worship government to solve the ills of the world, yet mock Christians for their beliefs.


As they mock people who have opposing political views, calling them stupid and irideemable, yet pride themselves on having an open mind and being tolerant.


Yes, hypocrisy exists on the other side also, I'm sure there will be a letter from some indignant lefty happily illustrating it. Difficult sometimes to look in the mirror isn't it?


Natalie Poltava, Wilmington


Hospital reading assignment


EDITOR: An article in the Jan. 2 Wall Street Journal on recent research on sales and mergers of hospitals published by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that quality of care stayed the same or got worse in the nearly 250 hospitals acquired in deals between 2009 and 2013. The study drew on data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. I would think the local panel involved in considering a possible change to the status of the NHRMC would want to look into this study.


William R. Haycraft, Wilmington


U.S. 17’s disgrace


EDITOR: The roadside litter on the Highway 17 Causeway between Leland and Wilmington is an utter disgrace. We contacted the Roadside Maintenance Department of DOT in Brunswick County about this issue and were told that there was absolutely no budget for debris pickup this year due to the severe budget constraints on the statewide DOT budget. The state legislature needs to compensate for the DOT budget deficit caused by lawsuits, etc. Contact your legislative representatives about this serious issue and ask them to reallocate some of the budget “surplus” to DOT.


Mike and Carol Roberts, Leland


NHRMC bedtime story


EDITOR: There have been several recent letters praising the quality of care at the NHRMC with the basic message if it isn't broken don't fix it. Unfortunately, that has not been my experience. I agree that in general, the NHRMC provides good care but that is only if you can actually get a bed in the hospital.


Last week my sister spent 4 days in the ER waiting for a bed. ... And she was not alone. Part of the ER is used for patients waiting for beds so they can be admitted for care and many of these patients sometimes are in beds lining the hallway.


It is clear that NHMRC has not kept up with the capacity that is needed to serve the current health needs of the Wilmington population, never mind the growing and aging future population. The hospital needs a major expansion which means a large investment. I believe that this reality needs to be included in any discussion on the future of NHRMC.


Catherine McKeon, Castle Hayne