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Columns

  • Trying to turn the tides on homelessness, addiction

    By now you may have read or heard about 34-year-old Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a Marine, paramedic and firefighter from Henderson who was living on the streets of Philadelphia.

  • You decide: Is another transportation transformation ahead?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    It’s commonly thought we are now living in the greatest time period of change. Technology is affecting

    how we live, work and communicate in amazing ways, and the changes will continue.

  • An attitude of gratitude heading into the holiday season

    My doctor put me on a new

    medication a few weeks ago to help me get some sleep. Alas, one of the side effects was a constant state of agitation. Some of our newsroom staff wondered aloud whether the medication was to blame for that.

  • Pumpkin pie versus pecan pie: Best Thanksgiving matchup this year

    All right, it’s Thanksgiving week. You may be reading this while waiting for kick-off or for the bird to finish frying on Thanksgiving Day.

    So it’s the right time to pause for a moment and give some thought to the most important question that has to be addressed at this time of year: Pumpkin pie or pecan pie. Who you got?

    For some, this amounts to asking you to choose good versus evil. For others it’s like asking which is your favorite child, the good one or the evil one?

  • CIS thankful for volunteers: Be thankful and volunteer

    By Bonnie Jordan

    Guest Columnist

    For Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS), volunteers make all the difference, both in our school programs and our thrift shops. CIS volunteers give back tirelessly to the community through CIS and help students in Brunswick County to stay in school.

    It takes a special person to give their time and make a commitment to help struggling students. Community volunteers contribute to and support programs offered by CIS.

  • Thanks to all who made Holiday Happenings successful

    It’s Saturday night, and I’ve been back in the office for a few hours after we broke down our seventh annual Holiday Happenings Christmas show at Shallotte Middle School.

    I know some stores fired up the holiday tunes and started putting up Christmas decorations even before Halloween was over, but for the past four years, ever since I started working at the Beacon, our show has served as my official kickoff for this festive season.

  • An addiction recovery center for women? How you can help

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    At Brunswick Christian Recovery Center, we are committed to helping men suffering from the disease of addiction reclaim their lives. Ours is a 12-week, no-cost, in-patient program that includes a whole lot of hope, love and encouragement.

    And God. Heaping big portions of God.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week was another week of committee meetings at the North Carolina General Assembly, as well as community events and meetings. I had two transportation committees and two other transportation events, and other civic and veterans’ events.

  • You decide: Can debates over tax changes be resolved?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Few issues generate more discussion and debate than taxes. For example, my 90-year-old uncle is a quiet man, but a mention of taxes will set him to grumbling and complaining for almost an hour!

  • Passionate people, compassionate community

    With all the letters to the editor we had in last week’s edition— 20 of ‘em — it felt like an early Christmas gift to me.

    It wasn’t because all those letters left no room for my column and, therefore, a little less work for me. No, it was because it reminded me how passionate Beacon readers are about this community we call home. You care enough to share your opinions publicly, and that makes me happy.