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Will Your Life 'Really Matter' During 1995?
As one year ends and another be
gins, my mind has been rambling
all over, picking at memories trig
gered by sounds, smells and other
associations. It would be easy to be
come disheartened as I watch the
news, listen to the sirens screaming
late in the night and begin thinking
that the world is becoming a mean
er place than even I, a hard-bitten
newswoman, can stand.
Random violence occurs even in
rural areas like our own, often pro
pelled by enslavement to a powerful
and evil addiction to drugs or alco
More and more criminals blame
their antisocial and illegal behavior
on the past, some missing element
in their own less than perfect child
hoods, and expect us to buy it.
We can sympathize, but we
should know better. There are too
many inspiring stories of men and
women of all races and nationalities
who rose above the meanest of sur
roundings, who rose above the ter
rors of their pasts and became excit
ing role models for the rest of us.
A few criminals even expect us
to buy the idea they shouldn't be
punished for crimes committed
while under the influence of drugs,
that they couldn't help it. Give me a
break. They chose to use the drug, a
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
N.C. Intangibles, Properly Taxes
Vex Transplanted Long Islander'
To the editor:
We have been residents of Fair
way Villas at Carolina Shores. Cala
bash (transplanted Long Islanders)
for a little over three years. We like
it very much and we have friends
who moved here from Long Island
and have made many more friends.
However, there are two things that
bother us very much ? the personal
properly tax and the intangibles tax.
Why are we charged (in 1994)
$89.13 for owning a 1990 Olds
mobile 98 with 66,000 miles on the
odometer? We can't afford a new car
without tailing out an equity loan,
and I spent over $1,700 in 1994 to
keep it running If you don't have a
car. you must walk. How come there
is no personal property tax on
Regarding the intangibles tax. it is
onerous and taxes money or invest
ments that have been saved for re
tirement living. I know of no tax that
assesses unrealized gains or losses
What is more unfair is that you
don't have to pay on investments
that are with North Carolina domi
ciled companies or less if a national
company has offices or manufactur
ing in this state.
Slate Commerce Secretary Dave
Phillips (recently said) "climate and
tax structure is luring new business
to the state, and not a lack of unions
and low-paid work force." He said
all this while, unveiling an advertis
ing campaign to lure business to the
If he has anvthing, in the cam
paign about the intangibles tax, he
We didn't know about the intangi
bles tax and personal property tax
when we moved here, and lots of
others didn't either; however, the
first thing we tell people interested
in moving to the state is, "Beware
the intangibles tax and personal
It is totally unfair (even the court
has upheld its legality), particularly
on seniors who arc depending on the
interest payments (which arc subject
to state income tax) to stay afloat
and, as I stated before, (is) a tax on
the total investment and unrealized
gain. Of course if there is an unreal
ized loss, the state suffers and the
taxpayers suffers twice.
Michael T. Abbcne
Likes Color Photos
To the editor:
We look forward to receiving The
Brunswick Beacon every week.
Since we are unable to spend all of
our time at our beach cottage, wc
appreciate your keeping us informed
Lately wc have especially en
joyed the pictures that are printed in
color. Your photographers are quite
good and should be congratulated.
Our favorite column is by Bill
Favcr. We look forward to his spe
cial essays with personal pho
tographs each week.
We arc pleased to renew our sub
scription for 1995 and send our
thanks for the enjoyment you have
given us in the past.
Franda and Phil Pedlow
No Answers, Just Taxes
To the editor:
Our commissioners who were
voted in to represent all tho people
equally changed the original capital
improvement bond for the installa
tion of the water lines for all resi
dents at Shallotte Point and only
gave it to a certain area. The Go
Walcr Bond should have been desig
nated to all. not just a certain area.
This is an act of discrimination to
the rest of us landowners, voters and
taxpayers of Shallotte Point.
Our county has always stood for
democracy (which is a form of gov
ernment in which the supreme pow
er is vested in the people. I, for one,
have a 70-foot lot which has been
assessed at $736.03 plus $475 hook
an fee equals $1,211.03. For that
4a mc section of 70-foot pipe, the
man living on the other sick of the
dirt road opposite of me has to pay
51,211.03, the total equal, for 70
Foot of pipe $2,422.06. It think that's
There are 24 lots on my road; 24
times $736.03 equals $17,664.72,
riot counting the hook -on fees. Are
we paying for those who the com
missioners gave the bond? The
Utility Commission had the right of
way to lay the lines whether people
wanted it or not. Only certain resi
dents arc being forced to pay.
At the tax office, liens have al
ready been placed upon the land
owned by people who cannot afford
these rates. This is discrimination in
that some people pay and some
Who will pay the cost of the sew
er system? The ones who didn't pay
for the water?
At the meeting it did no good to
go; the ones asking questions got no
answers and we've still got none ?
only more taxes.
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Budget, Mining Proposal
Among County's '94 Battles
(Continued From Page 1-A)
of County Manager Wyman Yclton
(hiring his recovery from injuries
suffered in a car accident. Interim
Manager Charles McGinn is was the
former county manager of Cabarrus,
Catawba and Gaston counties.
Brunswick county was invited to
join three other area counties in a re
gional high-tech garbage disposal
system that would eliminate the
need for a local landfill while recy
cling much of the waste and burning
roost of the rest for fuel. The county
is still negotiating with officials of
the "BCH Energy Project," who are
building the waste-to-energy system
Libraries Built, Improved
TVo new branches of the Bruns
wick County Library system were
opened in Leland and on Oak Island
as work began on renovations to the
Shall otic and Southport Branches.
