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For Ocracoke news, click here See Editor's note below. B. J. Oelschlegel Broker w/Ocracoke’s Lightship Realty ...Before there was a lighthouse, we had a lightship to light the...

It’s time for N.C. businesses to join the fight against gerrymandering

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For Ocracoke news, click here. Editor's note: For the origins of the term "gerrymandering," see below.  By David Meeker RALEIGH – As a small business entrepreneur, I’m...

Enough with vicious political attack ads already

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Editorial “Politics ain’t bean bags,” so the saying goes, or maybe it should be. This saying—more than 100 years old—refers to a game with bean bags...

Dispatch from Raleigh: In wake of gerrymandering ruling, give reform a...

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Editor's note: We are posting this commentary from Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina, regarding the issue of gerrymandering.   Thirty percent of...

Ending gerrymandering would improve voting equality

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May 2015 By Bob Phillips Your state lawmakers working in Raleigh this legislative session have one main task and that is to write and adopt a...

Ocracoke: the red-headed stepchild

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April 2014 By B.J. Oelshchlegel As I wrote my letter to the Albemarle RTPO, in response to the idea of increasing the ferry tolls on the...

Sustainability

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September 2013 By BJ Oelschlegel I have spoken about the resources with which our community has to work. Some are not tangible but have a powerful...

The negative press sticks longer

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July 2013 By BJ Oelschlegel I was scooping ice cream for a family (my other job) and as they proceeded to pay, the dad made a...

Are we ever going to catch a break?

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April 2013 by BJ Oelschlegel As a resident of Oc­racoke, I have of­ten felt like “The Lone Ranger,” living in a small category of commu­nities that...