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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Rationale ' Ridiculous '
To the editor:
county" comm'1 " appCars ,hat
Sdv fOU?H SSIO"erS h3VC effec
Hvely found a way to undo the re
oent jury verdict in favor of the
and"S^ Unty Schools- ,he 'rial
^nd osequen, med.a coverage has
?rvc^ l0 focus clearly the present
with regard to county political prior
During the trial County Com
missioner Don Warren testified that
he was aware of school needs that
were going unmet by the county's
ft Of" Frt ]0C" <**> <? <?'
ponald ihaw recently explicitly ac
"i?1 county school
y. tern needs The commissioners'
recognition of needs and their atten
dant tkcsmn not to increase taxes to
meet those needs evidences a policy
determination that the tax rate hZ
higher political priority than docs
They rationalize this by saying
that the county cannot afford to pay
for these admittedly unmet educa
tional needs This is ridiculous The
average cost of the jury verdict is
per parcci in the county Most
taxpayers spend three times that
much annually on their cable televi
To contend that ,hc aMJnty CMno(
afford this is ludicrous; the reality Ls
that the county commissioners do
not want to finance these education
al needs Hie fact that they refuse to
produce the funding Ls a clear and
unmistakable statement of priorities
It is their determination that the tax
rate in Brunswick County has a
higher priority than education It ob
viously is my opinion that such a
prioritization reflects a very short -
Mghtcd view of the needs of the
county Worse still, it ? a self per
petuatwg problem If you never cdu
catc your children, you never will
produce leaders smart enough to
recognize the need for education
t onsequcntly your priorities will re
main the same and the county will
continue to suffer the consequence*
in the form of stagnated and undesir
Commissioner Jerry Jones, in an
honest assessment, recently told a
reporter that he thought that the
oomm iss loners ' decision was in
conformity with the desires of the
voters and, if the voters disagree,
then they could vole against the in
cumbents in November Mr Jones is
nght If nothing more, the funding
dispute has very clearly set forth, in
unmistakable terms, the choices,
come election day: The choice is be
tween enhancing your children's fu
ture or saving 10 cents per $100 m
taxes. Your priority in that trade-off
should determine your vote for or
against the incumbent commission
William F. Fairlcy
The writer u a member of the
Brunswick County Board of
Attorney Didn't Agree
To Additional Funding
To the editor:
This is in response to Susan
Usher's article in the Sept. 15 edi
uos of the Beacon cotKTtninn the
additional funding for the Bo^d of
Education ordered by Judge Thomp
son pending the appeal of the Board
of Education lawsuit against the
I would appreciate in the future
that before a statement or position is
attributed to me by one of your staff
they first speak to me. Ms Usher's
report that I, on behalf of the com
missioners, agreed to provide an ad
ditional $700,000 in funding pend
ing the appeal is simply false. Nei
ther I nor the commissioners agreed
to provide this additional money. I
do not appreciate Ms Usher's lack of
professionalism in attributing such a
statement to me without ronfirmino
with me whether I in fact made the
I did consent, after an unsuccess
ful effort to settle the issue, to pre
sent the matter without a formal mo
tion to Judge Thompson. This was
done to accommodate the Board of
Education so they could plan for the
present school year.
North Carolina General Statute
I15C-43I requires that the schools
receive the same level of funding as
the previous year, pending an ap
peal. Judge Thompson's decision for
funding the schools an additional
$700,000 was based on the Board of
Education receiving less money this
year from other sources than last
year, and the depletion of their fund
balance. But the decision was Judge
Thompson's, not mine or the com
missioners, and he accordingly or
dered the additional funding.
Michael R. Ramos
Appalled, Not Shocked
To the editor:
I was appalled, but not shocked or
surprised, at the commissioners' de
cision to further appeal the court's
decision to award the Brunswick
County Schools the money they
need to sufficiently run the school
The commissioners' move is
purely political The commissioners
have the need to be able to shrug
their shoulders and raise their arms
in despair when they find it neces
sary to raise taxes. After all. they
will lament, we took it to the highest
court in the land. It's not our fault
we have to raise taxes?
However, it was admitted by the
commissioners early on that they do
have the funds to pay the schools
what they need without raising tax
es; however, they said they would
have to "dip into their savings."
Excuse me, but what man or woman
in this country has not had to dip in
to their savings when an important
and necessary expense comes up?
And whose savings account is this
anyway? if support of the public
schools iso't a vital expense, I don't
know what is.
Unfortunately, the lack of sup
port of education by the commis
sioners reflects a major underlying
problem in this county. All some
people (especially the commission
ers) can talk of is test scores in
Brunswick County, but many peo
ple (especially the commissioners)
aren't willing to put education first.
However, the commissioners feel no
compunction in wasting tax dollars
to pay extravagant court and lawyer
As Commissioner Jerry Jones was
quoted as saying. "If the people in
the public don't think we've operat
ed sufficiently or run the county suf
ficiently, they have the right to elect
whoever they choose." Well, the
public has already spoken ? it's
called a jury of average Brunswick
County citizens. And, Jerry, you can
bet your sweet ballot we will elect
"whoever we choose." By the way,
Jerry, that's WHOMever!
To the editor:
I am writing in response to the
way UNC-Wilmington has pro
gressed under the luiciagc of Dr.
James Leutze. He is to be commend
ed for what he has accomplished in
VIA lie Us
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so short a time.
My main concern is an inane
statement by Jan Calhoun, assistant
superintendent of instruction for
Brunswick County schools. Heaven
torbid that standards at UNCW
should be raised to attract quality
students. Our esteemed assistant su
perintendent would rather have a
dumbing-down syndrome" than try
to raise the goals of Brunswick
We here in the county are already
aware of the problems with the aca
demic credentials of our children.
The school board's solution is to
spend more money and scholastic
achievement will somehow rise. I'd
be in favor of such a program if it
weren t for the Calhoun mentality.
Does the school board want it
both ways? Should it get a whop
ping budget increase while remind
ing institutes of higher learning that
they should not expect too much
since, after all, we can only guaran
tee them mediocre students?
Ocean Isle Beach
Likes Short Days
To the editor:
I am writing to you about a letter I
read in the Sept. 8 issue. The woman
said that sSort days cheat students of
an education. What she didn't say is
that the students have to go 30 min
utes more every day.
You see. I am a sixth grade stu
dent at Shallotte Middle and I think
Uuj we arc making up for it. and
still we need some time to rest. The
school day used to start at 8:15. now
it starts at 8. We used to get out at 3
now it's at 3:15. So you see we are
making it up.
So I think that getting out at 12:30
onWednesda v s is a good idea, and it
does not in any way cheat Bruas
wick County students of educational
Supplies Help 15
To the editor:
As shelter manager of Hope Har
bor Home, I would like to take this
opportunity to express our deep
gratitude and thanks to the people of
Brunswick County for the school
supplies donated to our children We
have been able to help 15 children to
date with start-up supplies.
These children and many more
will continue to need school sup
plies throughout the school year.
Please remember Hope Harbor
Home and the children in the future.
Again, thank you to the community
for your generous efforts and kind
Don't Cage Pets
To the editor:
I got two shocks about the same
issue today. The first was a phone
call; the second was the letter to the
editor in the Beacon entitled "Help
Animal Lover" requesting help for
Jeannine Friday in caring for ani
mals at her place.
I learned about her a number of
years ago. She saves the lives of ani
mals by keeping uiem in cages and
feeding them. A member of the
Animal Welfare League (which I
thought up and started a number of
years ago) called to tell me about the
league members going there to do
People like Friday, no doubt,
think they are doing something hu
mane by saving the lives of animals
by putting them in cages and keep
ing them fed and watered. Dogs and
cats should be fed and watered daily,
but they should not be caged up.
They should be part of a family and
loved. Otherwise, they are better off
put to sleep.
I thought I had left the league in
good shape when I retired. I'm now
72. So I think of animals as having
needs like humans, to be fed, shel
tered and loved, not caged like ani
mals in a zoo...
Dogs and cats are not like wild
animals. Wild animals should be left
as nature intended ? free in the
woods. Dogs and cats are usually
tamed and kept in the homes of peo
ple to be loved, petted and cared for,
not to be kept in cages and just fed
The fact that members of the
league are going to Friday's home to
be encouraged to contribute to the
feeding of those poor animals is as
far as possible from the purpose of
the league. Maybe the goals of the
league have drastically changed
since I retired. I guess I failed in not
writing the specific purpose of the
league when I formed it I guess
things are only clearly understood
over time if put in writing...
If the league helps Friday feed
and water her caged "domestic" ani
mals (no longer pets- they are going
counter to the purpose for which the
league was formed, i.e., to help spay
or neuter dogs and cats so they
could become "loved family mem
bers," not residents of a zoo or run
' Deviant Behavior'
To the editor:
It was a very sad day in a beauti
ful 7-year-old girl's life at the end of
school in June when she was told by
her best friend that she could not go
to her skating party because she was
Mexican. It is sad also that her
mother tries in vain to gain employ
ment in a county where it matters
what your last name is, and because
she spoke out against this injustice.
But it is absolutely horrible when
last month a 19-year-old from Oak
Island threatened to beat an 11
month-old with a ball bat and call
her a racist name.
This was not ethnic intimidation.
Oh no, just a simple case of commu
nicating a threat to an innocent baby.
That's really something to be proud
of, and all this man gets is three
years' probation added on to the two
years he already had. This was a
mockery of our justice system.
