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Columns

  • Tradeshow offerings herald high-tech alert

    Just when you thought you’d mastered all the technology in your home, along come more inventions to make your situation as hip as a candlestick phone, the TouchTone-less kind that requires “Miss Sarah” to connect your call.

    Ah, but weren’t those the uncomplicated Mayberry days?

    This year’s Consumer Electronics Show, held between gambling stints last month in Las Vegas, served up thin TVs, a digital message board, a sensor bed and a driverless car, which probably requires no-fault insurance.

  • Stumbling through days after the flu bug bites

    For years I have seen those annoying commercials. You know the ones where some poor excuse for a human being is sick, stumbling to the medicine cabinet, desperate for what ails them. The people on these commercials usually have red noses, puffy eyes and bad hair, saying stupid things like, “Even my hair hurts.”

    I used to hate those commercials, but after this week, I empathize with those poor souls.

    Last week, I suffered the same fate as many other Brunswick County residents and was bitten by the flu bug.

  • Can the superdelegates be trusted in this year's election?

    Based on the opinions of several political pundits, it appears the Democratic presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will go to the fall convention and will be decided by party insiders called superdelegates.

    This could potentially be a disaster given the differences of race and gender. There has never been a presidential race like the one we have between Obama and Clinton.

  • Celebrate Valentine's Day your own way

    Valentine’s Day has never been one of my favorite holidays. I don’t dress in pink and red and giggle all day. I don’t sit around and watch eagerly for the flower delivery person to come through the door, and I don’t look forward to a big fancy night on the town.

    I celebrate Valentine’s Day my own special way, usually with pizza or Chinese take-out and a night full of CSI or Special Victims Unit reruns. If I feel like it, I might eat some pretty little heart-shaped cupcakes for dessert.

  • We're looking for interesting people stories all year round

    At the end of last year, I put out a call to readers to submit recommendations for our annual “Ten Most Interesting” features. We asked readers to nominate people worthy of a special story about some of the cool, unique and fun things people in our community do on a regular basis.

  • Competition is never an excuse for irresponsible reporting

    News media, like any other profession, is a competitive field. Every reporter wants to be the first one with the story, the first one to break the news.

    Competition is fine, and some would even say it’s healthy. But when it reaches the point of being a journalist’s top priority and causes harm, it needs to stop.

    Last week, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office sent two press releases to the four newspapers and two television stations that serve Brunswick County.

  • One by one, the candidates dwindle

    In the fast-paced world of politics, one day can make a big difference.

    One month of campaigning and debating for president can seem like an eternity—and wow, the difference it can make.

    As we creep closer to the Republican and Democratic conventions, the field of presidential candidates is dwindling.

    Some candidates I was glad to see go. John Edwards, for example.

    But for others—Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney— I was saddened to see them bid farewell.

  • I know we're all smarter than this

    Well, it’s happened.

    Just when you thought America had evolved to a point where it didn’t really matter the gender or race of the people running for president, the old-school feminists have pulled out the “women are oppressed” card to guilt their sisters into voting for Hillary Clinton.

  • A Valentine's Day without chocolate is like torture

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    This is the one day of the year when you can stop by any store selling valentines and see people—I don’t mean to sound sexist but mostly men—lined up at the cards section. It’s an annual ritual known as “don’t come home without one.”

    My advice is to get there early, before all that’s left are aunt and uncle cards or ones decorated with a smiling turtle reading, “For a sweet 3-year-old.”

  • Taxpayers: Shelling out too much and receiving too little

    I’m tired of getting ripped off.

    You and I are paying too much in taxes, we’re paying too much for gasoline, which is over-priced to begin with. To add insult to injury we can get it down the road in South Carolina for a whole lot less. (Why can’t we purchase gasoline for even less in North Carolina?)

    When it comes to our schools, I don’t think we get our money’s worth. I was reading studies on charter schools and how they are constantly under scrutiny (or they don’t get their charter for the following year).