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Columns

  • I’ve been to the big city and brought everybody a gift

    I had the chance to take a short spring vacation last week, so I am sure you can tell by my words how refreshed and re-energized I am now.

    My trip took me to the big city, New York City, and like everyone who comes south from a big metropolitan area I have brought with me a plan to fix one of Brunswick County’s flaws.

    The problem is transportation, and the solution is Uber.

  • Time for the N.C. death tax to R.I.P.

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    We are fortunate to have so many successful small businesses and family farms in southeastern North Carolina. Many of these businesses have become an extended part of our community as they have been passed down from generation to generation. But the longevity of these family-owned and -operated businesses is threatened by a sluggish economy, onerous rules and regulations, and especially the estate tax, also known as the death tax.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the General Assembly, we had more than 300 new bills introduced in the House alone, committee meetings were being held virtually one on top of another, and we saw major reform bills introduced and some being passed in committee.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for six weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • How much does size really matter?

    Much ado has been made over Sports Illustrated featuring a plus-sized model for the first time in this year’s swimsuit edition, in addition to an advertisement for plus-sized swimwear. Regardless of how you feel about this annual publication, this is — if you’ll pardon the pun — a big deal to me.

  • Bizarre moments in the courtroom

    I’ve worked as a reporter at The Brunswick Beacon for almost two years now. I’ve learned many things along the way, but perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you never know what might happen next in this line of work.

  • Discouragement can come from all directions

    People are still talking, either face to face or on social media, about the front page of The Indianapolis Star on March 31. The editors of the paper used its prime real estate above the fold — the part seen in newsstands — to stack three words against a dark background in huge white type below “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”: FIX. THIS. NOW. It was the headline for the paper’s editorial, running below the fold, about the state’s new law.

  • ONDBEAT: Proposed plans no paradise for Sunset Beach islanders

    There have been times when Sunset Beach islanders threatened to secede — from the Sunset Beach mainland, that is, where the current town hall has been located and town deciders have been deciding how to spend their hard-earned property tax revenue since Sunset Beach incorporated 52 years ago.

    Now just may be one of those times yet again.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we introduced a flurry of bills because of the deadline for local bills, we gave final approval to the gas tax bill and we honored an icon from the stock car racing world.

  • End gerrymandering in North Carolina

    By Rep. Ken Goodman

    Guest Columnist

    Every two years, North Carolinians go to their polling places to cast votes for the people who will represent them in Congress and the North Carolina House and Senate. On Election Day, we want our voices to be heard, but our voices are not being heard.

    The way Congressional and legislative districts have been created has guaranteed the party in control will remain in control and the people in office will remain in office.