North Carolina Newspapers is powered by Chronam.
CARTERET COUNTY NEWS-TIMES
Carteret County'* Newspaper
EDITORIALS FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 1958
Is Sports Worth the Cost?
Some boards of education are wak
ing up. They see the time has passed to
take a new appraisal of athletic pro
grams. Just such reappraisal has been
requested by the Guilford County com
Unfortunately, this was not brought
on by interest in bending all effort to
ward a better scholastic program. It
came after a near-riot following a bas
ketball game at Monticello High
, Recently Kinston and New Bern stu
dents tangled at Cove City after a close
fought basketball game; a fight started
at a State and UNC basketball game;
booing at college games has been the
rule rather than the exception. Just
what is athletics teaching our students?
That's what educators are beginning to
Players used to blame sports fisti
cuffs on the spectators. Recent events
at colleges and high schools do not bear
j out that contention.
Years ago, educators found that par
ents would become more interested in
the schools if there were sports events.
So sports began to play a more prom
inent part in the school, program. Now
sports has reached the point of "the
tail wagging the dog".
, Neither Beaufort nor Morehead City
can easily support football programs.
They go in the red. Beaufort doesn't
have the material for a football team,
yet it keeps struggling. Ask the same
people who fork out contributions to
athletic teams to give a like amount to
ward a new chemistry lab and you'll
' get nowhere.
Right now people are talking about
new schools in the county. Ask the
average man on the street why he
wants a new school. Nine chances out
of ten he will come up with, "Because
we've got to have a new gym."
Physical education is important.
Teaching cooperation with other mem
bers of a team is necessary. How to be
a good sport while losing is part of
playing the game. But is a quarter mil
lion dollar gym, one at Smyrna, one at
Beaufort, one at Morehead City and
one at Newport necessary to do that?
Before this county starts talking bet
ter schools, it had best take a long hard
look at its athletic programs. Perhaps
money could be found to put one large
high school with gym, East Carteret
High, east of Beaufort Perhaps money
could be found to put another large
school with gym between Morehead
City and Newport as West Carteret
High. Perhaps fabulous gymnasiums
are not as important as good football
fields ? or libraries. Carteret people
are going to have to decide.
When a Carteret student, on oc
casion, wins a scholarship, folks '.eap
and shout. How many other students
might also be winning scholarships if
the scholastic programs and classroom
facilities were a lot better than they
Carteret is going to have to cut its
educational program to fit the cloth.
Maybe this means basketball, but no
football; maybe it means 10 new class
rooms instead of 12; maybe three high
schools instead of five. Evaluation ?
and burying of selfish community in
terests ? MUST come before building.
The big question in the current reces
sion is "Why does the cost of living
keep rising when business is decreas
This gets into the realm of eco
nomics. Experts can analyze an eco
nofmc pfotilem, such as a recessioni'Shd
i even if an answer is suggested no one
can agree that it's the right one.
The cost of living will not come down
until prices are lowered at the retail
level. Prices will not be lowered at the
retail level until
1. The retailer cuts price and takes
a loss, or
1 2. The cost of producing goods is re
Few retailers want to take a loss. On
smaller electrical appliances, however,
price-cutting has gotten under way on
a large scale in metropolitan areas in
the past few weeks. The retailers'
profits are small, if indeed, any.
? The cost of producing goods cannot
be reduced as long as the labor force
holds management to contracts signed
at the peak of good business. Factories
have to keep paying high wages or lay
people off, and many plants will even
face strikes this year.
Raw materials stacked in ware
houses now were produced in the days
when business was good. The raw ma
terial producer, the wholesaler, the job
ber ? everybody all along the line
knew that the retailer could get almost
'anything he asked for the finished
product. Costs were set accordingly.
Those raw materials, produced at
high cost, are still in the warehouse. As
they move out, into the factory and
down the line through the retailer, the
high costs must be passed on. That's
why the cost of living is still up while
1 business has slumped.
There is a big hue and cry for the
government to do something to bolster
business. Anything the government
does is like the information printed on
a box of cold modicinC. The remedy
(so-called) will relieve the SYMP
TOMS. The basic trouble is still there
and in a recession, sound footing in the
business world will not be reached un
- til all the rears are Bevolving at a syn
At the moment things have slowed
up at the consumer end, but the slow
up has not back-bumped to the produc
ing end. The gears are out of time.
