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Columns

  • Chamber involvement builds community connections

    Tuesdays in the Beacon newsroom are production days, crunch time for getting the week’s news together. It’s when deadlines bear down on us to get pages to our press in Charleston, S.C., on time, even as we cover meetings, elections or any other stories that break that day. Odds are I’ll have had at least enough time for a nap between the time I leave work late Monday and the time I return a few hours later to put it all into gear.

  • This is a call for cookies

    Last week’s edition of The Brunswick Beacon had a notice announcing the Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines scouts who sold the most cookies in this area this year.

    It went on to say the Coastal Pines Girl Scouts average number of boxes sold per girl was 261.

    I want to send this message out to the second- or third-place finisher or, heck, even the winner if she is looking to clean up again next year.

    If you want to increase your sales, don’t overlook the Beacon, or its staff. Or more specifically, me.

  • You decide: What is causing the stock market to worry?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Column

    I’m fond of telling this story about the late Nobel

    Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. At one of his public lectures, Friedman was asked to give a forecast for the stock market. Before answering, the heralded economist said he had developed a model for predicting the stock market, and he had recently re-calibrated the model using the latest information; therefore, he had fresh forecasts.

  • Differences of opinion welcome, encouraged

    In last week’s edition, we published a letter to the editor from a writer upset with all the press opponents to seismic testing and offshore drilling were getting, accusing the Beacon of catering to environmental extremists.

    The writer expressed his opinion in a letter that conformed to our letters to the editor policy, so we published it. By my count, it marked at the time the sixth letter to the editor we received and published this year that expressed support for seismic testing and offshore drilling, contrary to the Beacon’s editorial position.

  • A volunteer extraordinaire

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    April is National Volunteer Month. Celebrating those who donate their time to help their communities and their fellow man has its origins in National Volunteer Week, which President Richard Nixon created by executive order in 1974.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in General Assembly, we met in committees or traveled to

    meetings almost every day and welcomed the new super cranes to the Port of Wilmington.

  • You decide: Can we reduce invisible unemployment?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    We’ve seen great improvement in reducing unemployment in the nation and North Carolina in recent years. Many economists think the most frequently cited jobless rate could fall below 4 percent this year. Indeed, there is already talk of the labor market being at “full employment” and an increasing number of companies are citing problems of finding qualified workers as their biggest problem.

  • Warm weather returns with familiar wildlife

    A map on Springcasting, an online tool

    unveiled in January by the Cornell University Emergent Climate Risk Lab, shows we got a late start on enjoying consistent springtime temperatures this year, even though it seems like Easter was earlier than usual.

    This past weekend brought us not only beautiful weather, but also a seemingly lower pollen count. Both prompted me to open my windows at home Saturday to enjoy some fresh air and give my heating and air conditioning unit a breather.

  • On Campus with BCC: New sport joins athletics program at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College athletics boost school pride by outfitting four impressive teams of student athletes in Dolphin blue and teal. On the field and on the court, team members are fierce competitors, winning games and breaking records on the personal and program level. Student athletes consistently generate campus spirit, excellence in the classroom, and support for our community at large.

  • Facing formidable foes in the fight against opioid addiction

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    At a recent Brunswick County Opioid Epidemic Task Force meeting, we learned there would soon be a war on area drug dealers who are poisoning our men and women. Congratulations to twin brothers Jon and Ben David, district attorneys for the 13th and Fifth Districts, respectively, and their move to set bail at $1 million for these types of offenders.