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PAGE 4 -A, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 1992
Have Gone To The Dogs
A Shallotlc Point resident called last week with a problem.
He has radishes, beets, carrois. collards, mustard greens, corn, turnips
and onions planted in a small garden
next to his home. With an early
spring arriving this March, hopes
were high for a good crop.
The com was standing about
three inches high when trouble hit
last Thursday night. The lumip
seeds, at S6 an ounce, had popped up
out of the ground and were up about
the size of a match head.
Temperatures dipped to around
freezing, but last week's cold spell spared the garden.
It was a pack of dogs that did the real damage.
Sometime in the middle of the night, dogs roaming the neighborhood
found the fertile spot and threw a wild party.
They tore up the rows and stomped down the tender sprouts that the
resident had worked so hard to plant. The cost of fertilizer and seeds
alone makes it especially difficult for persons on fixed incomes who want
to plant a garden for fresh vegetables to endure such a trick.
It looked as though the dogs had just rutted around for half the night,
destroying what represented hours and hours of hard work, the disap
pointed homeowner said.
There is a period in the early spring when loose dogs roaming the
neighborhood can do irreparable damage to property. When plants get
high enough, dogs will still roam the gardens, but will walk among the
But there shouldn't be any dogs roaming on another person's proper
ty to begin with.
Brunswick County doesn'l have a leash law. but most towns do.
Shaliotte Poini isn't a town. Tnc resident wiiii the ruined garden ex
plained that he's not advocating a county leash law. He simply wants the
persons who own dogs to keep them away from his property at night.
That's not too much to ask.
Some people own dogs so the animals will bark and keep an eye on
their property, to scare would-be burglars away. But if those dogs arc out
destroying a neighbor's garden at night, how could they be watching over
This particular property owner had called Brunswick County Animal
Control to find out what could be done to stop the nuisance. The shelter
can set up traps to catch the dogs and take them to the shelter in Supply.
But that would only create a dispute between neighbors and cause
more ill feelings. Some dog owners allow their creatures to roam the
world and to destroy property but protect them like children when ac
cused of foul deeds. TTicy have no idea what the animal is doing to the
neighborhood at night, but by day they arc adored and harmless members
of the family.
Another letter I received from a Shaliotte Point resident last week
told of how dogs that were allowed to run loose came onto their property
recently. The dogs broke through a screened porch and killed two vulner
able and trapped cats.
For some. Brunswick County's proposed noise ordinance (which is
still pending action) offers hope of regulating dogs and the noise they
cause in neighborhoods where homes are close together. Yes, barking
dogs arc listed in the ordinance as a potential noise problem.
I will not name the persons who expressed their concerns above be
cause that's not important. Shaliotte Point has the appearance of a "quiet"
fishing village just south of Shaliotte where neighbors are friendly folks.
But some folks are mad and have a reason to be. What has happened
to gardens and beloved pets there isn't just a problem in Shaliotte Point. It
happens all across the county when people let dogs take over the neigh
Build Overpass To
(Students in 9th grade English
classes at West Brunswick High
were assigned to write a letter
to the editor on the need for an
overpass on the bypass.
Following are two of the letters
which won recognition and
cash prizes. Two more will ap
pear next week. Editor's note.)
* * * *
To the editor:
The Highway 17 bypass and
130 intersection is one of the most
dangerous places in Brunswick
County. Tli ere arc constantly traf
fic jams and accidents at that inter
section. I feel the state should
build an overpass at the intersec
tion in order to prevent future acci
One problem at the intersection
is the constant traffic jams. When
high school gets out, the traffic is
sometimes backed up all the way
to the school. It takes me about ten
minutes just to get past the inter
section. If the overpass was built,
the traffic would go a lot faster.
The people of S hallo tie, as well
as the students and staff at West
Brunswick High School have been
in an uproar since the tragic acci
dent on Nov. 1 of last year. Since
then, there have been three other
accidents. 1 cross that intersection
about four times a day. Some peo
ple I know piobauiy corss that in
tersection even more.