They can't be readjusted quickly.
Government action can cushion a
business slump, but only time and nor
mal economic readjustment can cure
And Speak Clearly
How should a group of newly li
censed lawyers be advised on court
The president of the Texas State Bar
Association did a respectable job the
other day when such a group was
brought before him in, Austin.
Never indulge in useless fisticuffs, he
And always wear a coat; avoid
flashy clothes "lest you be mistaken
for a tinhorn gambleF."
Never holler at the judge unless he
is a little deaf and then holler mildly.
And with these unlawyerlike words,
President Virgil Seaberry of the Texas
State Bar Association shut up. He had
said about all that needed saying ih
concise, simple language and without
resorting to abhorrent legalese. He
might have advised his junior col
leagues to strive for improved diction
and seek to avoid the offensive mum
bo-jumbo of legalistic prose which con
fuses and confounds.
Carteret County News-Times
I WINNER OF NATIONAL EDITORIAL ASSOCIATION AND NORTH CAROLINA
PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARDS
A Merger of The Beaufort Newt (Eit. 1912) and The Twin City Times (Eat. 1836)
Published Tuesdays and Friday* by the Carteret Publishing Company, Inc.
504 Arendell St., Morehead City, N. C. ,
LOCKWOOD PHILLIPS ? PUBLISHES
ELEANORS DEAR PHILLIPS - ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER
RUTH L. PEELING - EDITOR
Mail Rates: In Carteret County and adjoining counties, I*. 00 sac year. $3.50 six months,
(1.23 one month; elsewhere (7.00 one year, $4.00 six months. (1.50 one month.
Member of Associated Press ? N. C. Pre** Asaociatior
National Editorial Association ? Audit Bureau of Circulations
' ''Sp National Adrertising Repreientstive
Moran * Fischer, Inc.
10 Eart 40th Street, New York 16, N. Y.
The Associated Pre** i* entitled exclusively to u*e for republication of local new*
printed in this newspaper, a* well as all AP new* dispatches
Entered as Second Class Matter at Motehead City, N. C? Under Aot of March (, 187?
THE LAUNCHING PAD
Security for You...
By RAY HENRY
The couple was nearing 65 and
the husband would be retiring
To get ready for it, they visited
the local Social Security office.
They wanted to know what docu
ments they'd need when they asked
Since neither had a birth certifi
cate, the office receptionist ex
plained that they should be look
ing for other proof of their age.
After she had mentioned several
documents that would be accept
able, she asked: 1
"Do you have a baptismal certif
"What did she say?" the hus
band asked his wife in a loud
In an equally loud voice, she
"They say now we have to be
Turned out that in addition to
being ready for 'retirement, they
both were hard of hearing.
In any case, the couple had the
right idea in checking in advance
to see what documents they'd
need to back up their applications
for Social Security payments.
As the couple discovered, the
basic document nedecd is a birth
certificate or some other proof of
The problem for many older peo
ple these days is that they don't
have birth certificates. Birth rec
ords weren't carefully kept in the
late 1800s and early 1900s. So, it's
often necessary for them to get
other types of proof of age.
Recognizing this, the Social Se
curity Administration has worked
out a list of other types of proof
which are acceptable.
Here's the list with suggestions
as to where the proof might be
Church record of birth or bap
tism: Write to the church or parish
in which you were baptized.
Census Bureau records: Contact
the United States Bureau of Cen
sus, Washington, D. C.
Hospital records: Get in touch
with the hospital in which you were
born or any other hospital which
might have some record of your
Foreign birth records: Write di
rectly to the local government of
your place of birth. Some help may
also be given to you by the con
sular offices or embassy represent
ing the country of your birth in
the United States. All such em
bassies are located in Washington,
D. C. You may write them, for
example, in this way: British Em
bassy, Washington, D. C.
Certification on approved form
of Bible or other family birth rec
ord: Your Social Security office
will give you information on ob
Naturalization records: Write to
Immigration and Naturalization
Service, Washington, D. C.
Military records: Write to your
branch of service, Washington, D.
C. Ffljf example: Department of
the 4hny? Washington 25, ft. C.
* Passport record^: Write to De
partment of State. Passport Sec
tion. Washington, D. C.
