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AMONG THE SONGS of daybreak are the willets and whimbrells as they feed along the shore.
Songs At Daybreak
BY BILL FAVER er, call to us from wherever they are and seem to want
This is that spccial time of year when early morning to awaken us early with their constant voice.
songs awaken us. It's not our neighbor's voice lesson, Cardinals add their notes to the chorus as we hear
or a loud radio breaking the silence their familiar songs, and they can't know how good
of dawn. It's the birds welcoming their music sounds to us as we contemplate the coming
another day as they provide the ex- day.
plosive chorus for songs at day- Along the shore, loo, the morning calls are constant,
break. The gulls and terns begin early and vie for position to
The warm sunshiny days feed on the incoming waves or search the beach for
and the morning crispness seem to night offerings. Willets and whimbrells add their cries
be just right for them. They begin and "whumbrclls" as the day moves away from the
at early light, singing and calling dawn.
in an excitement which will con- The songs that come at daybreak have little compe
tinue until the heat of the day en- tition from our man-made sounds. Oh, we may hear
faver courages them to seek the shelter the sounds of cars on the streets, or the gurgling of a
of trees and shrubs. coffee maker, or a hello from a beach neighbor. But for
Some, like the mockingbirds, sing from the treetops, the most part those who rise early and listen to the
probably letting a potential mate know they are look- songs and sounds of the dawn tune out the other
ing. Some, like the wrens, dart out from a secretive sounds, just as most of us tune out the songs of day
spot and serenade us quickly, and then move on. break unless we make a conscious effort to hear them.
Others, like the great- crested flycatcher and the flick- Happy listening!
Amanda's Home And Recovering
To the editor:
March 19, 1993, will always be
remembered by our family as the
day tragedy struck. It was the day a
logging truck hit the school bus on
which our daughter Amanda was a
passenger. Her injuries were so se
vere, she had to be airlifted to Duke
for extensive surgery.
God performed a miracle that day.
It was not by chance that Ll Ronald
Heweu was on the scene within sec
onds. Had he not been there to stop
the bleeding, we would have lost
Amanda. Nor was it by chance that
the Rev. Douglas Huff, pastor of the
First Baptist Church of Oak Island,
was also there. He calmed the other
children and prayed with them as
Amanda was being removed from
We thank God for placing these
men there. We will be forever grate
ful to them.
We would also like to express our
deepest gratitude to all those who
helped at the accident and at the
hospital, and those who made contri
butions, phone calls, visits or sent
flowers and cards. It's people like
you who make Brunswick County
such a great place to be a native of.
Amanda came home from Duke
on April 19. She is currently receiv
ing physical therapy three days a
week and is enrolled in the Home
bound School program.
Again, thank you and please con
tinue to remember us in your pray
Ronnie and Belinda Scoggins
Consider The Wo rid
Economy In All Plans
To the editor:
Logic and reason are factors that
the average taxpaying American cit
izens consider a normal part of our
federal government efforts to estab
lish policies that will substantially
influence and positively affect the
future economic welfare of these
We assume this logic-and-reason
concept is already in place by our
government leaders, but let's look at
some concepts for which neither 1
nor my four sons, all deeply in
volved in the national economy,
have seen any evidence of concern
or possible adoption by our federal
?Taxes: The United States today,
for the first lime in its history, is in
volved in a worldwide competition
that can only become more severe
with each passing year. Unless our
American businesses are given
every opportunity to compete suc
cessfully in this world market with
its many low standards of living and
starvation wages, then the days of
the American entrepreneur will soon
become a part of our past.
Our history of ever-increasing
taxes?whether federal, state or lo
cal?will soon destroy our initiative
to compete worldwide. But, I have
yet to see this subject as a major
concern in economic plans by our
leaders in government
?Our national debt: Again, log
ic and reason are a major factor in
our economy, as evidenced by the
normal action taken by our major
American industries when faced
with bankruptcy. These businesses
invariably start their program of cut
ting operating costs with a freeze of
alt company expenditures.
Now isn't it logical that while we
are preparing to become competitive
on the world market, we freeze all
government costs?national, state
and local?for the next two years
while wc decide how to scientifical
ly cut government waste? This
freeze would include every part of
government including Social
Security, welfare recipients, armed
?Our future American econom
ic plans: As we review our current
American economic plan of tax-and
spend, wc must rccognize that hav
ing a successful plan to put people
to work and back on the tax rolls is
the only real solution to lower taxes
and to be able to meet the world
wide competition that we must rec
ognize as a real potential for de
stroying our past position as a leader
in the local economy.
To summarize this letter is to say,
"Shouldn't our government leaders
be given an opportunity to answer
why these recommended proposals
should not be a part of the govern
ment economic plans for our fu
If you agree that the world econo
my must become a major part of our
future economic plans, then please
contact your Congressional repre
sentatives with your concerns.
Warren "Bud" Knapp
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He Wants A Noise Ordinance?Now
BY J. STEPHEN WRAY
I don't like more and more laws
and regulations?but they are made
necessary by some folks who do not
respect the rights of others.
Disturb the peace all you want.
