Category Archives: OPINION

Critic offers convincing case to House Subcommittee

Red Wolf program a ‘failed experiment,’ claims landowner Jett Ferebee (Click to enlarge) Editor’s note: The following is a verbatim transcript of remarks presented in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Jett Ferebee Dear Members – Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: My name is Jett Ferebee and I am a landowner in Tyrrell County, NC. I also served on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Red Wolf Recovery Team this past year. I have watched my family farm be destroyed by an arrogant USFWS that refused to obe…

Greed, not need, main factor in hospital closing

By Beaufortobserver.net Editorial Team | Special to the County Compass BELHAVEN — Pungo District Hospital closed its doors Tuesday. Whether it will be forever, or whether the community will be successful in saving their hospital, remains to be seen. University Health System, now Vidant, took over the Pungo Hospital nearly two years ago when the local management was unable to make a go of it. Vidant promised to not only provide continuing health care through Pungo, but also to expand services. Now, two years later Vidant is closing the facility. Technically, a group of investors in Pa…

Pamlico County better than Walmart

By Ed Terry | Special to the County Compass Ed TerryIs Pamlico County better than Walmart? I expect we are. I often travel far from the county. Almost every week I make a trip across the Atlantic to Europe or the UK. When I cross that little bridge into the county I feel I’m home. I love Pamlico County. It’s land, water and people has held my heart for many years. I honor that respect with a simple gesture. I spend my money in the county. If it can be bought in the county, I buy it in the county. A couple of weeks ago while driving home from Jacksonville, I passed up 10-cents cheaper gas to buy fuel…

Consider this before jumping on Walmart bandwagon

By Rhonda Breed | Special to the County Compass Where do I begin? Approximately a year ago, I contacted a friend who is also a county official and asked if the rumor about Walmart coming to Pamlico County was true. He said he knew nothing of it and it was just a rumor. Well, that’s one heck of a rumor! One day we are a quaint, little county, the next day, we are the target of the world’s largest retailer — not once but twice. With a population hovering around 13,000, I have to wonder why? Does Walmart know something we don’t know? Are there secrets in the confines of our courthouse complex, wai…

Commercial fishing interests lambaste ‘ game fish ’ proponents . . .

  How is it the right thing to do? By Robbie J. Mercer | Special to the County Compass EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – I have been a commercial fisherman for 35 years and there is more Red Drum, Spotted Trout & Striped Bass than I have ever seen in the N.C. waters. Commercial fishing and farming has been a way of life in coastal North Carolina for hundreds of years. Not everyone has the same opinion as you, Mr. Tim Hergenrader. To a lot of Commercial Fishermen, this has been a way of life for generations. This is not a hobby for them. Working these local waters has been a way for them to provide for their…

Dress code fails to close gap

  Mother offers analysis Valerie Fieber By Valerie Fieber | Special to the County Compass BAYBORO — During my tenure as a student in the Pamlico County school system, we had a dress code that was much more flexible than today’s rigid attire mandate. Uniforms and dress codes are not new to many educational environments, but over the past decade or so, many schools have adopted these ever-increasing strict codes in hopes to deter deviant behavior that comes with inappropriate dress. Advocates of dress codes state that there will be a reduction in the gap between the “haves” an…
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