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PAGE 4 -A, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1994
Brunswick Gets A Direct
Voice On Fisheries Body
Brunswick County should benefit from having Rep David
Redwine as one of North Carolina's three representatives on the
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
Redwine is Hunt's new appointee on the 45-member com
mission comprised of gubernatorial and legislative appointees
and marine fisheries directors from the 15 East Coast states. The
body's mission is to address the concerns of the East Coast fish
ing industry and protect and promote marine resources, a charge
whose two components are continually more problematic to ful
Brunswick County is only one of many East Coast communi
ties which has seen its commercial fishing industry suffer and
dwindle because of increased government regulations, decreased
catches and declining water quality. It is likewise one of many
where the cash cows o\ real estate development and sportfishing
find themselves increasingly at economic and ideological odds
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nerstone of local heritage.
They're difficult issues whose ramifications are not only
emotional, but historical, scientific and monetary. None can be
considered in the context of any community or state, since the
fallout of coastal policy floats across many boundaries. But it
will be a good thing to have a direct local voice on the panel.
For Schools Make Good Sense
If Americans truly desire "world-class schools," they must be
willing to accept dramatic changes in the U.S. educational sys
tem, including a longer school year, more homework and nation
al curriculum testing.
Those are a few of the recommendations of two Western
Carolina University education professors in their effort to help set
standards for the frequently used but never defined term "world
Professors Donald Chalker and Richard Haynes compared
the U.S. education system against schools in nine other nations ?
Britain, Canada, France, the former Federal Republic of
Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, South Korea and Israel.
They looked at 10 categories of information ? educational expen
ditures, time-on-task instruction, class size, teacher education and
working conditions, student involvement (including use of non
school time and percentage of students remaining in school be
yond compulsory attendance), curriculum, standardized testing,
governance of schools, and home and community (including lit
eracy rates, parent involvement and other social indicators).
Their findings indicate that pouring more state and federal
money into the education system is not the answer to problems in
U.S. schools. The U.S. ranks second only to Canada in terms of
per-pupil expenditures, and is near the top of the chart for favor
able class size, student/teacher ratios and teacher preparation.
Where the United States lags behind other nations is in such
categories as the length of the school year, how much time is
spent "on task" during the school day, and the amount of student
time spent doing homework as opposed to such activities as
watching television or participating in sports. The U.S. also ranks
low in teacher respect and parent involvement in the education
The professors' recommendations make good sense and
should serve to remind us that until parents, students, teachers,
administrators and elected officials stand together and demand
high standards, hard work and strong basic skills ? regardless of
the short-term consequences ? we can expect all downward
trends to continue.
From Runway To Tree Stand: Fashion Counts
/ see by your outfit
That you are a cowboy.
You see by my outfit
I am a cowboy, too.
We see by our outfits
That we are both cowboys;
So if you get an outfit.
You can be a cowboy, too.
? The Smothers Brothers
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"Streets of Laredo")
I remember following my dad
around a sporting goods store in
Maine one day, examining all the
fascinating masculine accouterments
of the hunting and fishing trades.
He was particularly interested in a
fancy new lure that looked like the
mutant offspring of a torpedo and a
pickerel, with propellers at both
ends, a plastic shovel nose, a pair of
beady red eyes and three sets of no
nonsense treble hooks.
As he carefully examined it, a
crusty old store clerk walked by,
peering across the top of his glasses
with that calm, knowing expression
typical of Buddhist monks and
"Does this thing really catch
fish?" my dad asked, holding the big
lure up so its nine savage barbs glis
tened in the fluorescent store light.
"Don't know," said the clerk,
pausing thoughtfully. "It sure catch
His reply springs to mind each
autumn, when all the big sporting
goods companies send out their an
nual fall hunting catalogs. Even if I
don't particularly need to order any
thing, I always enjoy looking at their
newest offerings of rugged, long
lasting clothing and equipment.
What I find particularly interest
ing is how they can continually cook
up hundreds of new strange ? and
some might say excessive ? methods
of making one's self look like a tree,
quack like a duck and smell like a
DISCLAIMER: Now don't get
me wrong. I have absolutely nothing
against hunting and eating animals.
Without hunters, whitetail deer
would starve themselves to death,
destroy crops and overrun suburban
neighborhoods. Vast areas of water
fowl wetlands would be drained for
shopping malls and condominium
I like venison, barbecued rabbit,
squirrel stew, sautecd quail, roast
duck. 1 believe the highest and best
use for an angus steer is to have it
chopncd intc two-inch thick filet
mignons, grilled bloody rare, smoth
ered in mushrooms, served with
spinach salad and an Idaho spud and
washed down with a hearty
That being said, let me add that I
will never cease to be amazed at the
ridiculous things outfitters try to sell
hunters, when pretty much all they
really need is a gun and some bul
Take camouflage, for example.
You may not believe this, but years
ago, hunters somehow managed to
bag their limit of all kinds of geme
while wearing nothing more exotic
than khaki pants and a plaid wool
Nowadays, your typical hunting
mag will devote at least 30 pages to
nothing but camouflage clothing.
