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To the editor:
Eric Carlson's column "Look Past
The Surface Of School Funds Ap
peal" is must reading for every
Brunswick taxpayer. I agree 100
percent with his statements.
I am a taxpayer in an area be
tween Calabash and Sunset Beach. I
am 79 and my wile is 76 and we are
on a fixed income, as are most in
our development. When we moved
here in 1981 my neighbor and I de
cided to buy the empty lot between
us, and it cost us $2,500 each. In
1992 my property assessment had
risen to $13,000. In 1993 it was dor
bled to $26,000.
The tax commissioners' reason
was that we were living in the
fastest growing area in Brunswick
County (between Calabash and
Sunsel Beach). In our development
west of N.C. 179 we have approxi
mately 75 homeowners and only
two children of school age.
That makes 74 of us that arc on
fixed incomes. These two children
are picked up by two different bases
before 7 a.m. and delivered again in
the afternoon (on Wednesdays at
Doubling our property assessment
is our reward for being a beautiful,
elderly, law-abiding, low-crime area.
We do not receive one scrvicc from
I estimate that 75 percent of coun
ty law enforcement costs arc spent
in northern Brunswick County.
In the same issue was an article
that states the following:
1 Fifteen of every Km
girls in Brunswick County becomes
pregnant every year.
2. One in three Brunswick County
children lives in a single parent
This is simply a disgrace. How
many of these single parents are not
taxpayers and receive food stamps?
One thing our schools excel in is
football and basketball The last I
heard was that these great athletes
only have to enroll in two academic
subjects in the year that they partici
pate in these sports
Why docs Brunswick County
have the lowest SAT scores in North
Carolina and the USA? Before we
give them this increase let's see
On top of this, we have already
received our new tax bill, which in
cludes the 10 cents per hundred
school board increase which is still
under appeal and certainly shouldn't
be turned over to a lame duck board
of education to be spent by a com
Wr ite Us
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pletely different board of Education.
I would opt for Mr. Carlson's sug
gestion of an audit.
Herbert A. Haseley
Process Is Criticized
EDITOR S NOTE: The following
was addressed to Jon Sanborn,
Calabash mayor pro tern. A copy
was furnished for use as a letter to
the editor. It has been edited.
To the editor:
1 am extremely disappointed in
the manner in which the vacancies
on the boards of the South Bruns
wick Water and Sewer Authority
and of the commissioners of the
Town of Calabash were filled.
On the afternoon of Aug. 2, Rob
Davis introduced himself and pro
vided copies of a letter indicating his
interest in the SBWSA portion ?fid
his resume, to the board of commis
sioners. At the conclusion of the
presentation, he was told by you that
the committee would consider his
application and that of another inter
ested party, Stu Thorn, and %oalu
then recommend one candidate to
the full board. No such recommen
dation was made, the other commis
sioners were not given copies of Mr.
Davis' letter and resume, nor was
Mr. Davis invited to the Aug. 9
meeting to re present himself.
What constitutes Mr. Thorn's
qualifications, if any. for that posi
tion is not reflected in the record; all
anybody knows officially is that he
was formerly a commissioner who
loot his bid for re-election. Mr
Thorn may well be the more quali
fied individual, or he may not be;
the point is that there is absolutely
no evidence of any attempt to deter
mine which of the two was better
equipped to serve, and that Mr.
Thorn's selection was made on some
As to filling the vacancy on the
board of commissioners created by
the resignation of A1 Ixisey, a simi
lar mockery of due process took
place. I was astounded when I saw
that you hadn't bothered to open my
letter, hand-delivered by me 8 days
earlier on Aug. 1, until moments be
fore a vote was to be taken, nor had
the copies which 1 had provided
been distributed to the other com
You vocally glossed over my let
ter and then read aloud Ray Card's
one-paragraph note which had been
submitted that very day. What or
who prompted Mr. Card to get in
volved again, no one is saying, but
it's not a mystery to me. This is the
same Ray Card who was not elected
to his first term, but was appointed
to replace Ed Schaack, who became
the building inspector ? the same
Ray Card who did not run for elec
tion. The record does not reflect
what other credentials Mr. Card may
possess; again, the point is that no
attempt was made to ascertain which
candidate was better qualified to
serve as a representative of the resi
dents of District 2, and that Mr.
Card's selection was also made on
other than a proper basis.
As elected officials, the mayor
and commissioners arc charged with
tuC i c.%T* ifwiu i ! i ? y of dCui'tg cti ill
times with the best interests of all
the citizens of Calabash in mind,
and it is obvious that in this instance
(and in several others) you didn't
even come close. The entire vacan
cy-filling process was a sham which
took a total of about 5 minutes ? less
time than it usually takes one of
your committee chairmen to explain
why he has "nothing to report."
In fact, the vote itself may be in
valid; both the taped record and the
written record officially reflect a
vole of 3- 1 in cach case, and 4 votes
do not a quorum make. If that deba
cle represents your best efforts and
judgment, then the citizens have
more to be concerned about than
they presently think.
Edwin R. Mugridge
To the editor:
The disgruntled group of the
Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association
? ATTENTION MEN OVER 50!
National Prostate Awareness Week is September 18-24
Prostate disease is of growing concern in your age category. Consider:
? Prostate cancer has surpassed lung cancer as the leading form of cancer in men and may affect
as many as 50% of all men;
? Prostate cancer has become the #2 cause of death in men;
? Most urologists recommend yearly checkups to rule out any possibility of cancer,
?Additionally, one out of every three men over the age of 50 suffer symptonis of Benign
Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), characterized by frequent nighttime urination, a weak urine
stream, and/or the inability to completely empty the bladder,
^ b?thopr08tawt?jcancer and BPH inwlve use of the American Urological Association
?^>V?ymJpt0m Index, a rectal exam by a physician, and a Prostate Specific Antigen
(PSA) blood test.
