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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Lights' Proposal Is Criticized
To the editor:
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pame from burning torches' I
believe there is another ^
'ghts again. What is the deal'
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Griffith s hometown. Mt. Airy. N.C
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!kT kecP votl"g for more lights for
^ik"L k"OW Why? "s Mfcr to
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wntages seem to fall every time
hgMs are added, and if you !LC?
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Maybe the commission should
took at some ideas such as a Holden
Beach community park and build
ing. or improving beach access or
S3T,ys and sprudn?
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' and see What the
area really needs
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Holden Beach Board
Sfrou/c/ 'Work For Us '
To the editor:
Why Ain't the Holden Beach
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?"*t've to do? l-eave the p?pe,ty
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hrst they order all security hghts
***" lhat property owners were
Paying for Next, sirect lights appear
(?!?[)!* '?n has lo pay ?UI of our
'*"f. P?|J 1 ^y realize what "secu
nfy lights are for?
The only lights I know of that in
terfere with vision of any motor ve
are at the miniature coif
ooun* ? 'he 457 block of OceLi
Boulevard West If , neighbor has a
srssr-^ n"' ** 3 *** nc,Kh
oor and talk to one another and re
vc 'he problem? Leave the town
conmitwoc out of it.
Why doesn't the town work on
providing more beach accessways
for the homeowners? Do something
about the polluted waters around the
Holden Beach is always last to
bring sewerage to the Lsland Whv
?n't we be first and end all this to
do about overcrowding, which no
one abides by.
Dogs run loose everywhere No
one enforces the leash law. You find
dogs on the beach all the time where
children play and walk
End Alliance Between
Town, Carolina Shores
Tc the editor:
Four years ago my wife and I
closed on a home in what we con
sidered to be the best overall devel
opment we had found in four years
of looking. We searched for a place
with a certain lifestyle, certain
amenities and a reasonable tax struc
ture. A bonus seemed to be the
quaint, laid-back lifestyle and charm
of the town of Calabash, to which
our development, Carolina Shores,
Unfortunately, we were not aware
of the political/economic atmos
phere, nor were we aware of the
plans that certain interests had for
Recently we have seen our repre
sentatives (?) approve a search for a
town manager which is in no way
needed at this time. However, the
overriding concern of these repre
sentatives lately seems to be growth.
This is not to suggest that growth
in itself is all bad, but in this in
stance it is at least questionable. Of
what type of growth are we speak
AT HOLD EN BEACH
On Sal* At
ALAN HOLDER REALTY
CAMP GROUND BY THE SEA
CAPTAIN PETE S
GINNY'S CHICKEN HOUSE
HOLDEN BEACH PIER
SKY MART EXXON
ing? One area of growth advocated
by our representatives is waterfront
development. To this end our taxes
are now being used to finance
dredging of the Calabash River. To
what end? So that moneyed interests
can profit to the tunc of ssiiilons of
dollars in real estate development
and sales? So that more taxes will be
necessary to provide services for an
expanding area (paid police and fire
service, etc.)? So that traffic will
make obsolete our present system of
roads? So that crime, pollution and
high-rise development will bring us
closer to urban living? So that the
way of life that so many of us enjoy
will be changed for the worse?
At a recent session of the town
council, one member mentioned
more than oncc the need for more
taxes just to promote growth. What
services do we get for our taxes
Maybe the problem is that
Carolina Shores' interests arc of no
importance to our so-called repre
sentatives. Maybe we should consid
er ending the alliance with the town
of Calabash and each of us pursue
our future as befits our best inter
ests, rather than becoming another
Coney Island or Atlantic City.
Why Not Ask Why?
To the editor:
Why docs more rubbish appear on
the roadsides how that the tourists
have returned home?
Why do cars with only one head
light never get pulled over by po
Why do police cars drive in the
rain with windshield wipers operat
ing but have the headlights off?
Why do drivers that pass in no
passing zones never seem to be
charged with a moving violation?
Why are most of the speeders
clocked at 64 mph? Maybe the radar
Vilij ii wiicu i drive down U.S.
17 at 55 mph a police car passes me
at 65? Today, a log truck passed me
at 70 mph. I guess he didn't want his
logs to get wetter. 1 met a south
bound pickup truck with no head
lights on in the northbound lane.
