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Columns

  • Hurricane generates goodwill, exposes cretins

    One of the most heartening things I’ve seen in the wake of Hurricane Matthew is the outpouring of assistance people are offering others in need. After the storm passed and the sun shone again Sunday, teams of residents gathered in the hardest-hit areas of the county to cut away fallen trees and lend a hand.

  • You decide: Why are so many men not working?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Do we have a “man problem” in today’s economy? Some analysts think we do, and they cite one simple statistic for proving it. After World War II in the late 1940s, 6 percent of prime working-age men (those between 25 and 54) were not employed and were not looking for work. Today that rate is 14 percent. Translated to numbers, 1 million prime working-age men in the late 1940s were out of the labor force; today, the number is 7 million.

  • On Campus with BCC: 2017-18 changes in applying for federal student aid

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Without a doubt, the cost of a postsecondary education is increasing. Whether attending a two-year institution such as Brunswick Community College or a four-year university, more and more students are seeking financial assistance to support their educational goals and college completion.

  • A Nomad’s Notes: Illness in Egypt, or ‘Lindsay’s ears are stuffed with mummy linen and her nose is stopped up like the Aswan Dam’

    This column doesn’t quite showcase my derpish moments quite like the other two, but it’s still worth its own column nonetheless, and is a good how-to piece for those of you reading as well.

    When I went to Egypt in January 2015, I lived in southeastern Ohio. Even though it was south, it was as cold as any other part of the state, with snow stubbornly sticking to the ground as I parked my car at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

  • Clarifying the status of Brunswick Family Assistance

    By Fred Stephens

    Guest Columnist

    The purpose of this column is to clarify points regarding the financials of Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) raised by a front-page story in the Sept. 8 edition.

  • Taking some time off for a spell

    Vacation brain, I’ve learned, is a very real phenomenon.

    After taking no real vacation in the past five years except to be sick, have surgery or go to the doctor, a wedding or a funeral, I’ve made up for lost time by taking two vacations this year.

    First, in August, my parents and I went back home to Cleveland to bask in the afterglow of our Cavaliers’ first NBA title, the city’s first national championship in 52 years and first in my lifetime.

  • Frustration and relief: A tale of two community news items

    The message on my office voice mail was pleasant enough. It was from a woman who called to say, in effect, “I dropped off news about an event last week and didn’t see it in this week’s edition. Can you call me back about this?”

    I looked for the item before calling her back and, sure enough, it didn’t get in.

  • Sent via my Samsung Galaxy Note® 4 smartphone

    The robots haven’t taken over news reporting just yet, but I’m trying to put them to work in the meantime.

    In my attempt to keep up with technology IHOP (I bought) a phone app with a speech to text program so I can write my column hands-free.

    I decided (to) type it in so to speak using just the sound of my voice but even that takes some cleaning up.

  • You decide: How does the ‘iron law of real estate’ impact us?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Almost 40 years ago, my wife and I bought our first home. As a wet-behind-the-ears Ph.D. economist, I wanted to impress my wife with my knowledge of real estate by stating the “iron law of real estate.”

    I confidently explained the “law” to her this way. “With a limited budget, people who value space, like square footage, over accessibility to work, shopping and other amenities, buy a home farther out.

  • Readers feed on restaurant, grocery news

    One thing I’ve noticed in my three years here is few things generate a buzz like the prospect of a new chain restaurant coming to the area.

    Last week, it was the news that Shallotte Properties LLC submitted arequestto the Shallotte Planning Boardfor a 90-seat Zaxby’s Restaurant at 4736 Main St., the site of the former Hardee’s and The Grille restaurants.