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Columns

  • Saving the wolves and rocking the political boat

    Last Wednesday, my family sat down to dinner. It is rare when we can all get together during the week. Grandma had cooked a roast and invited everyone to our house. We were in the middle of dinner when the phone rang.

    I jumped up to get it but wasn’t quite fast enough. Grandma can be quite spry when it comes to the phone. It’s usually for her anyway.

    “Hello,” she said.

    We had all stopped eating and we were waiting for her to finish up and come back to the table so we could eat.

  • Gossip destroys lives

    We are living in a time when many men and women are caught up in a web of lies and half-truths.

    The National Enquirer and many other gossip magazines have become major enterprises because the appetite for vicious rumors and half-truths is at fever pitch.

    Bad news has become a psychological drug for many people. Some people actually experience a feeling of euphoria when they read or share vicious gossip or rumors about others.

  • Dealing with clear and present dangers in Brunswick County

    I have observed an increasing number of dead deer along side of the rural and city roadways of Brunswick County lately.

    Deer crossing our roadways into the path of oncoming cars and the hunters lurking in the bushes waiting to shoot them pose clear and present dangers to nearby residents of Brunswick County.

  • 'Fireproof': Don't miss this life-changing film; it's showing locally

    In the latest action-based film from the creators of “Facing the Giants” and “Flywheel,” Sherwood Pictures and Provident Films focus on the relationship of firefighter “Capt. Caleb Holt,” played by Kirk Cameron, and his wife “Catherine Holt,” a public relations professional played by Erin Bethea.

  • Sudden influx of Web site comments energizes newspaper staff

    Since our updated Web site went live several months ago, we’ve only gotten a handful of comments from our online readers.

    We post every staff-written article online and update it daily with new information. While we’ve been excited about the number of people who are coming to our site, we had hoped to see more people take advantage of our interactive features.

  • Cop stop a sign of trouble just around the bend

    If I were seeking an omen about what is ahead in the future, I should have known it would appear on the first workday of the week.

    There I was moseying below the speed limit Monday morning, driving up U.S. 17 in Little River, S.C., and minding my business with a cell phone pressed to my ear (“Can you hear me now?!”).

    I thought I was doing everything not to attract the attention of law enforcement, which is what I always strive to do whenever I venture out on the highway and anywhere else in between.

  • National, international public service beckons Americans

    On Sept. 11, 2008, Barack Obama and John McCain appeared at Columbia University and talked candidly about the need for more public service despite the great personal sacrifices required to practice it.

    It is relevant in its national and international forms.

    Obama spoke about his experience as a community organizer and McCain about his experience as a military officer. Both, in their own way, had practiced public service early in their careers.

  • The more things change

    Last week’s story about Varnamtown’s residents celebrating the 20th anniversary of the town’s incorporation had me curious about what other goings-on the local community paper reported 20 years ago.

    Here at the Beacon office, going through old papers can get a little addictive.

    Around the same time Varnamtown was officially proclaimed a municipality, the beach towns were doing their best to clean up their acts, with 380 people volunteering for the annual Beach Sweep.

  • Bring back the classics

    I wrote a story this week about a group of church members who took it upon themselves to buy enough advanced tickets to ensure a movie would be coming to our local theater.

    Brad Ferguson at New Beginnings Community Church rallied his congregation as well as leaders from other churches in the area to bring “Fireproof,” a Christian drama, to Coastal Stadium in Shallotte.

    “We have a good number of tickets we can distribute around the community to other churches that didn’t put up money up front,” Ferguson said.

  • More focus should be on prevention rather than cures

    We are living in a time when cures are emphasized more than preventions. Medical and drug industries are more reactive than they are proactive in dealing with health issues.

    Sanitarian workers are in the business of preventing diseases, and they are some of the lowest paid workers in America. Preventive sanitarian services are essential for the health and well-being of the general population.