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Columns

  • Stereotypes about bikers don’t always apply anymore

    According to the dominant archetype in popular culture, the motorcycle rider is a disrespectful criminal with no regard for the law or other human beings. They’re ready to fight anyone who gets in their way and to do whatever it takes to maintain their “freedom”—even kill.

    They’re loud, offensive and crude and don’t care if people know it.

    The image has been used over and over again in movies such as “Easy Rider” and “The Wild Ones.”

  • What should the government’s role be in providing non-essential services?

    A recent letter to the editor has stirred some good responses from the community. The letter brought up the discussion about the government’s role in providing social and quality-of-life services.

  • Honor Flight funds sought for second takeoff May 26

    The inaugural Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina on April 13, which took World War II veterans from the region on a day trip to see their memorial in Washington, D.C., was a high-flying success.

    So much so, organizers are planning a repeat, second flight on May 26.

    All they need is money.

  • Celebrate National Photography Month by sharing favorite photos with us

    My mom used to keep hundreds of photos in shoeboxes inside the buffet chest in our dining room. While those photos never made their way to albums, they were not ignored; I used to spend hours upon hours looking at every photo in every box.

    I have always loved photography. Of course, back then, I knew nothing about composition or lighting, but I loved how a complete story could be conveyed on a 4-by-6 piece of paper.

  • Razor nails, axes and hockey masks: Like Jason, the slasher flick never dies

    Summer blockbuster season is here, and guess which wholesome, wacky, family-pleasing comedy was the No. 1 movie last weekend? That’s right, “Nightmare on Elm Street.”

    The old nemesis of squeamish moviegoers of the 1980s is back, “retooled,” of course, for the 2010s, from the same production company that brought us the returns of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th.” Thanks a lot, guys.

  • Banned and challenged books

    My sister, Ashley, and I have always been polar opposites—she was the outgoing one, while I was the shy one.
    She enjoyed gadgets, electronics and technology, while I preferred to stay as far away from those things as possible.
    She hated shopping while I could shop for 24 hours straight.
    Perhaps the biggest difference between us was in our hobbies; I was a bookworm, and she despised reading—with a passion.

  • No matter how many times I do it, I still get excited about voting

    I recently married a Canadian. He gets pretty excited about news—local, national and international.

    When he was still living in Canada, it wasn’t uncommon for him to have absorbed some interesting fact of the day from U.S. news before I even realized something was going on.

    American politics, especially, have always interested him. The differences between the American political system and processes and Canada always have him asking questions and making comparisons.

  • Sign of distress or disrespect? Oak Island man flies flag upside down to send a message

    Charlie Perry, owner of American Fish Co. in Oak Island, is fed up with where this country is headed.

    He’s frustrated with government bailouts and what he calls “squandering” of tax dollars. He’s so frustrated, about three weeks ago he began flying his flag upside down—what has traditionally been referred to as the national sign of distress.

  • Downtown Shallotte to make summer a little more entertaining with Summerfest series

    Ready for summer?

    Here in Brunswick County, we’re always ready to hit the beach and play a little mini-golf, but even more options are popping up every year to provide a little additional fun and surprises for locals and visitors.

    The Downtown Shallotte committee is once again putting together its Summerfest series

    of concerts and movies at Rourk Gardens to celebrate the community and get people to spend time right here in town rather than making the trek to Myrtle Beach or Wilmington.

  • Beacon website has been improved, updated

    If you’ve visited www.brunswickbeacon.com recently, you’ll notice there have been some changes.

    Over the last several months, the Beacon staff has been working with a corporate team to redesign our website.

    The good news is you’ll still find all the quality news coverage you’ve come to expect from the Beacon. The better news is, you’ll now find more of it, and new ways to interact with the Beacon and the community.