2010 Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor....08.24.2010 4:00
changes focus of Coastal Wind Demonstration Project
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The cost to construct and
maintain a wind turbine farm offshore is astronomically more expensive
than to construct one onshore along the coast, while there are only
marginal differences in wind speed. If Duke or any one else is really
interested in providing sustainable energy from wind, it will need to
be constructed on dry land. Otherwise, the return on investment (ROI)
is just not there.
Build it now -- sound or ocean. Quit dragging your feet. Every day the
wind blows, which is almost every day around here, you’re burning up
finite resources. The reason why this costs so much is because of these
tedious studies, re-evaluations, etc. If you can recall a scene from
the movie, “A Field of Dreams,” they said, "If you build it, they will
come." It's pretty much the same scenario. The wind is here. Tap into
it. It isn't rocket science.
man drowns at Ocracoke beach
I am sorry to hear of the drowning of Mr. Wolf at Ocracoke.
July 20, 2010 my husband had to be rescued from Ramp 49 in Frisco. He,
my son-in-law, and granddaughter all got caught in a rip current. My
son-in-law and granddaughter got out fine, but my husband couldn't.
Luckily for us, there was a retired New Jersey lifeguard parked next to
them on the beach, and he saw my husband was in trouble. He went out
with a boogie board and brought him in. We are grateful that God sent
him a guardian angel that day. If not for him, my husband would not
have made it in and would have drowned.
hosts N.C. State vets at clinic to spay and neuter 97 feral cats
I loved reading the article -- 97 feral kitties! What a major
undertaking! Your community is truly a special place. Through your
kindness and generosity, these little kitties have a chance at a happy
and fulfilled life. Congrats to the spay/neuter efforts.
Outer Banks Angling:
The fishing report for Aug. 12-18
Great report! I look forward to following along in the future. I am
looking to purchase my first kayak this fall and really enjoy reading
and learning from your post and reports. Keep up the good work.
Great article. Keep ‘em coming. Thanks.
The old Hatteras in photographs
I really love these old pictures. Thank you very much for sharing them.
How I wish I could travel back in time to then. I was such a simpler
time, so less complicated than today.
Great photos. I would love to find out if he has any photos of the
Hatteras Weather Station. I had a gentleman come by last year – 2009.
He had been an intern here in 1942, and he later sent us some photos. I
have them here at the weather station and would love add to the ones we
have. Put the word out if anyone has photos, we could put in our album
I was 5 years old when my parents took my two brothers and me to
Hatteras Island for the first of many summer vacations. The first year
we went was in 1958. I have so many wonderful memories and have been
every year since. We also spend Thanksgiving week there as well. I have
a daughter who loves the island and lives in Frisco with her family.
Thanks to my parents, we all grew to love the Outer Banks. We always
stayed in Buxton, and there wasn't much there then. Thanks for sharing
Wow, you can really see how much the beach has changed over the
years. It's amazing. Thanks for sharing these
photos with everyone who reads the paper.
Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures with us. Truly amazing how
much it has changed looking at them.
Where has all the liquor gone?
The shelves are empty in Ocracoke ABC store
I am a property owner on Ocracoke and, needless to say, I have never
been happy about the way Hyde County taxes us, but bailing out the
liquor stores is a little much. I would not like to see the liquor
store close, which I see now, from your later article, that it is not
the case. I have always supported it and have encouraged my friends
from out-of-state to do the same.
My concern, having been in the retail business, is how can a business
that has so little revenue afford to pay a chairman (Etheridge) of the
ABC board and a supervisor, plus employees to operate each store, a
bookkeeper, rent, utilities, and other miscellaneious expenses. A
half-million dollar business generating a 39 percent gross profit at
its best could just make its expenses. Is there anyone with a business
background involved in this at all?
village’s Margaret Peele celebrates Halloween with a 95th birthday party
When my daughter was a child, we vacationed on Cape Hatteras every
year. Every year we stayed at the Atlantic View Motel. I cannot find it
anywhere. However, I noticed Donna Peele in the slide show. What has
happened to the motel? So many fond memories. As Miss Margaret
illustrates quite well, Hatteras is a place where fond memories are
sure to happen.
note: The Atlantic View Motel was turned in condominiums in
years ago. The condos are located behind the Hatteras Realty
office on Highway 12 in the village. The realty officer was
formerly the motel office.)
Cape Hatteras Supermarket: A family tradition for 50 years
I wish I had read this story in time to attend the 50th anniversary
celebration. I wish my cousins all the best, and thanks for the
Conner's Supermarket T-shirt.
are happy to have found Island Free Press
I am so thankful that a friend of ours. Mary, let us know about The
Island Free Press online. It keeps us up on what is going on, on the
island while we are not there. Been coming for 16 years. Thanks, Mary!
You know who you are!
New Letters to the Editor....08.13.2010 12:30
Carolina Health considering closing one of its Hatteras medical centers
I have been visiting HI since 1953. my parents purchased property in
Buxton in 1955. Louise and I purchased property in Buxton in 2001. My
family members have all needed the services the clinics provide.
