This weekend offers a fitting respite from the turmoil Americans have experienced over the past four months. In the process of taking time off from the political and economic distress, Independence Day gives us an opportunity to appreciate the opportunities that our founders provided at grea…

The Carteret County Beach Commission should resist taking an apparent $44 million windfall from the Army Corps of Engineers as part of a proposed a long term beach nourishment program. It has liabilities that will wash out many of the possible benefits and in the process restrain local contr…

The random destruction of historic monuments, as a reaction to racism, is a growing threat to the nation’s history and its laws. Last week’s tantrum displayed by Raleigh protestors as they pulled down a Confederate statue was an example of the “heckler’s veto” which prevents public discussio…

Mark Jewell, president of the North Carolina teacher’s union, NCAE, proved his disconnect from reality and his lack of concern for the state and its citizens this week as he criticized legislative action providing a $350 teacher bonus and a continuation of step salary increases for teachers,…

I would like to send my apologies to each of the Class of 2024 potential incoming class of MaST Early College High school students, for as a community we have failed you. Due to our community not being able to problem solve, think outside the box and fully support this innovative program you…

Responding to fears that the COVID-19 pandemic would intrude on the public’s access to voting precincts and a subsequent lawsuit that leveraged this fear, the North Carolina Legislature voted overwhelmingly last week to open the door to easier absentee balloting. But the downside to this act…

America is sick. We are not only struggling with COVID-19 and its ramifications, but now we are shocked and embarrassed by the wanton destruction of property and the savage murders of our own police officers. Nationwide. While all this is going on, the memorials for the deceased George Floyd…

Carteret County schools, and schools across the state, are facing an immense challenge as they prepare to accept students in next 60 days with new requirements mandated by Governor Cooper and the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). But this situation can be an opportunity…

Carteret County Commissioners and Pine Knoll Shore town commissioners find themselves in a difficult place this month with the need to fill vacancies due to deaths on each board. County Commissioners will replace Jonathan Robinson, who died May 28 and Pine Knoll Shores will be filling the ma…

Governor Cooper’s recent announcement of a new healthcare lab opening in Durham stands in stark contrast to the negative impacts of his restrictive mandates on the state’s current business community. The fact that this new company was enticed using taxpayer funds is another example of the go…

Carteret County lost two passionate civic leaders in the past month, Pine Knoll Shores mayor Ken Jones and just this past week, Carteret County commissioner Jonathan Robinson. Although they were polar opposites when it came to their persona they were very similar when it came to service to t…

This past weekend, Deanna McElmon, owner of the GYM and Aquatic and Wellness Center in Cape Carteret made waves (pun intended) when she stood up and said “Yes” in contrast to Governor Cooper’s constant and repetitive refrain of “No.”

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