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PAGE 4 A, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 1991
Library Grant Could
For Major Change
Deciding a future direction for (he I .eland Branch of the
Brunswick County Public Library system isn't as simple as it
looks, though ihcre is an obvious choice gradually emerging
key panics in the immediate conflict- the Town of Leland.
a volunteer building committee and the county library board of
trustees are it a stalemate. At the least they need a mediator.
At best they need a knight 111 shining armot 10 come riding to
ITic Brunswick County Board of Commissioners could be
that white knight As Chairman Kelly Holden noted last week,
the board may have no choicc but to become involved
l"he volunteers behind the drive for the new branch library
had envisioned a cause and a facility- that could help unite
me northern Brunswick County communities. Instead it has
turned into one more point of conflict, one more point of divi
Actual construction of the new library facility is threatened.
At balance is a $30,000 grant from the state to help construct the
new library II something isn't settled by Dec. 31. the grant is
Libiaiy instees nave been told that since thev are unuicoi
porateu. .-.imply a citation ot iwo public bodies- the City of
Southport .11 id the County ot Brunswick that thev can't hold
properly, accept money or sign contracts.
So. who ohould do it? Should it be the Town of Leland.
which has volunteered? Brunswick County, which has tried to
stay out ot the conflict? Is there a way the trustees could sepa
rate from us iwo governing parents and incorporate as a non
profit organization? if it could, should it? Lven it the trustees
sauted to investigate that route, incorporation couldn't occur
beture the Dec 31 deadline for accepting the grant, lime is
It could be this S.SO.tKH) grant sparks a new direction for the
Brunswick County PuDlic Library.
A little nisiory is in ordei The library was formally oiga
ui zed in 1M59 by a group ot voluntecis and the City ot
Southpon which appointed its initial governing board. Shortly
afterward, the county began contributing funds and also began
appointing some trustees. It became the Southpon-Brunswick
t ounty Libraiy.
Only a tew yeois ago was the name changed io Brunswick
t. ounty Public Library, but the appointing system remains in
place nalt and half
A tew years ago libraiy trustees and county leaders dis
cussed the possibility of the system becoming a county agency,
but backed away from the idea. That would involve, among oth
er things, commissioners appointing all the irusices and the
county taking tull responsibility for the library, treating it like
any other department.
Advantages are numerous, including the possibility ot
greatei tunding. bettei employee benefits, broadei icpresei nation
on the board of trustees, among other things.
Still not clear, though,- and this was and is a sticking point
for trustees, natuially -is what would happen to existing em
ployees ot the libraiy >ystem. If the county took over the library
would all its employees have to resign and icapply for their jobs,
wuh a chance ot -.ome not getting rehired? That question needs
to be addressed
Brunswick County is changing, growing, and the demand
for library sci vices reflects that.
Branches at Leland and Shallotte weie built by community
volunteei campaigns without the benefit ot state grants, then
given to the libiary trustees to operate
Efforts are well under way to replace the double wide mo
bile home that serves as the Leland library, as well as to raise
funds for a libiaiy at Long Beach, bnends ot the West
Brunswick Blanch at Shallotte is talking expansion.
Why should these projects have to stumble along without the
financial assistance available troin the state''
Bi uuswtck County is one of only a handful of counties in
North ( arolina that do not operate their local library system.
Wiih the Dec 31 deadline Hearing, commissioners need to
Ux)k nght away at the feasibility ot accepting and administering
the $50,(XX) suite grant available for the new Leland branch.
But that giant could well be the catalyst for a major change
in how Brunswick County runs its public libraries.
Ready oi not. it's time for our county commissioners, libiaiy
trustees and Southport aldermen to take a serious look at a coun
ty-operated library system.
Let's Give Lightning Bugs Their Due
Chasing firellies or lightning
ruigs as wo always culled ihcm
was a tavonlc pastime ol childhood.
An nod with Mast in jais. their met
al lids punched w ith air holes, we ran
through the evening shadows helter
skelter. following their oll-and-on
glimmer. We would first begin to see
the lightning hugs just as die sk> be
gan to darken oil late summer
evenings. The lights would begin
around the shtubhei> and then move
out into the open until the entire
summer night denied to be tilled
with mysterious, awe-inspinng crea
tures that earned their ow n lanterns.
I heir blinks seemed to communicate
in a code that -ve wouidn t crack,
adding to the mystery and to oui de
sire to make them capuve.
We would grab, but carelully. try
ing not to do any damage Some
times a wily bug would slip out the
crack where the forefinger curled
under the thumb
In the dark that glow would soon
begin to pulse through oui lingers,
like magic, and we would slip the
creatures inu) ihe iar and hold it
alolt lor all U> see
Sometimes the lights teemed to
blink, in unison, other nines not.
