My Turn: Sometimes it's better to just keep quiet - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

My Turn: Sometimes it's better to just keep quiet

Mark Twain said, "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."

Maybe Twain had a premonition about the future. It sounds like he is describing exactly what takes place every day on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets.

A great example of this is the reaction last week on the New Hanover County Schools Facebook page when the Board of Education even considered having school on a Saturday to make up for days lost due to bad weather.

Some cried foul. Some questioned if it was legal. Others said forget it, they're not going. And these postings were from the parents.

I get it. It's been an unusual winter. Two ice storms have crippled this community. But our education leaders are trying to figure out how to get the valuable lost instruction time in…and we're not all going to agree.

But when a decision is made…agree on not, it might be best to remember those sage words of Mark Twain.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at



Emailed comments from viewers:

Why should we pay an outside company to pick up debris from the storm when we have and are already paying prisoners and community service workers to clean up the storm debris.  We should take advantage of the resources we have

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