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Columns

  • A career first and having the last word

    Even though I’ve been in journalism for 20 years or so, I can still remember every first experience I’ve had in my career.

    I remember the first misspelling of my last name — Torak — and most of the rest, such as Turok (like the video game), Tork (like the Monkee), Took (like the past tense verb), Tonorock (like, well, I have no idea), Clark (like not even close) and — my favorite — Sock (like the article of clothing).

  • Food faux pas are firmly in the past

    My favorite holiday will be here before we know it. I know summer's not officially over yet, but I can feel fall inching closer. Even if I couldn't somehow sense it, the telltale giant bags of candy already being sold in grocery stores would clue me in quick.

  • Sands of time: A short history of Southeast Asia

    By Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    Guest Columnist

     

    Let us all journey to Southeast Asia through the sands of time and learn a little bit of the history that identifies some of our neighbor’s culture.

  • Apologizes and better self care are in order
  • Kindred Spirit bench mystery solved

    By Jacqueline DeGroot

    Guest Columnist

     

    No one knows exactly what day it happened, but during the summer of 2011, a custom-built wooden bench magically appeared at The Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Bird Island. It just showed up one day — with no explanation, and no one seeking credit.

  • Think kindly of good journalists

    Every time I hear someone blame news media for any or all of the world’s ills, I want to shake him.

    I can’t say all journalists are free of bias, or report data correctly at all times, or act completely without malice, or that sharing news to serve the common good is their sole motivation, because it’s not true.

  • Clarification on Sunset Beach swimming pools

    By Ron Watts

    Guest Columnist

    I ran for the office of mayor of Sunset Beach to help fairly and effectively handle issues that face our town with minimal drama and, yes, transparency. It’s my privilege to serve in that capacity.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

     

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week was the final week of the 2013-14 session. The only thing that can bring us back is a special session called by the governor. The session this year lasted from mid-May until last Wednesday, Aug. 20. We had hoped to be finished by July 4, but negotiations on the budget and other major subjects kept us in session for about three months. The next session for 2015-16 begins in mid-January.

  • Immunizations for Medicare beneficiaries

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

     

    SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, for many years has built a reputation for providing reliable, unbiased information about Medicare. Housed in the North Carolina Department of Insurance, SHIIP provides free counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers by phone and in person in all 100 counties of the state.

  • Bird Island walk offers fresh air, perspective

    It took me almost all summer, but I was finally able to make time to go on one of the free walks along the shore of Bird Island Coastal Reserve in Sunset Beach last week.

    The walks, led by members of the Bird Island Preservation Society, take place every Wednesday through August, so you’ve got one more chance to go if you’re interested. I heartily recommend it.