There are at least a hundred different
You can get camouflage that
looks like tree bark, or tree leaves,
or tree limbs. Or there's tree bark
with limbs and leaves in front, or
leaves with limbs in front. There arc
green leaves and fall leaves and grey
bark and brown bark.
Far northern hunters can get just
about any of these with a snow
white background. Those who want
to avoid becoming game themselves
can get their camouflage in orange.
There's even an "urban camou
flage," which presumably allows
you to blend in .vith buildings and
graffiti. (I'll leave you to consider
what the quarTy might be.)
Naturally, today's camouflage
fashions come with suitably alluring
names like Timber Ghost, Blaze
Horizon, Orange Mirage. Skyline
Ultimate, Konifer and Mossy Oak
As you read this actual descrip
tion of "Branch Bark" camouflage
The Gyik4 Unknown
Ncfib Carolina Polices
(quoted verbatim from the new
"Cabela's" catalog), imagine a burly
deer hunter clumping down a Paris
Nearing the end, he turns on his
lug-soled camouflage boots and
holds open his parka to show off the
contrasting "Rea'tree" suspenders as
the flash bulbs pop and the announc
"Similar to the leather pattern on
the back of a hen pheasant, contrast
ing lights and darks can be meshed
together in an array of natural tones
to not only melt into almost any
background, but also to reflect a
three dimensional image. The over
all background contrasts with the
light-colored overlay branches to
further enhance the appearance of
being three dimensional."
For those who can't take too
many chances about being spotted in
the woods, you can get almost any
thing painted in camouflage these
days. Or you can get camouflage
tape to cover them up.
There arc camo hip waders, camo
gun stocks, camo binoculars, camo
tents, camo back packs, camo sleep
ing bags, camo Thermos bottles,
camo wine skins, camo folding
chairs, camo canoes, camo watches,
camo rope, camo coolers and even a
camo dog bed.
One of the more ridiculous items
is the camouflage pocket flashlight
Think about it folks. The only time
you arc going to take this item out is
at night When it's too dark to sec.
Too dark to see a camouflage flash
light. Until you flick on the light
SSuntcrs sswradays have a!! sorts
of useful (and expensive) techno
logical aids to help them You can
buy night-vision glasses to find
game in the dark. Or electronic
range-finder scopes to find out how
far away your target is. Or global -
positioning satellite (GPS) receivers
to find out where the heck you are
Hut my favorite hunting products
are the exotic fragrances These al
low you to smell just like your
game. (Maybe worse )
Imagine completing your morning
shave by splashing on a little
"Primetime Doc Estros" or "Coon
Cover" natural raccoon urine. Who
needs Right Guard when you can
smear on a little "Doe Eslrus Gel,"
which includes "secretions dunng
Or bow about a whiff of "Fresh
Scrape," which is described thusly:
"Along with urine from a doe in
heat plus a buck in rut, also in
cludes tarsal gland secret ions"
I wonder if these hunting outfit
ters have perfume snipers like the
big department stores, to spray you
with this stuff when you walk in the
door? Makes me wanna go.
What One Sourcebook Almost Has It All?
Where do you turn to place as
wide a variety of information at your
fingertips as possible through a sin
gle, easy-to-use source?
The encyclopedia? Nah, it's good,
but cumbersome. Not a world al
manac, it's too limited. Maybe a
good computer database, but that re
quires a computer.
It's a question I've pondered
(however lightly) since reading
Lynn's column on that perennial de
light, the farmers' almanac, and
thinking about my own bookshelf.
Next to the The Holy Bible, which
has advice on every enduring sub
ject there is, the best single topical
reference source, to my way of
thinking, is The New York Public
Library Desk Reference , published
Billed as "the ultimate one-vol
ume collection of the most frequent
ly uMivhi information," it was a ma
jor project. The editors admit to hav
ing had some difficult choices to
make regarding content.
Can't you imagine them wran
gling into the night?
"Forget the address for Internet.
What we've got to have space for is
semaphore code. I get a call a day
"And wc can't ncglect the
Beaufort Scale of Wind Force," in
sists another. "Or the geological
"And wc can't leave out the pen
nant series winners..."
"What about the rules for playing
pinochle and a recipe for Harvey
Reams of trivia relating to almost
any field you can imagine, from ar
chitecture and bartending to geneal
ogy and zoology. This compact
(836-page with charts and index)
volume makes a welcome gift for
trivia maniacs. It's also great if
you're preparing to travel abroad,
trying out for Jeopardy or studying
for the National Teachers Exam.
Seriously, this is the first book
i've seen thai turns any good reader
into an instant general reference li
brarian With it and a Bible, you
could hang an "Information" sign
over your desk and set up shop in
competition with the library's refer
ence desk Well, maybe.
Ot you could buy the paperback
version for use at home, like when
you can't get to sleep or the kids
need to know who invented the
steam shovel and the library's
it also comes in hanuy when you
need to remove a stain, dial a friend
summering in Algeria, compute in
terest or learn to do a breast self-ex
And by the way, they celebrated
Confucius' Birthday yesterday in
Taiwan. Thought you'd want to
There's A Case For
' Mainstreaming '
BY FRANK1E K. NICHOLS
I am writing in response to a guest column in the
Sept. IS issue entitled "Misplaced 'Special Needs' Kids
Usurp Teaching Time Of Others."
