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Columns

  • There’s nothing wrong with agreeing to disagree

    I’m not sure where some of us got the idea we all always have to agree on everything, but I’m bored with it. Take an email I received last week in response to a recent editorial we published.

  • Primary voting tips

    By Bob Hall

    Guest Columnist

     

    All kinds of myths and rumors circulate during elections. Don't be discouraged; a scary story may be aimed at making you think voting is too difficult to do.

    As an independent watchdog group, Democracy North Carolina receives all kinds of reports on our hotline at (888) OUR-VOTE. We encourage voters to review the candidates at www.ncvotered.organd call the hotline if you have any problems as you vote.

  • Interviewer becomes interviewee for future fellow UNC alumna

    Last month, Alina Davinson of Ocean Isle Beach asked me a series of questions about my job here at the Beacon for a newswriting class assignment at my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is a junior minoring in journalism and mass communications. I hope my answers translated into an A-plus for her, but if her j-school professors are as tough as mine were back in the day, I know they don’t hand out good grades like candy. Based on her questions, though, I believe she’d make an outstanding journalist.

  • A brief guide to seeing the editor, visiting the newsroom

    Most of the time, the people who come by to speak to the editor have two reasons for doing so.

    The first reason is they want to introduce themselves and comment about our news coverage. I’ll always welcome this. I’m never OK, though, with people who bypass our front desk and barge into the newsroom (or my office) unannounced, no matter how friendly their intentions.

  • Why I propose another Brunswick County school day schedule change

    By Edward Pruden

     

  • Be on the lookout for reasons to laugh

    People constantly complain about the overabundance of bad news all media outlets have to report these days. Frankly, after more than 20 years in this line of work, I get a little tired of it, too. That’s why I’m glad we mention three funny guys in various places in this week’s edition: legendary comedian Bill Cosby, longtime late-night talk show host David Letterman and the incomparable Mel Blanc, who gave voice to Bugs Bunny and most of my other favorite cartoon characters.

  • Summer shouldn’t mean hunger for nation’s children

    By Kevin Concannon

     

    As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. Unfortunately, many of our nation’s children do not experience the simple joys of summer. In fact, far too many are left worrying where their next breakfast or lunch will come from when schools are dismissed for summer break.

  • Understanding the story behind the story

    Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to the members of the Sea Trail Property Owners Association in Sunset Beach. I’ve got to apologize to them, though, for not being a better public speaker (I think I successfully demonstrated why I’m much better at addressing readers from behind a keyboard).

  • National Volunteer Week celebrates 40 years

    By Lynn L. Douthett

    April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week. This year marks its 40th anniversary, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Service.”

  • Post-office hell delivers on least heavenly day

    I don’t like to complain — well, maybe I do. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

    The recent day I made one of my rare, debutante appearances at a post office near my home just across the state line was one of those days.

    It was a Tuesday morning — drop-dead newspaper deadline day. I should’ve known better. But I really, really wanted to pick up the package for which I had received notification via a pastel slip the postman had left in my South Carolina mailbox the previous Saturday.