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Columns

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The North Carolina House and Senate held no voting sessions for almost two weeks, so there was no column in this series last week. There were “skeleton sessions” held to comply with the constitution, which says we must meet every four days while in session. These sessions are attended by members who live in the immediate area or are in Raleigh for other reasons. No votes are taken, but bills can be received from the other chamber and moved in and out of committees from the floor during these sessions.

  • Last-minute training for high school reunion ain't for sissies

    It’s strenuous and stressful but not impossible.

    As the late, always-in-shape Jack LaLanne might’ve said before his 78th Berkeley High School gathering (if there was one) — you, too, can start training for your high school reunion no matter where on the horizon it may be looming. And, believe me, m’dears, it is looming.

    For some time now, I’ve been trying to shape up for my own milestone high school reunion, whose number shall remain discreet because, blissfully, I can’t remember what it is.

  • Laughter is great medicine, but not enough to survive pain

    I like to think by the time you read this, actor-comedian Robin Williams will have spent the last few days yukking it up again with his mentor, Jonathan Winters.

    Like most of us, I was saddened to read Williams’ death this past Monday is an apparent suicide. He’d publicly discussed his past substance abuse and ongoing struggle with depression even though he was one of the funniest people on earth.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    There was a major announcement July 28 that an agreement had been reached on the budget. This is the budget bill, Senate Bill 744, Appropriations Act of 2014, that adjusts the biennial budget passed last year for the current year of 2014-15. Major adjustments had been made, and the bill had to be approved last week by the House and Senate and signed by the governor. 

  • Finding joy and looking for pants in ‘summer heat’

    It’s not often I start having a good time by 7 a.m. most days. I’ve found it’s best for everyone if I’m still in bed at that hour whenever possible. It’s best for everyone if I’m not around other people, either, at that hour. And it’s always best, at any hour, if I have plenty of personal space with room to move.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The representative’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.

     

  • Sometimes memories can sting worse than wasps

    I’m finding it a little more difficult than usual to bang out this week’s column because my hand and forearm are smarting after I got stung by a swarm of wasps this past Sunday.

    Here’s what happened: I worked myself into a tizzy worrying about my house back in South Carolina, so I decided to drive up and check on it in person, just to give myself some peace of mind. When I got there, I walked up to my front porch, exactly the way I did when I lived there, and pulled open the storm door, as had been my routine.

  • Celebrating summer vacation and a chance to cross the pond again

    When it came time to plan another vacation this year — sometimes newspaper people get to do that — I once again chose the UK.

    “Why are you going back to England?” minds inquiring into my bidniz demanded to know.

    Well, I needed to check on Prince George (last year I crossed the pond anticipating and just missing the tiny royal’s birth). Great Britain also has Great Cider, and I speak the language. Sort of.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The senator’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.

     

    As the 2014 short session begins to wind down, we are continuing to work hard in order to accomplish our goals before wrapping things up.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The representative’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.