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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Couple's Trash Has 'Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide '
tUI IVK S NOTE: The following letter was addressed
to the Brunswick County Solid Waste Control Office. A
copy was furnished for use as a letter to the editor.
Thank you for your kind letter of Aug. 10 concerning
our illegal dumping at the Oxpen "convenient" (?) site.
We are more than happy to donate $50 to help keep our
We are glad you are not using the "first warning" no
tices, opting for the more expensive return recept/certi
fied mail routine. Apparently we just missed the grace
Leaving our trash at the Oxpen site has been such a
"pleasant" experience in the past. We wait to dispose of
our single pink, potpourri -scented bag, as huge truck
loads are inspected for "illegal" trash. We also enjoy the
pleasant disposition (excuse the play on words) of the
The hours are so convenient, as they coincide with
our own work schedule. This schedule must also be con
venient for our tourist friends as they check out for the
week with their loads of trash, leaving our "clean" road
Yes, we are guilty of leaving our trash by the locked
gate (heaven forbid someone should break in and steal
all that trash!) of the Oxpen site. For this we arc most
soiTy; however, we did not throw it out the car window
to pile up on the roadside. In addition we try to recycle
our grass clippings and yard clippings so they do not
"pile up" in the landfill needlessly. We also do not ap
preciate the fine art of burning trash, as it is dangerous
and pollutes our airspace as well as our neighbors'.
While we arc sending our fine, the people who dump
their trash by our driveway are still dumping. They have
had enough experience to know to remove their names!
By the way, thank you to the McPhail family respon
sible for cleaning Seashore Road sides. They do an ex
cellent job in a war against trash that is ongoing full
In closing, why can we not be supplied with a small
box by the fence at the Oxpen site for use by all of our
fellow partners in this lurid and heinous crime? As it is
now, our trash has nowhere to run. nowhere to hide
Gina and Walter Britton
'C at Woman ' Finds Homes
EDITOR S NOTE The following is ui response to a
column by Lynn Carlson in the Aug. 25 edition.
Dear Mrs. Carlson:
Thanks for the help in locating homes for the kittens.
Thought you might like to know the results.
The grey tabby, which I'd already placed through a
Beacon ad, went to a young newly married couple with
a young baby. The long-haired black kitten went to a
young man, mid-20s, who'd just moved into his new
apartment. The black short-haired kitten was hauled in a
cat carrier to Wilmington, meowing
all the way ? a young student had
seen the "kitten alert."
The young mother has an appoint
ment to be neutered at the
Brunswick Animal Hospital. A
grandmother wants the cat with the
bushy tail for her two-year-old
Paying for the neutering isn't
compassion on my part, but more
desperation. The young mother has
been very aggressive in defending "her territory" when
going outside, bccausc the kittens were in my back bed
room. My two felines are more spoiled babies than cats
and spent the greatest part of the past four weeks on tree
limbs or the roof.
My two cats both outweigh the little mother by sever
al pounds, and are both twice her size, but when she
bushes out that fluffy tail, she's a fearsome sight.
My friends" children have been referring to me as
Fortunately, after all of the nerve-wrecking rush, my
work assignment was postponed until the first week of
October. 1 might take a short vacation and, no, I won't
be taking my cats with me.
People arc still calling about the kittens despite the
fact that the kittens were quickly snatched up the first
day. I have directed at least five more calls to the bul
letin board at the animal hospital. Present score: cats and
kittens, 8; slackers. 0.
Tnc tremendous feedback from my letter to the
Beacon has given me an idea. While a nuclear tech by
profession. I also write. Classic American Ghost Stories
was my first published book, and I'm trying to market
My dream, however, is to develop ideas for screen
plays In 14 years, I've never been able to find one pro
ducer to look at my ideas, not even our nearby movie
I might just write another letter and tape it to the gate
at Carolco in Wilmington. Think it'll work?
Intersection Needs Light
To the editor:
I work in North Myrtle Beach, so I travel U.S. 17
every day. With the four-lane now being open to the
state line, I sincerely hope that the flashing light at the
intersection of N.C. 904 and U.S. 17 is going to be re
placed with a regular traffic light.
There have been numerous wrecks at that intersection
when it was a two-lane road. Since the opening of the
four-lane, I myself have narrowly escaped one near-ac
cident and have witnessed many more near-misses.
This is an extremely busy intersection, and the major
ity of people trying to turn onto N.C. 904 have no idea
of how to get across 17. Since we can't face drivers to
undergo another driving test, let's at least put up lights
that will tell them when to go or stop. Let's not wait un
til it's too late like we're doing on the bypass at N.C.
Please! I don't want to become a statistic.
Help Kids By Tutoring
To the editor:
This summer I was looking tor a tutor for my daugh
ter and could not find one. I thought that if 1 was having
so much trouble, maybe other parents were having the
I had seen on the Disney Channel where retired peo
ple would volunteer to help tutor children in school And
bingo, my quest to start the same thing in Supply
Elementary was born.
