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Columns

  • General Assembly report

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the North Carolina Senate convened the 2014 Short Session. The new Senate members were recognized and seated on opening day, Wednesday, May 14. They are Jeff Jackson from Charlotte, Joyce Kraweic from Kernersville and Terry Van Duyn from Asheville. Inductees from the NASCAR Hall of Fame were also recognized that day. We finished up tasks from the interim committees. We are now working in standing committees. We are off to a fast start and are excited about our plans for this session.

  • From the state legislature

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Although the General Assembly kicked off last week, things began to heat up before the gavel came down at noon Wednesday, May 14. There were various committees and meetings all over Raleigh. Of course, most of them were in the Legislative Building and the Legislative Office Building. About 300 bills were filed which covered a variety of subjects, including taxes, education, transportation and local issues.

  • Owning your opinion a risk worth taking

    I got a letter to the editor late last month regarding a primary election candidate. It was worth publishing and provided documentation, except it lost legitimacy for being unsigned. Well, it was signed “Concerned Citizen for Truth and Dignity in Elections, (I May be old but I am a good researcher!), Supply, N.C.” but I couldn’t find anyone by that name in any directory at my disposal.

  • From the state legislature

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    As you are reading this, the North Carolina General Assembly will be beginning the short session. We will convene at high noon Wednesday, May 14. There are several reasons it’s called the short session. They include the length of about six to eight weeks as compared with the six-month session last year, the limited number of bills we can consider, and that we are adjusting to the two-year budget rather than passing a new one. We have been assured by the Speaker that he plans to make it a “short” short session.

  • May is National Foster Care Month

    By Tamela Jones
    Guest Columnist

    Children in foster care have experienced far too many disappointments and hardships in their lives. Each May, since 1988, National Foster Care Month has raised awareness for the needs of our children, to show appreciation to our foster parents who have opened their homes to neglected and abused children and to recognize the dedication of social workers and Guardians ad Litem who support and work with these children and families.  

  • It takes all kinds of moms for all kinds

    This was the first Mother’s Day I haven’t spent time with my mom in person since Darlington Raceway down in South Carolina, where I used to live and work, had a NASCAR race on Mother’s Day weekend. Race week and weekend in Darlington meant all hands on deck for news coverage, and rarely did I escape my newspaper duties to head to North Carolina and see Mom.

  • Town commissioner recalls Kent State on 44th anniversary

    May 4, 1970.

    The day is etched in Greg Davis’ mind.

    It’s the date of the Kent State University shootings, also known as the Kent State Massacre, when four students were killed and nine others injured by the Ohio National Guard during an on-campus Vietnam War protest.

    Davis, a Carolina Shores town commissioner, was a 19-year-old freshman at Kent State when the shots rang out. Not only did he hear it, he witnessed the incident from his third-story dormitory room.

  • A grandmother’s legacy

    By Elizabeth Baar

    Guest Columnist

     

    “Almost everyone is obsessed with leaving a mark upon the world. Bequeathing a legacy. Outlasting death. We all want to be remembered.” — The Fault in Our Stars

  • A tribute to the great newspapermen of yesterday

    I never knew Robert Stanley, but I like to think he and I would’ve gotten along really well.

    Stanley, who founded The Brunswick Beacon in 1962, died April 25 at the age of 81. By all accounts, he took great pride in the newspaper and understood how important it is to the community. To think I came to succeed someone like him as an editor at the Beacon is an honor I haven’t fully grasped yet.

  • Primary voting tips

    By Bob Hall

    Guest Columnist

     

    All kinds of myths and rumors circulate during elections. Don't be discouraged; a scary story may be aimed at making you think voting is too difficult to do.

    As an independent watchdog group, Democracy North Carolina receives all kinds of reports on our hotline at (888) OUR-VOTE. We encourage voters to review the candidates at www.ncvotered.organd call the hotline if you have any problems as you vote.