When summer comes and the
tourists come down unaware of the
danger ai this intersection, there
arc going to be even more traffic
and accidents. If an overpass is
built, future accidents can be
All I can say is that something
has to be done. Having a traffic
light and making the bypass a
speed trap is not doing any good.
Innocent people do not have to
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To the editor:
I believe that Shallottc should
definitely have an overpass at the
Highway 17 and Highway 130 in
tersection for safety precautions.
The poorly finished bypass in
Shallolte has resulted in numerous
accidents and two deaths. I agree
that a Welcome Center was need
ed, but now that we have one, we
need to look on to our future.
An overpass would save time,
cut down on traffic and be much
safer than the intersection we have
now. Also we have some very
carelcss drivers in the Shallottc
area that don't pay attention to
lights, signs or other cars. Summer
is quickly approaching. There will
be three times as much traffic trav
eling on the bypass. Before it is
too late, I urge you to think about
this situation and realize how an
overpass would make Shallottc a
better place to travel.
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Lack Of Zoning Is Negative, Detrimental
To ihc editor:
As a former officer with 38 years
of education and experience in real
estate banking finance, I could not
help but respond to Mr. Pope's col
umn in the Feb. 27 issue entitled
"County May Have To Sell Zoning
I would like to ask why?
The benefits of a zoning ordi
nance arc so positive and many,
while the lack of zoning in a grow
ing community is so negative and
Having visited the Calabash area
and liking it very much, my wife
and 1 have bccome an avid reader of
the Bcacon for over a year, to get
better acquainted with the South
Brunswick County area.
We believe that the residential
living opportunities would be ideal
to appeal to our leisurely lifestyle.
But not without the protection of
property values and other important
benefits which result from well
planned, orderly zoning.
Who can doubt that zoning, prop
erly within the areas of residential,
commercial, and industrial, fosters
the appreciation of all property val
ues to its highest and best use. That
it encourages home ownership and
improvement helping the mar
ketability and resale for the benefit
of individuals and developers alike.
And, indirectly it promotes the eco
nomic growth and development of
an entire community by helping it to
provide the best possible services
available for its citizens who can ex
pect and deserve a better way of life.
Arm and H. Lapierre
To the editor
Finally a solution to the "save our
bridge" problem is available. Since a
need for a bridge to Bird Island ex
ists, the state should go ahead and
build that much-needed high-rise
bridge to Sunset Beach. Then they
could carefully dismantle the cable
operated swing bridge and reassem
ble it on the road to Bird Island.
Then everyone could enjoy this
historic bridge while it still fulfilled
a usable function. In fact, since the
water it will cross is not navigable,
no bridge tenders are needed to open
it on the hour. Maintenance is re
This move would bring joy to all
the boaters who have had to struggle
with dangerous cross winds trying to
keep from grounding while waiting
for the opening on the hour. Also no
more breakdowns would occur en
dangering the lives of Sunset Beach
residents in an emergency.
H. D. Adams
Rt. 6, Shallottc
To the editor
This is the time of year when
North Carolina school budgets arc
presented to the county commission
ers for review and approval.
This year is a most critical one for
all Brunswick County taxpayers as
our current school system has been
defined by education experts and the
news media as receiving an overall
grade "F* or failure.
This must be of particular concern
to taxpayers when only a few weeks
ago the Brunswick County school
superintendent was asking for addi
tional millions of dollars to further
support a school system that is now
classified in the "F' category.
It seems logical, therefore, to now
take positive action to find out how
wc in Brunswick County are cur
rently spending $36,000,000 of our
monies on education and what ac
tion we must take to improve our
current system before wc approve
millions more for an "F system.
