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Letters to the editor: more islanders heard from on the proposed Tourism Development Authority

Editor’s note: we have received a few more comments on Hyde County’s proposal to enact a new Tourism Development Authority (TDA) especially for Ocracoke. This authority would raise the occupancy tax rate another 2 percent for a total of 5 percent on all short-term lodging rentals.

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Editorial & Opinion

Tourism, Occupancy Tax and the Bible on Ocracoke

Editor’s note: The Ocracoke Observer shares these comments made by George Chamberlin, owner of the lodging Captain’s Landing, last night (Thursday) at the Occupancy Tax Board meeting where Kris Noble, Hyde County planning and development director, presented a plan for a new Tourism Development Authority. 1,373 more words

Editorial & Opinion

My Solutions To Homophobia

I’m really sick of listening to homophobic, hate-filled bullshit from Christians and Conservatives. Fucking sick of it. Though I’m not gay myself, I’ve seen gays portrayed in TV shows and in movies. 396 more words

Religious And Political Satire, And Other Irreverent Humor

Woods Took Public Works To The Woods As Weeks Made It Weak: Can Gyude Moore Do More?

By D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh* (first published in several dailies in January 2015)

 Introduction

Little known William Gyude Moore, Liberia’s new Public Works Minister-designate, has a stocky challenge if he passes through the scrutiny of the Senate. 2,202 more words

National News

Success Of Fighting Ebola Thru Community-Based Approach -- The Story Of Gaye Dukpaye Community

By D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh

The Ebola outbreak

“In Gaye Dukpaye, we are not only on the alert, we will also keep engaging everyone that we have not won the war,” Shadrack S. 2,240 more words

Liberia

Leading The Roads To Sinoe And Grand Kru For Independence Day: Can Gyude Moore Make The Challenge?

By D Kaihenneh Sengbeh/Freelance Journalist

Introduction

“We have resolved that the 26th celebration this year shall be in Greenville and Barclayville. And we will travel there by road,” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated categorically and collected a huge applause from the audience. 1,662 more words

General News

COMMENTARY: Inhofe's distortions and ignorance demean Senate and debate over oil pipeline

That famous climate change-denying curmudgeon James M. Inhofe is at it again, and this time his willful denial of facts and slander of scientists is casting a sad shadow over the U.S. 1,077 more words

Climate Change