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NEWS & COMMENTARY

The week in review

The first 10 articles posted below on our Home Page on the weekend are ranked according to the most interest generated during the last week....more >>
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Big time election spending comes to Beaufort County

Within the past seven or eight years a county commissioner race from the primary to the November General Election could be financed for $3,000.00. Twenty thousand dollars would do the same for a sheriff's election....more >>
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Warren Smith: An open letter to the BOC. The jail numbers just do not add up

Warren was right on "economic development" and he's right on the jail

Warren Smith is at it again. As he did on the economic development boondoggle--some would say "fraud"--dumped on the taxpayers of Beaufort County, he has now done his homework on the cost of a new jail....more >>
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Daily Haymaker

Who is John Rhodes? The difference between Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan

Tired of politicians claiming to be one thing and acting like another?

Tired of politicians claiming to be one thing and acting like another? If so you may want to meet John Rhodes: BLOCKQUOTE>"I didn't go looking for this opportunity," said John Rhodes, the best-known of the three qualified write-in candidates for US Senate in North Carolina....more >>
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Kay Hagan and the Post Turtle

Cajun language and culture are rich for many reasons that I talked about in my January column. One of them is that the sense of humor and friendliness of Cajuns are such that even insults are delivered with a twinkle in the eye....more >>
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Too many bullies, not enough servants

It has become more obvious that the majority of the Beaufort County leadership offices are occupied by bullies. A bully is going to have his way, no matter what others may think or desire, even if how they go about achieving their desires borders on illegal or unethical activities....more >>
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Belhaven Hospital—far from dead, excitement is in the air

The Belhaven Hospital situation has been like a roller coaster and a soap opera put in a blender. It is hard to separate the parts. Belhaven has been through begging, pleading, praying, marches, negotiations, and contracts....more >>
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Cowell's Alternative, Part 2: Conflicts Of Interest Claims And Campaign Donations

WFAE, the Charlotte NPR station is running series on the State Treasurer's Office, or more specifically how Treasurer Janet Cowell manages the biggest pot of money in Raleigh—the state pension funds....more >>
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So who's really interested in cleaning up government?

The two articles from WFAE, public radio in Charlotte, about State Treasure Janet Cowell raise troubling issues. We feel the time has come to address the fundamental issue here. ...more >>
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Is Beaufort County another Ferguson, Missouri?

Could Beaufort County be another Ferguson, Missouri? Warren Meyer has posted in his Coyote Blog the information below that should cause those of us in Beaufort County to ask: "Do we have a similar situation in Beaufort County?" We here at the Observer don't pretend to know. But what we do know is that the justice system does a powerful job of trying to keep us from knowing....more >>
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Cowell's alternative Part I: High fees, secrecy surround pension investments

WFAE, the Charlotte NPR station is running series on the State Treasurer's Office, or more specifically how Treasurer Janet Cowell manages the biggest pot of money in Raleigh—the state pension funds....more >>
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Holder's police-shooting hypocrisy

The The Washington Times reports:
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is enjoying a tidal wave of laudatory press coverage for his activism on the Ferguson, Mo., shooting and subsequent protests....more >>
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Father not guilty of murdering drunk driver who killed his two sons

The New York Daily News reports:
A grieving dad has escaped a possible life sentence after a Texas jury acquitted him of charges that he shot the drunk driver who killed his young sons....more >>
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You lie! Obama Administration lied about the IRS emails

Thanks to Judicial Watch we now have yet another smoking gun of the Obama Administration's lying to the American people and to Congress. When you put this in perspective of former presidents it is pretty clear to us that every one of them, both Democrats and Republicans, would have been impeached for the same facts....more >>
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Doctors may not interrogate patients about irrelevant matters such as their guns

Dave Dolbee, writing in the Shooter's Log reports on a recent U. S. Court of Appeals decision:
Pro Second Amendment forces were up in arms when doctors started questioning and demanding patients 'give up' whether or not they had any firearms in the home—even when it had nothing to do with the treatment....more >>
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We don't have to have more Fergusons

Star Parker writes:
August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the mall in Washington, DC. One year later, a half century ago, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law....more >>
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Vidant Health 2015 operational plan works to deliver an integrated system of care

As Vidant Health continues to be challenged by significant reductions in government reimbursements due to the Affordable Care Act, its Board of Directors approved the fiscal year 2015 operational plan today that provides the strategic direction and financial resources needed to guide and fund the health system during the next year....more >>
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Congress fiddles while rogue, out-of-control Obama takes the law into his own hands

The Hill.com is reporting:
Groups that closely follow regulations are expecting the Obama administration to continue issuing controversial rules through the midterm elections, despite the political risk it could pose for Democrats....more >>
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The militarization of law enforcement--A case of the cure being worse than the disease.

This article is an older post (2-18-14) that has gone viral on the internet. On 5-9-14 it was ranked 77 of 268,000 articles on the topic by Google. It has been viewed over one million times, most of which came after it rolled off our home page, indicating that the traffic was being driven by links from other websites. Most of those websites are gun related websites. Clearly this topic generates a tremendous amount of interest, both in linked-to's and in page views....more >>
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