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Going To A (TEA) Party

Thursday 16 April 2009 at 2:45 pm Several dozen Hatteras islanders went to a party on Wednesday, April 15, at the new county office building in Frisco.

The lunchtime gathering was a TEA party – as in Taxed Enough Already. It was scheduled for April 15, also known as Tax Day, and was, of course, a symbolic reference to the historic Boston Tea Party.

The Boston Tea Party had a specific focus. American colonists protested taxation without representation by dumping taxed tea from England into the Boston Harbor.

The tea parties that happened all over the country on Wednesday – drawing anywhere from a few dozen to a few thousand people – were apparently an opportunity for partygoers to protest just about everything that is causing them angst these days.

They were billed by organizers as a grassroots effort to protest excessive government spending and historic deficits. Read More

Killing Fish for Fun Instead of Food

Wednesday 08 April 2009 at 8:35 pm I hope all of you will read Susan West’s article on the Fishing Page about the bill recently introduced into the North Carolina General Assembly to give coastal gamefish status to red drum and spotted sea trout, also known as speckled trout.

West writes:

Red drum and spotted sea trout would be off-limits to commercial harvest in North Carolina if a bill introduced March 31 becomes law…House Bill 918, Designation of Coastal Game Fish, would prohibit the sale and purchase of the species and prohibit the use of nets to catch the fish.

In other words, commercial fishermen working for a living would no longer be able to catch and sell these fish. They would become the private resource of recreational fishermen who fish for the fun of it.

It also means that unless you are a recreational fisherman with access to the resource, you will no longer be able to buy drum or speckled trout in a fish market or order it in a restaurant. Read More

Waitin' On A Woman

Friday 03 April 2009 at 3:58 pm The Academy of Country Music this week announced that its Video of the Year award has gone to country music superstar Brad Paisley for “Waitin’ on a Woman,” featuring the iconic actor Andy Griffith, 82, who is a superstar on the Outer Banks.

That news came just before the 44th annual Academy of Country Music awards, which will be broadcast on Sunday, April 5, at 8 p.m. on CBS.

The music video not only features Griffith, who lives on Roanoke Island, but was filmed on the Outer Banks – at the Tanger Outlet Center in Nags Head and on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Read More