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Glad To Be Here
To ihc cdilor:
As a rcccnt transplant to this
hc-autirul county from the Long
Island, N.Y., area, I would like to ex
press my very favorable early feel
ings and impressions of the wcll
mainlaincd communities, their rural
roads and highways surrounding
It's nice to sec and be a part of
voluntary policing actions various
groups provide. My wife and I were
glad to be here participate in the
Sunset Beach clcanup. Brunswick
County beaches arc on a par, if not
better than any I have ever seen, and
most certainly extremely family ori
1 enjoy during this off season Lik
ing my dog for a run on the beach,
which leads to a point I would like
The first thing I do when I get to
the beach is take an empty soda or
beer can from the nearest receptacle
and cut the top off (a pen knife or
pair of scissors docs the job very
easy) thus providing mc with a dis
posable pooper scooper.
Please do not Uikc this letter out of
contest. I'm just suggesting a conve
nient means of helping to maintain
these beautiful beaches.
To the editor.
I wonder why when the N. C.
Department of Transportation de
cides to build a new road in the
southeastern part of North Carolina,
suddenly there is not enough money
to build a modern highway.
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like they built 50 years ago or more,
such as the foui-laning of U. S. 17.
No money for overpasses at danger
ous intersections like the crossroads
of U. S. 1 7 or N. C. 1 30 at Shallotie
or U.S. 17 and N. C. 2 1 1 at Supply.
The outdated intersection at Shal
lottc has already claimed two lives.
Mow many more people will have to
lose their lives or be seriously in
jured before the people wake up and
let our leaders know how wc feel
about tins Miiktiiofi?
Traveling up in the piedmont area
ol our state, roads are much safer
when ihcy are built; money seems to
not be a problem.
Wc also settled for an obsolete
bridge over the Cape Fear River
some years ago, which should have
been a high-rise instead of what we
I am over 50 years of age and cer
tainly remember every governor,
senator, congressman and other
elected official to any public office
in North Carolina state government
who campaigned on either building
new highways or improving our
roads and making them safer for us.
Look what wc get in return.
Now our dreams have finally
come true-four-laning U. S. 17 from
Wilmington to South Carolina. All
of a sudden they do not have enough
money to do the job right, so we
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have to settle for another second rate
and very dangerous highway project.
How many more years are wc go
ing to elect state leaders on promises
and none or very little action?
Keep The Faith,
Stay On Course
To the editor
This week, Jan. 17, 1992, marks
the first anniversary of the Persian
Gulf War. For one brief shining mo
ment (1(X) hours). President George
Bush held high the burning torch of
freedom and became the most popu
lar President in the history ol our
Republic. Then, alas, he lost his
moral compass, fell into the quag
mire ol the status quo, and will be
forever tormented by Unit decision.
All of us, as well, will suffer the
Sunday night on 60 Minutes,
Chief of Staff General Colin Powell
said he had no burning inside his gut
to become a political candidate w hen
he retires from the military.
But all is not lost. Wc will, indeed,
still struggle painfully toward the
goal of a new world order. We truly
did witness the most awesome dis
play of military might since Han
nibal crossed the Alps with his trum
It must surely be obvious to any
ambitious dictator who seeks to ex
tend his power beyond his own bor
ders thai there will a price to pay thai
will make aggression an unaccept
Now, we must look out to the
Third World nations and play a key
role via the United Nations to forge
a powerful world police force before
wc enter the next century.
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steer a course guided by a true moral
Bob L. Johnson
PHOTO BY Bill FAVtR
IARGELEAF PENNYWORT is a sand-catching plant to be planted with the sea oats and beach
grass to help stabilize our sand dunes.
Sand-Catching Plants Stabilize Dune
BY HILL FAVKR
We should be familiar with some of the sand
catching plants. Sea oaLs,
American beach grass and oihcrs
have been planted along our sand
dunes to help stabilize them and
offer us protection from the ocean.
Some smaller plants also help sta
bilize the sand dunes and one of
. the most interesting is the largclcaf
There are some 40 different
species of pennyworts worldwide
and North America can claim
about a dozen. All have small, rounded leaves attached
at the center on stalks. Flowers arc white and appear in
spherical umbels. Our species, the largeleaf penny
wort, blooms from April to September. It can reach
itinjui m.\ iiinics uiii and the sliiiiy ^rccr* leaves can be
from I 'A to 4 inches. Underground stems are white and
rhizomes spread the plant long distances across the
sand around the dunes. Most above ground parts of the
plant will die back during the winter, but the root sys
tem and old leaves still catch the blowing sand.
Largclcaf pennywort seems to prefer moist sandy
areas, but will grow just as well on dry, sandy dunes
when other plants arc present. Usually the plant does
best on backs of frontal dunes and on secondary dunes.
Tins plant is very salt tolerant and the bright galax-like
leaves seldom show any salt spray damage.
Pennywort can be cultivated on the dunes or as a
ground cover in landscaping. It responds to topsoil,
water, and fertilizer and will take over an tuna when all
conditions are right. Once it is established little main
tenance work is needed, making it my kind of plant!
These plants should be planted along with other dune
stabilizers, since the small plant, cannot catch much
sand by itself.
Transplanting by digging rhizomes can be done
anytime before spring. Watering may he ncccssary for
a while to help get the plants established, but after that,
you can sit back and enjoy watching this sand-catching
plant creep across your sand dunes.
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The Brunswick Challenge Com
mittee, which promotes drug-free
communities throughout the county,
has formed a Shallotte chapter.
The group will meet Tuesday, Jan.
21, at 7 p.m. in Room 155 of Wt st
Brunswick High School , on N.C.
1 30 one mile west of Shallotte.
.Spokesperson Anthony Ciem
mons of Calabash said election ol
officers anil discussion of program
implementation will be the main is
sues on the agenda.
He said the public is invited to at
tend and "become a part of the the
drug education and prevention team".
I lis goal, Clcmmons said, is lo
sec if teen-agers can be persuaded to
learn how to have a gcxxl time with
out the influence and peer pressure
surrounding alcohol and drugs.
Brunswick Challenge Commi
ttee's central board meets in Bolivia,
and has chapters in Southport and
Leland as well.
Clcmmons said he's received pos
itive support for the formation of a
chapter in the Shallotte area, and has
heard interest from residents as far
west as the Waccamaw area. "To
gether we will make a difference,"
For more information, call Clcm
mons at 579-6765.
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