Sometimes the taillights seemed a
true yellow, othei uiiicn a yellow -
green. All of it ?vas part ol the great
Perhaps chasing fireflies on >uin
mer evenings is even niotv the na
tional pastime ol young Ainciicans
Whether you live in the city, the
suburbs or on ihi farm, there ire
fireflies to chase, to wonder about,
to watch. How does that strange
light work? How does it know when
lo go .hi and ofT.' A hal does it
mean' Why doc* (hi lirctly blink
As ;ui adult I was hesitant to learn
the (ruth, afraid it would spoil those
childhood memories Hut curiosity
luled .11 kI I've read the .uncles. It
didn t change a thing
Given hall a chance. I'd still he
chasing lightning hugs.
Appaiently thcic aic others who
idiiure litvllies as much .is I do and
iccogni/.c then tole as a common
hond ol childhood shared hy most
in i he i Southern harmer'x
\lnutr hit, editors au Miking oil a
campaign to designau (he lighuung
hug as America's national insect
National mscii, you ask. well,
a hy not' Ac have a .lauonal bird, a
natiiMial anthem, a national debt, and
enough aational weeks ot mis and
that to I til a do/.cn or so calendars.
But while there arc more insects
in the i inilcd suites ihau any other
living creature, there is no national
Vlosi insects. like the mosquito,
have not-so great reputations. Hut
not ihc lighuniig bug. vVnat other in
sect occupics -.uch a musical place
in our memories >1 childhood? This
is a |>io|H>Nal lone overdue, m my
Sevcial congi. ssinen. including
I homas Bailey ol Virginia, are con
sidering muoduc ing this iiii|h>iuiiH
pK.ce of legislation. Youi letter
could make the difference.
II you (I like to see the lightning
bug inadc the national insect, tuul
.>ui moie by wnting the Southern
farmer's Alrruinm Lightning Bug
C ampaign, P(). Box 'nwi, Kich
nioiul. Va. 232(>l /?> 6<i.
Sure, there are more uii|)oriani
matters we need to be dealing with,
but cveiyone needs to have a little
tun. right'' So w rite today and may
be, just maybe, we *..ui call die light
ning hug our national insect b> this
time next year
Who knows' I he U.S. Postal
Service might even produce a stamp
lor the occasion.
Maybe It's Time To Try Curbside Recycling
Brunswick l ouniy's recycling
program is in a .eal bind ihese days.
I he ompaii; dial's been provid
ing uacior trailers al the eouniy s
eight recycling siations lor ihe past
/ear is gulling nil at the end of (he
George Bush the recycling man
iroin Horencc. S.C , not the presi
dent recently told county officials
he was taking his trailers and going
Bush has been pu>>iding trailers
it Calabash. Sunset Beach, Shal
lotte. HoUlen Beach, foiling Spring
Lakes, t.ong Beach, suulhpon and
He cited the distance from Bruns
wick County to Florence and the
topsy-turvy market for recyclables
as his reasons lor discontinuing ihe
Ihe uouniy has been paying Bush
S2tX) lor evei> irailei nlled vith re
cyclables that was haule'd iway and
replaeed with an empty one.
it was a prelly good arrangement
for the couniy, but apparently it
wasn't so great tot Mr. Bush
He had been doing business *ith
the .ounty on a "handshake" agree
ment, so there is no tomial contract
requiring Bush to >iay here tor so
many years or give the county any
more than the lout weeks notice it
It's a shame that the county recy
cling program as we know it will
have to end withm the iie*t couple
ol weeks. But we can't blame Vlr.
il he van i tind > .uilablc atarkei
ltd the thousands ol plastic jug.-, and
ncwspapcis oeing leit in ins uailers,
tin .ounty can t expect nun to keep
piovidmg the scrvtcc
It s taken a while loi local lolks to
get used to iccycliiig. based on the
aniountol solid waste still ending up
hi the couniy land! ill. a latge itiajort
t> ol theiii >ull haven i gotten accus
tomed to the idea.
A. id tl the recycling progiam is
stopped now it will ne even narder
to gel people back ii> Uie iccyclmg
i rude if and when it begins again.
No telling what county officials
arc going to do to solve this prob
lem. I hey really have then work cut
out for them on this one.
But the five communities that
make up the South Brunswick
Islands have an opportunity to con
unue the recycling program, and
maybe even make it txtter
Chambers of South Carolina the
sanitation company that picks up
garbage in caiai>.tsh. tuii>ci Bcai n,
(K.-an (sic ?H'.w.h Shallotic and
Hoitlcn Heacn has ottered 10 set
up cciilral iccyuing stations in each
Kiwn or to sum ,< urbsuic recycling
i he cciiually-iocatco <iauou:> 111
each town would be similai u> Thai's
now in place I'hat might be the best
option toi some 01 all ol tile towns.