I understand parents' initial concerns as their children
enter into what is supposed to be a year of fun and foun
dation-learning, only to Find out their child's time is be
ing shared with a child who has "special needs" and who
acts out fears and frustrations against the teacher and
However, the child's behavior should not be blamed
on the cnild, but on the school system, the parents and
the community. The child is just that ? an innocent child.
When anyone proposes that we throw a child out of
the classroom (pronto) after only the first month of
school, we have to question whether this is a fair re
quest After only a short time, have we done all we can
do to ensure that this child gets a "free, appropriate edu
cation" as prescribed by Public Law 94-142? Is it fair to
blame and reject a chiid for what his or her parents have
done as in the case of a "crack baby"? Are the nonhandi
capped children suffering in the classroom a* their par
ents are claiming? The answer to all of these questions is
The child is getting a free education but not an appro
priate one. The chances are that he or she has not had
the benefits that so-called "normal" children have had
before kindergarten. Camps, Little League or preschool,
for instance, are taken for granted by most children.
Vacations, trips to the museum, or even visits to the park
can provide the valuable social skills necessary for
According to Jo Douglas in her book Behavior
Problems in Young Children , "Violent actions are often
the result ot experimentation, anger, and frustration, or
lack of self control." Consider, to use Ms Vickers
Mawji's example, that you are a 5-year-old child whose
only interaction has been with a sexually-abusive parent
for the entirety of your short life. You are suddenly
thrown into a classroom where you are expected to pay
attention, raise your hand, share the toys, respect adults
and interact with others. You've never been taught prop
er school etiquette, but the system expects you to prac
tlCC it anyway. Evciyonc Cim; kiiOwS iiOw io luiciact
with the teacher, so why don't you? What is wrong with
And then you find out. Little Sara tells you that her
mommy said your daddy is bad to you. That's why you
act like you do. You need "special" help, and you don't
belong with the other children.
You would feel augiy, anu you'd probably want to run
away from your classroom, too. People don't want you
there anyway. You would also wonder why you were be
ing punished and why people don't like you.
llie solution is simple: Early intervention, earlier than
the first day of kindergarten. As parents, this is what you
should be demanding from your school board ? not the
immediate dismissal of a child who is having difficulty
conforming to society's norms.
Furthermore, research proves that nonhandicapped
children as well as handicapped children benefit from
the mainstreamed classroom. In an article in the Journal
of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Deborah
Walker et al (who work for the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health for the Bureau of Parent,
Child and Adolescent Health) report the following:
"Results of the few well- designed studies show that aca
demic and social outcomes for both the handicapped
child and for his/her nondisabled peers are better in
mainstrcamed classrooms where adequate resources
have been made available to the child and teacher than
in more segregated settings."
Ms Vickers-Mawji proved this claim herseli when she
reported her daughter's reaction to the child that hit her.
Children arc amazingly resilient and far !es? prejudiced
in their innocence that we adults are. They can appreci
ate differences and teach appropriate social interaction
skills to those who do not have them. In the end, they
become more understanding children, and when they be
come adults, they will be more compassionate parents.
Also, aj> adults they will sympathize with families
who have handicapped children- -behaviorally or other
wise. Rather than taking their children from the class
room where a disturbed child is educated, they may fight
for more resources for the teachcr, band together with
the community to offer help to the families with handi
capped children, or volunteer their own time to aid the
teachers who do not have adequate assistance.
The options are limitless, but throwing the handi
capped child out of the classroom is not one. Neither is
having the nonhandicapped child moved to another
Finally, Ms Vickers-Mawji is justifiably concerned
about the amount of instructional time that is being lost
and the tax dollars being wasted as a consequence, but
she needs to look further down the road. If this child
were to receive an "appropriate" education as deemed
by the federal government, he or she would probably
show progress in a few months. However, with the kind
of education that Ms Vickers-Mawji is proposing for this
child, he or she will continue to get even more frustrated
with school and will look forward to the day he or she
turns 16 years old. (Emotionally, this child will have
dropped out of school a long time ago.)
With no education and no good-paying job, Ms
Vickers-Mawji's tax dollars will be paying for a lot
more than a few hours of instruction:;! time. Ts!k atout
expensive! Why not Fight for the better investment?
Give this child a fighting chance in the world, a place
where he or she can take care of his or her own needs
because of the appropriate education provided by the
school system, the community and the parents.
Withiw a few months, I will be certified to teach on
the secondary level, and I know the challenges ahead are
tremendous. Bui no maiier what, i won'i give up. My
desire to give all children the chance they deserve is
why I have chosen the teaching profession. As a teacher,
I will continue to fight for the rights of ALL children be
cause they all have the right to a quality education and
they will get one in my classroom.
I know I can't do it alone. 1 speak for all teachers
when I say we need your help and understanding. Help
us fight for more funding, more training, more resources
and more assistants. This is the answer.
The author is a former Brunswick County resident who
lives in Raleigh.