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Columns

  • What can Toastmasters do for you?

    By Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    Guest Columnist

    Hi, I am Mari-Lou Wong-Chong, and I am a Toastmaster. How many of you have introduced yourself this way? Nowadays, I can with confidence and with comfort.

    My question is, how did I arrive at this level of comfort and confidence? What has Toastmasters done for me? More importantly, what can Toastmasters do for you? Is Toastmasters right for you?

  • Ending the chapter of another eventful weekend

    As I write this column, I’m looking forward to a Sunday full of big plans to sleep and do my laundry — hopefully as much of the former as there is of the latter, which was caused by three straight weekends of hosting family in my home.

  • Can efficiency save our natural resources?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina could add 3.5 million people over the next 40 years. That’s a 40 percent jump from today’s total.

    While there are questions about where new people will live, what jobs they will have and how they will commute within the state, perhaps a bigger question is their impact on our natural resources — specifically water and energy.

  • Enjoy bounty of upcoming local events

    Brunswick County may bank on its reputation as a quiet beach community, but those of us who live here know there’s no shortage of things to do on any given day.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    According to recent data supported by the Southeastern Economic Development Commission, health care is the largest employment sector in the Southeast, accounting for 17 percent of our regional employment, and continues to experience the fastest growth in jobs. With the sizable growth of our local retiree population, this sector will remain the leading industry. However, this industry is facing a deficiency in skilled and qualified workers.

  • Compare health insurance plans during open enrollment

    By Wayne Goodwin

    Guest Columnist

    I am reminding North Carolinians who purchase individual health insurance coverage to take advantage of the open enrollment period to compare plans and choose coverage.

    The open enrollment period for 2016 coverage began Nov. 1 and will end Jan. 31, 2016. In order to have coverage effective Jan. 1, 2016, you must enroll by Dec. 15.

  • The importance of a single vote

    As much as I generally despise covering elections and politics as a whole, I can’t deny how fundamentally important the democratic process is to our community.

  • The cat got out of the bag

    Brunswick County made news last week when the economic development director it spent three months searching for resigned just short of four months into the job.

    The reports put the reason for his resignation resulting from inadvertently putting the county’s response to an information request from a tire manufacturer looking for a new plant location in public emails.

    Emails to and from elected officials and county staff are public record and the county set up a computer terminal in 2009 for the public to review the emails.

  • All this rain is getting into my head

    I heard from family who live in the Raleigh area that they received another winter gift of ice last weekend.

    It delayed the adults from going to work first thing Monday morning and kept the kids out of school.

    Hearing about it reminded me of my one, and only, time getting caught out in those elements, which resulted in the adventure of my vehicle sliding around the streets.

  • Showing up should count for something

    I was sitting in a meeting last week mulling over how quickly the seasons can change. This had nothing to do with the weather, I was thinking about how the stores made the abrupt switch from all things pumpkin spice to all peppermint.

    It made me wonder if the jump from harvest time to Christmas overlooks other holiday events that could provide the next great new shelf stuffer that can keep the economy growing.