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Columns

  • Believeland’s faithful finally rewarded

    If you run into Jackie Torok or Norm Harding in the next few days, or weeks even, give them a big smile and congratulations.

    You see, Jackie and Norm are Cleveland fans.

    It’s a big week for them as their faith was, for once, rewarded with the Cavaliers’ uphill run to the NBA title.

  • Coming out for an end to hate

    It’s Sunday afternoon, and again I find myself trying to put into words how horrified, angry and sad I am about more violence committed against innocent people who were simply living their lives and not hurting anyone else.

    Almost a year ago, June 17, 2015, it was nine people slaughtered during a Bible study at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

    This time, it’s 50 people dead and 53 injured in the worst mass shooting in our nation’s modern history at Pulse, a gay bar in Orlando, Fla., on Latino night.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we did not concur with the Senate budget, we made adjustments to the ethics laws, we passed local bills on de-annexation and town charter changes and we greeted town officials from the county and around the state.

  • 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.”

  • You decide: How can we boost economic growth?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Politicians of all parties and persuasions have one thing in common on the campaign trail: They are talking about economic growth. Actually, they’re talking about the lack of robust economic growth and solutions for making the economy stronger.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?