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SOME OF 7 HE TURTLES crowd on logs and snags to sunbathe in spring and early summer.
The Summer Sunbathers
BY BILL FAVER
Around almost any body of freshwater in spring and
early summer we will see the sunbathers. Sometimes
they are so crowded on a half- sub
merged log they actually are piled
on top of each other. And with the
least amount of disturbance, they
scramble back into the water ahd
swim away until all is quiet again.
These are the turtles, some of
the more than 50 species of this
type reptile we have in North
America. Some turtles are land
dwelling and some species will
FAVER stay in water most of the time and
come out to bask in the sun or to feed.
Most turtles have shells, and the top shell is a dome
called a carapace, while the lower half is the plastron.
Identification of many species is only accomplished by
counting the scales and designs on the carapace and
the plastron. Some can be told by their head shape and
markings and by their carapace colorings.
It seems any reptile with a bony shell and a tooth
less beak is classed as a turtle. Even without teeth,
many turtles can inflict a painful bite with their strong
Some of the more common turtles are the Eastern
Box Turtle with a 4-to-8!*-inch high domed carapace
which is brown to black, with yellow, orange, or olive
lines or spots. Box turtles live in damp forests and
The Chicken Turtle can be slightly longer, to about
10 inches, and has a long neck with yellow stripes. Its
carapace has fine lines and a wrinkled look and it lives
in swamps, shallow ponds.and lakes.
The sunbithers are usually one of two groups?ei
ther the mud turtles, who prowl the muddy bottoms of
streams in search of small animals for food, or the
basking turtles, who seem to spend hours and hours
crowded on the same snag or log.
Two of the basking turtles we may encounter are the
Slider, about 5- to 11 ^-inches with an olive to brown
dome shining in the sun, or the Painted Turtle, a little
smaller and darker. Both are found in shallow, weedy,
freshwater areas and scramble into the water at the
These cold-blooded animals need the sunbathing to
warm them up in spring, but recent hot weather seems
not to interfere much with their love of basking in the
sun. Maybe we who also bask in the sun have a kin
ship with them we are afmid to learn about!
Club Didn't Get Due Credit
To ihe editor:
You recently ran an article and
photograph concerning awards day
at West Brunswick High School
Unfortunately you made several bla
tant errors in failing to give proper
credit to the South Brunswick Isles
Civitans Club for providing the
largest and most numerous scholar
ships to six outstanding students.
We are very proud to announce
that the following students were
awarded plaques and scholarships
based on superior academic record,
community and school activities,
and potential for the future: Amy
Caison, $1,000; Keith Holden,
$1,000; April Cumbee. $500; Emily
Gore. $500: Kristi Poulos. $500; and
Maria Turner, $500.
For the past three years our club
has taken great pride in giving en
couragement, honor and financial
scholarship awards to 14 students
from West Brunswick High School.
These young men and women are all
seeking to strive for success, and
they are worthy representatives of
our best and our brightest; they are
our county's most valuable resource
and are indeed our future and our
legacy. Therefore it is only proper to
give them due honor and respect.
We established the Dr. Kendall
Suh/South Brunswick Isles Civitans
Scholarship to provide an impetus
for success through education for
our young people in this county. We aging and assisting these young fu
have worked diligently through ser- ture leaders. But we invite you to
vice projects and through our golf walk with us in changing our world
tournament this year with the coop- for the better.
erative support of so many members Kendall H. Suh, M.D.
of our local business community and Ocean Isle Beach
have awarded $7,500 in scholarship
money over the past three years. i i / ?, ? ?
We were very disappointed in The Beacon welcomes letters
your sloppy reporting which negates to ^ editor A1) |etters must ^
our el torts and the achievements ol signed and include the writer's
our recipients. We request that in the address and telephone number,
future you would become a cooper- Under no circumstances will
atiive partner in accurately and vig- unsigned letters be printed,
orously publicizing our award and Letters should be legible. We
our honorees so that together we can reserve the right to edit libelous
continue striving to make Bruns- comments. Address letters to The
wick County an even better place. Brunswick Beacon, P. O. Box
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It's Peace Of Mind,
BY RON POLLACK
By now, (he four words arc the
stuff of political legend. "It's the
economy, stupid," read the sign in
the Clinton campaign's Little Rock
"war room," and Bill Clinton's sin
gle-ntinded focus on what voters re
ally cared about?their jobs, their
economic security, and their fami
lies' future?was said to be one of
the major reasons he won the elec
Well, (he 1993 campaign to pass
health care reform will have to be as
big?and as focused?as the 1992
presidential campaign. There's need
for a new sign for the war room.
From a consumer point of view, it
should read: "It's peace of mind,
Jeffrey R. and his family make it
Jeffrey was born with a defect in
his brain stem, which caused him lo
stop breathing when he fell asleep.
There was another defect, as well,
not in Jeffrey, but in his parents' in
"We thought we had excellent
health insurance. But Jeffrey spent
most of his first 19 months in the
hospital." Sandy. Jeffrey's mother
relates. "By the time Jeffrey was 11
months old. his $KX).(XX) lifetime
policy limit was used up. The last
time I checked, we owed $6(X).(XX)."
Tom M. helps make it clear. Tom
paid premiums on his health insur
ance policy every month for eight
years. There were cheaper plans
around, but Tom believed in his in
surance agent's assurances that this
was good, solid protection. But
when Tom got seriously ill. his
"good, solid protection" disap
peared: the insurance company
dropped him. The result: a serious
assault on Tom's bank account and a
potentially dangerous delay in get
Patty G. and her lawyer husband
and their three small children make
it absolutely clear. Her insurance
company and her doctors got into a
dispute over how to treat her cancer:
the insurance company mysteriously
refused to approve a treatment they
had already approved for other pa
tients at the same hospital. By the
time the insurance company finally
agreed to pay. the cancer had spread
so far that it is probably too late to
save Patty's life.
For families who worry that their
insurance may fail them, and for
those who worry that they may be
among the two million Americans
who lose their health insurance
every month, the measure of the
Clinton health care plan is simple.
It's peace of mind.
Peace of mind is the knowledge
that your family can get the high
quality health care they need without
worrying about destroying the fami
ly's future. Most of us used to take
this peace of mind for granted. When
we were kids, our parents didn't
worry about whether they could af
ford medical care because medical
care used to be more affordable.
Three simple questions comprise
the "peace of mind standard" that
every American and every family
can use to judge the Clinton health
?Will the Clinton reform guaran
tee that you'll never lose your health
insurance, no matter what?
?Will the Clinton reform protect
you from the "fine print" that insur
ance companies sometimes use to
deny you the protection you thought
you were paying for?
?Will the Clinton reform help
protect you and your family from
being crushed by the high costs of
long-term care, especially at home,
where most people prefer to be
What's the real measure of suc
cess in presidential leadership?
Here's how Bill Clinton defined it
not long ago:
"Every day, I try to get up and
think about not what somebody
characterizes my action as. but
whether what I do will or will not
help to improve the lives of most
Americans. That is the only ultimate
test by which any of us should be
That's the measure every Ameri
can should take: does the Clinton
health reform restore my family's
peace of mind about health care?
If the plan had been in place,
would the families of Jeffrey R..
Tom M. and Patty G. have been
spared the pain and hardship they
endured? If your family someday
must face what these families faced,
will the Clinton reform give you the
protection and peace of mind you
Ron Pollack is executive director
of Families USA, the national con
sumer advocacy group for health
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