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Columns

  • You decide: What’s behind the productivity slump?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    We all hear about trends in jobs, the unemployment rate, household income, consumer spending and economic growth. These important economic numbers are reported each month and are given great attention in the press.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed another continuing resolution to keep the government open, we passed two bills to increase economic development and we passed a bill to help Brunswick County police its waterways.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

     

  • ‘JonVoyage’ to a man who helped keep us honest

    Last Thursday night packed a one-two gut punch for me. First, I had every intention of catching as much of the Republican presidential candidates’ debates in my hometown as I could because I was not only interested in what they might have to say, but also in the spectacle of the event.

    But, as is usually the case for me, my day and evening didn’t go according to plan. I was still at work in the office when the first debate ended and missed it completely.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a major bond proposal bill, the House Speaker responded to the Planned Parenthood controversy and we had some Brunswick County officials visit us about the proposed sales tax redistribution plan.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: After 19 weeks of trying to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bills 215 and 209, Beacon staff traveled to his office at the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh on Aug. 11 to speak with him in person.

  • Healthy competition bodes well for Brunswick County

    Those poor folks back in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Even though I moved from that area more than four years ago, some of them still can’t escape me.

    Take my pal Jennifer Hulon, one of my former co-workers at the Morning News in Florence, S.C. It’s been close to a decade since we worked in the same office, but there we were Saturday, face to face again but in different roles at Sea Trail Convention Center in Sunset Beach for the McLeod Foundation’s “Top Hats and Tiaras” Ball.

  • Tax redistribution will hurt our economy

    By Ron Watts

    Guest Columnist

  • On campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Welcome to the first edition of “On Campus at Brunswick Community College.”

    I want to thank The Brunswick Beacon for giving BCC this new voice in our community. The focus of “On Campus” is to promote community awareness of college programs, services and accomplishments; to broadcast the achievements of our students; to engage the local community in special events; and to introduce the public to individuals who contribute in various ways to the life of the campus.

  • You decide: What is the state of our state’s education?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The kinds of jobs needed in the economy have dramatically changed in the last century. One hundred years ago, most North Carolinians worked on the farm. Knowledge about farming was passed from generation to generation with little need for “book learning.” The stamina and strength to endure backbreaking work, day after day, were the main requirements for success.