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Columns

  • It's refreshing to see Brunswick through newcomers' eyes

    I love the people and places of Brunswick County. As a relative newcomer myself, I’m just now getting the chance to give tours to family and friends around this place I call home.

    With great weather officially here and the ocean waters warmed up, I have a list of people who are salivating at the chance to come down and visit. I’d like to think the lure of my company is what brings them here, but in reality, I understand the chance for a getaway to warm weather, sandy beaches and the ocean probably beckons a bit more than my inability to cook.

  • If your goal is to have a college degree, don't put it off

    The girls wore white dresses under their Carolina blue gowns and gathered at the old well.

    They posed for photographs wearing mortarboards and offered each other congratulatory hugs, their families looking on.

    The young men stood near one of the residence halls. They wore dress shirts, slack and ties, and carried their gowns on racks over their shoulders. Their families followed behind.

    Two girls stood in the rose garden near the sundial. Mirror images of one another they stood in the light blue cap and gown with blonde hair blowing in the wind.

  • Community newspapers like ours are changing for the better

    The news business is evolving, and as it does, we plan to evolve with it.

    More and more people are turning to the Internet to get their news, and we’re committed to making up-the-minute news accessible to our readers on our Web site.

    You’ve probably noticed some of the many changes on our Web site in the past few months.

    The Web site has many new features, including a reader comments section, audio clips and comprehensive information on on-going stories.

    But the biggest change to the site is when we update it—when news breaks.

  • America is facing a leadership crisis

    America has come to a cross road in addressing its energy needs.

    Windmills, solar energy, hydrogen cells and corn-based fuels have been discussed as potential solutions to our energy needs.

    Environmentally friendly green energy resources are great but they offer no immediate solutions to America’s growing energy needs. The future has arrived. A failure to address the immediate energy needs of American will cause major problems.

  • Stepping into public office and out of the editorial pages

    I guess by now you’ve heard the news: I’ve been appointed as a new county commissioner.

    It’s not until you spend time talking with folks about the issues, research the perspectives, attend meetings, go through the mail or embrace the daunting task of reading 300-600 pages of material each month can one grasp the formidable challenge it takes to be in public office.

  • I used to fear what would happen if I didn't fill up; now I worry I can't

    The light on my car had been flashing for days. I did my best to ignore it, knowing it wouldn’t disappear for good on its own. I hoped, instead, if I parked just right on incline or maybe even an appropriate decline, it would shut off at least for a little while.

  • Fake credit cards are the latest in identity theft shenanigans

    As if there wasn’t enough corruption in the world to worry about, some dirty, underhanded criminals have come up with a new way to steal our credit card information.

    It’s called “cloning” or “skimming,” where machines are used to transfer innocent, unsuspecting, hard-working people’s account information onto fake credit cards where they can then be used at nearly any location that accepts cards.

  • This Mother's Day may be the best ever

    I’m looking forward to Sunday, and not just because it’s the weekend.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love weekends; but this Sunday is a special one. This Sunday will be my first Mother’s Day with my son.

    Two years ago, I couldn’t imagine myself as a mother. I had lots of practice mothering both my sister and my dog. They didn’t always like it, but like a mother, I was always there for them.

    When my sister was little I helped give her a bottle and change her diaper. As she got older, I bossed her around and chased away neighborhood bullies.

  • Citing new stimuli to spend, pay, gas up

    When my economic stimulus payment passed through town last Friday (I have the good fortune to own both a low Social Security number and direct deposit), about half of it was already spent on life’s necessities.

    I filled up the car tank with eau de petroleum and the human tanks at home with food! I made another mortgage payment!

  • Special Olympics helps build character

    I was pretty excited to see the photo page on the Brunswick County Special Olympics in last week’s sports section.

    The excitement of competition was evident on all the participants’ faces—smiling and cheering, excitedly (although some timidly) working toward their goals. The young man with the shy smile holding the golf club really made me smile.