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Columns

  • Getting stuck for ducks
  • Let me tell you all about my vacation — with pictures!

    Uber is an Internet taxi. It turns out I forgot to mention that the last time we spoke and it lead to some confusion.

    I don’t know why they didn’t call it Internet Taxi or iTaxi or eTaxi and I can only assume they went with Uber because Qbert was taken.

    I was too busy yapping about my trip to New York to fully flesh out a description of what an Uber is until now.

    And now I’m going to yap about my trip some more.

    No, not a trip. More of a pilgrimage.

  • You decide: How will the job market change?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Although the job market in North Carolina has been improving for the last five years, there still is a long way to go. The number of people employed today is 4 percent higher than before the recession and 12 percent higher than in 2000. But since the turn of the century, the state’s working age population (20 to 64) is up 24 percent.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for nine weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we had a reduced schedule of committee meetings concerning bills and more meetings on the budget, we had lots of visits from elected officials and others from back home in Brunswick County and we found out that a budget surplus is projected for next year.

  • April showers bring … May showers

    There’s an old saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” but as I sat here in the office last soggy Saturday night, it occurred to me the saying should be updated for this year: “April showers bring May flowers — and more showers.”

  • District 17 House update

    Last week in the General Assembly, we passed a record number of bills because of the crossover deadline; we had several controversial bills, including Sunday hunting and school boards suing counties; and we had two marathon sessions, one lasting until after 2 a.m.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for two months to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • If we save it, they will come

    By Camilla M. Herlevich and Dan Ryan

    Guest Columnists

     

    It’s not surprising that the most innovative tech company in the world, Apple, is shaking up the conservation community with its bold decision to invest in 36,000 acres of American forests. Apple’s news release cites a commitment to ensure a steady supply of sustainably harvested timber for its paper and packaging needs.

  • Mother’s Day memories from a lucky son

    By Mike O’Hare

    Guest Columnist

     

    Anna Jarvis, from Grafton, W.Va., had the great idea for Mother’s Day and President Woodrow Wilson established it as a national holiday in 1914. Thanks Anna, because Mother’s Day has given me some great memories.

    The day before Mother’s Day, Dad would buy a corsage for Mom to wear to church on Sunday. We’d try to hide it in the refrigerator behind something; I’m pretty sure she saw it most years but acted surprised anyhow on Sunday morning.