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PAGE 4-A, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1994
An Excuse Not To Expand
Plan Board? There Is None
What does a town do when its planning board has a meeting
A workshop last week between the Ocean Isle Beach Board
of Commissioners and planning board certainly illustrated the
point when only one planning board representative showed up?
the most recent appointee.
That fact in itself, combined with a pretty embarrassing atten
dance record for some planning board appointees, should garner
support for a proposal to expand the planning board. Being dis
cussed is a suggestion to increase the planning board from three
to five residents of the town limits and to adopt rules to rcplace
those who routinely fail to appear at meetings.
Commissioner Ken Proctor, who has been doing all he can to
keep the idea afloat, said, "1 just want to hear a good excuse for
not having a five-member board." There doesn't appear to be
It seems fairly obvious that five people can provide better
representation than three?provided they all care enough to par
ticipate. And good service to the citizenry is the point, isn't it?
An attendance problem with any group or committee is usu
ally symptomatic of a motivation problem, a scheduling problem,
The fact that the board meets weekly at 9 in the morning may
be a problem for Ocean Isle Beach's planning board, where a
majority of the members have traditionally been working people.
The same is not true at neighboring Sunset Beach, where a plan
ning board constituted primarily of retirees meets weekly at 10
a.m. with excellent attendance. So any changes should include
the choice of a meeting time which suits the needs of the plan
ning board members, as well as the citizens.
If there is a motivation problem, there's no excuse for that,
either. Anyone who doesn't care enough to show up with some
regularity and fulfill his or her commitment to the town should be
replaced. Period. Failing to do so would be an injustice to all the
qualified citizens of Ocean Isle Beach who might be willing to
serve on the planning board and do a good job of it.
It's good to see the commissioners giving healthy public dis
cussion to these issues. We'll look forward to a solution which
benefits not only the town officials, but the townspeople.
A Poetic Definition
For those fortunate enough to live here, or with the foresight
to have visited here last weekend, it was the poetic definition of a
harbinger of spring.
In a winter which has been kinder to us in the South
Brunswick Islands than to our neighbors north and west, but
nonetheless far from balmy, last weekend was just right to
quench many a soul parched from breathing furnace-generated
air and paying multi-hundred-dollar power bills.
By the time you read this, it will probably be over?the 70
degree days, the open windows, the happy-faced shorts-wearing
people converging on the beach.
But you have to be thankful for spring?especially for a pure
little sip of it in wintertime.
I Say not you know another entirely, till you have divided an in
heritance with hun.
?Johann Kaspar Lavater
I Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger. ?Abbic Hoffman
fTrue happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and
noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one 's
self; and, in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a
few select companions.
II wish you all sorts of prosperity with a little more taste.
?Alain Rene Lesage
Why Not Return Ethics To The Classroom?
"Values traditionally taught in the
home and church?honesty, morali
ty. courtesy, tolerance?have found
their way into the rhetoric of a spe
cial legislative session on crime."
Middle-age must be near. Upon
reading the above sentence in a re
gional daily, my mind automatically
added?"and school." Not teaching
those values in the schoolroom is
very new as traditions go?only 20
to 25 years old. Must have been a
young reporter working on that story
of how some state legislators hope
to reduce the crime rate by making
sure kids get taught right from
I'm just old enough to remember
when concepts like "honesty" and
"courtesy" were a part of everyday
classroom life. No one made a big
deal out of them; they just were.
Most parents would have been sur
prised if what they were trying to
teach at home hadn't been rein
forced at school.
Our parents were, for the most
part, trying to pass on to us those
traditional values, despite growing
pressure from outside forces to the
contrary. We're talking about a time
in which "Peyton Place" (TV show
and book) was still considered scan
dalous. I remember checking out
Grace M's book from the public li
brary to see what all the fuss was
Television was as much a part of
our lives as church, in some in
stances more, which certainly had
not been true for previous genera
tions. And what a mix of program
ming. We had lassie and Laugh In,
Dick Clark and American Band
stand, belly-hutton Cher, Shock
Theatre and Peyton Place. Lawrence ty or ethics and I don't think we'd
Welk was on his way out, on the want to. But we can teach students
heels of two other popular music about basic values and citizenship,
leaders, Tennessee Ernie Ford and We can and should have higher ex
Mitch Miller. pectations in common for their be
lt was a time of rapid change. On havior.
every side young people were chal- We can teach that it's wrong to
lcnging their parents and everything lie, cheat and steal. We can teach rc
they claimed to stand for, including spect for self and for others and their
ethics and morality. property. We can teach right from
Soon the schools were teaching wrong. We can teach what it means
what was happening outside their to be a responsible citizen.
walls: situational ethics?right or Kids need boundaries, need to
wrong depends on the situation, with know what's expected of them, what
no absolutes. Or else they were is acceptable. Once taught, it's up to
teaching no ethics at all. them whether to act on that training
No standards? No absolutes? or accept the consequences of not
Children need to learn to make deci- doing so.
sions for themselves and to gradual- A lot of youngsters aren't getting
ly take on more and more responsi- this kind of guidance at home, for a
bilitics. But how can they be expect- variety of reasons.
cd to manage when there arc no lim- Our schools can't do it alone?
its? When there are too many choic- they need the help of the church and
es? the community at large?but they're
We've seen what happens to a place to start. After 25 years of
young people reared without any telling teachers to leave ethics out
rules or guiding values. side the schoolroom, it's time we
It's true we can't legislate morali- wised up.
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Bohunk, The Bobbitts And Bachelor Number Two
M!t*? for a good cause."
That's what they said about a
"bachelor auction" to raise money
for the March of Dimes.
Hmmm... Then how about a cock
fight to benefit the Humane Society?
