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Columns

  • The more things change, the more the best ones stay the same
  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The word on everyone’s mind in the North Carolina House last week was budget. Budget meetings occupied every waking moment. May 19 saw an all day House Appropriations meeting and May 21’s House session lasted all night and into Friday morning, May 22.

  • You Decide: Are there timeless rules for investing?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    There’s rarely a meeting at which I’m speaking where someone doesn’t ask me about investing. Often it’s about the stock market, but sometimes there’s a question about gold, foreign currencies or even options.

    Economics is a discipline that changes as new theories and research alter the way we look at economic issues. But not so with investing — at least that’s my opinion. Many argue the principles most people should use to guide their investments are timeless.

  • Getting stuck for ducks
  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed individual departmental budgets, we passed a major property insurance reform bill, and I continued to have visitors from back home.

    It was so hot last week in Raleigh that on May 12, when it hit 90 degrees, everybody who owned a seersucker suit was wearing it. The budget meetings were also hot and heavy, as were some of the debates over revenue and appropriations.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 10 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • Let me tell you all about my vacation — with pictures!

    Uber is an Internet taxi. It turns out I forgot to mention that the last time we spoke and it lead to some confusion.

    I don’t know why they didn’t call it Internet Taxi or iTaxi or eTaxi and I can only assume they went with Uber because Qbert was taken.

    I was too busy yapping about my trip to New York to fully flesh out a description of what an Uber is until now.

    And now I’m going to yap about my trip some more.

    No, not a trip. More of a pilgrimage.

  • April showers bring … May showers

    There’s an old saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” but as I sat here in the office last soggy Saturday night, it occurred to me the saying should be updated for this year: “April showers bring May flowers — and more showers.”

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we had a reduced schedule of committee meetings concerning bills and more meetings on the budget, we had lots of visits from elected officials and others from back home in Brunswick County and we found out that a budget surplus is projected for next year.

  • You decide: How will the job market change?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Although the job market in North Carolina has been improving for the last five years, there still is a long way to go. The number of people employed today is 4 percent higher than before the recession and 12 percent higher than in 2000. But since the turn of the century, the state’s working age population (20 to 64) is up 24 percent.