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Columns

  • 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.

  • ONDBEAT: And the winner is ... anyone tuned to anything non-Oscars

    The only people in the universe who couldn’t find out anything about this year’s 87th Academy Awards were the (lucky) few who don’t own a functioning boob tube.

    Because judging by the play-by-play, who-wore-what on the red carpet, this event is The Most Fabulous Celebrity Kiss-Up-Fest To Air On Big Brother Screens Everywhere.

  • Movie magic delivers reality checks
  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we had less activity than normal because of the weather in the Raleigh area, we had no vote sessions in the House of Representatives and few votes in the Senate, and we were able to put more work behind the scenes into some of the bills we hope to file and pass.

  • I really dodged a bullet there

    Last week was very exciting for one of our Brunswick County residents thanks to a life-changing lottery win.

    And yes, I am including myself in the congregation who are very happy for, and a bit envious of, but really very happy for the winner.

  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act aims to improve students’ futures

    By Nancy Lamb

    Guest Columnist

     

    As parents, educators and community leaders, now is the time. Want to improve our schools? Want to help our children? In the next few weeks, the Congress is going to consider the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This is the federal government’s single largest funding pool for K-12 education. The bill represents the best opportunity to address not only poverty, but also to close the achievement gap and improve our schools for kids, educators and the community.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the General Assembly in Raleigh, we honored the 105th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, the scouting honor society; had many discussions on the gas tax issue and saw the Senate pass a bill stabilizing the gas tax; and heard the presentation of the all-important revenue forecast for 2015-17.