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Guest Column: Evacuation Vacation 

Michael 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.

He 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."  
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Guest Column: Houston, we have a problem!

That 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.

Now 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.
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