Vaccination record: Contact the
Department of Public Health, c/o
city, county or state in which you
Insurance policy : This you should
have in your possession. If the
policy has lapsed, get in touch
with the home office of the com
pany which issued you the policy.
Although this is the list put out
by the Social Security people, other
types of proof? if they're genuine
?may also be acceptable.
(Editor's Note: You may con
tact the social security repre
sentative at the courthouse an
nex, Beaufort, from t:3l a.m. to
12:39 p.m. Wednesdays. He will
help you with your own partteu*
The Greatest Irishman
Whether or not you're Irish, you
arc apt to (eel a pleasure and a
joy in the air on March 17 for it
is St. Patrick'* Day, (east day of
Ireland's patron saint.
It is a day that evokes ancestral
nostalgia among Erin's sons and
daughters as they honor the feats
of an adopted son who came to the
Emerald Isle on a great crusade
more than 1500 years ago. And like
all great Irish events, it begins as
It was the chilly eve of a great
Irish pagan festival in the year
432 A.D. All Ireland lay briefly in
ceremonial darkness awaiting the
welcome to spring which the druids
would light on the Hill of Tara,
seat of Erin's high kings for more
than seven ccnturies.
Suddenly, ahead of the scheduled
ritual, a flagrant fire blazed like
a beacon in the night atop a near
by hill. For it was the eve of Eas
ter, and Patrick had lighted his
On Easter Sunday, as Patrick
and his small band of followers
stood prisoners before the enraged
King I.ioghaire, the court druids
attempted to humiliate the mis
For the learned druids, the reli
gionists of the time, suspected ?
Patrick was the prophesied bearer
of a strange Gospel that would
conquer Ireland. But Patrick out
matched their magic with his
miracles and finally, as the druids
enveloped Tara in darkness, Pat'1,
rick, with quiet conviction, said!
"They can bring darkness, but
cannot bring light."
Greatly impressed, the High
King gave Patrick permission to
preach anywhere in Ireland, which
was then composed of more than
100 small, warlike states, or tribes,
called the tuatha. These were
loosely united into five fiercely in
dependent provinces, each with a
king, and one of them, the High
An ardent and versatile preach
er, with a deep understanding of
the people, Patrick would first at
tempt to convert the kings and
trimal chieftains, knowing their ex
ample would exert a powerful in
So well did he succeed that 28
years later at his death on March
17, Patrick? sometimta at the risk
of his life? had converted almost
all of Ireland from pagan worship.
When he faced King Laoghaire,
that Easter day, Patrick was be
ginning the sccond year of an
evangelical mission on which he
had been sent, at his own request,
by Pope Celestine, the First. For
the mission, the Pope consecrated
him an archbishop and conferred
on him the noble name of Patricua.
At birth he had been called
Succat. The son of a magistrate,
he was born in England, in a Cel
tic province of the once magnifi
cent Roman Empire that stretchcd
from Britain across Europe and
North Africa into Asia Minor.
At 16, St. Patrick had been cap
tured by Irish raidera, enslaved
in Ireland and set to tending the
flocks. During his lonely vigils, he
heard God'a call, escaped abroad
in his seventh year of captivity
and became a priest. In a mon
astery at Auxcrrc, France, he had
a vision one night of Irish folks
beseeching him to bring them the
In St. Patrick's time, Ireland
had no village*, towns or citiea.
Community life revolved around
the courts of the kings and tuatha
chieftain*, with their ttraitified
F. C. Salisbury
Here and There
The following information is
taken from the files of the More
head City Coaster:
FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 1919
Mrs To* son of Swansboro is
spending a few days in the city,
the guest of Mrs. Jesse Bell.
Friends fo Joseph Royal will be
;:!ad to learn that he is now able
to be out after an illness of several
Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Salisbury of
Hartford, Conn., left for their home
Wednesday afternoon after spend
ing the winter months here.
Mr. and Mrs. M. Bourtcsc, who
have born spending the winter
here, left this week for their home
in Augusta, Ga.
Miss Elodic Webb returned from
Richmond Monday where she has
spent several months attending
Massey's Business College.
Miss Bettie Pclletier and Thelma
Latham returned to Norfolk Mon
day after spending a short time in
the city with relatives.
E. C. Boomer was called to
Nashville Sunday on account of the
death of his brother-in-law, the
Rev. J. M. Benson.
