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PAGE 4-A, WEDNESDAY, JULY 3. 1991
Parents Wi!! Determine
Results Of WBHS Effort
"If your child turns in u piece of work that's unaccept
able, we give it hack for him to do over. Arui we call you
in to help get it done. We do not accept failure."
These words by Ed Lemon, principal of West Brunswick
High School, sum up the basic ideas behind an "outcome-based
education project" that will involve ninth graders ai the high
school this fall.
The idea of doi"? something until vou set it right isn't new;
there are plenty of adages about "If at first you don't succeed,
try. try again." Hut it certainly is something we haven't seen
much of in education.
Typically, students turn in a paper or project (or don't) and
take whatever grade they get. sometimes doing only enough to
"just get by". An individual teacher may allow work to be done
over for a higher grade, but usually doesn't require it.
Lemon's idea goes the second step ? let students know that
you expect and will accept only a certain quality of work, give
them plenty of chances to meet that standard and let them and
their parents know what happens if the student doesn't. Tell par
ents you expect them, at the least, to encourage their child to get
Left to the school's devices, he suggests it is unlikely any
student would fail. They would get to try new ways to show
what they've learned, as well as extra help after school as long
as it takes to help them keep pace with their classmates.
Anyone who's ever worked with young people know that
they up their performance to meet expectations. Expect little,
get little. Expect more, get more.
So it boils down to parents and their attitudes.
Will the parents give their children the kind of "You can do
it" words of encouragement they need and arrange rides home
after school if their student is referred for "eighth period" assis
tance ? or will they tell the school it expects too much of them
and their child and to forget it?
The program makes parents and child share responsibility
with die school for the .student's achievement ? or "failure" to
achieve. No more finger-pointing in just one direction.
What an old-fashioned idea! It might just work. It's going to
be up to you, parents.
Run For Office And
Become Part Of Solution
Attention, concerned citizens.
Do you find yourself getting frustrated every time you sit in on a
town meeting or read about it in the
your local town board make your
If you're shaking your head
up and down right now, you need
to read the rest of this column. If
you couldn't care iess aboui
what's going on in your town, turn
to the sports pages.
Elections will be held this fall
in 16 municipalities in Brunswick
County. If you plan to run for of
fice, filing starts Friday and ends Aug. 2. It costs S5 to get your name on
There should be a herd of candidate*' running for the 58 seats up for
election in November. Based on what I've heard over the last two years,
there are a lot of people in different towns who think they could do a
better job than the folks in office.
But if I've learned anything during my four years at the newspaper,
it's that there are two kinds of people in the world ? those who arc pan
ol the problem and those who arc part of the solution.
The group that is pari of the problem is always a lot larger than the
group that is part of the solution, which in itself creates a bigger prob
People who always complain about something are part of the prob
lem. But they also are the ones who can ea.sily bccome part of the solu
A crotchety old man a ho a!wa>s complains about the awful condi
tion of his dirt street but never does anything about it is part of the prob
The same mar. could bccomc pan of the yjlution by running for
town board arid helping develop a street-paving program.
You sa> it's hard for a crotchet) old man to get elected. That may
be true. But winning or losing the election isn't the most important
thing. Showing that >ou fed strongly enough about something run tor
office and getting your views before the public is the key.
As an example, let's look at Holder, Beach, which had a very excit
ing election in 1989.
One of the candidates, Judy Bryan, ran for office panly because she
strongly opposed mainland annexation.
Mrs. Bryan promised residents she would vote to overturn an an
nexation ordinance if she was elected. She was elected and helped stop
the annexation before it took effect.
Another candidate that year, George Bradshaw, ran partly because
he wanted to see better enforcement of town ordinances.
Bradshaw wasn't elected, but the town has since stepped up en
forcement of the ordinances and lowered the speed limit on Bradshaw's
By becoming part of the solution, both candidates accomplished at
least part of what they set out to achicvc.
If Mrs. Bryan had merely complained about annexation, and Brad
shaw had only griped about cars speeding past his house, it's unlikely
that anything would have changed.
If you want tilings to change in your community, my advice to you
is try becoming part ol the solution. You'll be ama/ed at what can be
newspaper? Do the actions taken by
Is Something 'Bugging' You Today?
