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Columns

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we overrode the governor’s veto on a bill for the fourth time, we handled bills concerning the juvenile justice system and restaurants, and we saw the senate pass their budget and send it to us in the House.

  • You decide: What divides us on taxes?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    It was a hot, humid day in 1985. President Reagan was appearing at Reynolds Coliseum. I was in the audience. The arena was not yet air-conditioned. Despite huge fans that had been brought from Fort Bragg, everyone was sweating. As the president stepped to the podium, he mentioned the warmth in the building and promptly removed his suit coat. As if on cue, all the dignitaries on the stage also removed their coats.

  • To my dad on his 90th birthday

    Let me tell you a story I’ve been thinking about recently from the time long ago known as the 1980s.

    It was back when I was in the dumb kid age range, somewhere between 10 and 13, but not yet into the surly, punk teenager era.

    These were the days before every moment of a kid’s day was scheduled.

    We could get on our bikes and ride around, see who else in the neighborhood was doing the same thing and end up with a half dozen or more kids looking for something to do.

  • There’s always plenty to do and celebrate in Brunswick County

    Either Beacon readers are exceptionally nice, or none noticed the headline error we published above the April 27 editorial and for which I apologized in my column last week. No one called, mailed or emailed me about it, anyway, so I’m leaning toward the former.

  • Meals tax is a bad idea for Brunswick County residents

    By Lynn Minges

    Guest Columnist

  • We goofed in a headline, and I’m sorry

    When’s the perfect time to print a misspelled word in a headline?

    The proper answer is never.

    In our case, it was above an editorial extolling Brunswick County Schools in the edition that just went to press.

    Naturally. Or should I say “naturalily?”

    If you missed it, the word we misspelled was “potential.” Our new word? “Potentional.”

  • More great accomplishments by my greatest accomplishment

    By Angie Sutton

    General Manager

    Here we are four years later: My little Batman went to college and will graduate this Saturday with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in international affairs and pre-law.

    We found out last week he had been accepted to his first choice of law school, so here we go again, planning and apartment hunting. Didn’t I just do this?

  • On Campus with BCC: Singing praises of unsung heroes

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    It is the zealous efforts of individuals who often go unnoticed that allow Brunswick Community College to operate seamlessly. A light fixture that was not working one day is “magically” functioning the next. Colorful beds of flowers and manicured lawns bless the campus overnight. Cluttered hallways and lounges seemingly right themselves. These mysterious occurrences are the work of BCC’s unsung heroes. It is through their continuous commitment to excellence and dedicated devotion that our campus thrives.

  • Letting joe help me re-learn language of page design

    Once upon a time, I used to quaff at least a 12-pack of Diet Pepsi almost every day. I did it since I was in college, a regimen I developed to cope with exams and 8 a.m. Japanese 101 recitations.

    Exams are a way of life for college students, who often use this part of their educational career to study unusual, exciting subjects.

    I decided in my freshman year to take three semesters of Japanese for the fun of it.

  • If you’re going to use the Internet, use all of it

    Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner recently said, “Nobody’s got to use the Internet” to defend his vote to eliminate privacy protections put in place at the end of President Obama’s term so your Internet provider couldn’t sell your personal information without at least offering you a way to opt out.