2010 Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor....04.21.2010
Beach Access issues
and effective comments on the DEIS" make? What commitment has the NPS
division of the Audubon Society made to listening or even reading the
comments on this travesty? I submit that the outcome is already
Reader wants beach
access but also bike paths
We want continued
(within the reasonable constraints of wildlife habitat) and have fished
from the beach on Hatteras Island for over 35 years. This issue,
however, as important as it is to the current view of the Outer Banks
economy and lifestyle, is equaled in importance as the need to embrace
change in the form of paved (bike) paths.
We wanted to voice
that paved (bike) paths on the Outer Banks will positively impact the
way people can experience our beloved area and will enhance and help
serve to maintain the culture of laid back fishing villages. These are
long overdue and we hope your site comes forward in strong support.
These (bike) paths
positively to the future and will help maintain the beauty of the past
history of the islands, (not to mention the healthy lifestyle that
needs to be encouraged). We'd love to see them between the villages and
off the main highway. In Colorado the Summit county area of the Rocky
Mountains (Breckenridge, Frisco, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Vail)
are all interconnected by over 100 miles of bike paths that are 95
percent off the highways. The businesses there would be fast to admit
that bikers are a huge source of income for the summer months.
Thanks for the
opportunity to express an opinion.
and Tina Podolak
July 4 fireworks
show canceled on Hatteras and Ocracoke
That's really a
Fireworks over the ocean are so beautiful. My family has been lucky
enough to see the fireworks in Avon for the past two years. I sure will
miss them this year.
I am not really
this decision. After last year’s explosion on the ferry landing in
Ocracoke, the word was quickly spread that they would not have
fireworks again, and here it is a year later and that is what happened.
I can see the liability the town and village would take, and they just
did not want it.
option that they
might want to consider is putting the fireworks on barges and shooting
them off on the soundside for safety and better viewing.
My family and I
will be in
Hatteras for 4th of July week, and I think it’s terrible that there
will be no fireworks. We heard in the past that they were great. It’s
also my dad’s birthday, and it’s a tradition that we see fireworks for
his birthday. I hope he’s not too disappointed.
action in its
full splendor: a new law requires testing of fireworks before the final
show and some other local law prohibits testing since fireworks are
illegal on Hatteras Island. Go figure this one.
I am seriously
considering canceling the trip to Hatteras Island that week. What a
shame! How un-American can one place get?
Angling: A day of kayak fishing on Diamond Shoals
Great story! I
felt like I was there. Next time, get some video.
Great article. A
year and a
half ago, we spend a couple of months at Frisco with my two kayaks.
Enjoyed fishing in the sound but did not have the courage to take the
kayaks out into Diamond Shoals. Hope we can find some one to guide us
out on our next visit. We have good experience and good sit-on-top
note: You can contact the author and kayak fishing guide Rob
Alderman at [email protected].)
Angling: Kayak Wars
article, Rob! It
really gets to the heart of what Kayak Wars is all about -- fishing.
Thanks for supporting all of our hard work. It’s all about the sport.
East Carolina Health considering closing one
of its Hatteras medical centers
It doesn't make
much sense to
close the owned facility in Hatteras and keep the leased facility open
in Avon if the issue is saving money.
Where is it
mandated that any
particular facility must be profitable? Where does the proposal fit in
the overall fiscal scheme of East Carolina Health?
Island is a trip back in time
That was fun to
read, and Don's photos, as usual, are great. What a fascinating place.
Column: Anyone for a swim?
I am reminded that
Oregon, high school students are required to show certain skills before
graduation. One of which is the ability to tread water and swim 100
meters. Oregon has one of the lowest youth drowning records in the U.S.
Living on an island, it seems that not being given this skill is just
short of criminal.
Estate: Why a fire tax is needed on the island
While I agree a
"fire tax" is
the best way to fund a new facility and that it is very much needed, I
do have concern relative to the size of the project ($2.4 million).
Given public funds (a fire tax) hopefully will pay for the project and
recognizing there are many needs on the island (street drainage for
one) that public dollars could fund, it is imperative that prudence
prevail as to the magnitude of the project. My thinking is that a basic
functional facility should be built with planning for additions as the
needs of the community grow. Our community is made up of many
individuals who are on a limited fixed income. Additional taxes of any
kind are difficult for low income families to pay. We need to be very
mindful to only tax for what is needed and "not to duplicate"
facilities by way of a $2.4 million Fire Department building that we
already have (example the Community Center). It is evident from the
problems our nation, state and county governments are having relative
to funding sources (budget cuts) that we as a community should be very
mindful as to building only what is needed irrespective of what can be
funded. At least that is my view. Again I wholeheartedly support the
project and the "method of funding."
Business briefs on
I would never have
the new business, Ruth's Simple Stitch, if it were not for Island Free
Press. Dry cleaning and alterations is a definite need here. Thank you,
Island Free Press. I will be there tomorrow!
conference on the consent decree
has a place near waves. James Lea, thanks for the report here. I read
it all. It was very good.
Serendipity has a
This was awesome!
fortunate to have your beach home. Ours was totally destroyed during
Hurricane Ike – nowhere to be seen or found and only the pilings and a
slab left. It was on Crystal Beach in Pt. Bolivar, Tex. It's
heart wrenching! This home is beautiful. I am so happy for you. Could
we come visit sometime?
Thanks for keeping
those of us who wish to be there updated on all the fascinating
happenings on the OBX. Keep up the good work!
New book weaves Ocracoke history into
I was born in
Hatteras Island in 1930. My mother was the daughter of Charles H.
