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Columns

  • America is facing a leadership crisis

    America has come to a cross road in addressing its energy needs.

    Windmills, solar energy, hydrogen cells and corn-based fuels have been discussed as potential solutions to our energy needs.

    Environmentally friendly green energy resources are great but they offer no immediate solutions to America’s growing energy needs. The future has arrived. A failure to address the immediate energy needs of American will cause major problems.

  • Stepping into public office and out of the editorial pages

    I guess by now you’ve heard the news: I’ve been appointed as a new county commissioner.

    It’s not until you spend time talking with folks about the issues, research the perspectives, attend meetings, go through the mail or embrace the daunting task of reading 300-600 pages of material each month can one grasp the formidable challenge it takes to be in public office.

  • I used to fear what would happen if I didn't fill up; now I worry I can't

    The light on my car had been flashing for days. I did my best to ignore it, knowing it wouldn’t disappear for good on its own. I hoped, instead, if I parked just right on incline or maybe even an appropriate decline, it would shut off at least for a little while.

  • Fake credit cards are the latest in identity theft shenanigans

    As if there wasn’t enough corruption in the world to worry about, some dirty, underhanded criminals have come up with a new way to steal our credit card information.

    It’s called “cloning” or “skimming,” where machines are used to transfer innocent, unsuspecting, hard-working people’s account information onto fake credit cards where they can then be used at nearly any location that accepts cards.

  • This Mother's Day may be the best ever

    I’m looking forward to Sunday, and not just because it’s the weekend.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love weekends; but this Sunday is a special one. This Sunday will be my first Mother’s Day with my son.

    Two years ago, I couldn’t imagine myself as a mother. I had lots of practice mothering both my sister and my dog. They didn’t always like it, but like a mother, I was always there for them.

    When my sister was little I helped give her a bottle and change her diaper. As she got older, I bossed her around and chased away neighborhood bullies.

  • Citing new stimuli to spend, pay, gas up

    When my economic stimulus payment passed through town last Friday (I have the good fortune to own both a low Social Security number and direct deposit), about half of it was already spent on life’s necessities.

    I filled up the car tank with eau de petroleum and the human tanks at home with food! I made another mortgage payment!

  • Special Olympics helps build character

    I was pretty excited to see the photo page on the Brunswick County Special Olympics in last week’s sports section.

    The excitement of competition was evident on all the participants’ faces—smiling and cheering, excitedly (although some timidly) working toward their goals. The young man with the shy smile holding the golf club really made me smile.

  • If you're ready for change, it's time to get out and vote

    There’s been a whole lot going on in Brunswick County since I moved here just more than a year ago.

    Our community has had some big news headlines. Among them are a teacher who married a student and the sheriff being forced out of office after being indicted on four charges.

    We also had a school board member who faced a now-repealed domestic violence protection order after being accused of making threats to a Brunswick County Schools employee—a woman he had an admitted affair with.

  • Gas prices, cost of living make life difficult for working people

    A survey recently conducted for the Kaiser Family Foundation found the rapidly increasing cost of gasoline is the No. 1 “economic woe” facing families in the United States.

    The survey, which was meant to measure how changes in the economy have affected everyday life, showed 44 percent of participants said paying for gas is “a serious problem.”

  • What will 'change' candidates really do for us?

    OK, so Election Day is upon us again, and I can’t help but think, “here we go again.”

    I have to admit, I have a more acute sense about elections and issues than I did before I got into the news business. I’m more involved, I’m more aware. I’m more passionate about the issues facing people in the community.

    It’s my job—I can’t afford not to be.

    But now that I’ve been around the block a time or two as far as elections go, I’m beginning to feel I’ve heard it all before.