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Commentary: Bathroom re-opens with on-duty compliance officer; gender identity assured

After being closed since late March, Oriental’s public restroom is again open. The town has been able to hire a certified Gender Compliance Officer.

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Commentary: This is the face of poverty

There was a memorial service for Dorothy Wray Semans Clark at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at the Living Water Church of God in Chesapeake, Va. The service was the last opportunity to say goodbye before her ashes are scattered in the Colorado mountains.

The service was the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle that was her life. We know bits and pieces of other's lives, but it is not until all the pieces are sorted and put together that we really understand who they are.

I can't decide which is more correct -- that she died in poverty or of poverty. I am certain that she -- like all of us -- wanted to depart this world  leaving something good behind. And I know that if by telling her story, others can b
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Guest Column: Light issues problems plague island villages

We have light pollution problems here on Hatteras Island, and they are pretty easy to spot. Driving south across Bonner Bridge on a clear, dark night you can see the sky glow of Rodanthe-Salvo-Waves.  Similarly as you drive between Avon and Salvo at night you can spot the luminescent glow of the village three to five miles away from your destination. 
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Guest Column: Where will we find the next generation of stewards of the land?

Guest columnist Cyndy Holda reflects on the past, present, and future of the National Park Service, which celebrates its Centennial in 2016.  And she sets out a challenge for the Park Service and for the rest of us -- finding the next generation of stewards who will love and care for our parks, our public lands.
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Guest Column:  A proposal for ending the drainage mess in the Cape Point area

Guest columnist Chris Egghart, a long-time Hatteras Island visitor and property owner, takes a look at the stormwater and drainage mess in the areas of Ramps 43 and 44 and Cape Point Campground in Buxton.  He details how he thinks the area became such a mess -- and a headache for Park Service officials -- and proposes a way forward.
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Commentary:  When and how will Hatteras ferry toll saga end?

In the last couple of  weeks, Ocracoke residents and businesses have had to face the prospect once again of tolling the Hatteras car ferries.

As of now, the parties pressing for a toll to generate funds for replacement ferries have agreed to wait until after the General Assembly convenes next spring to see if these funds can be appropriated out of the North Carolina Department of Transportation general fund.

But for a short time recently the prospect of a toll on the still-free Hatteras ferry loomed. 
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