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Columns

  • Economic, environmental impact on the half-shell

    By Eric Johnson

    Guest Columnist

  • Springtime should bring better moods

    Thank goodness spring is here! I may be from Cleveland, but I’m not immune to the winter blues. It seemed as though the gloomy, bitter cold would never leave and the occasional warm, sunny days we experienced — just long enough to trigger sinus pressure and body aches — were cruel teases. While dreary, miserable conditions are the norm for the season back in my hometown, I didn’t expect them to linger in Brunswick County for so long.

  • Walk toward the light, embrace the sunshine

    The forecast calls for more rain this week, but Monday’s beautiful weather was an excellent way to start Sunshine Week, an annual national initiative launched by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government. As for me, I kicked off the week by giving a very brief presentation during Carolina Shores’ Sunshine Week open house Monday.

  • It may be time to change time change

    Daylight Saving Time, aka DST, seemed to dawn especially early this year.

    I know for a fact the March 8 “spring ahead” time changeover had an impact and less-than-appreciated effects on people and animals alike.

    I overslept at least two days and missed the morning headline news and one of my cups of coffee.

    A local official I work with experienced a bout of brain fog, attributed to the time change.

    My sister missed this year’s DST changeover completely, and perhaps blissfully, for the first 24 hours.

  • Our long county-al nightmare is over

    I hope everyone will join me at the March 16 Brunswick County commissioners meeting at its new time, 5:45 p.m.

    Feel free to come a little later if you would like as the board will be in closed session first thing, then the real excitement will take place beginning around 6:30 p.m.

    Commissioners decided last month to right a wrong and go back to their closed session-first schedule that I have fervently advocated for the past year or so.

    I guess you could say I’m taking a victory lap here in the pages of the Beacon — but just a quick one.

  • Community involvement has its rewards — and sometimes glitter

    Martha Babson, Virginia Williamson Elementary School’s parent facilitator, paid me an incredible compliment by inviting me to participate in the school’s Read Across America event featuring Dr. Seuss again.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we returned to a full schedule after two weeks of rough weather; we heard from the chief justice on the state of the judiciary; and we passed two important bills for economic development and transportation infrastructure maintenance.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    The General Assembly is abuzz with business, and our office wanted to share a little bit about what we are doing in the North Carolina Senate.

    This week, the House will take up Senate Bill 20 (Motor Fuel Tax Changes). We in the Senate hope the House will pass this bill so the governor can sign it and the citizens of North Carolina can receive a tax cut they deserve.

  • It’s easier to sleep when you’re living a dream

     

  • You decide: Should we borrow for roads and buildings repair?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    “Debt” has acquired the status of a bad four-letter word. We worry about public debt, especially the $18 trillion national debt. We also worry about our private debt, realizing, for example, that large household debt was one of the factors leading to the Great Recession.