Recommend the county charge each rental and motel contract a fee/tax to
cover the operation of both clinics. With the large number of folks
coming to Hatteras Island, the fee/tax would not be too large and would
cover the winter costs.
Dare County needs to get tough on this issue, even if it means dumping
HealthEast, which, of course, Mr. Bobby Owens isn't about to let
happen. Hatteras needs both of those centers and you can bet the losses
are only on paper. And, while we at it, when is Dare County going to
start collecting rental fees for the Dialysis Center in Manteo? Are
they still claiming losses over there after all these years? If Dare
County and its "good ole boys" would stop snubbing Albemarle Hospital
and admit we aren't better than the rest of the northeastern region of
NC, we would all be better off -- if HealthEast doesn't come around,
dump them, and give someone else a chance. Unfortunately, however,
Warren Judge and Allen Burrus, prodded by Owens, will just put out the
cash, no matter how much it costs, for these much need facilities.
Profit? Profit off of our basic right to health care? Another reason
why we need free basic health care for every American.
Guest Column: Breast
cancer doesn’t have to be an ugly phrase
Thank you, Sandy, for sharing your open and honest comments regarding
breast cancer. I sincerely believe that personal accounts, such as
yours, generate awareness and instill hope for patients and their
friends and family. I appreciate your support of our endeavors to
educate our community and support early detection for optimal treatment
Golf carts are the way to go on
Ocracoke and are catching on in Hatteras village
Golf carts being permitted and rented in Hatteras village and on
Ocracoke is a splendid idea! The roads will not be as congested, the
air less polluted, and there will also be a gasoline savings. I can't
wait for them to be available in Hatteras, although I'm afraid I'll
have to wait until our October, 2011 visit. I certainly have hopes that
perhaps there will be a few available for our October, 2010 stay.
Hatteras village is quiet and peaceful. Let's keep it that way.
Sometimes you better watch what you wish for. Have you been to Ocracoke
lately? What a mess. Now there are not three obstacles in the streets
there are four -- cars, bikes, pedestrians, and golf carts. The rental
money you receive for golf carts in the village isn't going to be worth
it in the long run. When Hatteras ferry traffic decides to pass the
carts in oncoming traffic, dangerous situations are going to occur.
It's disappointing to think the village culture is moving in this
direction. You might want to re-think this decision and leave well
enough alone. Visit Ocracoke, see for yourself.
drowns on Ocracoke beach
I was visiting Ocracoke Sunday Aug. 1 to Sunday Aug. 8. We had left the
beach around 4 p.m. to go back to the house. We heard the sirens and
hoped that this was not the case that they were responding to. Earlier
that morning, a boy was caught in the same situation right in front of
us, and we had to run and get his parents. He was trying to swim
against the current and was panicking. Luckily, a friend of his who is
on his school swim team was there and was pointing to the direction in
which he should be swimming, and he was able to get out. None of the
rest of them got more than 10 feet out into the surf that day. I didn't
go in the water much that day because the currents were extremely
strong, and we knew the waves would be higher because of the storm.
This is such a sad story. My prayers are with his family.
Column: Should the plastic-bag ban be extended to all Outer Banks
Please ban them here.
note: The ban includes Ocracoke. It covers the
Outer Banks area of Currituck, Dare, and Hyde counties.)
Remembering Cathy Lynn Burrus
I left Hatteras long ago. I taught Cathy Burrus while I was at Cape
Hatteras and have many fond memories. Prayers to her family.
Living: In defense of a world without Walmart
I love this article and laughed to myself remembering my conversation
with my Dad about the Home Depot day trip. Here in New
lives three blocks from the Home Depot. Down there, it is a day trip
with his list and stops at K-Mart and the outlets and he gathers
everything he needs on his way back down the island to Hatteras
village. I could live without the Taco Bell and would love an attempt
at living the simple life you do on your island. Enjoy your sunsets!
It sounds like heaven to me. That is my goal in life, to move to the
Outer Banks of NC and relax. I started coming there when I was 3 years
old, when it took a few ferry rides to get there. It is a great place
to be and hopefully I will be able to meet my goal.
Ocracats hosts N.C. State vets at
clinic to spay and neuter 97 feral cats
It was great to see all the hard work pay off with the large number of
cats spayed and neutered. Congratulations and thank you to all of the
fellow animal lovers on Ocracoke.
I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Ferris when I lived in
North Carolina and was part of a feral cat study. She is an awesome
Keep up the good work and hope to make a fall trip this year.
markets bring local food and crafts to Hatteras Island
Farmers markets and art shows outside are attractive and festive, and
they benefit visitors and locals as well. Mobile trading!
Island People: Todd Phillips is the man who envisions
This is so impressive. Why has it taken me until now (Aug. 9, 2010) to
know about this? We own a rental property here and spend the first two
weeks in August, as well as off-season time here. I have always been
concerned about recycling on Hatteras, because most visitors don't want
to take the time or effort to take their stuff to the Buxton transfer
station. This is great!
