Several days ago a reader asked about a car window sticker (s)he noticed on an island vehicle. It was an uncomplimentary reference to OPS (the Ocracoke Preservation Society). The reader wanted to know, "Why would anyone have a beef with the OPS?"
I suppose that in any community there will be inevitable conflicts between those whose sentiments lean towards preservation and those who favor development. We all support development at some level -- roads, homes, schools, churches, and local businesses -- and I hope we all see the value of preserving the unique historical and environmental heritage of this beautiful island. Sometimes, however, the two interests are in conflict. We can only hope that a sense of community spirit and cooperation prevails for the common good.
You can read our latest newsletter here. It's the story of the Invasion of Ocracoke & Portsmouth in the War of 1812.