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DAFFODILS are a welcome sign of spring and bring back memories for many of us.
'Dances With The Daffodils'
BY BILL FAVKR daffodils have the distinctive trumpet, which gives
One of my fondest childhood memories is that of them the name of "trumpet narcissus" in some parts of
early spring when the daffodils the world.
covered the hillside behind our ^ ? j-i in i iu a u
junise Daffodds are early flowering luilbs and can be
I i .1 i . i planted in rose beds, lawns, or other areas where early
Ordinarily the slope leading fiowcri wj? no( in(crfcre with othcr plants. niev
down to the stream was covered *n . ,. J- . . . , . , ...
, , . . . should be planted in late summer and tall and placed
grass and assorted weeds and re- . . ? ? u i i , . u c
. . . ? about six inches deep and ft to inches apart. Since
quirct r*.},u ar mowings. u in (hCy arc |css formal looking than hyacinths and tulips.
spring line ? ore le ^r.tss s ar e ^ can be randomly planted and made to look like
growing we had these beautiful . 1 .
? ,, ,, . .. thev have come up spontaneously.
yellow (lowers to welcome the new J 11 3
season. These flowers can be planted in shady areas, around
h\\kR Daffodils have always been one trees, along borders and anywhere you like some
of my favorites and each time I read William spring color. With little care they will tlower for many
Wordsworth's poem I think of that hillside: years, though you can separate the "offsets" from the
/ wandered lonely as a cloud 'mother bulb" U? share with friends or plant elsewhere.
Thai floats on high o er vales and hills, Al,cr flowering, the tops should be left to die back on
When all at once I saw a crowd. their own before the> are cut.
A host of golden daffodils. Perhaps you have some memories of daffodils and
Daffodils are one group of the narcissus, one of the cac'' sPf'n8 'hey 'irm^ '1UC^ '',osc memories as you see
... . . ? ? t ?, i . r lni*m If so von fan iharn the uw ni W'^d^WQrth:
Oldest kiiowii piaius which gicw wiiu iii aicas oi '1 ? ?? J
southern Spain and Portugal. They have been devel- And then my heart with pleasure fdls,
oped into many different varieties and colors, but most And dances with the daffodils.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Blame Irresponsible Pet Owners
To the editor:
I have just read the article in the
March 17 Brunswick Beacon about
(Brunswick County) Animal Control
selling cat carcasses to a research
center. I will agree that it is better
than carrying them to the landfill.
My point is this: Who is to blame
for the death of these animals? It
surely isn't the ones at Animal
Control. It is the unconcerned pet
They get kittens to amuse their
kids, to play with, to keep rats away
from their homes and to eat the
scraps from the table. Yet when the
cat is grown and starts to multiply,
they are ready to carry it to the
pound to get someone else to do
It's that "old cat" having kittens
three times a year, and the owners
don't know that to do with the kit
tens. Animals do not understand
birth control; they only follow na
ture. Therefore, it is the pel owner's
fault. There are low-cost spay and
neuter programs that could eliminate
I have lost my pets by illness, but
1 give them a decent burial and plant
flowers on their grave to enjoy the
loving memory of the love and plea
sure they gave to me while they
I know the image of the pound is
bad to all animal lovers, but the ones
who work there have a job to do.
They try to adopt pets to keep from
putting them to death. That is aii
they can do. It is the unconcerned
pel owners who should get all the
Wake up, pet owners. Stop this
murdering innocent animals. How
would you like to be killed just be
cause you get old?
Have your animals neutered or
spayed to cut the pet population.
Some 5,575 cats and dogs were car
ried to the pound last year, and only
10 percent were adopted. This is a
disgrace to this county.
Pet owners, arc you guilty? Think
I would like to add that due to the
leash law, the demand for large dogs
is very low, and puppies will be hard
to place in homes. Spaying is the an
swer; if they are never horn, they
don't go to the pound.
Excited About Plans
To the editor:
The building, grounds, climate
and safety committee ot Union Ele
mentary School is grateful to the
parents who responded to the sur
veys sent out by the PTO.
