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|Guest Column: Correcting some errors in statements by SELC on Bonner Bridge|
NCDOT chief operating officer Jim Trogdon corrects some errors in
statements made since the Bonner Bridge closure, particularly by
plaintiffs’ counsel on the issue, that occasionally are reported as
this case, plaintiffs’ counsel is the Southern Environmental Law
Center, which represents Defenders of Wildlife and the National
Wildlife Refuge Association. Read
|Guest Column: Remembering Black Beard the Pirate, a benefactor then and now|
pirate history is nothing like the Hollywood pop-culture, romantic,
fairy tale version so perpetuated by publishers and producers and
adored by its fans. True pirate history is actually more interesting,
more complex, more relevant to our own life and times. The story of
North Carolina’s own Black Beard remarkably mirrors today’s newsworthy
issues of political conflict, economic distress, deficits, taxes,
unemployment, social discord, health concerns, government corruption,
and climate change.
Certainly, there’s a place in our hearts
and minds for folklore and fiction, for swashbuckling, swaggering,
Errol Flynn-like pirates, but we should never fail to understand and
appreciate the real story. Read
|Guest Column: There’s still much work to be done on domestic violence|
July 2012, an Ohio woman on a family vacation on Hatteras Island was
murdered by her son’s father, and a community wept in despair. In
July, 2013, another woman on vacation briefly escaped the man who
abused her, and a tiny group of women celebrated her feeling
safe. Now what? What will you do? Read
Guest Column: Found a star on my birthday
you have to look very hard to find the bright spots in life but on
Monday in Raleigh, I didn’t have to look – the bright spots came to me.
was arrested at the Legislative Building on Monday night, although I
was not part of the official protest. I went to hold my own little
protest because I feel very strongly that the protesters' civil rights
are being violated. They have a Constitutional right to take their
complaints to the capital, to express their opinions and to be inside
the Legislative Building – it is a public building and they are members
of the public. I read the building rules and can’t find any that are
being violated. Read
Column: It’s just a hobby for them
just a hobby for them, but it’s the way we earn our living,” said Jamie
Reibel, a charter boat operator from Manteo.
so, once again, fishermen and their allies from all of the coastal
North Carolina communities, boarded buses or carpooled or drove trucks
-- this time to Raleigh on Monday, May 6, to meet in the capital’s
Legislative Office Building to present their case to lawmakers in
opposition to House Bill 983.
was introduced into the North Carolina General Assembly’s House of
Representatives on April 17 by Reps. John Bell and Tom Murry and sent
to the House Commerce and Job Development Committee.
is called the 2013 Fisheries Economic Development Act, but referred to
as the gamefish bill. It would designate three species – red drum,
speckled trout and estuarine striped bass -- as gamefish, meaning that
they could only be caught by hook-and-line anglers and not commercial
Column: Property Revaluation 101
this week, Dare County’s tax assessor made a presentation to the Dare
County Board of Commissioners on the countywide revaluation of property.
will go out on Monday, Feb. 25, on the new valuation of your
And here are some things you need to know about property revaluation.
Column: Some good questions about ferry tolls need answers
to a story posted on the website of the News & Observer in
Raleigh on Jan. 13, the North CarolinaBoard of Transportation has voted
to increase fees on ferries currently charging vehicles and to add
tolls to several routes that have been free. These new taxes become
effective on July 1. The only ferries not to come under the new toll
rates on July 1, are the Hatteras-Ocracoke route and the
Currituck-Knotts Island route.
there are still some questions about ferry tolls that need answers.
Guest Column: The best path
to a safe bridge and reliable highway
issue of the Bonner Bridge replacement and access to Hatteras and
Ocracoke islands has become an ever-increasing source of stress to our
residents and visitors.
There is the fear of physical danger
involved in a bridge collapse and the anxiety about Highway 12 that
accompanies each weather system that has been frustrating us even more
since Hurricane Sandy and a series of northeasters.
Here is the best and quickest way to have a safe bridge and reliable