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Columns

  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year: back to school

    One of my best friends from high school asked me to review her daughter’s college application essay the other day and suggest any edits that would make it stronger. The girl’s a solid writer, but was struggling through her nerves to get it just right. I was happy to help — and even happier that this phase of my life was long over.

  • SCC’s annual expo offers services and chances to serve

    After the frustrations of the previous week, it soothed my soul to attend last Thursday’s quarterly meeting of the Services Coordinating Council, known as the Northern Brunswick County Services Coordinating Council when it was formed in 2014, up at Leland Town Hall.

  • You decide: should the Fed be raising interest rates?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., is a beautiful city of wide boulevards, historic memorials and buildings and political intrigue. I was fortunate to observe each of these in person 45 years ago when I was a summer intern. My greatest thrill was being mere feet away from President Nixon and Russian leader Brezhnev during a state visit.

  • Courtesy counts in community news submissions

    Brie Jackson, one of my friends and former colleaguez at WBTW News13 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., reported while working in Roanoke Va., the story of a coffee shop that lowered its prices for cordial customers.

    Cups Coffee & Tee in Grandin, Va., charged those who asked for “one small coffee” $5; “one small coffee, please,” $3; and “Hello, I’d like one small coffee, please,”’ $1.75.

    “Workers said it started as a joke but turned into a good message,” Brie reported in July 2016.

  • Is the good ol’ summertime going so soon?

    I’ve been receiving a weird vibe for the past week or so that summer has ended, like the game was called early.

    Perhaps I should follow that up with “on account of rain.”

    While that has been a nuisance, it hasn’t caused the foreboding I’m feeling.

    We just got into August. It can’t be over yet.

    But all around me I see signs that basically say, “Wrap it up. Let’s get on to the next one.”

    What signs, you ask?

  • On Campus with BCC: Encore careers at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

  • Author offers opportunity to learn about opioid crisis

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    Is it possible the opioid epidemic is already old news and we are no longer moved by the 150 deaths that occur daily as a result of men and women abusing drugs and alcohol?

    I admit I’m guilty of looking for new stories, new tragedies, juicier bits of news to satisfy my cravings for more, better and bolder. Who died? Who drowned? What natural disaster hit? What are North Korea, China and Russia up to? Sex scandals? Politics? The list goes on.

  • Grandma Torok would be so proud of me

    I don’t have to tell baseball fans who’s standing beside me in the photo to the left.

    For readers who don’t follow the sport, he’s the one and only Omar Vizquel: the best shortstop to wear a Cleveland Indians uniform my dad says he’s ever seen.

    “Wow,” Omar said when I told him that. “Cleveland has had some pretty good shortstops.”

  • You decide: is there really a new debate over capitalism versus socialism for our economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I took my first college economics course in 1969. One of the topics in the course was about alternative ways a country can organize its economy. Since my wife will tell you one of my passions is organization (for example, I have to have my books and folders all at right angles on my desk), this was likely the subject that most “hooked” me on economics.

  • Purr therapy available online and at our shelters

    There’s a common joke that the Internet was created just so people could watch cat videos. I’m certainly doing my part to prove this as fact.

    The story of Grandpa Mason and his kittens is well known among us cat lovers. It goes like this: TinyKittens, a feline rescue organization in Langley, British Columbia, trapped an injured feral tabby covered with scars who was soon diagnosed with terminal kidney disease. Instead of euthanizing him, they took him in as a hospice patient to live in safety and comfort for the remainder of his days.