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Columns

  • How much does size really matter?

    Much ado has been made over Sports Illustrated featuring a plus-sized model for the first time in this year’s swimsuit edition, in addition to an advertisement for plus-sized swimwear. Regardless of how you feel about this annual publication, this is — if you’ll pardon the pun — a big deal to me.

  • Bizarre moments in the courtroom

    I’ve worked as a reporter at The Brunswick Beacon for almost two years now. I’ve learned many things along the way, but perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you never know what might happen next in this line of work.

  • Discouragement can come from all directions

    People are still talking, either face to face or on social media, about the front page of The Indianapolis Star on March 31. The editors of the paper used its prime real estate above the fold — the part seen in newsstands — to stack three words against a dark background in huge white type below “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”: FIX. THIS. NOW. It was the headline for the paper’s editorial, running below the fold, about the state’s new law.

  • ONDBEAT: Proposed plans no paradise for Sunset Beach islanders

    There have been times when Sunset Beach islanders threatened to secede — from the Sunset Beach mainland, that is, where the current town hall has been located and town deciders have been deciding how to spend their hard-earned property tax revenue since Sunset Beach incorporated 52 years ago.

    Now just may be one of those times yet again.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we introduced a flurry of bills because of the deadline for local bills, we gave final approval to the gas tax bill and we honored an icon from the stock car racing world.

  • End gerrymandering in North Carolina

    By Rep. Ken Goodman

    Guest Columnist

    Every two years, North Carolinians go to their polling places to cast votes for the people who will represent them in Congress and the North Carolina House and Senate. On Election Day, we want our voices to be heard, but our voices are not being heard.

    The way Congressional and legislative districts have been created has guaranteed the party in control will remain in control and the people in office will remain in office.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • You decide: Are there easy answers to key economic questions?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    When I give presentations about the economy around the state, I always leave time for questions and answers. Of course, the questions vary based on the group, the location and the most recent economic news.

  • Reviews conjure the spirit of sassy school days

    It’s the time of the year here at the Beacon for annual performance reviews. No matter whether I’m the person giving or receiving one, good or bad, I find the whole process nerve-wracking. I have the best boss in the world in Angie Sutton, but every time I got into her office and have to shut the door behind me, I get knots in my stomach and feel like I’m having a flashback to my 12 years in Catholic school.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist