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Columns

  • ONDBEAT: Proposed plans no paradise for Sunset Beach islanders

    There have been times when Sunset Beach islanders threatened to secede — from the Sunset Beach mainland, that is, where the current town hall has been located and town deciders have been deciding how to spend their hard-earned property tax revenue since Sunset Beach incorporated 52 years ago.

    Now just may be one of those times yet again.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we introduced a flurry of bills because of the deadline for local bills, we gave final approval to the gas tax bill and we honored an icon from the stock car racing world.

  • End gerrymandering in North Carolina

    By Rep. Ken Goodman

    Guest Columnist

    Every two years, North Carolinians go to their polling places to cast votes for the people who will represent them in Congress and the North Carolina House and Senate. On Election Day, we want our voices to be heard, but our voices are not being heard.

    The way Congressional and legislative districts have been created has guaranteed the party in control will remain in control and the people in office will remain in office.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • You decide: Are there easy answers to key economic questions?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    When I give presentations about the economy around the state, I always leave time for questions and answers. Of course, the questions vary based on the group, the location and the most recent economic news.

  • Reviews conjure the spirit of sassy school days

    It’s the time of the year here at the Beacon for annual performance reviews. No matter whether I’m the person giving or receiving one, good or bad, I find the whole process nerve-wracking. I have the best boss in the world in Angie Sutton, but every time I got into her office and have to shut the door behind me, I get knots in my stomach and feel like I’m having a flashback to my 12 years in Catholic school.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly: We had almost 200 additional bills introduced in the House of Representatives alone; we passed a major property insurance reform bill and saw the House and Senate agree on a major transportation funding bill.

  • Welcome home, Vietnam veterans

    By Gary G. Crowden

    Guest Columnist

     

    Officially, the date of the observance is March 30 –– as decreed by the U.S. Senate –– a time to honor all who served honorably and bravely in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and elsewhere in the Southeast Asia war zone.

  • Springtime should bring better moods

    Thank goodness spring is here! I may be from Cleveland, but I’m not immune to the winter blues. It seemed as though the gloomy, bitter cold would never leave and the occasional warm, sunny days we experienced — just long enough to trigger sinus pressure and body aches — were cruel teases. While dreary, miserable conditions are the norm for the season back in my hometown, I didn’t expect them to linger in Brunswick County for so long.