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Columns

  • Addressing the energy crisis

    Now that Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee and John McCain is the Republican nominee, the question is who will step up to the plate and address the energy crises?

    Obama used a high-tech political machine driven by 20-and 30-year-olds to dismantle an old guard, 20-year-old Clinton political machine. The question is does he have any high–tech ideas to address America’s energy crises?

  • Local summer events heat up

    The Shallotte Fire Department, whose members recently moved into new headquarters on Wall Street beside the old fire station, has set an achievement ceremony for firefighters followed by an open house for the public on June 19.

    The achievement ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., and Mayor Gerald Long will recognize individual firefighters for their achievements during the past year, including the various certifications, degrees and awards they received.

    The following fire officials will be recognized:

  • E-mail is a hoax; N.C. not going to hands-free wireless

    If you’ve received an e-mail about cell phone usage in North Carolina, you might be scrambling to find yourself a hands-free headset.

    According to an e-mail circulating among Brunswick County residents and others throughout the state, effective July 1, North Carolina will have a new wireless telephone law. That law would prohibit all drivers from using handheld wireless devices while driving.

  • Committee meetings waste more time than accomplish tasks

    With 17 schools, two in the works, and about 1,200 students and 1,700 employees to preside over, being a member of the Brunswick County Board of Education is no small task.

    Policies to modify, employees to screen and hire, approving programs that will benefit student education—the jobs of the board are endless. And with one board meeting and one day of committee meetings each month, there’s no time to waste.

    But lately, this board has wasted a lot of it.

  • Graduation brings cheers and tears

    My daughter is graduating from high school this week.

    I’m sorry, I stand to be corrected.

    According to proper grammar (for all those honor graduates who actually use it), she is being graduated, flying the coop, officially emptying the nest.

    I have to admit I’m feeling pretty graduated myself, realizing once she heads off to the University of South Carolina in three months, I’ll be forced to find someone else to nag to get up in the mornings, along with other assorted issues. After 18 years, I may actually have to get myself a life.

  • 'Crystal Skull' hits most of the right notes

    “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is the ultimate movie for history and adventure nerds.

    At first, I wasn’t so sure I wanted to see the fourth “Indy” installment from powerhouse director Steven Spielberg. When I was 12, I had to walk out of the theater showing “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” to avoid throwing up.

  • Tipping tips to help you tip-toe through the tourist season

    It’s official; tourism season is in full swing here in Brunswick County.

    For those brave local souls who dared to venture out to area beaches during the Memorial Day weekend, the full brunt of the busy season was quickly apparent. Immediately upon arrival, already-slim parking pickings were even harder to find.

    Rows upon rows of sun-drenched beach bodies marked the shoreline making it hard, in some spots, to find a good place to lay down a towel of your own.

  • Thinking before speaking even more important for public figures

    “Really, if I had the opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would,” said Kendel Ehrlich.

    Ehrlich was the first lady of Maryland when she made this statement in October 2003. It rocked the world, as the statement was not only inappropriate but threatening in nature.

    Ironically, the statement was made at an anti-violence conference at Hood College in Maryland.

  • The most significant trip to Raleigh yet

    For the fourth time since last June, when the first subpoenas were served on the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, I will make the trek to the Terry Sanford Federal Courthouse in Raleigh.

    This trip should prove to be more eventful than the previous three, because I will actually make it into a courtroom this time around.

    During my previous trips I waited outside the courthouse, hoping for a familiar face to walk out of the grand jury room and spill their testimony to me. Of course, it never happened.

  • Patience is a key to academic success

    Patience is a lost virtue for many who live in our contemporary society. People of all ages, races and social economic backgrounds appear to be extremely impatient.

    The pursuit of pleasure is a constant pastime for many people. The concept of hard work and sacrifice seems to be a fading quest of years gone by.