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Columns

  • You decide: Is there occupational churning?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I’m up to my neck in jobs. However, don’t contact me for a job; I don’t actually have any to hand out. Instead, I’ve been looking closely at jobs in North Carolina … what kinds they are and how they have been changing.

  • Cyclists’ conundrum cause for cynicism

    A well-intentioned news release issued last week by the state Department of Transportation, which should have brought a smile to my face, instead brought out the grouch in me.

    It began: “A summertime bike ride is a great chance to get outside and enjoy North Carolina’s beautiful scenery. As part of Gov. Pat McCrory’s 25-Year Vision to enhance travel safety and better connect North Carolinians to recreation opportunities, the state is working to make sure that cyclists can ride safely this summer.”

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed two major transportation bills, one I sponsored and one I opposed; we got a glimpse of the Senate’s version of the 2016-17 budget; and we saw two bills involving Sunset Beach pass the Senate.

    On May 30, I was privileged to attend the Memorial Day celebration and observance for our fallen military heroes at the Battleship North Carolina.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College: Energy efficiencies

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Consider the energy and manpower wasted in running and repairing aging chillers, boilers, air handlers and lighting systems. Add the energy lost from every leaky window, every outdated control and every high-volume toilet and faucet. The waste is astounding. To compound matters, poor indoor environmental quality is produced by the poor ventilation, over-ventilation and humidity control issues in buildings that produce this waste. Energy waste equates to financial waste.

  • Appreciate novel approach to military appreciation

    I hope everyone enjoyed the long Memorial Day weekend this past week.

  • What does Memorial Day mean to us?

    By Steve Randone

    Guest Columnist

    It has been an amazing year full of ups and downs for this ‘ol country boy who is now a beach bum. I sit here tonight, writing this column, knowing if I don’t clear my mind of the clutter of the day, words will surely escape me. So what do I write about that will give knowledge and enlightenment to readers? What can I write about that will be different from the numerous columns I have written in the past that were mused over with pleasure or even reluctance in some instances?

  • Time to take my medicine

    The other day, I called a pharmacy to refill a prescription for my 14-year-old cat, Linus, and made arrangements to pick it up the next day at a certain time and place. For a second consecutive time, though, it wasn’t ready or available despite the arrangements.

    I was steamed not so much because of the inconvenience, but because Linus needed his prescription as soon as possible, on account of his advanced age and health. There’s nothing more important to me in this world than my family, and Linus is my baby boy.

  • Communication breakdowns offer teachable moments

    Last Thursday night, I returned to the office to finish a few tasks I didn’t complete before my dinner date with my high school boyfriend’s parents here in Shallotte.

    Robert and Kathy Hall, of King, have known me most of my life, starting when I dated their only child back in the ‘80s. They, like Keith, have been my dear friends since then. These days, they venture to Brunswick County with members of their church at least once a year. Ever since I moved here almost three years ago, they’ve made a point of treating me to dinner during their visit.

  • Photos enhance story of 50-year marriage

    By Sharon Markatos

    Guest Columnist

    Being married 50 years is quite an accomplishment, but not that unusual. The circumstances behind how my husband, John Markatos, and I, the former Sharon Thompson, met are quite unique.

    In 1943, a photograph was taken of my brother standing next to my mother, who was holding John and pregnant with me. The Markatos family and the Thompson family lived in a four-family house on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio.

  • The case of the missing screwdriver

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    It’s been more than a week since I spent 14 days in a courtroom hearing the evidence for and against Bryon Vassey, the former Southport police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who suffered from schizophrenia, in his home more than two years ago.