Please take the AUA Prostate Symptom Index Test
IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!
Over the past month or so. how often
have you had a sensation o I not empty
ing your bladder completely after you
Over the last month or so. how many
times did you most typically get up to
urinate from the time you went to bed
at night until the time you got up in
Over the past month or so, how often fil
have you had to urinate again less than
two hours after you finished urinating?
Over the past month or so, how often fjl Q H H Q El
have you found that you stopped and ?? mm
started again several times when you urinated?
Over the past month or so, how often
have you found it difficult to postpone
Over the past month or so. how often
have you had a weak urinary stream?
?DBS Q 0
Over the past month or so, how often
have you had to push or strain to begin
From the American Urological Association
(AUA) Symptom Index for BPH.
310401 47lt?48) ? Fttxuary 1994 ? PrinM n U SA
Ma* Map. LOOM
TAKE THE TEST!
** If you have
(total score 8-19)
(total score 20-35)
please contact your
family doctor or local
urologist to schedule a
South Brunswick ftfedical Group
Located off Hwy 1 7 at Union School Road ? Shallotte ? 579-9955
is now polling the membership for
support in seccding from the town of
This is not about R-E-S-P-E-C-T,
representation or services to the is
land, nor is it under the noble guise
of protecting and preserving the
f*i" g;!c uniqueness of tuc imuiiu cii -
viroi"nent. This is about the arro
gant selfish desire of this disgruntled
group to control the access and use
of the public beach.
This is not their beach. This is our
bcach. Those of us that own a 50
foot-wide strip of the island have no
special privileges above and beyond
those of other citizens. A public
beach is for all !o enjoy the surf,
sand and the sunset.
I think those of us living in Sea
Trail, Sugar Sands, Twin Lakes,
Carolina Shore, Shallotte, Charlotte,
Raleigh Little River and others who
use and love our public beach
should tell this disgruntled group of
the SBTA that this is not their beach.
This is our beach and we will not re
linquish our right and privilege to
the full use of it.
I propose that we start a campaign
to save our beach. Send your cards
and letters to the SBTA expressing
your displeasure with their attempt
to bar your full use of this public
bcach. In lieu of sending those cards
and letters to the SBTA, send them
to me at 407 Shoreline Drive W.,
Sunset Bcach, and I will present
them to the SBTA at their next pub
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THE BRUNSWICK ftKACON
Not Fade Away
What a drag it is to get o-o-old.
"They're playing your song, mama," Patrick laughed while Mick
J agger sang on the radio as we
motored into downtown Colum
bia. His friend snickered, too.
Hah! I thought. Would an old
person take you two teenagers to
a Rolling Stones concert just six
days shy of her 40th birthday? I
don't think so.
Would an old person bankroll
you ponytailed, baggy-pants
young'uns at $53 each for a more
spectacular show than you'd ever
get from those chronically depressed musicians you guys watch on
MTV? Not likely.
Would an old person let you loose in a crowd of 30,000 or more (di
rections to the car and cellular phone number written down in your pock
ets, of course) to experience the phenomenon from the vantage point of
your choice? Never.
Would an old person understand your need to wander the hotel be
fore and after the show "looking for weird people" and pretending you're
there without accompanying adults? Not on your life.
Eric and I went to sec the Stones five years ago in Birmingham ?
Alabama, not England ? and it was different this time. Not the show so
much; there was still the mix of new songs and familiar old ones, the
lights and fireworks and gargantuan inflatabies, the giant video screen,
and a sound system powerful enough to make every note feel like a heart
It wasn't that the Rolling Stones were older, either. On stage they're
still ageless, potent and larger than life despite being a decade older than
It was bringing along a second generation that made the difference,
made me look at the scene through middle-age eyes. Glancing over the
crowd before the %how, I didn't see jur.t revelers. 1 saw lots of balding
pates, crows' feet, thick middles and wedding rings mixed in among the
young and the hip.
I heard folks talking about their jobs and their kids, remembering
Stones concerts from 20 years ago, and complaining about how scary it
was to try to maneuver through the crush of people at the gates.
One guy was furious because his brother had gotten arrested at a
Fairfield County police checkpoint. 1 didn't hear him say what the of
fense was. "Man, I had to leave him behind and sell his ticket," he
lamented. "Now he's in jail and I'm here."
"I'm a lawyer," said a woman in the row in front of him.
It dawned on me that this was largely a crowd of responsible
adults ? office workers and entrepreneurs, dentists and guidance coun
selors, Rotarians and bridge players, Volvo owners and mortgagees,
mothers and fathers, even new grandparents.
Then the lights went down. Flames shot from the mouth of the 90
foot metal cobra on the stage. Drumbeats signaled the beginning of "Not
Fade Away." For the next two hours we were just fans, dancing and ap
plauding, singing along word for word the music that best chronicles the
30 years between our adolescence and now. Not fading away.
Patrick and his friend were at the car when we got there. Both had on
their new $25 Stones T-shirts. Both raved about the show.
Eric and I were beat and already starting to dread the early wake-up
call and the drive back to Brunswick. The boys were stoked.
"When we get to the hotel, y'all can go hang out, but take your key
and don't make noise coming in," I told them. "We're going to sleep."
As we sat in the traffic jam leaving the stadium, Pat said quietly to no
one in particular, "This was one of the best times I've ever had." Getting
old may be a drag, but it has its moments.
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