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Columns

  • Marginalization, misdirection and myths of the White House vs. Fox News feud

    A few months ago I was in Reno, Nev., for a legal affairs reporting conference at the National Judicial College.

    I was thrilled to be selected from reporters across the country, ready to soak up every last morsel of legal knowledge I possibly could in two short days.

    One of my favorite segments of the two-day training seminar was taught by a Harvard Law-educated reporter from the Houston Chronicle, who opened with this: “How do you know when a politician’s lying?”

  • Money is not the only consideration when sharing a police helicopter

    In view of the high priority challenges of crime and international terrorism facing the United States and our Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), there is far more than just money to consider in forming a proactive law enforcement partnership involving a helicopter or marine patrol operation.

  • Beam me up? I'd rather be skeptical (for now)

    Elliot and E.T. bicycling across the sky silhouetted against a full moon is one of the most iconic images in film history. It’s one that’s stuck with me since I saw it in the theater when I was 10.

    In high school, after hearing about it from one of my teachers, I read the “non-fiction” book “Communion” by Whitley Streiber from cover to cover with barely a break for schoolwork.

  • Want to know more about elections in Brunswick? Visit www.brunswickbeacon.com

    Next week, The Brunswick Beacon will join together with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV to bring residents political candidate forums for some of the most hotly contested races in Brunswick County.

    We’ll be hosting forums for the towns of Carolina Shores, Calabash, Sunset Beach and Shallotte. A story in today’s Beacon will detail the forums including dates, times, locations and format.

  • Have a doggone good time this weekend with your four-legged friend

    This weekend, Brunswick County will go to the dogs.

    October seems to be the month for a variety of festivals, fundraisers and competitions, but this weekend is devoted to the canines in the county.

    Being a dog owner myself, I am brought to tears every time I see one of those commercials showing animal abuse and neglect while a sad, sentimental song plays in the background. They affect me so much, I either have to quickly change the channel or scoop up my own puppy and hold her, telling her she is loved and will never end up in that situation.

  • If you get the boot, you'll have to pay

    Darlene Dover had been soaking up beach sun on a pleasant, last Monday in September when she returned to her car parked between the Sunset Beach gazebo and fishing pier.

    Igniting the engine of her 1999 Toyota Camry, the part-time Brunswick County resident put the car in gear and attempted to drive away.

    All she got was a car that wouldn’t budge and a cacophony of metal grinding against metal.

    “I went to see if I left my chair in back,” said Dover, recalling how she got out of her car to check the problem.

  • Cleanliness closest to Godliness? How about sanitizing in church?

    My great-aunts Ruthie and Kathleen sat on the front porch swing. I watched them as they rocked, talking non-stop. They were gossiping as they frequently did on warm days. But since Ruthie and Kathleen had a name for gossipers--newstoters--they were just “catching up.”

    I was sitting below them on the steps, pretending to play with my boring paper dolls, absorbing every word.

  • Some say Maco Light is legend, but one man says he’s seen it several times

    Some people may think the ghostly Maco Light is no more than a local legend, but Bob Johannesen believes it’s real.

    He’s seen it several times himself.

    Johannesen, who lives near Greensboro and has a home in the Holden Beach area, vividly remembers going to the Wilmington & Manchester railroad tracks in Maco (near the U.S. 74/76 and N.C. 87 intersection) several times as a kid.

  • Stand up for freedom of information, vote out those who don't

    Forgive me if I sound like a broken record.

    If you’re tired of reading about the public’s right to know, freedom of information and responsible government, you might not want to continue reading.

    But if you’re tired of irresponsible government, behind-the-scenes decision-making and shady, if not unlawful behavior, by public officials, this column might interest you.

    Here comes the broken record part—public business should always be discussed, deliberated on and decided in public.

  • Illiteracy comes home to roost

    It was a wintry day during 2001 in Pristina, Kosovo, when as an U.S. International Police Officer for the United Nations, I was dispatched to a routine call for broken windows at a high school.

    That day generated my continuing interest in education for the disadvantaged and abating the tragic effects of illiteracy right here in Brunswick County.

    Beginning in Kosovo