• WTC prepares students for career

    It has been brought to my attention that some people believe technical colleges are of no importance. I am a graduate of a technical college, and I have to say I disagree.

  • Trauma center charges

    The Chronicle recently printed an editorial titled “Emergency room first, then trauma center.” The recognition that the emergency room needs physical and procedural improvement is appropriate. However the uncritical acceptance of the logic for a trauma center designation may need reexamination.

  • Local control not answer to gun law

    I had to raise my eyebrows at some of the comments made in your op-ed piece concerning HB 623 in today’s Chronicle, dated Feb. 26. The law as it is written is indeed a one-size-fits-all approach, which makes it a bad law, and it certainly does not apply in all situations. I agree with you on that. 

  • Bred for service

    I read the interesting article on training German shepherds for the K-9 Corps. We have always owned German shepherds for years when living up North.

    I always walk my dogs on a leash even when they are obedience trained, as many people are nervous about walking past large dogs.

  • Facts obtained

    In regard to the letter of rebuttal on Feb. 10 to my letter of Feb. 1, which stated I “should get the facts straight and verify my statements first” — I did.

    I called Animal Control and was transferred to “someone who would be able to answer my questions.” I specifically asked the question as to whether healthy animals were euthanized due to low adoption rates and lack of enough space. I asked that question twice and was given the same answer, “yes.” 

  • Waiting for the other shoe

    Carl Hiaasen’s column today (Sunday, Feb. 22) is right on the mark — that Brian Williams is lucky he was merely suspended for six months without pay and not fired outright. One can understand maybe a grunt in combat may invent a story like this, but for a guy who is such a huge public 

    figure to invent such an outright phony story of bravery is idiotic. Did he think no one would check? As huge as he was, did he believe it would not pop up on somebody’s radar and be easily debunked?

  • Hotel project too large

    Plans for the 11 acres, which is now being considered for the Halls River Hotel, have been argued for 14 years. First, it was condos, then cabins, now a four-story, 110 unit hotel. It was once zoned Coastal Lakes which allowed only one home per 20 acres. 

  • Keep port designation

    An open letter to state Sen. Charlie Dean, state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, Miriam Snipes, assistant to Bill Killingsworth (State Department of Economic Development), Josh Wooten, Ardath Prendergast and Mike Bays.

  • Good news for tolerance

    A major piece of good news appeared in Sunday’s edition of the Chronicle. In Oslo, Norway, over 1,000 people formed a “ring of peace” around the capital’s synagogue.

    This undertaking was initiated by the city’s Muslim community in light of anti-Jewish violence in Europe. Muslims holding hands with Jews holding hands with Christians holding hands with non-denominationals holding hands with agnostics holding hands with atheists formed a ring of peace. Undoubtedly, God was smiling that day.

  • Use common sense in creating gun laws

    The proliferation of gunfire across our nation has created a public health threat. Along with street crime and robberies, guns discharged in anger or through negligence add to the daily bloodbath.

    Angry people and guns don’t mix. Examples: 

    The husband and wife found dead in their back yard with three guns at the scene after an apparent shootout; each died of multiple gunshot wounds (Dec. 22).