These individuals walk around
their communities with their heads
up, secure in the knowledge that this
type of deviant behavior is accepted
in Brunswick County. Yet the mi
norities that do work here are afraid
io speak up for fear of losing their
jobs. Or have to put up with more
KKK signs on the speed limit signs,
as in Oak Island, or the little neo
Nazi signs painted on roads, as in
To those of you who think you are
safe from this type of discrimina
tion, beware, you may very well be
next. Maybe they will not like your
choice of religious preference or
your political beliefs or your name.
They may just not like your looks.
If we the people do not speak up
in a voice loud enough to be heard,
more of our rights will be taken
away. We cannot keep our heads
buried in the sand or the wolves will
surely devour us. The time has come
to take a stand, to speak up, to stop
letting our children be hurt.
A very wise man told me recently,
"The things that happened to us
were not our fault because we had
no control over them, but the things
that happen to our children and chil
dren's children are, because we
could have changed things."
To the editor:
Your Sept. 15 page-one story on
the Sunset Beach Town Council
meeting contains two errors in fact.
The Beacon states that the SBTA
is "on record as favoring the town's
one-lane pontoon bridge." Not true.
While the SBTA opposes a high-rise
bridge to the island, we are on
record in support of an improved
Further, the Beacon says, "SB
TA's leadership has also staunchly
opposed implementation of a central
sewer system." Not true. The SBTA
board has consistently indicated sup
port for a central sewer system if it
is demonstrated to be environmen
tally in the best interest of the com
munity and if it is accompanied by a
concun-ent stormwater management
I am requesting that the Beacon
print a correction of these two er
rors, and in the interest of fairness,
print the correction on page one
where the story appeared.
Minnie K. Hunt
To the editor:
The Clergy and Laymen's Alli
ance for Justice preliminary investi
gation has revealed what appears to
be widespread fraud and corruption
in the medical community, corrup
tion that appears to involve doctors
in various parts of the country.
The doctors involved are blatantly
falsifying medical records to deny
injured workers. Social Security ap
plicants and private paying citizens
benefits they are entitled to. Presi
dent Clinton, Janet Reno of the
Justice Department and many elect
ed officials have been notified.
Senator Kennedy's officc has been
asked to schedule Senate hearings
immediately to address this issue.
If you feel you have been a victim
of this type of fraud and corruption,
notify Senator Edward Kennedy,
Committee Chairman, Senate Labor
and Human Resources, 315 Russell
Building, Washington DC 20510.
Also, contact Ella Gray at 842
6742 between the hours of 2 p.m.
and 4 p.m. if you are interested in
testifying before the Senate.
To the editor:
I think the Brunswick County
Health Department should explain
to President Clinton how universal
health care will work.
Last year Medicare was supposed
to pay for annual flu vaccinations,
but Brunswick County Health De
partment refused to accept Medicare
from railroad retirees. 1 thought that
when a person reached 65 and start
ed paying into Medicare, it was uni
versal, regardless of where you re
tired from. There seems to be a bug
in there somewhere.
John H. Dobbins
Gore and Parker Conduct
District Court Judge Ola Lewis
Braye and Brunswick County
Manager Mr. Wyman Yelton will be
the guest speakers at a community
meeting sponsored by Mr. Robert
Gore and Mr. Nat Parker, President
of the Southport Branch of the
NAACP. Entertainment will be provided by Mrs.
Larona Johnson Gore and her guests.
The meeting will be held October 1 at 5:00 p.m. at
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church located on Hwy 17
S., Thomasboro N.C. The public is cordially invited.
IIIiiiiiimm. nit, mm
Choice of entree and 3 vegetables
(ton or coffee included)
Sunday Lunch Buffet
Relax, we'll do the cooking. 1 1 :30-2 PM
I Closed Sunday evenings.
Seafood ? Sandwich Plates ? Prime Rib
Lunch Specials ? Salads ? Carry-Outs
HWY. 130 E.
Loris Community Hospital is proud to sponsor a Cholesterol screen
ing program every month. In recognition of Septemoer as National
Cholesterol Education month, we will go further in our outreach with
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September Screening Site Schedule
Little River Medical Center Thursday, September 1st from 10:00 a.m.-l:00 p.m.
Longs Post Office Thursday, September 15th from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Kroger Sav-On (N. Myrtle Beach) Wednesday, September 21st from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Loris Community Hospital Thursday, September 22nd from 12:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
little River Swim and Fitness Monday, September 26th from 11:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tabor City Senior Citizen Center Wednesday, September 28th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Each screening site will feature: low-fat snacks to sample, American
Heart Association handouts and brochures, and a chance to win a
cookbook featuring healthy cooking and recipes.
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Hiesday, September 27th at Loris Community Hospital
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
$10.00 per person (reservations required)
Includes dinner as well as cooking demonstrations, recipes a chance to win a cookbook featuring
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