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Columns

  • 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.

  • Shining a spotlight on our do-gooders

    Last Thursday night, I headed up to Leland again to attend the first meeting of 2017 for the Northern Brunswick County Services Coordinating Council.

  • A year-end review of 2016

    By Bob Etheridge

    Guest Columnist

    For two years in a row, North Carolina’s agricultural community has received a devastating blow because of natural disasters. From 2015’s cold winter and fall to 2016 dry spring to 2016’s hurricane and rain in the fall on the east and the fires and drought in the west, North Carolina’s terrain has seen better days.