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Columns

  • You decide: Is there trouble with trading?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    One of the first principles I teach my new economics students is the benefits of trade. I use the following example (remember, I’m talking to 18- to 20-year-olds): Two students live across the hall from each other. One student has some minor car trouble and discovers the across-the-hall neighbor is a fairly good amateur mechanic. The student with mechanic skills is having problems with physics and learns the neighbor with car trouble is a whiz at physics.

  • Still proud to be a Heel

    My kid brother, as an N.C. State grad, has no love for my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and even less affection for its athletic teams. I’m not sure he even cheers for the Tar Heels when they play Duke.

    The other day, however, he told me he was sorry to see this year’s Carolina men’s basketball team suffer such a heartbreaking loss to Villanova in the national title game. The fact we feel the same way about this is big news, folks.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College: Keep a little dirt under your fingernails: Horticulture, turfgrass programs at BCC

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Plants surround us — no matter where we look. We long for manicured yards, juicy produce to eat, safe expanses of green turf on which to play and stately trees to provide us shade on hot summer days. Those results do not occur simply by magic and Mother Nature; we must have skilled professionals to care for our plants.

  • Open door policy fosters understanding, transparency
  • You decide: Why are there new sales taxes in North Carolina?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolinians having repairs made to their vehicles are now in for a little bit of a shock. With a few exceptions, they will now have to pay state sales tax on the labor cost of those repairs. So, too, will folks paying for repairs to their computers and for installing modular homes. These are some of the new sales taxes that began March 1.

  • A Lenten revelation in time for Easter Sunday

    One of the practices of my faith is to give up something for Lent every year. The idea is to make a personal sacrifice, yes, but more importantly it’s to grow closer to God in doing so.

  • A spring story for the birds

    If you read our last edition of the Beacon, you learned a lot about our great friend Sarah Sue Ingram and that you missed out if you did not have the chance to meet her yourself.

    Last week a few of us made the trip to her hometown in Thomasville for her memorial service where a number of people she grew up with and worked with over the years came together and shared a few stories about her.

    But the real fun was sharing a story with Sarah Sue because she always had one of her own to share with you.

  • More than March Madness leaves us breathless

    “March Madness isn’t just about basketball; it also can describe the pollen season,” began a news release I received last week from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, formerly known as the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

    I wouldn’t consider my reaction to pollen season as madness, but it’s certainly maddening.

    No sooner had I finally kicked croup than early last week I began coughing again like my lungs were full of sawdust.

  • Greetings from a new face, old soul

    An introductory column is an interesting task. In 500 words or so, I’m meant to introduce myself to the community.

    So I’ll start by saying I ramble, and while 500 words may sound daunting to the untrained eye, to me it’s a prison of sorts.

  • Quick with a story and quick to laugh — our friend, Sarah Sue

    By Angie Sutton

    General Manager

    “Let me tell y’all a quick story.”

    Those were my favorite words to hear on Tuesday nights several years ago — even in the middle of paper production.

    Sarah Sue Ingram was interim editor at The Brunswick Beacon while I searched for a new editor.

    When I met her, I had no idea what an interesting person she was, or how much I would enjoy working with her.