IX) you ever wonder how we
came to say "Stop bugging inc" or
"What's bugging you?"
Step out into the yard and you'll
understand quickly how this word
evolved. It's been a very good year
for creepy, crawly, flying BUGS.
Step out and you may be attacked.
If not, you can see the trail of dam
age inflicted on other living things
in your yard.
Every year we're invaded, but
this year seems worse than usual.
Bruce Williams at the extension of
fice says it's in part because we had
such a mild w inter.
Along with larger numbers, the
assortment seems more varied: big,
little, green, orange, gray, yellow,
winged and homed. A creative [ tor
so n could have the kids play rounds
of "Name Thai Ciillei". I've found
some kind of bug on just about ev
erything that's green and growing in
Frankly, we're having to scram
ble lo suiy ahead or even with the
little buggers. Sometimes I'm cer
tain they're winning. In my dreams
I sec the early-arriving Marine divi
sions, smartly dressed and waving
bright colored little victory flags
proclaiming to the rest of the bug
world, "Come on in, guys! The
coast is clear and the chow is
NVc'vc been trying to get by this
year with little or no chcmical
spraying. That's easier for us than
for many households, bccause we
have such a small garden this year.
We've got plenty of flowers, bui tux
much in the way of vegetables. Just
a few tomato and hell pepper plants,
some green beans, gourds and a
good variety ol herbs.
Let one day go by without check
ing and you're likely to find plenty
of incriminating evidence of bug
ging: leaves stripped, spotted or
chewed ragged; sticky drops of spit
tle and clutches of eggs.
While Don puts on the coffee and
checks tiie headlines each morning, I
check the plants for crccpy crawlics,
picking off the unwanted ones. It
u*)k a long time for me to learn that
we should want some of them.
We've got beds of fennel and dill,
as well as a nicc-si/.e wildflowcr
garden. The fcnrel attracts a kind of
helpful wasp that kills other rriuers.
The wildflowcrs tend to attract lots
of bugs that would otherwise do
much greater damage to the rest of
the yard, concentrating them in one
place for the master bug-getter to
The wildllowers also attract bees,
butterflies and hummingbirds.
Pretty good reasons not to use bug
But lately business has been bel
ter than wc like, as one wave of
Japanese beetles alter another has
swept across our yard, along with
assorted other insects. They've
chewed their way across beds ol
cannas as well as hibiscus, the
peach tree, two or three varieties of
wildllowers, as well as the crape
myrtle, the Japanese maple and a
few other things 1 don't know the
I breathed a sigh of relief Wed
nesday to find only one Japanese
beetle in the entire yard at 7 a.m.
Maybe, just maybe, they've ci
ther moved on to greener pastures
or laid their eggs and disappeared.
That gives me a chance in the fall to
again fight back, with milky spore
Asbestos Leaves Deep, Dark Impression
Asbestos is dangerous and can be
It's not the asbestos that you can
sec that causes problems, TTie haz
ardous material contains microscop
ic fibers that you can breath into
The fibers arc shaped so that
once they arc in your lungs they are
there to stay ? where they can causc
cancer and lead to other respiratory
My lather has asbestosis. He
wo'Kod for Rabcock and Wilcox in
Wilmington for 29 years. Part of
that time he handled asbestos,
which was used as millwall insula
tion for the large boilers the plant
No one ever told my father of the
dangers involved in handling as
bestos. Employees were never
warned to protect themselves Ironi
the hazardous material.
The plant closed in 19X4. Six
years later, during a medical check
up, my father found out what the
plant had given him for his years of
dedicated service ? a pair of ex
He realized then what had never
dawned on him before. The workers
had no reason to believe the materi
al they worked with for years and
years was dangerous to their health,
since no one ever told them. They
trusted that plant officials cared
enough about their employees that
they wouldn't let something like
Someone is responsible.
At least 18 fellow workers have
p.lso been diagnosed with asbestosis,
which indicates their lungs have
been exposed to the harmful fibers.
People exposed arc warned not to
smoke, for the risk of developing
lung disease or cancer is loo high.
People exposed may face no ef
fects from the asbestos during a
normal life expectancy, or it could
produce severe health problems. It
becomes a scary wailing game.
