Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Toomey's Kids

Treat supports special-needs classes

On Tuesday, Toomey's Kids sponsored our special-needs classes and many other schools to a social skill and gross motor skills field trip to Surfside Bowling. Forestbrook Elementary, my school, had six classes attending. Students felt the love that Toomey's Kids shows us each and every time they sponsor us on study and field trips. We bowled a least two full games and ate lunch at the bowling alley.

Students had a wonderful time while integrating social skills and gross motor skills.

We all can't thank Toomey's Kids enough for all they do for our students. This past December, Toomey's Kids held a Christmas party for our students. Santa Claus was there and gave out presents, we saw a magic show, got our faces painted, sang and danced. Our students were so excited and thankful.

In April, Toomey's Kids will be sponsoring us on a study trip to Ripley's Aquarium. Our students are already looking forward to being able to see marine life and have a being there and hands-on experience as we study about ocean life.

Michelle Tharp

Special needs teacher,

Forestbrook Elementary


Tax 'success' declared too early

Re "Chamber gloats over tax," Feb. 9 article:

Success is always a good thing; however, "gloating" about the success of the "tax" may well be an exaggeration. Surely there was an increase in tourists last summer, therefore the increase in the economic effect and employment. To expound on the fact that the "sales tax for tourism" was the cause of this increase discounts the effect of the Gulf Oil spill.

The local news outlets, including The Sun News, reminded us several times last summer that we were seeing an increase in tourists from the Gulf states. Is it possible that the fact that the Gulf beaches were closed lead to a significant increase in visitors?

One might think it wise to restrain the glee until a more "normal" season takes place.

Alan Paynter

Sunset Beach, N.C.

Illegal immigrants

If we can count them, let's oust them

Re "Immigrants departing S.C.," Feb. 2 article:

If we know how many illegal immigrants are still in South Carolina (55,000) and the U.S. (11.2 million), I'd like to offer a logical solution: Round them up and deport them. In fact put me personally down for 30 of them. I'll rent a bus and drive them back to Mexico. I'm sure there are thousands of people who will line up to do the same.

Why is it that liberals have a problem with the meaning of the word "illegal"? Look it up. They're not supposed to be here because it's against the law. So simple that if you ask a third-grade student what illegal means even they would know.

As for the rancher who must pay four illegal immigrants $87,000, how stupid are we? How do you give money to someone who isn't supposed to be here? How do you have any rights since you're not a legal citizen?

If somebody comes onto my property at night, I'll hold them too until police arrive with my gun in my hand. I'm not going to ask them if they have weapons. If I have to ask it will be too late because I'll probably be dead.

There is an old saying. "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." It is as true today as it was when it was first spoken.

C.W. Barner

Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.