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Columns

  • Local events offer chance to have fun, do good

    We already know the people of our county know how to present a fun, large-scale fall festival. If you didn’t, all you had to do was attend the 10th annual Sunset at Sunset in Sunset Beach or the 36th annual N.C. Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach earlier in October or the 37th annual Festival by the Sea in Holden Beach or the third annual Bikes, Boots and BBQ festival at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park this past weekend to find out for yourself.

  • You decide: Is demography behind slow economic growth?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    One of the big issues heard in this election year is slow economic growth. Although the economy has improved since the depths of the recession seven years ago, the gains have been modest compared with previous recoveries. For example, the growth in the nation’s aggregate production of goods and services (termed “gross domestic product” or GDP) in the current recovery since the last recession has been the weakest among all post-World War II recoveries.

  • Out and about and ready for Halloween

    Every so often, when the spirit moves me, I like to take our newsroom meetings on the road if for no other reason than to get out of the office for a bit. Most of the time, we’ll meet over lunch at one of Brunswick County’s many excellent eateries to talk about coverage plans for the next edition and discuss projects we have in the works.

  • The 84-word question

    By Bud Thorsen

    Guest Columnist

    Early voting has started in our county and the future of our school system is literally a checkmark away. The school bond question is on the last page of the ballot. It is an 84-word question. It is long and complicated but meets all of the legal requirements necessary to appear on the ballot.

    As a life-long Brunswick County resident and long-time member of the Brunswick County Board of Education, I have been thinking about our future and what this bond question is really asking the citizens of our great county.

  • Time with family accelerates weekends

    Do you ever get to Monday and wonder how your weekend went by so fast? It’s what I seem to do after every weekend I get to spend with my family outside the office.

  • You decide: Are there ‘excesses’ building in the economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The word “excess” generally has a bad meaning in our society. It implies too much of a good thing that can lead to problems later. A second serving of my favorite apple pie can lead to an unwanted expansion of my waistline. Speeding to get to work on time can result in accidents and injuries.

  • Hurricane Matthew sent me a sign — no, a real one

    I hope everyone made it through Hurricane Matthew safe and sound and once again has access to power and roads and at least 57 channels, with college and NFL football taking up quite a few of them. And MLB playoffs. That’s happening, too.

  • Hurricane generates goodwill, exposes cretins

    One of the most heartening things I’ve seen in the wake of Hurricane Matthew is the outpouring of assistance people are offering others in need. After the storm passed and the sun shone again Sunday, teams of residents gathered in the hardest-hit areas of the county to cut away fallen trees and lend a hand.

  • On Campus with BCC: 2017-18 changes in applying for federal student aid

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Without a doubt, the cost of a postsecondary education is increasing. Whether attending a two-year institution such as Brunswick Community College or a four-year university, more and more students are seeking financial assistance to support their educational goals and college completion.

  • You decide: Why are so many men not working?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Do we have a “man problem” in today’s economy? Some analysts think we do, and they cite one simple statistic for proving it. After World War II in the late 1940s, 6 percent of prime working-age men (those between 25 and 54) were not employed and were not looking for work. Today that rate is 14 percent. Translated to numbers, 1 million prime working-age men in the late 1940s were out of the labor force; today, the number is 7 million.