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|Free speech: Christians occupy the full political spectrum|
elections this year were relatively mild as far as political
mudslinging was concerned. Sure, there were a few mailers, radio ads
and, in the state Senate race, some over-the- top television
But real fireworks were noticeably absent.
Yet one word seemed to inspire a lot of conversation: Christian.
Read the commentary by Russ Lay in the Outer Banks Voice.
You didn't ask for it, but here's free advice for the new board
There’s a new sheriff in town.
Don’t panic. Doug Doughtie is still Dare County’s sheriff, returned to office by a comfortable margin on Nov. 4.
at the Dare County Board of Commissioners, the new sheriff is the
Republican Party, which wrested control of the board for only the
second time this century from the Democrats.
Here’s some friendly advice for the new board from the peanut gallery. The advice is free, so take it for what it’s worth.
Read the commentary by Russ Lay in The Outer Banks Voice.
Second opinion on Nags Head nourishment would shore up public confidence
the beach along Nags Head’s oceanfront leads to no clear conclusions on
how well the town’s 3-year-old widening project is holding up against
north of the Nags Head Fishing Pier, you get a sense, particularly when
the wind is brisk off the ocean, that the beach is about the same as it
was in 2011, when the 10-mile, $36 million project was finished.
The view is better from Jennette’s Pier toward South Nags Head, where much more sand was pumped onto the beach from offshore.
months have been especially rough on the new beach as an unusual number
of days with high surf and east winds have challenged the project.
town’s contractor, Coastal Science and Engineering, has acknowledged
that as much as half of the visible beach has slid back into the surf
zone. But engineers say that was part of the plan to build an
underwater cushion to take the punch out of storm tides.
Outer Banks Voice editor Rob Morris writes in a recently posted
commentary that a second opinion on the project's success would go a
long way toward reassuring the public that the deal was a good one as
the town goes forward.
This is a timely article as Dare County and other towns move forward with beach restoration project.
Read the Commentary in the Outer Banks Voice.
|Guest Column: Evacuation Vacation |
Letso writes that he is planning to come back down to Hatteras because
he feels like he has some unfinished vacationing to take care of.
That's because of Hurricane Arthur, the storm that came on the Fourth
of July and ruined everything.
says that "We visitors keep coming back, too, in spite of trips
cancelled, evacuation vacations, or riding out storms ourselves, and
this actually makes us part of the Hatteras community, with the common
bond of love for all things Hatteras -- the water, the people, the
peace and quiet, and storms that come and go." Read
|Guest Column: Houston, we have a problem!|
short statement from astronaut John Swigert Jr. brought the 1970 Apollo
13 moon landing to an abrupt halt and caused the hundreds of brilliant
minds in Mission Control and NASA support agencies to start
brainstorming to come up with a time-sensitive solution to get the crew
of the Apollo 13 back home again. Time was indeed of the essence.
time is of the essence on a very large problem for Hatteras and
Ocracoke islands -- the erosion of the Hatteras spit and the widening
of Hatteras Inlet. We need a solution that will include a new channel
between the islands and nourishment of the south point of the Hatteras.
It might take a proclamation from the governor and an Act of Congress
to get it done. Read