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Columns

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the state House of Representatives, we considered override votes on two bills Gov. Pat McCrory had vetoed, we passed a major Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) bill and we discussed a major gun bill.

    The weather in Raleigh last week was cloudy and rainy, while the General Assembly had the clouds of two vetoed bills hanging over it. One veto override vote was successful, while the other bill has not yet been considered.

  • Swamp park adventures, part I

    The fine folks at Shallotte River Swamp Park were kind enough to let a few of my coworkers and me take a spin — or rather, zip — on one of the zip line courses there last week.

    While my colleagues zipped through it with relative ease, my experience was more of a zap, like an insect making a beeline directly into a bug light.

  • A direct lesson in dealing with roundabouts

    I understand there is a little bit of controversy with the new, and future, roundabouts in the area.

    As I have heard it, some folks don’t like traveling through it or haven’t gotten the hang of roundabouting, yet.

    There’s good news though. I’m here to help. I have been through this before.

    Once upon a time, eight or nine years ago, I lived and worked much closer to Raleigh, the epicenter of this roundabout outbreak.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly we honored our fallen military heroes, as well as our living veterans; we passed a bill to save magistrates from termination because of religious beliefs; and we analyzed the final House budget that we passed the previous week.

    The beautiful weather of Memorial Day weekend turned into a hot and humid week in Raleigh. The shortened week gave us time to catch our breath and continue to analyze the budget we passed in the House and sent to the Senate on May 22.

  • All are entitled to have, and share, opinions

    Of all the editorials we’ve published in my time here at the Beacon taking the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners to task, the only one that prompted the commissioners themselves to respond in writing is the one from May 7 condemning the Ku Klux Klan.

  • You Decide: Are there timeless rules for investing?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    There’s rarely a meeting at which I’m speaking where someone doesn’t ask me about investing. Often it’s about the stock market, but sometimes there’s a question about gold, foreign currencies or even options.

    Economics is a discipline that changes as new theories and research alter the way we look at economic issues. But not so with investing — at least that’s my opinion. Many argue the principles most people should use to guide their investments are timeless.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The word on everyone’s mind in the North Carolina House last week was budget. Budget meetings occupied every waking moment. May 19 saw an all day House Appropriations meeting and May 21’s House session lasted all night and into Friday morning, May 22.

  • The more things change, the more the best ones stay the same
  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 10 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed individual departmental budgets, we passed a major property insurance reform bill, and I continued to have visitors from back home.

    It was so hot last week in Raleigh that on May 12, when it hit 90 degrees, everybody who owned a seersucker suit was wearing it. The budget meetings were also hot and heavy, as were some of the debates over revenue and appropriations.