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Columns

  • Walk toward the light, embrace the sunshine

    The forecast calls for more rain this week, but Monday’s beautiful weather was an excellent way to start Sunshine Week, an annual national initiative launched by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government. As for me, I kicked off the week by giving a very brief presentation during Carolina Shores’ Sunshine Week open house Monday.

  • Community involvement has its rewards — and sometimes glitter

    Martha Babson, Virginia Williamson Elementary School’s parent facilitator, paid me an incredible compliment by inviting me to participate in the school’s Read Across America event featuring Dr. Seuss again.

  • 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.

  • New senator makes splash with hand-washing comment

    More than 20 years in journalism, much of it spent as a public safety reporter, has given me a pretty strong constitution. I’ve come upon horrific crime scenes and gory accidents and found myself in truly repulsive environments more times than I care to remember (and will probably never forget). After a few years, I managed to develop a more clinical approach — plus gallows humor — to cope. Today, I’m confident in my odds of winning an old-fashioned juvenile game of “What’s grosser than gross?” based solely on personal experience.