But it town ofTk uils are really se
lons about piomoung recycling and
cutting 'lown on the waste entering
our lanulill, ?.unvsuii ecyclmg may
be an option voitn .pionng
It would be ^uite expensive and
probably even hard to get started.
But I think more people would recy
cle it all they had to do was separate
the glass, plastic, aluminum and
newspaper and put thein out with
the trash cans
Many ol the tourists who visit the
beaches each ji??i are used to that
kind ol recycling I'm sure local res
idents could gel used to it as well.
Why I Can't Write Like That Grizzer Guy?
My laiiiny nas asked (iial 1 write
like Lewis Gri/./ard, the journalist
who writes the syndicated column.
Southern Voices that appears in
?icwspapi.i.% jiiim the state.
I enjoy his columns, loo, tor tie
uses a genuine, southern humor that
t appici idie wmte ne touches uii top
ics landing trum nis tear ot light
ning, the miracle-minded Atlanta
Braves to strange politicians.
Last week, he picked on sen. Fed
Kennedy s appeal am. i on a Sc iiale
panel lo question it Supienit ( ourt
nominee Clarence Ihoinas did <>i
did not sexually harrass a lormer le
male to- worker.
Gri//ard s;iid Kennedy had more
skeletons in his closet than the
Harvard medical *11001 Why should
the senator stand as a judge ol any
one's character? thi writer asked.
Like many of my favorite south
Do Nothing To Reduce Violent Crime
To the editor
I writing in the hopes of dis
pelling the tar Hung myth that law
enforcement officers support gun
control. I"he police administration
on Capitol Hill, most of who
haven't been on the street for
decades, do not speak for the ma
jority of rank and file police.
lake it from someone who
knows. Gun runs and olhci haish
anti-gun laws directed at lawful
gun owners ultimately do nothing
to reduce violent crinte. Scmi-auto
nialic gun bans in some slates put
law-abiding gun owners at risk of
aricst and prosecution lor letusiug
U) register, surrender or otherwise
dispose of their guns. Now a simi
lar nationwide ban is proposed. I
want to arrest criminals, not lawful
citizens made into common tmni
nals by means of misguided laws
That's why I oppose semi-auio gun
ban proposals and other worthless
anti-gun laws masquerading as
My job would be a lot casici it
our elected officials would dedi
cate more time, money and effort
toward developing anti-crime tools
which legislate against the crimi
nal, not law-abiding uU/cns. Let s
ui out the easy parole and court
room injusuce and nLiii enforcing
the lough taws already on the
Sgl *0111 Minion
North Carolina Kcpiesemaiive
Law Enforcement lor the
Preservation of the
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cm .vriici-., im/./ard s mi is direct
.iiul precise He stored a lol of
points wiih thai column on Kennedy.
Southerners appreciate people who
have a way ol just .aying what
needs to be said.
I also think people .it times appre
ciate a lighter side oi things alter
reading a ncwspapci tilled with
news of mass murders and why
Johnny can't read. There's room on
the editorial page lot lighter com
nn nis. t luti's what uiv advisers
family) nave been telling in lately.
i hey icmcmbci ih?. .olumns on
collards. my light will) a nest of yel
low jackets and how I was attacked
by a dog on the goll course. ITkisc
columns seem to stand out in the
reader's mind more than the ones on
the latest antics of our local politi
. ianv And u> cell >ou the truth. they
?.land out hi my mind mote. too.
On my typical Wednesday, i cany
a Lopy >)l the newspapci nome, and
i in 'mmcdialcly hit .vith the ^ucs
iioiit. wnai dio jruu vi itc about
tnis vvecK Is it anything mat I'll un
derstand, or did you write about ole
politics? You should write like that
Itiey II llip to page 4- A, and I'll
squirm out of the nxnn, if it's anoth
ci ixjliutdl column.
Columns arc ?vrilien just like
news stories; ihcic is .1 deadline thai
musi be mel. regardless ot how
many southern voices are ai *ork
inside the mind. Sometimes str.iugc
columns are produced, ones where
the final product turns out to tv
what 1 didn't really have m mind
when I first started.
So my family has to occasionally
tell me to chill out. to lighten up and
relax- to wnte like Griz/ard, to
write something less newsy, less de
pressing I A/cigh that in my mind
each week to determine what s
worth a comment.
So I thought to myself, what's
funny this week, what would
Grizzard see fit to print from Bruns
wick County this week.
Well, here's to you Gnzz.er guy.
Thanks lor no help. How is a south
em weekly news leporter to make
his readers happy when they have
you u> read '
You steal all of the good ideas and
have a field day writing about things
that make me laugh. You make life
difficult. You leave me with no ma
And most ol all, you're tunny,
witty and a darn g<x>d writer.