R. E. liedit, civil engineer, left
Sunday morning for Elizabeth City
where he will start surveying that
city. He was assistant to R. R.
Eagles and had just finished sur
veying this city.
John F. Nelson and Neal P. Da
vis, after attending the convention
of the Woodmen of the World, re
turned home from Salisbury Wed
Mrs. Mary Pigott left Thursday
for Newport where she will spend
several days visiting friends.
Mrs. William M. Webb has re
turned home after spending a few
days in Washington and Richmond.
The death of Mrs. William J.
Robinson occurred at her home on
Fisher Street Tuesday evening. She
was born at Portsmouth, N. C.,
some 61 years ago.
The death of Mrs. Anne Royal
of Marshallbcrg occurred Tuesday
night at the family home. Her hus
band, the late Martin Royal, pass
ed away Feb. 5 after an illness of
only a few days.
Miss Mary Willis entertained
quite a number of her little friends
Wednesday evening, the occasion
being her 13th birthday. Many
good things were served by Mrs.
C. E. Snooks.
Luther Fulcher of Oeracoke was
brought to the hospital Thursday
afternoon, suffering with injuries
sustained in falling on the center
board of his oyster boat. He suf
fered three broken ribs.
Superintendent Mendenhall has
organized fourteen teachers of the
graded schools of the city Into a
teachers training class for the pur
pose of professional improvement.
The furniture formerly used in
the Bank of Morchead City has
been moved into the west side of
the building made ready by con
tractor W. R. Wyatt so that work
of remodeling the entire building
can be carried out on the east side.
society of nobles, poets, craftsmen
and other groups.
Next to kings, poets enjoyed the
highest social status. They com
posed the verse in which they ex
alted the land's history, royal
genealogies and heroic deeds of
kings and warriors. St. Patrick in
spired the poets with a new theme.
When he died at the age of 75,
he had founded 700 monasteries
and churches and ordained more
than 350 bishops and 3,000 priests,
the seeds from which Ireland
flowered into ? vast seminary of
It teems quite fitting each year
that St. Patrick's Day is followed
soon afterwards by the official
first day of spring? for it is a
time of renewed hope and strength,
the very qualities personified by
?Adapted from Aramco World
Words of Inspiration
Just at long *1 our citizens are carelessly killed on our highways, we
cannot say enough about safety.
As you read this, take just a minute and think over YOUR driving
habits. If you are honest and discover that you are guilty of careless
ness even on one account, write it down and follow it with this sen
tence, "1 will never do this again."
There are few of us who aren't guilty of being careless at times, so
it is important that each of us appoint himself as a committee of one,
to observe all traffic regulations. They were made to preserve life, our
own, our fellowman's.
Have you ever driven a car, even when you knew the brakes were
bad? Or gone too fast when the tires were thin? Have you ever taken
your own life in your hands and walked across an intersection against
the traffic signals? Have you ever speeded up to beat the red light?
WATCH THE CHILDREN
No motorist would kill a child if he could have his way.
And yet, somewhere small broken forms are buried every day.
Somewhere a home where laughter rang is saddened now, and still.
It seems so strangely different, and we know it always will.
No boyish shout of "Hello Mom" as up the walk he'd come.
That's none, just like his whistle and the song he used to hum.
The burst of spring can't mean a thing when days on earth arc through,
And autumn's flame he'll never claim in woodlands that he knew.
There'll be a youngster missing, when the kids make lemonade
To peddle on the corner, and when the Scouts parade
Their marching feet along the street will beat a sad refrain.
A mother's heart will hear it, and old wounds throb again.
What would have been the future of this happy, carefree lad,
What were the hours of triumph that alas he never had?
Was a statesman taken from us. in the twinkling of an eye,
Did a scientist or inventor, or an author bleed and die?
We only pause to wonder, by a grave that claimed its own.
No place this side of Heaven arc such answers known.
But (his we know, with certainty, throughout our Old North Stale,
The sacrifice of lives like these goes on at ghastly rate.
Such tragedies arc bitter, and each driver of a car
Should cxcrcise all caution where little children arc.
Sometimes a child is thoughtless, hard to predict it's true.
So take heed as a grown up and try to think for two.
May you never save a minute, as you plunge full speed ahead.
Then spend your life remembering a child that's long since dead.
? J. Gaskill McDaniel
If you are walking, cross the street only at crosswalks, look to the
right and left for in-turning cars. Cross only with the light.