Right now it's legal in Brunswick
County, so I've been told by several
officers of the law. People (usually
teenagers) can blast you away with
their 100-watt (plus) boom systems
in their cars or homes. It is legal!
I am often disturbed in my home,
with all windows and doors closed
?and 1 have storm windows and
doors?and my TV on. Yet 1 still get
blasted by neighbors' stereo or
It is cnicl to those who must sleep
in the daytime because they work at
night. It is cruel to the sick and
"shut-ins." It is inhuman even to the
animals' sensitive ears.
But blasting noise and barking
dogs arc legal in Brunswick!
I hope the county commissioners
hurry and stop this cruel and inhu
mane disregard for the peace and
tranquility of respectful, orderly,
taxpaying folks by giving us a noise
True, a little thought must go into
it. Jack-hammers, power equipment,
etc., for the purpose of accomplish
ing construction, repairs or any other
necessary functions of a temporary
nature must be allowed. Work must
I believe in work; it generates tax
es as well as providing improve
ments. But "rap-rap-rap, boom
boom-boom, bark-bark-bark" docs
not serve any worthwhile purpose
for oui neighborhoods. But it docs
disturb the peace.
Sooner or later we will get a noise
ordinance. First we must do some
thing, like write a letter to the com
missioners or the newspaper. Or
must we march with signs? Or shall
we, the silent majority, make noise?
I am an auctioneer. I have a pub
lic address system which can blast
three or four acres, so I can blast,
too! 1 can fasten it onto my truck
and ride around blasting at all hours.
Sincc "boom-boom-boom, rap
rap-rap, bark-bark-bark" has not
been cffcctivc in getting us a law
against disturbing the peace, maybe
I, and other members of the silent
majority, should blast gospel music.
Some of us feel that everyone
should enjoy that...or maybe some
times we should blast sermons about
living peaceably with our neighbors,
about respect for the sick and those
who enjoy quietness and humane
treatment of animals.
What must we do? Sooner or later
we'll get it, even if we, too, have to
temporarily act inhumane and disre
spectful. Commissioners please, wc
hate acting this way. Give us the
law, sooner than later, please.
Concerns citizens in agreement
with these sentiments can address
their opinions to: Clerk to the Board
of Commissioners, P.O. Box 249,
Bolivia NC 28422.
J. Stephen Wray lives in the Shal
Silence Grows Ever More Golden
A rcspcctcd medical journal sev
eral months ago published an article
about a woman who suffers a
seizure every time she hears chirpy
voiced Mary Hart on the television
program "Entertainment Tonight."
I remembered that as 1 read the
guest column submitted this week
by reader J. Stephen Wray, who's
had it up to here with being annoyed
by noise. Me too.
I hope he gets his ordinance, even
though 1 suspect that such legisla
tion will be about as useful as the
leash law is when it's 3 a.m. and
there's a stray mongrel baying under
your open bedroom window.
If we could successfully legislate
our neighbors into being courteous
and behaving responsibly, we could
shut down most courts of law and
turn them into factory outlet stores.
But I sympathize and empathize
with his plight. Remember the fairy
tale "The Princess and the Pea" in
which the prospective bride of the
prince is so delicate and sensitive
that she can feel one litde navy bean
beneath a stack of 20 mattresses?
I'm like that about some kinds of
This sensitivity?all right, intoler
ance?of noises has been creeping
up on me along with the other de
monic surprises of middle age, like
waking up one morning last month
and discovering I can no longer read
a newspaper unless I hold it at arm's
As I grow older, I'm trying very
hard to leam the fine art of tuning
out the sounds I don't need or wish
Before returning to the Beacon
last year, I worked for five years for
a wonderful and talented woman
who never, never, never ceased talk
ing. And we shared an office suite. It
wasn't personal stuff or idle chit
chat, either; her chattcr was consis
tently work-related. It took me two
years to figure out that I could in
deed ignore her and go on with my
work without appearing disrespect
ful and getting myself fired.
As it turned out, just bccause she
was talking didn't necessarily mean
she expected me to pay attention.
She simply lacked that filter that
normal people have between the
mind and the larynx.
People would tell me that she'd
sometimes continue to talk to me for
a half-hour after I'd left for the day.
She finally learned to just tap me on
the shoulder if there was something
she really meant for me to hear and
respond to; she didn't take it person
ally at all.
It's a good thing I'm not the
princcss, because someday I might
ascend to the throne and issue a
Queenly Edict to eliminate all the
kinds of noise that annoy me. First
I'd instruct the royal henchmen to
round up everyone off the beach
who is playing a boom box or flying
one of those never-to-be-sufficient
ly-cursed stunt kites.
These people would be placed in
a holding cell and forced to endure
the punishment of my choice for 24
hours?listening to either an old
fashioned dental drill held right next
to their cars OR the "GE brings
good things to life" jingle very loud
Then I've have the CIA (Carlson
Intelligence Agency) find those ras
cals who parked in our front yard
one Saturday morning last month at
6:30 in one of those beeping bucket
trucks. And the house painter whose
compressor awakened me at 6:45 af
ter I'd worked until 1 a.m. that same
I'd have them charged with
Failure To Do Right and subjected
to punishments too cruel and unusu
al to be described in a family news
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