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Columns

  • A springboard for things to come in 2017

    So I’m still recovering from the World Series, which went to seven games and ended in defeat at Cleveland for my beloved Cleveland Indians. Now that the Chicago Cubs’ 108-year drought is finally over, the Tribe now has the longest span between titles, heading into its 69th year.

    I have plenty more to say about this, but it’ll have to wait until next week’s column because I have something more pressing to write about this week, something else to look forward to in the coming year.

  • On Campus with BCC: New directors, new directions

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

  • 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.