Never walk into the street from behind parked cars. Don't let pack
ages, umbrellas, obscure your view. Keep your head up, eyes and brain
alert. It might save your life.
If you are driving a car, never make a left hand turn while travelling
at a high rate of speed. Slow down and live. Govern your speed to
weather, roadway, traffic, visibility. Darkness doubles danger.
Always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, follow another car at
one car length, for every ten miles of speed. Make sure the way is clear
before changing directions. Look and give signals, even if you can sec
no one is behind you; it is a good habit for one to follow.
If you drive, don't drink! If you drink, don't drivel
Sing while you drive:
At 45 miles per hour ? Highways Arc Happy Ways.
At 55 miles per hour ? I'm But a Stranger Here, Heaven is My Home.
At 65 miles per hour ? Nearer, My God, to Thee.
At 75 miles per hour ? When the Roll is Called Up Yonder, I'll be
At 85 miles per hour ? Lord, I'm Coming Home.
Delaware Service Station
Operator Has Had Enough!
In THE NEWS-TIMES in No
vember there was an editorial
titled "Service with a Smile". It
took service station attendants to
task for cleaning windshields slop
pily and over-filling the motorist's
tank with gas.
A story on the editorial was
printed in the trade paper. Gaso
line Retailer. The item has brought
commcnt from a service station
operator in Iowa (sec NEWS
TIMES March 4, l?M) and now
comes another comment, from a
tired service station operator at
March 1, 1*U
Being a former "Tar Heel", I
waa attracted to the article in
Gasoline Retailer about your edi
torial on Service with a Smile.
Being In the service station bus
iness, I don't see eye to eye with
you, though 1 admit we, too, have
May I list a few, just ? few,
aches of the business . . ,
1. "No, I don't need anything,
but please clean my windshield '.
Not a thank you.
2. May I please have a postage
3. Stopping in the outside lane
in the teeming rain (when you
could drive all the way to the
door) to ask direction! only.
4. No, 1 don't need gas or oil,
just check wy radiator. 1 don't
like to lift the hood.
5. Getting you out of bed at 2
a.m. because they are out of gas
and tell you, "Just a dollar's worth
to get home on."
6. Could 1 get a tankful 'til Sat
urday? My dealer's closed.
T. Cleaning up from the rcatroom
floor what should have gone into
S. Turning off the flooding api
gots after tho "family" pulls out.
9. Replacing soap and towels
that disappeared only a short
while after being put in tbe rest
10. Scrubbing off the "writing on
11. The complaint, "Why can't
you sell to me a* cheap as the
12. "I got it up tbc road at a
bargain, why can't you put H in
for me free. Ain't 1 your steady
13. Our hours: I a.m. to 11:30
p.m., seven days. If you closc a
day, "Where were you?" or "I
was here at 7 o'clock but you
Arc you disgusted? Well, so arc
we. We arc going into another
business, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. No Sun
days. Wc can go to bed before
midnight and better profits ? I
Brother, you can have the ser
vice station business. After 12
ycari, we've had it I
Editor's Note: Everyone who has
to deal with the public has gripes.
Most gripes arc based on the
thoughtlessness of the public and
the "public", simply, is you and
If the public were aware of the
little things it does ? or docs not
do? that irks business folks, per
haps many gripes would disappear.
Everyone in business has gripes:
the newsstand operator is irked
by the person who comcs by, reads
a newspaper, puts it down and
never buys it; the groccry store
clerk is irked by the shopper who
punchcs the tomatoes and pcachcs
and walks on; the doctor is irked
by the patient who shops from
doctor to doctor without ever let
ting one doctor know the patient
long enough to enable him to cure
If you have any gripes, whether
you're in business or not, it some
times is good to "get them off
your chest". A waitress called us
the other day and Mid she gets
tired of working for an employer
who expccls the public to pay her
salary? in tips.
Lots of the mental illness these
days is traced to keeping bottled
up inside oncssclf the things that
irk. If you want to air your gripe,
this page is open to you to do so.
Your name will not be used if you
want it withheld.
Smik a Whil?
When a man Just returned from
his vacation complained of the
rainy weather be'd had, a friend
interrupted, "II couldn't have been
so bad ? you're sunburned!"
"Sunburn nothing," he replied.
"That's rust!" ? Voo Doo