Fulcher and Delora (Austin) Fulcher of Hatteras. My grandfather was an
assistant light house keeper from 1906, the year my mother was the
first born at the keeper’s inn. He served until 1920. Our boogie man
was called “Trycod.” He was supposed to be an old fisherman in foul
weather southwester hat and high hip boots. There was an old wooden
bridge called Poyner’s Bridge down near the soundside leading to the
Little Grove Methodist Church. It was said that you could always hear a
small baby crying. I even thought I heard it to.
Frisco, when I was
called Trent Woods. We would all get together on weekends and tell of
all of the weary things that happened in upper Trent and lower Trent,
just a way of being together. Those times have left me with some fond
memories -- just like the ones on Ocracoke stories. I just wanted to
let you know we all have our past memories of some very happy days.
Sharp ( Fulcher, Austin Clan and many more)
Letters to the Editor....04.02.2010
Report on Judge Boyle’s status
conference on the consent decree
Judge Boyle should be removed from this case. He or anyone who puts a
bird not native to North Carolina before humans has to off his rocker.
This man knows nothing but what the bird watchers tell him. If he had
any sense at all, he would go there and observe for himself. What a
shame this country has gone to the birds. The birds will get along just
fine without his help.
How much more ridiculous can this "process" become? It is
evident it is one sided and tainted. I am appalled that my
dollars are supplementing Judge Boyle's paycheck! Can we have some
semblance of realistic scientific data? Where is our TCP
Where is the honesty? I guess a “court of law” is not what
I was brought up and taught to believe it was. It’s
Thank you, for the hard and fair work of Island Free Press.
Service’s DEIS for off-road vehicle management is now public
The National Park Service has once again overstepped its
My family has been coming to the Hatteras area for many years for
fishing and vacationing. The restrictions the NPS continues
put in and the varying dates, times, and locations of the restrictions
have become too much of a hassle.
We love the area but will not return because of the uncertainty of
being able to get out on the beach at any one place or particular
time. I feel sorry for those of you who make a living off of
vacationers like my family and me. You all are the ones who
really loose out due to the NPS actions.
Good luck to you all. We will be vacationing on the Crystal
Coast from now on!
While struggling to develop some new thinking about this, I find myself
in need of firing a preliminary shot across the bow. Reviewing the full
DEIS takes a while.
We have heard the facts, the pseudo-facts, the perceptions, the
prejudices, the lies, the damn lies and the statistics.
what you will -- ruminating them won't change them. One must simply
engulf them as one should eat an elephant -- one bite at a time.
Shore birds and turtles are endangered by weather and by predators.
They will avoid these if they can, and there is space to which they can
retreat. Beach driving has not been shown to be a significant risk to
There is no doubt, however, that atop the other travails that bear upon
human activities and livelihood on the Outer Banks is the
environmentalist-driven effort to eliminate vehicular recreational
activity on these beaches. The economic impact of this added
suppression of tourism created by the consent decree is significant,
ill-justified and simply wrong. For the plaintiffs to criticize us for
this opposition is arrogant.
It is necessary that control of these beaches be returned to the people
and their NPS jointly.
I spent more than $50 on ink, paper, folders, and expanding wallets to
print the DEIS. How does the Park Service expect the average person to
go through 800 pages in 60 days and make intelligent comments? I'm not
a lawyer getting paid to read this. I work for a living. What does
restricting pedestrian access have to do with driving on the beach?
This plan is a catch-all to support the enviro-nut agenda of human
The tale of two Banker ponies
Thank you so much! We always enjoy stories of the ponies and the
friends who care for them. Hope to get a picture when I arrive on
Ocracoke in April 19. It will be the first time I've stayed since our
family rented the Rondthaler cottage on Silver Lake in 1961. I always
do day visits but this time it will again be a whole week! I will
forward your Web site to my great nephews in Valley Forge as they are
reading as much as possible about Ocracoke and Hatteras islands and
hope to come next year.
West Lawn, Pa.
Silent Spring: Where
are all Ocracoke’s frogs and toads?
If anyone sees Pat Garber walking around Hatteras with a shoe box under
her arm, it's a pretty safe bet what she is up to.
Ocracoke needs help with cat population explosion
I have one. She adopted me last fall when I was camping at
National Park Service campground. She was about 6 months old,
looked kind of like the one in the photo, and is one of the most
loveable cats that have ever owned me. She has been spayed and is a
permanent indoor cat now. I encourage anyone who is looking
unique but loveable pirate cat to get one.
thank-you to citizens of Hatteras and Ocracoke
Thank you, citizens of Ocracoke and Hatteras! You’ve helped
to make most of the waters of the Pamlico Sound cleaner than they were
10, or even 20 years ago. With your support, several things
happened that are having positive impacts on our fragile
We’ve taken phosphates out of our laundry detergents to reduce
damaging algae blooms. We’re starting to trap some of the
stormwater runoff from our paved areas so that less oil, gas, and other
pollutants wash off our roads and parking lots and into the
sound. We’re leaving planted buffer strips along the sound
and estuarine creeks so that nature can do its cleansing thing through
Perhaps the most meaningful step we’ve taken as ordinary citizens
is an understanding that much of what we spread or spray on our own
lawn washes off the lawn and ultimately into Pamlico Sound.
we’re being more careful – spraying and fertilizing less
and never before a rain event.
So, on behalf of the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, thank you,
folks! For more information on how you can further help our
and enjoy all it has to offer, visit us at www.ptrf.org.