Senate Bill 355, legislation that promotes and enhances public access to the performance records of public employees, is generating significant resistance from various state organizations that have several things in common- they are all union related and they are determined to continue opera…

Carteret County Schools are swimming in money as state and federal emergency funds flood into the county to assist in remediation efforts needed in response to academic performance declines resulting from the disruption of in-person classroom instruction because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And…

Continued resistance from certain state agencies to legislation that will enhance transparency of professional performance of state employees leaves the public, for whom these agencies and departments work, wondering what is there to hide?

Local governments and neighborhoods stand to lose control over zoning and land planning if two legislative bills are approved during this session of the General Assembly, and this has counties and municipalities very concerned. And though the intention of the legislative action to promote mo…

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper, working to enhance his credentials as a potential vice president candidate for future Democrat campaigns, is leading a national effort to enlist big business and the capital markets to intimidate legislators into not passing voting laws that enhance voter integrity. Con…

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“Beware of Greeks bearing gifts,” a famous adage referencing the mythological battle between the Greeks and the city state of Troy, is a cautionary phrase used in situations where acts of charity may have insidious and destructive intentions. That phrase should echo across the state after Vi…

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Morehead City’s Town Council decision Tuesday to delay, for the second time, a vote on the future of 23 acres on N.C. Highway 24 between the busy entries into Walmart, was a disappointment for the parties involved and was a delaying tactic for what really needs to be done- a comprehensive re…

Restaurants and bars across the state, and particularly here in Carteret County, are working hard to meet the demands of their patrons and so the recent efforts of the General Assembly to pass legislation allowing full operation is appreciated, but it is only the beginning of what may still …

Once Carteret County public school students return Monday from Easter break, only eight weeks of schooling will remain before the end of this traditional academic school year, which leaves little time for the students and their teachers to prepare for end of grade testing. Further, it reduce…

Zoning is becoming a very contentious issue for Carteret County and its eleven municipalities and with the rapid growth of both population and businesses services the challenges this issue presents will only increase as businesses and developers respond to growing demands.

Discrimination and equity are the new buzzwords for politicians and the media today, but as N.C. Rep. Pat McElraft, has exposed in a bill she is championing, these concerns, phrases and the associated narrative apply only to those of us lucky enough to be born. They do not apply to the unborn.

As the country watches the Minnesota court case unfold regarding the death of George Floyd it is worth wondering how this story might have been different had that state’s public records been open for public scrutiny. Officer Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with the death of Mr. Flo…

Governor Cooper’s proposed budget, released with great fanfare Wednesday, shows his continued disconnect with the challenges the state’s taxpayers and businesses experienced over the past twelve months as a result of the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. And though vaccinatio…

As Carteret County high schoolers return to in-person classroom instruction this week and middle schools open next week, it is time to consider the next steps forward. The disruption of classroom participation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year requires that school boards, ad…

A benefit of sunshine is that it increases visual contrasts between objects and adds light in areas that deserve attention. That is the purpose, figuratively speaking, of “Sunshine Week” as the nation celebrates the public’s right to know and to hold their government, at every level from loc…

Transparency in government, from city hall to Capitol Hill, has never been needed more than now as the nation opens its coffers for another $1.9 trillion financial relief package, supposedly to aid families and small businesses devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is particularly fortuito…

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Highway litter is becoming more of a problem as North Carolinians and tourists travel the state’s roadways, resulting in public complaints and legislative action. Considering Carteret County’s dependence on tourism and the sensitivity of our coastal environment, this is an issue that needs a…

Emerald Isle’s plans to increase beach access parking fees for non-residents is creating angst for county residents who find themselves being treated as tourists. This decision should be reconsidered, and in the process the four Bogue Banks municipalities should take note of the perception, …

Carteret County and its 11 municipalities are facing a tsunami of growth resulting from increased interest in the quality of life afforded by our coastal geography and the impending construction of a U.S. Interstate Highway (I-42) terminating here. If the county and municipal leaders are not…

Zoning issues are becoming more of a problem for the county and its eleven municipalities as business developers and property owners, seeking to expand commercial development, encroach into areas originally zoned for residential use. The result of these conflicts are rezoning requests that i…

Carteret County Commissioners have unfairly and disingenuously made N.C. Representative Pat McElraft part of their efforts to take total control of the county’s communications to taxpayers and residents by claiming that she is complicit in the county’s participation in H.B. 51.

Despite the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolina’s tax revenues have remained surprisingly robust, which is giving Governor Cooper an excuse to spend unbudgeted funds rather than to conserve them for future needs. The state can ill afford the governor’s spendthri…

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