We are excited about the positive
support of our school improvement
plan and making it a priority for the
fund-raiser. I understand the fund
raisei is going well, thanks to
friends and family members who
took time out of their busy lives to
The faculty and students are ex
cited about the plan. Upon comple
tion. the courtyard will not only
beautiful our school grounds, but
will provide three outdoor instruc
The stage area will be used for
musical productions, plays, class
presentations and guest speakers.
The meteorological area will be
used for weather units, class obser
vation of the sundial and time units,
and for other whole language activi
The mini-forest area lends itself
to a variety of instructional themes.
It will be used as a realistic setting
for literature selections, science in
struction, art instruction, foreign lan
guage instruction and, again, the
matic units involving whole lan
The building, grounds, climate
and safety committee is busy gather
ing materials list, estimates and
making contacts for volunteer help.
We hope to have everything in place
so that construction will begin soon
after Easter vacation.
Sylvia II. Pullen, Chair
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Striking .1 balance.
It's a hard thing to do sometimes.
That was pretty clear last week as
the Coastal Future Committee met
in Southpnrt to deliberate the past
and future of North Carolina's
coastal management program.
For us living here on the coast
those words are going to be heard
many more times over the next few
years as we strive to hold on to the
very thing that draws or keeps most
of us here in the first place: the
area's natural beauty and richness of
We had it all?clean water, clean
beaches, clean air. all the shrimp and
oysters you could eat, a beautiful
view of the marshes, oceans and
hundreds of species of birds. Some
how we blew it. Our children and
grandchildren won't enjoy those
things unless we make some
In our personal lives we're con
stantly called on to balance use of
our resources. To budget our time,
our energy, our money. Ideally we
do that in a way that reflects our pri
orities in life and our values. We're
told to plan ahead, to look to our fu
When we fudge on the equation
there are always consequences. It
may be as simple as coming into
work tired, being ill-tempered with a
spouse, or running short on money
for something important. Other
times the "fudging" is more critical
and the consequences more serious,
disrupting families, workplaces or
Take the ideas of a resource bud
get and "fudging" on it and apply
those on a larger scale and you'll
have what the concern is when it
comes to our state. Can you protect
natural elements and have a healthy,
diversified economy? If so, how?
Can you have either one without the
other? In our area, how do you ex
pand tourism without destroying the
natural beauty that created the in
dustry is the first place?
When the economy isn't good
most people consider concern for
anything other than basic needs
(tood, shelter, etc.) as a trill, some
thing to which they have neither
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'Strike A Balance'
by our past mistakes. For example,
she'll like the state l<> work to re
store the commercial fishery in
North Carolina, rather than writing it
off as history, as some have suggest
During the Coastal futures meet
ing last week, other parties asked
I he Mate lo lake min account the
"cost" of protecting natural re
sources, saying that some environ
timc. money nor energy to devote. mental conservation measures are
When the economy is good, we "luxuries" rather than necessities,
tend to give more attention to caring with the implication we can't afford
for the environment, hut we also them. Maybe. Then again, maybe
place a new set of demands on it. we can't afford not to take those
And we still don't want it to
"cost" us in terms of convenience or . . , ? .
... stewardship ethic, something laws
g pr,tcs and regulations can hint at but can't
It's a polarizing subject. There are make happen.
many who believe that fine line be- What do I mean by stewardship
tween economic development and ethic? A shared sense that the Earth
natural resource conservation is im- isn't really ours, that we are bonded
possible to establish; others who caretakers with a short-term lease,
don't see the value of it. At the end of our tenure, we're ex
Some, like marine biologist Mary pected to hand the place over to the
Jo Burkholder of the Marine Fish- owner and to stand accountable for
cries Commission and Coastal its use and condition.
Futures Committee, believe that If we used a stewardship ethic as
compromise must fall on the side of our plumb line, "striking a balance"
fragile lesourccs already endangered wouldn't be nearly so difficult.
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