Fortunately, asbestos awareness
today is greater than it has ever
been before. The U.S. Environ
mental Protection Agency mandates
that it be notified before buildings,
schools, etc., arc demolished in or
der to prevent exposure to asbestos
The Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) has
developed safety rules and practices
to be used when demolishing build
ings tiiat contain asbestos sincc
many older buildings used the insu
Today, persons who work in as
bestos demolitions must have speci
fied safety training, wear protective
equipment and work under constant
medical surveillance. You would
think the workers were removing
radioactive wastes from the protec
tive gear they wear. And then 1
think about those Babcock and
Wilcox employees, ir. their normal
work clothes, being allowed to han
dle this dangerous material.
There is also a state law th." re
quires ihc Asbestos Hazard Man
agement Branch of the N.C. Div
ision of Epidemiology be notified of
plans to demolish any building, in
cluding residences demolished for
commercial or industrial expansion,
at least 10 working days before de
molition is to begin, whether or not
the building is known to contain as
Buildings must be surveyed for
asbestos prior to any demolition ac
tivity. Any asbestos material must
be removed so that no fibers arc re
leased into the air lor innocent vic
tims to breathe into their lungs.
Depending on the amount and
kinds of asbestos present, a removal
permit must Ik obtained, and in
some cases the material must be
moistened before removal to keep
libers from drifting through the air.
After all, asbestos is a killer and
should be treated as such. People
need to be more aware of its dan
gers and why they should avoid it at
all costs. We often hear about it on
public service announccmcnis, bui
like most of those spots wc pay lit
tle attention until it hits close to
A Raleigh law firm is filing a
federal suit against B&W on behalf
of the 19 employees exposed to the
hazardous asbestos material. For my
father, it has taken months and
months of waiting to get to this
point in the legal proceedings.
The wait will most likely contin
ue on and on.
The Beacon welcomes letters
to the editor. All letters must be
signed and include the writer's
address. Under no circumstances
will unsigned letters be printed.
Letters should be legible. The
Beacon reserves the right to edit
libelous comments. Address let
ters to The Brunswick Beacon, P.
O. Box 2558, Shalloue, N. C.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Commissioners Being Irrational
To the editor:
Today 1 had a lalk with Donald
Shaw, Commissioner of Brunswick
County, Northwest Township, Le
land. I wanted Mr. Shaw to know
how I felt about getting rid of em
ployees with the county who had
many years of service.
It is my feeling that last come,
first go, unless it can he proven that
the employee is not doing his or her
assigned job satisfactorily
Mr. Shaw told rnc they serve at
the pleasure of the board and in
Mrs. Alexander's case, this is true 1
know. I have always thought that
Mrs. Alexander was doing a good
job; she was always very nice to me
when I had business with her.
When I expressed my thoughts to
Mr. Shaw that he was only doing
what Kelly Holdcn and the commis
sioners at the other end of the coun
ty wanted him to do, his arr"";r to
me was, "Frankie Rabon only got
me 5(X) votes in Town Creek and I
am not going to do anything that he
wai.'s me to do."
Tnat, 1 am ashamed to say, is a
very poor excuse lor a person who
is supposed to be representing all of
the people in Brunswick County. I
am also ashamed to say that I am a
Republican since wc have a
Republican board of commissioners
and they arc being so irrational and
uncaring with the employees of this
By the way, Mr. Shaw, doesn't
care what 1 or anyone else thinks
because he is not going to run again
anyway and he will do what he
wants to do.
Maybe it is time for the commis
sioners to imagine themselves in the
shoes of the people they arc hurting
with their behavior and rethink their
policy instead of voting on the out
come of the last election. When
they took the oath and campaigned,
it was for the betterment of the
county. How soon it becomes other
Isn't it sad that, wc the people of
Brunswick County, are again be
coming a laughingstock because of
our commissioners and isn't it sad
that wc arc stuck with them until
election time? Southeastern North
Carolina can be ruined real fast with
the commissioners wc have in
Brunswick County and Pender
County. Maybe they just all went to
the same school where caring for
the lives of the people they were
elected to represent has become the
last thing in their mind. Or do they
think as Mr. Shaw does?
Mrs. Jennie Mintz
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