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Columns

  • Veterans’ Memorial unifies our community

    Most of the time, I don’t think we’d have much of a community, let alone a society, if we all always shared the same point of view all the time, but the bellicosity of some of the races in the Nov. 3 election left me feeling defeated. And while voter turnout was better than in years past, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections, I was disappointed by the final tally of 22.98 percent. I was starting to doubt whether anything could bring us all together anytime soon.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I am suspicious of the bowtie

    Bowties! No good can come from them. Why are they still a thing?

    I have seen a fair amount of bowties lately and I don’t know why.

    Is this the season for them?

    Or is it a result of the hurricane that passed by along with excessive mosquitoes because of all the standing water?

    No matter the reason, I am weary of them as they may be a harbinger of doom.

    I see no reason for the use of the bowtie in the 21st Century.

  • Will Medicaid reform work for you?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Medicaid is the public program assisting limited-income households with their health care expenditures. Begun in 1965, the program is jointly funded by federal and state governments. In North Carolina, the funding split is 65 percent federal money and 35 percent state money.

  • NCDOT reminds motorists to keep alert for deer

    By Kevin Lacy

    Guest Columnist

    As the temperature starts dropping and leaves start falling, another sign of the changing season is more deer along North Carolina roadways, and in turn a greater chance of a collision with a deer.

    Over the last three years (between 2012 and 2014), nearly half of the 58,372 animal-related crashes in the state took place in October through December. About 90 percent of those involved deer.

  • 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.