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Columns

  • Newseum exhibits remind visitors of journalism's importance

    The little girl stood on her tiptoes staring at the empty, hollow, cutout eyes of a white KKK hood.

    Around it, surrounded in a glass case at the Newseum, placards, documents and photographs detailed the story—in the words and images of journalists—of the Civil Rights Movement in America.

    “Mama,” the little girl asked, turning her head away from the display, “do they still kill people just because they’re black?”

    Her mother looked down and back up at the historical items on display.

  • Superstreets help if drivers know what they're doing

    The N.C. Department of Transportation has some money tucked away in its coffers, although we don’t seem to see it in action much around here.

    Two of the newest road improvements are the new superstreet designs at the busy intersections of U.S. 17 and Mount Pisgah and Ocean Isle Beach roads. If you can’t remember where you’ve heard the term superstreet before—think the year-old intersections on U.S. 17 in Leland.

    Apparently no one, not even DOT, could argue these busy intersections didn’t need major improvements.

  • Nation's sluggish economy reminds us to think of others

    The smell was burning my nostrils as I waited for the pump to cut off. I watched as the meter passed $30, then $40, and finally $50. At $52 it stopped.

    My receipt printed, and I could be on my way—for another four days at least. Then I would be back to the dreaded pump, watching my as my money rushed out of my bank account and into my gas tank.

  • What should we name the proposed new school in the Cedar Grove community?

    Perhaps it would be wise to do research before naming the new middle school in the Cedar Grove community. Once a school is named, it is open to scrutiny as to why the name was chosen. Surrounding counties are research-savvy when it comes to Brunswick County, and some of their recent findings have not been positive.

    Schools in Brunswick County have received stinging press reviews, which include poor test scores and several inappropriate teacher/student relationship allegations.

  • Years of work culminate in fire department celebration

    Last week’s celebration honoring Shallotte firefighters and the open house that followed, giving the public a chance to tour the new fire station, were the culmination of many years of hard work.

    More than once during the event, the Shallotte Fire Department was called the best in the county, a far cry from what it was just 10 years ago when most people would have said it was one of the worst.

  • On the whole, it's a real problem

    First of all, I don’t care what you say, at the end of the day, prefacing your sentences with meaningless phrases is annoying. (See?)

    If you need time to work on how you’re going to word your statement correctly, just work it out in your head before opening your mouth, then go directly to your statement.

  • You're finally here; welcome to the 'real world' 2008 graduates

    Twelve or more years of hard work and hassle came to a dramatic, yet simple conclusion last week as hundreds of Brunswick County graduates picked up their tassels and moved them from one side of their mortarboards to the other.

    In that gesture, often accentuated by the ceremonial tossing of the mortarboard into the air, students made the transition from being kids to almost, but not quite, grown up. After pomp and circumstance, they now find themselves lingering on the outskirts of the “real world.”

  • Now that it's (almost) summer, stop and smell the sunflowers

    The heat may be blazing and corn and gas prices rising higher than giraffes’ eyes.

    What better time than summer, then, which officially clocks in at 7:59 p.m. EDT this Friday, June 20, than to stop and be thankful it’s finally here.

    Never mind the heat or the humidity.

    It’s el solsticio de verano, which only comes but once a year. I just hope it doesn’t bring any el ninos, la ninas or el hurrican-os along with it.

  • Advice for the new graduates and the class of 2012

    Congratulations class of 2008, you made it! Now you’re in a new class—class of 2012.

    As most of you begin to prepare for the first move-in day at your new college or university, I’m sure you’re hearing the same things from your moms and dads.

    “Don’t party too much; do your homework; don’t stay out too late,” blah, blah, blah.

    Having graduated from college only two years ago myself, I believe to still be in tune with the college scene and have a pretty good idea of what to do and what not to do.

  • Hurricane forum opens eyes to the importance of preparation

    They are the largest, deadliest storms on Earth, and 14 of them have affected the Brunswick County coast since 1900.

    Hurricanes are a constant threat for the residents of Brunswick County, and last Thursday evening Brunswick County Emergency Services sponsored a public forum to help residents understand how to prepare for these storms.

    With an expert panel of speakers that included representatives from FEMA, the state department of crime and public safety and the National Weather Service, the message seemed to be the same—be prepared.