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Columns

  • If you don’t like the DEQ deal with Chemours, stand up and say so

    If you don’t think state officials have done enough to clear up the GenX and PFAs compounds in your drinking water, you’re going to have to tell them about it.

    Or if you simply want The Chemours Co., which is responsible for those PFAs in your drinking water, to have to install an under-the-sink reverse osmosis water filter in your home because “better safe than sorry” or just for spite, you, too, are going to have to tell it to the state.

    Also, if you just want to say, “Is that it?” you have until Dec. 21 to do so.

  • The dictionary might notice when your column stinks

    When I first saw the subject line of the email I received Nov. 21, I thought it was run-of-the-mill spam. “Jackie, you were quoted in Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day!” it exclaimed.

    The reference to the dictionary caught my attention and I wanted to know what its Word of the Day was, so I clicked to open it: “We wanted to let you know that you were quoted in today’s Merriam-Webster Word of the Day. You can view today’s Word of the Day on our website here: merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/noisome-2018-11-21.”

  • An annual Christmas gift to our community

    Guest Columnist

    If you’re in need of some Christmas spirit, take a short drive from Shallotte. Go south on N.C. 179 toward Ocean Isle Beach. After dark, you’ll find Christmas lights and decorations to lift your spirits. They are on the right just before you cross Sauce Pan Creek. This is a Christmas present to the community from Reba and Billy Lefler, Terry and their family.

    The Lefler family says their creation is a family project. Family members come from Albemarle, Salisbury and Concord to join in the decorating and family fun.

  • Deadline to apply for Hurricane Florence assistance approaches

    By the Federal Emergency Management Agency

    If you sustained property damage or loss caused by Hurricane Florence, you have two weeks left to register for federal disaster assistance.

    The deadline to apply for assistance from FEMA and for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

  • Mark Haselden always ran it out, and I’m thankful he did

    On Nov. 15, liver cancer took my friend Mark Haselden away from us, the day after he entered hospice care. He’d beaten colon cancer before; he fought valiantly right up to the end this time, too. Through all his pain and suffering, he always had a positive attitude and never, ever lost his faith.

    I’m eternally thankful for the gift of his friendship.

  • Carolina Crud Crusher goes national

    When illness goes around, the Crud Man comes to town.

    That’s the persona Shallotte pharmacist Brad Carter created this year promoting Carolina Crud Crusher, the cough syrup he developed years ago to fight and fend off the symptoms of cold season.

    The debut of Crud Man coincides with the medicine going national this year, with two major wholesalers carrying it and servicing more than 4,000 pharmacies nationwide.

  • You decide: are our taxes fair and our spending effective?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Two topics of interest to most people are taxes and public spending. So whenever I find research focusing on these two areas, especially if they’re applied to North Carolina, I think it’s worthy of mention.

    Two new studies recently came across my desk fitting this profile. One looked at the fairness of state and local taxes for all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The second study examined the effectiveness of K-12 school spending, also in all states and DC.

  • Our Hurricane Florence experience

    By Bob Milner

    Guest Columnist

    There are literally thousands of stories of what happened to people during Hurricane Florence. This is ours. We live in a subdivision (Winding Creek) off Bethel Road in Southport. There were ample warnings to leave the area before Hurricane Florence hit. As it was approaching the coast, the storm went from a category 5 to a category 2. Had it been at a category 3, we were leaving. Both of our daughters were (and are) extremely upset with our decision.

  • Beware of online shopping scams

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    We’re heading into holiday season, which means lots of shopping for many of us. I enjoy buying gifts from local stores, but increasingly people shop online. Shopping online can be convenient, but it has its own risks. If you’re buying online, here are some ways to protect your money and personal information.

  • Reducing infant mortality requires awareness, holistic approach

    By Anita Bachmann

    Guest Columnist

    Losing a child before their first birthday is an unthinkable tragedy for any parent and unfortunately occurs too often in North Carolina, where we far outpace the nation in infant mortality.