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Columns

  • Sea level rise and why it matters to Brunswick County

    By Dr. Richard Hilderman

    Guest Columnist

    What do Harvey, Irma and Maria have in common? They are severe weather events that occurred in 2017 that will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. We have experienced an increase in severe hurricanes, flooding and wildfires as predicted by scientists because of the increased warming of the planet. People, we are part of the problem!

  • Don’t get taken during season of giving

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    One of my favorite things about the holiday season is how North Carolinians’ generosity extends beyond their own families to reach neighbors in need. However, there are some who view the holidays not as a time of giving but as a time for taking — taking advantage of your generosity and taking your hard-earned money. Whether you are paying for gifts or donating to charity, taking a few precautions could save you from scam artists’ holiday tricks.

  • Recovery from addiction: Never give up!

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    Oftentimes when writing about the disease of addiction to drugs and alcohol and the devastation that surrounds it, I feel overwhelmed and saddened by the horror of it all.

  • Old Man Winter creeps in on our fall

    My family reported there was more snow on the ground at my parents’ house up in the Triad than there was at my godmother’s house outside my native Cleveland, Ohio, this past weekend. That’s unheard of — especially in December.

    Mom and Dad even remarked that it was too early for snow in their neck of the woods. They get snow in their part of the Tar Heel state maybe once or twice a year, usually in January or February. Their local meteorologist, Van Denton, confirmed this, saying it was seven years since the area last saw snow in December.

  • You decide: Can good behavior sometimes cost you more?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    There’s an old saying stating, “No good deed goes unpunished.” I was reminded of it during a recent radio call-in program where I was the guest. The topic was the conservation of resources, like water or electricity, something that is encouraged and applauded.

  • Higher standards leave little room for lowbrow humor

    Whether I’m in the office here in Shallotte, visiting my parents in the Triad or sleeping in my own bed in Sunset Beach (or Calabash; I get mail from the U.S. Postal Service with either town listed as my address), managing editor of the Beacon is a title I never remove.

    Beneath that title, though, is me.

  • Senior projects from a graduating senior’s perspective

    By Dawson Miller

    Guest Columnist

    After three years of attending West Brunswick High School, my senior year was the first that came with an extra amount of loaded responsibility, which resulted in an extra amount of loaded stress. A weight was placed on our shoulders, especially kids like myself who were taking college-level courses, and it hasn’t been the easiest thing to manage.

  • Trying to turn the tides on homelessness, addiction

    By now you may have read or heard about 34-year-old Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a Marine, paramedic and firefighter from Henderson who was living on the streets of Philadelphia.

  • You decide: Is another transportation transformation ahead?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    It’s commonly thought we are now living in the greatest time period of change. Technology is affecting

    how we live, work and communicate in amazing ways, and the changes will continue.

  • An attitude of gratitude heading into the holiday season

    My doctor put me on a new

    medication a few weeks ago to help me get some sleep. Alas, one of the side effects was a constant state of agitation. Some of our newsroom staff wondered aloud whether the medication was to blame for that.