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Columns

  • State should deny Leland operating room applications

    By Thomas R. Siemers

    Guest Columnist

    You may know the state held a Certificate of Need public hearing on Jan. 20 at Brunswick Community College.

    As background, the State Medical Facilities Plan determined Brunswick County is entitled to another 0.37 operating room based on Brunswick County’s projected growth of 11.03 percent over the next four years.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The first week of the 2017 General Assembly began last Wednesday, Jan. 25, at noon. The first full week will began Monday, Jan. 30. Last week we received our committee assignments and our gavels for the committees we will chair, saw several important bills filed and had a chance to sponsor or cosponsor several bills.

  • You decide: Do economists ever agree about the economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Economists have a reputation for being disagreeable.

    By this, I don’t mean they have unlikeable personalities. Instead, I mean the public perception is that economists rarely agree among themselves about the economy. Some have argued an individual economist even has trouble agreeing with her or himself!

  • Prepare to Save the Date

    Sorry I missed everyone last week. The reason was because I had my first root canal. The procedure itself went just fine — it wasn’t even that painful or uncomfortable — but my recovery didn’t. Regardless of whether you’ve had a root canal yourself, I won’t bore, scare or disgust you with the details of mine.

  • The national economy: Are happy days here again?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    What a difference a month made.

    In the four weeks after the 2016 elections, the stock market (measured by the Dow-Jones Industrial Average) soared 7 percent, close to the milestone 20,000 level. To put this number in context, at the bottom of the Great Recession, the Dow-Jones average was 6,600, having lost over half its value during that historic downturn.

  • When editing serves as therapy

    Back in November, I came across a blog post that described editing as therapeutic. The author, Helen Stevens, wrote, “Following the recent American election, Helen Angrove, a U.S. colleague, posted this in an online forum:

    ‘…it has been unexpectedly calming and heartening both to work on something that needs real concentration and to work on a document that clearly demonstrates this client’s commitment to honesty, integrity and inclusivity. Proofreading as therapy. Who knew?’

  • It’s a new year, sleep it off

    We’re 12 days into the New Year, so the time for resolutions may have passed.

    Or the time for putting resolutions into practice, getting bored and breaking them may have come and gone.

    Regardless, this is my first chance to speak to many of you in 2017, so I want to pass along my recommendation for a resolution that will benefit you and me.

    I only have the one resolution to propose and you can take it or leave it at any time during the year. Really, it is my New Year’s gift to you, so if you want to re-gift it, feel free.

  • It’s a new year, sleep it off

    We’re 12 days into the New Year, so the time for resolutions may have passed.

    Or the time for putting resolutions into practice, getting bored and breaking them may have come and gone.

    Regardless, this is my first chance to speak to many of you in 2017, so I want to pass along my recommendation for a resolution that will benefit you and me.

    I only have the one resolution to propose and you can take it or leave it at any time during the year. Really, it is my New Year’s gift to you, so if you want to re-gift it, feel free.

  • You decide: How do we solve our economic growth mystery?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Like many academics, I find pleasure in endeavors most would call boring. So when I pour over numbers on government websites or dusty statistical volumes, my wife gleefully says, “Get a life!”

  • On Campus with BCC: Launching businesses through support, mentoring

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    In February 2016, Brunswick Community College officially opened its Brunswick County Business and Industry Incubator. The incubator, a partnership between BCC and the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, was funded by the Golden Leaf Foundation, U.S. Economic Development (EDA) and BCC. The mission of the incubator was to provide a venue for emerging and growing businesses as well as to offer the resources necessary to expand, create new jobs and grow the local economy.