A keg party and drag race for
Mothers Against Drunk Driving? A
pig-picking for the American Heart
I suspect I'm not the only recov
ering liberal out there who has a
problem with the notion that it's
okay to sell people, even consenting
adult males, to one another?so long
as it's all in fun and "for a good
cause." But i haven't heard anyone
The caption of a color news photo
describes how one man "struts his
stuff as he is auctioned off..."
The accompanying article quotes
the female emcee as saying, "Tell
me about your jewels," as Bachelor
No. 2 throws necklaces at the
"rGL?.fu! ;:f y.v.rr.wr. "
Turn all this around and picture
Shrincrs in the audience and Bach
elorette No. 2, clad in a merry wid
ow and fishnet stockings, handing
out balloons. Not in a million
years?at least not for the past 20
years, and certainly not receiving
any jocular coverage in a tamily
No, they'd never pull off a public
"bachelorette auction," even if it
would save every crippled and
burned chiid on the planet.
We women have been pretty suc
cessful in pounding home the mes
sage that we deserve respect and
won't tolerate exploitation. And we
do, and we shouldn't.
Out ?? r>nn mo I'ltolf ? !*??? ??/??
" ???-'"'J ****** ?'?
as a gender seem to feel no obliga
tion to apply the Golden Rule when
the roles get reversed.
We're willing to file suit if some
uiic niliN wilii us at the office but, in
that same office, we don't mind
laughing off the sexual mutilation of
a real-live man by a real-live
woman. What's wrong with this pic
I'm not suggesting that John
Wayne or Loretta Bobbitt deserve
your rcspect. No one had to make
fools of them; they did a perfectly
good job of that on their own.
Bui ii seems pieiiy elementary to
me that anyone capable of taking a
knife to her mate has way more
chutzpah than it takes to simply pick
up the keys and leave. Only a jury
full of hybrid knucklcheads could
have found her less than 1 OO-percent
guilty and accountable.
fvicanwiiiic, back in your very
own family room, here comes the
Diet Coke commercial, with the gals
in the office all leering out the sky
As the song 'i Just Wanna Make
f nyp tn Vnn" cf??rto Kl'iftinn
Bohunk on the construction site be
low takes off his shirt and flashes his
glistening pecs as he enjoys a soft
1 have a vague memory that, not
too many years ago, then-Mayor
Koch of New York appealed to the
chivalrous sensibilities of Bohunk
and his colleagues. Seems theii
wolf-whistles and hoots in apprecia
tion of the female pulchritude on the
street were offending the objects of
their affection. And that wouldn't
Then there's the Hyundai com
mcfcidl. Two women arc waiting for
a taxi or something, passing the time
by judging men based on the cars
The guy in the flashy red convert
ible "is obviously overcompensating
for some sort of shortcoming." Tee
hee. Another, they speculate, drives
an expensive car to cover "deep
seated feelings of inadequacy."
Ah, but the Hyundai owner....
"Wonder what he has under the
Is this any more acceptable than a
Matrfonfnrrrt rommprrial \i/ith m#?n
guessing cup sizes and laughing at
fat chicks? It would seem so.
We've come a long way, baby.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Columnist's Stand Praised; Journalists
To the editor: and an organization that has sponsored meaningful leg
Eric Carlson's recent column chronicling his letter to islation to protect law-abiding citizens from the lowlife
the National Rifle Association was both surprising and bacteria roaming our streets.
encouraging: Surprising because journalists are over- I applaud Carlson for having the intelligence to see
whelmingly against private citizens bearing arms, that our rights are not the cause of crime. Crime is
Encouraging because he recognizes how the powerful caused by the demented mind that, without regard for
liberal media has totally misrepresented the crime prob- life or property, instructs the finger to pull the trigger.
lem by blaming guns. The only way to stop crime is to extinguish the offend
? , . - . .. . u mo * er?not his knife, car, golf club, baseball bat, chain saw,
Htus, he has wisely decided to join the NRA. . ,
Unfortunately, he has also probably ruined his journalis- ammer. or gun.
, *,? ' 3 ' Banning guns to combat crime is as absurd as banning
ic career y oing so. cars to stop drunk drivers. No logic exists to dispute this
Mr. Carlson obviously knows what the NRA, an orga fact. However, many well-meaning people are allowing
nization castigated by media lies, really is. lie knows the media to distract them from real crime solutions and
the NRA is the prominent leader in wildlife conservation letting politicians convince them they are doing some
and preservation ot ranges and hunting ianets. lie knows thing ahout crime by snipping honest citizens of tlicii
the NRA is an organization fighting to have the "liddie Constitutional rights.
Eagle" child safety program adopted in schools across Euckily, Mr. Carlson is a journalist who has been nei
the nation, an organization battling for stern sentencing ther distracted nor misled We just need more like him.
and a stop to our revolving-door criminal justice system, Patrick Newton, P.E.
an organization that has created a popular program Southport
called "Refuse to be a Victim," which teaches women The writer is the chairman of the Brunswick County
how to defend themselves against rapists and muggers. Hoard of Health
Said To Oppose Citizens Bearing Arms
Noise Ordinance Gets A 'Yes' Cu?nHV,STA volun,eers scrvc at
more than 800 local projects.
To the editor: Readers knowing others who served in VISTA are
We support a noise ordinance in Brunswick County. asked to pass the word that VISTA needs their skills and
We moved from Sea Village because of dogs barking energy once again. Former VISTA volunteers are urged
24 hours. Now at Seaside North, noise is just as bad on to write VISTA, Washington, D.C. 20525 or call 1 800
Tom Auman Gladys Wagenseil
Ocean Isle Beach Brunswick County Literacy Council
Missing VISTAs Are Sought
To the editor:
Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is trying to
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