I have read all the letters to the editors about how
children today are not getting a good education, there
are too many kids, not enough teachers, etc. Now here is
an opportunity to do something. Volunteer to tutor a
child for half an hour once a week. The key is consisten
I understand that Union Primary has an excellent vol
unteer corps. I hope and see no reason why Supply
Elementary can't also.
So, grandparents, help a child in Supply and when
Taking Old Friends Down From The Shelf
There's a wall of bookshelves in
my new. improved office in the
Beacon i new, improved building on
To some folks, this wouldn't seem
like such a big deal. To me it is.
Office bookshelves answered a
prickly question I'd been sweeping
under the menial rug for months ?
what to do with the books at home
which had long since spilled over
the available shelf space and into
piles beside the bed, next to the sofa,
on the desk, on the coffee table, un
der fhe coffee table, and on and on...
It presented an opportunity to un
pack all the books I own for the first
time since we mo\ :d here two years
It didn't take long to figure out
why I'd put off any earnest effort to
get rid of great numbers of them
over the years They're my friends
And like flesh and blood friends,
you don't just discard them because
you're moving on to another phase.
Like the people in my life, some
of my books represent treasured
memories and others, passing fads.
Some made roc blissful, othrr*
broke my heart. Some taught me
wise lessons, others gave me radical
notions. Some made me stop and
think, others just cracked me up.
I unpacked the dearest of all, a
full ten-volume set of 1918 Junior
Classics beginning with "Fairy and
Wonder Tales" and ending with
"Poems," handed down from my
mother and, I believe, her father. I
have no idea how they managed to
survive 76 years and umpteen
moves without a single book having
been damaged or lost.
I know my sister and I read from
them often; that makes it even more
amazing that these books are intact.
when long-gone are our oiiginal
Barbie dolls and Beatles trading
cards that would have been worth a
mint today. Worth it. that is, if
you're willing to pari with them.
Consider these statements from
the series introduction:
"The purpose of The Junior
Classics is to provide, in ten vol
umes containing about five thousand
pages, a classified collection of
tales, stones, and poems, both an
cient and modern, suitable for boys
and girls of from six to sixteen years
"The boy or girl who becomes fa
miliar with the charming tales and
poems in this collection will have
gained a knowledge of literature and
history that will be of high value in
other school and home work. Mere
arc the real elements of imaginative
narration, poetry, and ethics, which
should enter into the education of
every English-speaking child....
"From the home training during
childhood there should result in the
child a taste for interesting and irr
proving reading which will direct
and inspire its subsequent intellectu
al life The training which results in
this taste for good reading, however
unsystematic or eccentric it may
have been, has achieved one piinci
pal aim of education; and any school
or home training which does not re
suit in implanting this permanent
taste has failed in a very important
aspect. Guided and animated by this
impulse to acquire knowledge and
exercise the imagination through
good reading, the adult will continue
to cducatc himself a!! through life."
Alive in The Junior Classics are
"Haasel and Gretel," "Rip Van
Winkle" and the pre-Disncy "Beauty
and the Beast."
"The Merchant of Venice,"
"Evangeline" and stories from "The
Iliad," "The Odyssey" and "The
Aeneid" are rewritten in prose form
for reading to little kids and by
The classic poems "Wreck of the
Hesperus," "The Rime of the
Ancient Mariner" and "Thanatopsis"
are there, along with a hundred or
The Junior Classics editor put it
"The story of the human race
through all its slow development
should be gradually convcyed to the
child's mind from the time he begins
to read, or to listen to his mother
reading; and with description of
facts and actual events should be
mingled charming and uplifting
products of the imagination. To try
to feed the minds of children upon
facts alone is undesirable and un
wise. The immense product of the
imagination in art and literature is a
concrete fact with which every edu
cated human being should be made
somewhat familiar, that product be
ing a very real part of every individ
ual's actual environment."
When 1 look across my desk
every day and see those multi-col
ored volumes, I can trace :he roots
of my opinions, my preferences and
what may be the most important val
ue of all ? a reverence for writers
and writing, and the knowledge that
as long as we read, we're not alone.
September is Literacy Month.
Give a child a book.
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helped a child in the same grade you are in with his/her
math, and he/she is learning this. What are you learn
ing?" Great conversation starter.
If you see yourself anywhere in this letter call me at
842-7247 to help. You are needed and some child will
Roemer is volunteer tutor coordinator for Supply
Don't Justify A Mistake
EDITOR 'S NOTE: The following was written as an
open letter to the Brunswick County Planning Board. A
copy was furnished for use as a letter to the editor.
Your intent to rezone the Army Ocean Terminal
Sunny Point to a new zone callcd M.I. (military installa
tion) makes me wonder. If the U.S. (Department of)
Agriculture buys a tract of land are you going to zone it
A.G.? If the federal government buys wetlands, are you
going to create a W.L. district as well?
Why don't you create a district for all federal govern
ment property called F.G.? F.G. would stand for "Forget
It" since the county has no jurisdiction over federal
The board made a mistake in zoning Sunny Point
K.M. (heavy manufacturing). Stop wasting taxpayers'
money and time attempting to justify a mistake and get
on with more important zoning problems.
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