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Today's Opinions

  • A tribute to President Obama

    To the editor:

    Had been born so I could survive,

    Then continue on and remain alive.

    Being thankfully giving God praise,

    Did things that others would amaze.

    Must accomplish much and don’t abort,

    Making sure I never sell myself short.

    Giving credit to them who do deserve,

    Off righteous path shall not swerve.

    Many gave comfort and support to me

    Here in land of brave and home of free.

    Sometimes I might ever create static

  • Thank you for thoughtfulness

    To the editor:

    A heartfelt thank you to the thoughtful person who turned in my driver’s license and credit card to the courtesy desk at Lowes Foods in Ocean Isle Beach.

    It saved us cutting short our holiday here in Sunset Beach and returning home to Canada to obtain replacements.

    My family and I are very grateful and greatly relieved.

    William Huxley

    Niagara Falls, Ontario

  • The national economy: Are happy days here again?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    What a difference a month made.

    In the four weeks after the 2016 elections, the stock market (measured by the Dow-Jones Industrial Average) soared 7 percent, close to the milestone 20,000 level. To put this number in context, at the bottom of the Great Recession, the Dow-Jones average was 6,600, having lost over half its value during that historic downturn.

  • When editing serves as therapy

    Back in November, I came across a blog post that described editing as therapeutic. The author, Helen Stevens, wrote, “Following the recent American election, Helen Angrove, a U.S. colleague, posted this in an online forum:

    ‘…it has been unexpectedly calming and heartening both to work on something that needs real concentration and to work on a document that clearly demonstrates this client’s commitment to honesty, integrity and inclusivity. Proofreading as therapy. Who knew?’

  • It’s a new year, sleep it off

    We’re 12 days into the New Year, so the time for resolutions may have passed.

    Or the time for putting resolutions into practice, getting bored and breaking them may have come and gone.

    Regardless, this is my first chance to speak to many of you in 2017, so I want to pass along my recommendation for a resolution that will benefit you and me.

    I only have the one resolution to propose and you can take it or leave it at any time during the year. Really, it is my New Year’s gift to you, so if you want to re-gift it, feel free.

  • It’s a new year, sleep it off

    We’re 12 days into the New Year, so the time for resolutions may have passed.

    Or the time for putting resolutions into practice, getting bored and breaking them may have come and gone.

    Regardless, this is my first chance to speak to many of you in 2017, so I want to pass along my recommendation for a resolution that will benefit you and me.

    I only have the one resolution to propose and you can take it or leave it at any time during the year. Really, it is my New Year’s gift to you, so if you want to re-gift it, feel free.

  • You decide: How do we solve our economic growth mystery?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Like many academics, I find pleasure in endeavors most would call boring. So when I pour over numbers on government websites or dusty statistical volumes, my wife gleefully says, “Get a life!”

  • On Campus with BCC: Launching businesses through support, mentoring

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    In February 2016, Brunswick Community College officially opened its Brunswick County Business and Industry Incubator. The incubator, a partnership between BCC and the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, was funded by the Golden Leaf Foundation, U.S. Economic Development (EDA) and BCC. The mission of the incubator was to provide a venue for emerging and growing businesses as well as to offer the resources necessary to expand, create new jobs and grow the local economy.