Against short-term rentals
EDITOR: When my husband and I were looking for a new place to live, we were immediately drawn to Wilmington. We were enchanted by the beautiful old homes in the historic district. We bought a historic home here, renovated it, and my husband opened his business here. Now the tranquility of our lives is threatened because of short term rentals.
We do not want to live close to a house that has a revolving door of tenants. It has been shown that owner-occupied homes ensure a safer neighborhood, keep property values up, and provide cohesive neighborhoods. I urge the city council to prohibit short term rentals. The city should send those seeking short-term rentals a list of all the hotels and motels in our fair city. They want the business. We don’t.
Sherry Demas, Wilmington
Likes the hoop skirts
EDITOR: The recent letter decrying hoop skirts and military escorts at the Azalea Festival is absolutely terrifying. It’s political correctness gone amuck!
Let the pretty girls wear their pretty dresses. They are beautiful and make everything around them beautiful. Darkness is not here, but only in the writer’s mind. I say keep the loveliness and ignore the critic.
Vivian DeSanto, Wilmington
Hardly ‘above’ politics
EDITOR: A letter writer of April 15 thanked U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis for their “resolve and dedication” in voting to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The letter praised Burr and Tillis for “rising above" the partisan politics in our nation’s capital.
How absurd and even laughable. Sens. Burr and Tillis refused to even hold hearings on President Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, for over 10 months. They stole this judgeship for partisan reasons, thus creating the need for the “nuclear” option in the Senate.
It is their brand of extreme partisanship that causes our federal government to be so dysfunctional. Burr and Tillis get no praise from me.
Dwight Willis, Holden Beach
StarNews’ low standards
EDITOR: I was appalled by Pam Sander’s column in the April 16 StarNews. It is clear that the culture at this newspaper is that this kind of sloppiness is tolerated because we are doing what is really important, covering the news.
I have picked one example from the same edition of the paper to demonstrate the lack of standards. “April the giraffe muzzles her new calf Saturday, second after giving birth. Her birth was broadcast to an online audience with more than a million viewers. Before an online audience of more than 1 million viewers, April gave birth to a male calf Saturday at a New York zoo, ending weeks of proverbial pacing by animal lovers in a virtual worldwide waiting room.”
Clearly, the caption writer did not read this out loud, and no editor read this prior to printing it. I am sure they could have written a better caption if they thought it was important. There is more to a newspaper than printing the news. Having the correct comics, stock tables, puzzles and captions and headlines that make sense are also part of the paper. Writing stories where paragraphs are not repeated, where they do not end in the middle of a sentence and publishing the same story twice in a week, sometimes twice in the same edition, are also important. If the editor raises her standards, the StarNews will be a better paper.
Catherine McKeon, Wilmington
Had it with newspaper
EDITOR: We will not be renewing our subscription to the StarNews. Under your new editorial management, you have listed port. You preach diversity, but do not practice it.
Bill and Judy Carne, Leland
PP by the numbers
EDITOR: An April 12 letter stated correctly that 323,999 abortions were performed by Planned Parenthood in 2014. The writer also noted that PP served 2.5 million patients. However, her calculation of the percentage of the total services that abortion services represented was misstated as being 30.6 percent. The correct percentage is 13 percent.
Planned Parenthood also provided 360,000 breast exams, 270,000 Pap tests and 650,000 HIV tests in 2014. In addition, 578,000 unintended pregnancies were averted by Planned Parenthood contraception services.
Gregory Stone, Wilmington