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Columns

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we honored the Boy Scouts of America on its 107th anniversary, we began holding policy committee meetings to handle key bills and we passed two major bills out of committee.

  • Driving in Brunswick County is slowly driving me mad

    Dear lady driving the red SUV, you drive like a crazy person. You have me wondering if Brunswick County attracts crazy person drivers or if this place turns people crazy once they get behind the wheel.

    Because I think it might be getting to me, too.

    This happened recently: I was headed back to the Beacon one evening, driving along White Street toward the stop sign at Smith Avenue.

    As I have mentioned in the past, there is something about stop signs — really any type of intersection — in Brunswick County that makes people lose their minds.

  • Thanking God for the gift of Linus Torok

    My mom brought me back to my home in Darlington, S.C., from my parents’ house in the Triad where they’d taken me so I could lay my beloved cat Kobi to rest about two weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    As soon as I unlocked the front door to my home and felt Kobi’s absence, I’d burst into tears.

    “Let’s get back in the car and you can tell me where the animal shelter is,” Mom said. “You need a kitty.”

  • On Campus with BCC: The Firebirds of Brunswick County Early College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Secanda Seifred, counselor to the Brunswick County Early College High School (BCECHS) Firebirds, shares a bit of the history of the Early College High School (ECHS) and the personal reward she has experienced as one of the founders of this North Carolina STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) School of Distinction.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had sessions on the House floor four days, read in bills but took no votes, and had our first group of House pages on duty.

  • State should deny Leland operating room applications

    By Thomas R. Siemers

    Guest Columnist

    You may know the state held a Certificate of Need public hearing on Jan. 20 at Brunswick Community College.

    As background, the State Medical Facilities Plan determined Brunswick County is entitled to another 0.37 operating room based on Brunswick County’s projected growth of 11.03 percent over the next four years.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The first week of the 2017 General Assembly began last Wednesday, Jan. 25, at noon. The first full week will began Monday, Jan. 30. Last week we received our committee assignments and our gavels for the committees we will chair, saw several important bills filed and had a chance to sponsor or cosponsor several bills.

  • You decide: Do economists ever agree about the economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Economists have a reputation for being disagreeable.

    By this, I don’t mean they have unlikeable personalities. Instead, I mean the public perception is that economists rarely agree among themselves about the economy. Some have argued an individual economist even has trouble agreeing with her or himself!

  • Prepare to Save the Date

    Sorry I missed everyone last week. The reason was because I had my first root canal. The procedure itself went just fine — it wasn’t even that painful or uncomfortable — but my recovery didn’t. Regardless of whether you’ve had a root canal yourself, I won’t bore, scare or disgust you with the details of mine.

  • The national economy: Are happy days here again?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    What a difference a month made.

    In the four weeks after the 2016 elections, the stock market (measured by the Dow-Jones Industrial Average) soared 7 percent, close to the milestone 20,000 level. To put this number in context, at the bottom of the Great Recession, the Dow-Jones average was 6,600, having lost over half its value during that historic downturn.