Island Free Press
Glad to have found this publication online to keep up with happenings
on the Outer Banks, after spending many summer vacationing there.
Relocated, renovated, redecorated, and ready for the rest of its life
I was the one who designed Serendipity for Roger Meekins and oversaw
its construction. I am glad that it has been relocated and
refitted. It has survived many hurricanes and
It was designed and built to last. I'm proud of my
A couple of years back, I purchased an antique 1880s half-tester
bed. I just watched "Nights in Rodanthe" today and was
see my bed in the blue room. The detailed carving across the
of mine is much more ornate than the one in the movie, and the
footboards are different, but they are virtually identical
otherwise. They were surely made by the same furniture
maker. I've been trying to find out who the furniture maker
and would appreciate any help you could provide. In your
interviews with the Husses, did Debbie Huss talk about her search for
the bed from the movie? She may have found the information
been searching for. I would love to have contact with the
to discuss this if they would be willing. Is that something
can help me with? I would greatly appreciate it.
off East Coast
I applaud the work that Sen. Kay Hagan has done to promote a renewable
energy future. I realize that little steps are better than no steps.
I am, however, very concerned that the East Coast of the U.S. may have
been thrown under the bus to get the climate legislation passed as a
trade off. For one thing, for those who seem to be consistently opposed
to any environmental protection, it won't matter. They will vote
against clean air and climate legislation anyhow. Yet, they receive
this “gift” of opening up the East Coast for exploitation.
The arguments FOR drilling are:
1. It will make us independent of Mideast oil.
HOWEVER. Not so fast! In an article published by Reuters Financial News
on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 (before the Gulf spill), the President
announced the opening of the East Coast to exploration. This same
article stated that the Minerals Management Service estimated that the
U.S. East Coast reserves held about 5.8 billion barrels of oil and 40
trillion cubic feet of natural gas. It also stated that the U.S.
imports about 2 billion barrels of oil a year and 2.7 trillion cubic
feet of natural gas.
This means that we are willing to risk catastrophic environmental
damage for less than three years of oil and 15 years of natural gas.
These figures are for current rates of use. If demand went up, then
these time periods would be shorter.
2. It would provide jobs for the East Coast.
HOWEVER. No thanks. We have jobs and we like them. We don't like what
we see around areas of heavy oil infrastructure. I don't know how or
why this happens, but wherever I have traveled in Louisiana,
Mississippi, etc., I see lots of really desperately poor people living
in highly polluted areas. I hear of lots of crime and corruption.
Again, no thanks. Give us green energy jobs, at least the renewable
energy jobs give us a clean place to live.
We already have two major industries on the North Carolina coast (and
probably everywhere else from New Jersey to Florida). They are fishing
and tourism. Both of these industries require clean water. Without
clean water they are dead, done, over. N.C. fishing alone has been
between $88 million dollars and $110 million dollars in direct catch,
not to mention all of the delivery, restaurants, and related
businesses. Tourism provides 30,000 jobs on North Carolina's Outer
Banks alone. In Virginia, the 18 cities and counties of the Chesapeake
Bay and coast brought in $4.25 billion in tourism revenue in 2007,
according to a press release from the Southern Environmental Law Center
on June 30, 2010.
3. We won't allow any drilling that isn't safe.
HOWEVER. Really? The Macondo well was an exploratory drilling
operation. As we all know now, the oil companies' plans are woefully
inadequate. BP appears to have also been remiss on enforcing its own
safety procedures. And the guarantee that that won't happen again is...
what? How do you legislate against greed and human error?
I applaud the separation of the granting of permits from the
organization that also enforces the regulations and collects the fees.
That is a good first step.
As far as clean up and risk goes, let's look at the difference between
the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Atlantic Ocean, unlike the Gulf, is never calm. Never. Booms would
be totally useless.
As far as risk goes, note that off of Cape Hatteras is one of the most
hurricane prone areas on the planet. The natural turbulence created by
the meeting of the Labrador current and the Gulf Stream create what is
known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" for ships lost at sea. The
Gulf Stream current would carry destructive poisons to the Azores and
North Sea currents so we could share our catastrophes with the Sargasso
Sea ( a nursery for almost all Atlantic sea life) and with Europe and
4. Drilling is a matter of National Defense.
HOWEVER. Much of the 3 million acre lease area overlaps with
areas used by the Navy for training operations based mostly out of the
Norfolk Naval Base - the world's largest and an economic mainstay of
Hampton Roads. The Department of Defense has consistently opposed oil
and gas drilling in Virginia due to concerns of conflicts with its
operations; the agency reiterated those concerns earlier this year.
5. Global Warming is a hoax, or it is natural and not man made, so
drill Baby Drill!
SO WHAT? Irrelevant. Whether or not global warming is manmade, the
risks of East Coast offshore drilling are too high and the benefits are