The friends of West Brunswick
Library raised money, located a
building and provided volunteers to
keep a temporary library open while
the Shallotte branch was closed. The
newly expanded facility is scheduled
to re-open Jan. 9.
In June, a federal judge dismissed
a racial discrimination lawsuit filed
by former county Clerk Regina
Alexander, saying the commission
ers enjoyed legislative immunity
when they eliminated her paid posi
tion from the budget. Later that
month, Alexander re-filed her suit in
Funding Fight Begins
Opening shots were fired in a dis
pute between the commissioners and
the school board over school fund
ing as ISO people turned out for a
public hearing on the proposed
county budget. The commissioners
eventually approved a spending
package that did not increase taxes,
but gave the schools S4.5 million
less than was requested in their bud
Commissioner Jerry Jones re
signed from the county planning
board after fellow commissioners
called for a comprehensive study to
identify "inconsistencies" in the
zoning law that Jones helped create.
He later agreed to retain his plan
ning board seat following a vote of
confidence from the other commis
Unable to reach a compromise
over the amount of money needed to
run the schools, Brunswick commis
sioners and board of education
members faced off in court. A jury
awarded the school board the full
amount it requested in its budget.
The commissioners have appealed
the verdict, claiming it would re
quire a 10-cent increase in local
property taxes to fund the schools at
Central Permitting Begins
In mid-September the long pro
posed central permitting office was
opened at the county complex in
Bolivia. The facility provides a
"one-stop shopping" place where
residents can obtain all the neces
sary approvals they need for build
ing a new home or business.
Martin Marietta Aggregates fol
lowed through with its promise to
sue Brunswick County over the law
enacted in January that prevented
the company from opening its pro
poses limestone quarry near
South port. The lawsuit asks the
court to either declare the mining
law void or to make the county re
imburse the company for some or all
of the money it claims to have spent
on the project.
Republicans and Democrats, in
cumbents and challengers were
clcctcd to the county board of com
missioners in November. Former
one-term Chairman Don Warren and
fellow Democrat Wayland Vereen
were unseated by former Calabash
Mayor Douglas Simmons and politi
cal newcomer Leslie Collier, who
became the first Republican woman
ever named to the board. Veteran
member Jerry Jones retained his seat
to form a Republican majority, de
spite the defeat of incumbent
Donald Shaw by Democrat Bill Sue.
Also returned to office was
Democrat Tom Rabon.
The outgoing commissioners
went on a last-meeting spending
spree, appropriating $338,827 for
various departments, projects, agen
cies and volunteer fire and rescue
squads. The new board appointed
Commissioner Jerry Jones chairman
and fellow Republican Leslie Collier
vice chairman. At their first meet
ing, the new board named a doctor
to the county health board and creat
ed a joint liaison committee to im
prove relations with the new board
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TH[ BRUNSWICK ftKACON
crime in itself, didn't they?
Wouldn't it be more appropriate to
penalize them for both, and to
throw in drug rehabilitation too?
At 40-plus I still believe that
government can help people and
communities help themselves
through programs like Head Start,
WIC and VISTA.
I believe even more strongly that
individuals can and do make the
most difference. None of us should
write off the future as something we
have no part in, because we would
Thank goodness there are lead
ers, visionaries and heroes among
us. Individuals who care so deeply
that they have no choice but to act
on their convictions.
I'm thinking about Robert
Quinn's push to protect a neighbor
hood from mining, Lori Bates' fight
for better care for preschoolers,
Eugene Tomlinson's advocacy for
better stewardship of our precious
coastal environment, as well as the
less visible fights, such as Katherine
Shawver's drive to improve the
lives of the downtrodden and de
feated and give them hope, and a
cousin's commitment to being a
good parent and a good daughter.
1994 has come and is almost
gone. It hasn't been a perfect year.
However, it has carried forward for
another time the seeds of hope, the
examples of goodness, the possibili
ties for change because there are
those who aci in love and mercy out
of their faith.
As for you and me, we can sit
back and complain, make excuses
and criticize those who try.
Or we can choose to try living, as
writer Danny Morris suggests, "a
life that really matters."
Jan. 1 6 Deadline For Fishery Proposals
Santa's work may be done, but the Jan. 16 deadline
for the state's fishery resource grant applications is fast
If you have an innovative idea, but haven't put pen
to paper yet, it's not too late to submit a proposal.
The N.C. General Assembly has made $1 million
available for the fust year of the program, which pro
vides money to people who want to do research to en
hance the state's fishery resources ? either by testing
new equipment, researching industry trends, perform
ing environmental pilot studies or studying other fish
State officials say grant money will be distributed as
evenly as possible among the northern, Pamlico, cen
tral and southern coastal areas.
N.C. Sea Grant, the N.C. Division of Marine
Fisheries and the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission
have held workshops and disseminated information to
help applications understand the grant process and re
fine their ideas and proposals.
Applications are still available from the N.C.
Division of Marine Fisheries (919/726-7021). Com
pleted applications must be postmarked by Jan 16 and
mailed to DMF Director, P.O. Box 769, Morehead
City NC 28557. The Marine Fisheries Commission
will recommend projects to be funded.
For technical advice or more information, call the
regional directors of the division or Jim Murray, N.C
Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service director,
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