I think I know what "prayer for
judgment" means; I was praying for
better driving judgment for the pick
Odell M. Johnson
Concentrate On All
To the editor:
Leslie Collier, when asked about
her adamant focus on education,
was asked why she was not running
for the board of education. She was
quoted as saying she thought there
were some very competent people
offering themselves for the board of
Is it not a fact that she did indeed
plan on running for the board of ed
ucation? But the deadline had for
eliminating her bid had already
passed and the ballots had already
Is it also not a fact that there was
indeed not a Republican candidate
in District 3 (her district) for the
board of education until July? That
was well past the primary election
I think we need someone on the
board of commissioners who has the
focus to look beyond just the
schools and concentrate on all prob
lems that exist in Brunswick County.
' Political Firing '
To the editor:
Tne Leiand lown Council fired
our hard-working devoted town
clerk Joyce Bragg for a $28 dispute
in an employee paycheck. Then they
purchased a plaque with tax money
to honor the police chief who re
signed under pressure of an immi
nent State Bureau of Investigation
probe of his activities.
Citizens who attend town meet
ings know the reason for this politi
cal firing. The majority of this coun
cil lacks conscience or wisdom and
continue to waste thousands of dol
lars. The firing of Mrs. Bragg is the
most recent example of their waste.
Councilman Gilbert's ego, Coun
cilman Hyatt's incompetence and
Councilman Richburg's oblivion
have control of Leiand town govern
ment and our money.
These three pretend they are inter
ested in your opinion. The truth is,
they predetermine important issues,
then put on a show of caring. Watch
them: when a controversial issue ap
pears on the agenda they continue
the meeting to early Saturday morn
ing, when most citizt.is can't attend.
We need open government in
Leiand. Don't count on these three.
Ben F. Ward Jr.
Yates In Control?
To the editor:
The firing of Leiand Town Clerk
Joyce Bragg Sept. 17, is the latest
example of the blatant disregard
Mayor Pro Tem Jane Gilbert and
Councilmen Thomas Hyatt and
Sadie Richburg hold for town em
ployees and the citizens they should
While Mayor Franky Thomas was
out of town. Mayor Pro Tern Gilbert
snatched the opportunity to swing
her ax. Prior to the regular meeting
she and Councilman Hyatt con
spired to fire Mrs. Bragg. They
gained support from Councilman
Richburg and did not inform Mayor
Thomas or Councilman Blake of
With their letter of dismissal in
hand Councilman Hyatt made the
motion to fire her. According to the
councilman she exceeded her au
thority in a personnel matter the
mayor and chief of police asked her
to implement. Councilman Hyatt,
who pushed for her dismissal, also
signed the paycheck in question.
The mayor's instruction, approval
from Councilman Blake and Coun
cilman Hyatt's signature on the
check clearly reveals majority ap
proval for the alleged misdeed.
The trio's ineptness in personnel
matters keeps the town government
in constant disruption. They are
searching for their fourth police
chief in three years. All clerical per
sonnel have quit for a better work
environment. Now the one remain
ing cohesive element was sent pack
ing, simply because they had an un
We can't afford their political
games. A $28 action by a clerk un
der instruction will cost Leland
thousands of dollars just to train a
replacement. If Councilman Hyatt
would expend as much energy on
his assigned road projects as he does
badgering town employees perhaps
he could develop a plan for helping
our citizens get their needed roads in
To the editor:
It was a real disappointment to
me, as well as my friends and neigh
bors in Leland, to read about the fir
ing of our town clerk. Mrs. Bragg
was always very pleasant and
knowledgeable in her dealings with
the citizens. She is experienced and
professional and gave us a sense of
Shame on this petty act of elected
officials. It will cost us dearly.
Thanks For Pennies
To the editor:
The students, faculty, staff and ad
ministration of Supply Elementary
School would like to express our
sincere appreciation to area mer
chants, parents, grandparents and
friends for the manner in which they
have supported our million-dollar
penny drive. On Oct. 14 we reached
and exceeded our goal. We very
shortly will be spending this money
on playground equipment.
The Supply students are to be
congratulated for their weekly con
tributions to the drive over a 13
month period. Our parents are to be
commended for their patience in be
ing asked for pennies.
We believe that a strong family
and community involvement helps
to build a strong school. Again, we
appreciate all the support we have
received in this effort.
Carolyn S. Williams
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