Help teachers

EDITOR: Schools have reopened in most areas and I'm confident teachers and staff are trying their best to teach and also address the difficulties many of their students and families experienced during the hurricane.

A number of teachers and staff experienced the loss of homes and most of their household and personal items. These teachers and their families may have lost their clothes, shoes, books, toys and items dear to them. Due to the loss of their home, many teachers have had to move in with family an hour or more from their schools. Compared to what some members of our community suffered, many of us were just merely inconvenienced during Florence’s visit

Some here may want to help these teachers and their families directly rather than donate to a large organization. Principals are aware of the struggles teachers and staff are dealing with and many are willing to accept gift cards for gasoline, groceries, and other items to distribute to teachers and staff at their schools who have the greatest needs. Parent groups associated with the schools may be willing to compile a list of needed items.

We are a caring and generous community. Let’s make a special effort to ensure the teachers and staff in our schools know how much we value them.

Tannis F. Nelson, Wilmington

Our can-do president

EDITOR: President Trump is getting the things done we elected him to do. He’s putting constitutionalists rather than activists on the Supreme Court. He has European countries paying their fair share in NATO. He is cutting taxpayer aid to countries that are not our friends. He has removed nit-picky regulations that have leveled the playing field for American industry.

He scrapped NAFTA and has negotiated a better trade deal with Mexico and Canada and he’s working on the same with China. North Korea has stopped shooting off rockets like fireworks. President Trump lowered taxes so we each bring home more pay each week. The stock market is at record highs, helping with retirement investments.

He has done more to help black Americans in two years than the Democrats have done in 75 years. He is implementing controls in illegal immigration while supporting legal immigration. All of this while Democrats try to obstruct every inch of the way.

The Democrat party is becoming a fringe party with socialist ideals. Donald Trump may be a crude New Yorker. but he is a can-do president, putting the American people first. We need to make sure we keep a Republican controlled Congress working with President Trump to keep moving America forward.

William Houston, Wilmington

Our duty to vote

EDITOR: Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” Because its truth is so evident and its inferred caveat that failure to participate negates the privilege to criticize, this quote reverberates in anticipation of this year’s elections.

We soon will have the opportunity to participate in what many are calling the most important election ever held in the United States. Whether you agree with that statement or see it as so much hyperbole, our elections remain one of the few and rare opportunities through which we are able to convey our opinions, our beliefs and our hopes in the remaking of our Republic.

Thus said, it is well understood how good intentions are easily defeated by worrisome weather forecasts, media polls of dubious value and busy schedules. Permit me the observation that we who are given the right -- and the power -- to vote can no longer afford the luxury of excuses when we consider whether or not to expend a half-hour every two years in order to do what needs to be done this November: Participate.

C. Mosby Miller, Leland

A 'Star' fumbles

EDITOR: What’s up with the recent Sunday reporting of the local Friday evening high school football scores? Frankly, by then its old news and limited reports at best.

I have been reading the StarNews sports scores and articles since 1955, especially while participating in high school and college basketball. Now those in my small sphere of influence are all distressed because the newspaper seems to be “out of position.”

Leon Brogden, my coach and mentor, was always positioning us to make the right play whether it be sports or life. Being out of position makes one incapable of being successful. The StarNews is out of position in the late reporting.

Articles not making the deadline for your publication is news to me. Just last year you were making the deadline. What happened? Out of position? I would suggest the paper finds its way to get back in position to make the play on this one, and soon.

Jerry D. Bron, Wilmington