I am, therefore, recommending
that the Brunswick County Board of
Commissioners chairman, Kelly
Holdcn, acquire the services of an
independent audit firm to review the
1992 Brunswick County school bud
get, so wc are in a position to an
swer such questions as to how we
arc spending our monies on such
items as percentage of school costs:
1. Administration versus teach
2. Basic teaching-reading, writing
3. Other than basics.
If we, the parents who have chil
dren in the school system and tax
payers of Brunswick County, are to
have faith in our school system, wc
must know the truth about our
1 urge readers of this letter to call
the Brunswick County Commission
ers' officc (913-253-4331) and let
your feelings be known about the
need for an independent school au
Warren (Bud) Knapp
Of These Laws
To the editor:
The FDA, a puppet of the Bush
Administration, is at it again. They
want to pass laws that would require
you to go to a doctor and pay his of
fice fee to get a prescription in order
to purchase vitamins, amino acids,
herbs and mineral supplements.
The American Medical Associa
tion has been pressuring the FDA to
ban vitamins that you can now buy
One doctor told me that in med
ical school the average doctor-to-be
has approximately two weeks train
ing, out of four years, in nutrition.
He doesn't know that much about
nutrition so why the push for these
laws? It appears to be money; if you
have to pay for an office visit every
ume you want to purchase vitamins.
The Bush administration is sup
posed to be for freedom of choice.
People must write to their sena
tors and congressmen to stop the
passage of these laws.
To the editor:
Our family has been coming to
Sunset Beach for over 20 years and
now have a shared-ownership house
on the east end of this beautiful is
land. For years all of us have gone
over to Bird Island at low tide to
pick up shells and just wander over
this unspoiled small bit of paradise.
We were indeed shocked to leam
that someone is planning to connect
Bird Island to Sunset by a bridge
and build houses on it. Wc just hope
and pray that the state of North
Carolina will save this precious
property now inhabited by the log
gerhead tunic and other marine
Our daughter has taken part in an
Earth Watch expedition research
study in the Virgin islands designed
to save the lcathcrback turtles down
there. Earth Watch also offers expe
ditions to researchers to study other
turtle species in various parts of the
Wc arc certain thai they would
hale to hear about the plight of the
loggerhead on Bird Island were this
fate to happen to one of nature's
very spccial endangered species.
Please, all Sunset property own
ers, care enough to contact your
Division of Coastal Management
and State Rep. David Rcdwine, urg
ing them to have the state buy this
treasured and beautiful property
right next to us here.
Elizabeth H. White
William B. White
Katherine R. While
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PHOTO BY BILL FAVM
THE BABY'S EAR is quite different when the animal is present.
Wondering About Shells
BY BILL FAVKR
Sometimes after finding a particular shell on the beach, I try to spec
ulate about the animal who once called it home. There is a lot we can
tell about the shell, such as the spccics of the ani
mal, how old it may have been when it died, and
sometimes what caused its demise. The shell is like
a skeleton and we often forget about the creature
7 who lived in it and had to find food and evade
? ^ w predators to survive.
jg ^ One of our common shells, the Baby's Ear, can
f serve as an example of how different the shell is
when the animal is present. When the empty shell is
"W found it is usually an off-white, flattened snail shell
shaped somewhat like a the car of a baby. When the
FAVER animal is present, the mantle, or foot, of the snail
completely covers the shell and-the shell often appears as a cap worn on
the back of the animal.
Ear snails live in shallow water on sandy Hats where they burrow
through the sand just under the surface and feed on small clams and oth
er bivalves. The large foot helps the animal capture its prey and may
help it swim when it bccomes dislodged from the sand.
Rachel Carson, in The Edge of the Sea, reminds us:
To understand the life of the shore it is not enough to pick up an
empty shell and say, "Thic is a murex," or "That is an angel
wing." True understanding demands intuitive comprehension of
the whole life of the creature that once inhabited this empty
shell: how it survived amid surf and storms, what were its ene
mies, how it found and reproduced its kind, what were its rela
tions to the particular sea world in which it lives.
So, wc may be missing a lot when we grab a shell and talk about
how pretty it is. We may miss an opportunity at understanding when we
pass up the less-than-perfect specimen which might give us clues as lo
its life in the sea. Think about this when you pick up your next find on
the beach. You may want to grab the guidebooks and the encyclopedia
and begin learning all you can!