Today's Opinions

  • We support measure to strengthen public records laws

    A North Carolina House bill that has passed first reading could lead to a constitutional amendment that would further protect citizens’ rights to public information.

    House Bill 87, whose primary sponsors are Reps. Stephen A. LaRoque, R-Kinston, and Tim Moore, R-Kings Mountain, was filed earlier this month and passed first reading Monday. The bill aims to amend the state constitution to protect the public’s right to know.

  • Even ‘Robert’ has to follow the law, not just own rules

    As a government reporter, I sit through a lot of meetings. I mean, a lot of meetings. So many so that sometimes I would rather bang my head against the wall than sit through another meeting, but alas, I continue.

    Hyperbole aside, some meetings are more painful than others—not physically painful, but emotionally painful—frustrating, if you will.

    I have made a steadfast commitment to being a proponent of freedom of information. I consider myself a student of the North Carolina Open Meetings and Public Records laws.

  • Missing on spring break

    I remember hearing the news in the spring of 2009 that a young spring breaker had disappeared in Myrtle Beach, S.C. It hit all too close to home.

    The young woman was on spring break from Rochester, N.Y., with several friends. Her parents did not know she was in Myrtle Beach. As a teenager, I too made excursions to Myrtle Beach without proper parental knowledge. 

    Initially I thought the teen was simply dodging phone calls and would resurface later to face her punishment. But that wasn’t the case.

  • Parking rules raising Sunset Beach sand

    Attention non-Sunset Beach residents, non-island renters and other no-counts.

    Do you have (plenty of) parking money tucked in your beach bucket before you venture across the new $44 million Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge this summer?

    You just might need it, assuming you can even find an available, legal parking space on the island.

    Depending on what Sunset Beach Town Council ultimately decides, recommended rules presented Monday night by a town-appointed parking committee don’t mince words.

  • Thanks to county’s many caregivers

    To the editor:

    Who takes care of our loved ones when we are unable? Who is with “Mom” in the nursing home, when the door is closed and our backs are turned? Who interacts with her night and day? If Mom gets cranky, feels alone and of no use to society, who offers a warm hand? Who watches her body language, encourages her to eat, and tells her how pretty she looks today?

  • Don’t dissuade public from going to Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    Now that the Sunset Beach Bridge is bought and paid for by the taxpayers of this community, many Sunset Beach [property] owners want town commissioners to follow the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) doctrine when addressing the beach parking issue.

  • Is Sunset Beach saying it doesn’t want patrons?

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council is sending a message to non-residents they do not need our business. Their planned actions to make it expensive and inconvenient for non-residents to park and visit the beach is sending that message.

    It was not the town that financed the new bridge, but money from state and federal taxpayers. They waited until the new bridge was financed and completed before turning the screws on parking limitations. 

  • Doesn’t support voter identification

    To the editor:

    The principle goal of the League of Women Voters is to encourage citizen participation in our democratic government. The most effective action a citizen can take is to vote. 

    The league is a nonpartisan organization, but when we see a movement to disenfranchise voters, we must take a stand against it. 

    Our state legislators are considering such action.