I FTTFRS TO THE EDITOR Burdens Of A Small Business Owner To the alitor: The N.C. Small Business Admin istration names Brunswick County number one as a work surplus coun ty. The N.C. government has bcauti ficalion projects to hcip draw busi ness to the area. This means that our representatives and commissioners want to create jobs for the county. So maybe someone could explain to me why they stick it to the small businesses? I've spent the last three years building a business. When 1 say build, 1 mean I built it from the ground up. 1 work all of the hours myself. Last year when the state put a heavy tax on beer and wine, I didn't complain. This year when it came time to renew my license, I find that the state raised them from $20 cach annuaiiy to S100 cach annually with no advance notification and 30 days to pay a bill that hits not just doubled but more than quadrupled! This is in addition to a federal, county and a privilege licensc that also must lie paid annually. To a Food Lion, this is nothing. To a small business it is another nail in the coffin. Why would the same people who arc trying to create busi ncss in the area vole to pass a bill that hurls the small businesses? Where docs all the money generated in this manner go? Perhaps it goes to unemployment, welfare or food stamps which, by the way, I would not be eligible for if I were to go out of business because 1 am a business owner. If other businesses feci this way I urge you to contact your commis sioner, Kelly Holdcn, or out of state representative, David Rcdwinc. Robert W. McMahon Rt. 1 . Ash Sympathy Is Expressed For Island And Owner To the editor: As long time visitors and enthusi asts of Sunset Beach, we have been following your articles and editorial on the bridge problem and Bird Island with interest. Wc arc nature lovers and enjoy the nesting birds, pelicans and all the sea birds that live on the island. It would be a pity to develop Bird Island and lose these nesting grounds. But on the other hand, wc sympathize with the owner very much. This is a problem wc hope can be resolved by the purchase of the land by Nature Conservatory, the state or some other group. However, we firmly believe that the owner has rights too! It some how docs not seem right for out siders to be able to tell her what she can or cannot do with and on her own property. This would surely be an infringement on property rights. We do not think this is the way to go about restrictions in this country. It would be the same thing as if the town of Sunset Beach could tell a property owner not to build a dock on the bay or canal, tie up a pleasure boat to the dock, or even erect a bas ketball backboard on their own property for their children to en joy-or even build a bridge that the majority does not favor. We sincerely hope the town coun cil does nothing precipitous to in fringe upon the rights of any proper ly owner, and especially, that the matter can be settled amicably. George J. Fcatherstone Bluclield, West Virginia Urges Others To Stand Up For Bird Island To the editor: A few weeks ago I brought a spe cial friend to Sunset Beach for hcc first time. I have been coming to Sunset for over 30 years and each lime is unique and very special. When we were there, we walked over across the western inlet to Bird Island. It was so special and as pris tine as always. When we walked back to Sunset, we were approached by some very concerned individuals who did not want the island to be subjected to commercial develop ment. We both signal a petition to preserve this special place. I would like this letter to add a special emphasis to my strong con victions that more people need to dig in their heels and prevent the de structive development of this valu able natural resource. Tom Kip Elgin, S.C. Introduction to Island-'An Unforgettable One ' To the editor: Several weeks ago I had the plea sure of being introduced to a beauti ful island on your coast. I found Bird Island's beauty un touched by commercialism. 1 will al ways need a last resort for nourish ing my physical, emotional and en vironmental appreciation. What a refreshing island! What a beauty in her small surfacc! What balancc between God, mankind and nature! 1 need to be able to visit "kindred spirit" and record my thoughts through the years. It's a natural way to be able to leave personal history behind and know that those who fol low will have the same opportunity to record thoughts while viewing the same beauty. I am strongly recommending that the commercial development of Bird Island not be allowed. Jann Turbcvillc Columbia, S.C. Deputy's Widow Sues Countv The widow of former Brunswick County Sheriffs Deputy Jimmy R. Bryant, who died in 1989, has Hied a Superior Court lawsuit against Brunswick County. Peggy G. Bryant of Route 3, Supply, claims Brunswick County officials misled her husband about retirement programs he could partic ipate in as an employee. As a result, his bcncficiaries were deprived of payments upon his death, the complaint suites. Bryant was employed by the Brunswick County Sheriffs Depart ment as a jailer from Feb. 1, 1976, to May 20, 1977, and then became a sworn law enforcement officer. As a deputy, he became eligible to enroll in the Law Enforcement Officer's Retirement System, with benefits that included a percentage of statewide court costs receipts and a supplemental retirement annuity fund. However, from the date of his employment Bryant was coded as a general employee for retirement pur poses. He died Jan. 14, 1989. The lawsuit claims the county per sonnel and sheriff's departments "in tentionally misrepresented" to Bryant lhat there were no differences in ihc two retirement systems available to state employees. The complaint doesn't outline what the difference was in terms of available benefits. It states the difference "was sig nificant" in that Bryant would have obtained a share of court costs and annuity funds set up by employers for law officers. It was the employ er's duty to inform Bryant whether annuity funds were available, the suit claims. Bryant was not coded as a law en forcement officer with the State Retirement System until August 1988, it states. His retirement fund did receive a share of statewide court cost receipts from August 1988 to his death in 1989, but no an nuity funds were contributed to his retirement, it states. Failure to contribute annuity funds constituted a breach of Bry ant's employment contract and caus ed damage to his beneficiaries, it claims. The lawsuit filed by Raleigh at torney Theresa Marlowe asks for the correct amount of retirement bene fits, a trial by jury and other relief the court rules equitable and just. 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We arc a carnivore, wc cat meat, and that is prcdation. rr Many animals in the wild have w- evolved spccial features to help them evade predators. Some cam ouflaged animals, like quail and / woodcock, stay very still until the last possible moment, and then burst forth with such noise and FAVKR confusion the predator is almost stunned, giving the birds time to cscapc. Many insccts use the "look-like" approach, evolv ing features that resemble another insect undesirable to the predator. Some llics look almost like a yellow jacket. Some moths and butterflies look very much like others which arc distasteful to the predator. Another example is the monarch butterfly. It is large and conspicuous and even gathers in large clusters. It would seem to be an easy prey for birds but docs not suffer from heavy prcdation. Some monarchs have a chemical defense and some birds find them bad tast ing. Others do cat them, only to "get sick" and vomit a few minutes later. Experiments have shown birds can remember the experience and avoid eating monarchs in the future. Oilier insects remain motionless on a tree trunk or twig and are passed over by a predator. Some even look like the tw ig itself. All arc colored so that as long as they are motionless the predator can't tell them from the background. Some animals "play dead," knowing the predator will overlook them if they arc "not alive." Some moths and butterflies arc brightly colored and very evident to predators. They usually have large spots and can flash them at the predator to startle them and remind them of cat or owl eyes. This few scconds gives them time to cscapc. Also, butterflies and moths arc most vulnerable on their heads and Uiorax. These spots sometimes so resemble eyes, the predator bird will peck at the spots and do little harm to the insect. Escaping predators is an interesting subject for us, but it is absolutely essential for survival of many ani mals. 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