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Columns

  • From the Legislature: School bond bill considered in House

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly we saw increased activity once again.  It was the seventh full week of the 2019 long session. Filing of bills increased, as did committee meetings and floor votes in the House and Senate.

  • N.C. District 17 Rep. Frank Iler: From the Legislature House Update

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, the House of Representatives voted on several school safety bills, the House and Senate heard the Governor’s budget proposal, and we continued to file bills at a rapid pace.

  • People: We are all the same

    By Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    There is something exciting about exploring new places and getting to know people from all parts of the world. It makes one modest. You see what tiny place you occupy in the world. You come to the realization that people around the world are all the same, all after the same things: Health, Happiness, Peace and Love.

    Being a traveler brings riches in life with experience, learning about people, gaining a new pair of eyes and seeing people in a different way.

    Come travel with us and meet people from Israel, Jordan and Egypt.

  • N.C. District 17 Rep. Frank Iler: From the Legislature House Update

    Last week was the fifth week of the 2019 long session at the North Carolina General Assembly. Between the House and Senate, about 400 bills have been filed, and many are being heard in committees.

    We heard from the governor at his State of the State address Monday night and from many advocates both inside and outside the government on upcoming issues.

  • The American Legion at 100 years

    Commander Mike Fegan

    American Legion Post 543

    One hundred years ago this month, the American Legion was formed in Paris, France, by soldiers of World War I. They created a veterans’ organization unlike others before. The new American Legion would be devoted to strengthening the nation, not just serving themselves, through four primary pillars of Americanism, national security, veterans’ rehabilitation and children and youth.

    There are now nearly 2 million members of the American Legion.

  • What’s that saying about burning bridges?

    I want to send my compliments to Billy Stewart of Oak Island, the man I said made an ass of himself at a county commissioners meeting back in December while speaking in opposition to seismic testing and drilling for oil off the North Carolina coast.

    That man really embraced the moniker, both in a letter to the editor and at the latest county meeting.

    Good for you for having thick skin and coming up with a good spin move after I took a gentle but direct shot at you. Not that I was wrong.

    But way to go taking it like a grown-up.

  • Wanted: differences of opinion and civil discourse

    We recently published a letter to the editor lamenting how few letters we publish share conservative views.

    Contrary to what some readers may believe, it bothers me, too — but I can’t force anyone to write letters to the editor, let alone ones that espouse a particular ideology.

    The time has come for me to reiterate points I made in my column published Aug. 30, 2016:

  • Park the Cadillac, take the Malibu

    At their Jan. 7 meeting, county commissioners considered, for about 10 minutes, a proposal by commissioner Randy Thompson to video stream and record their meetings.

    The discussion did not go Thompson's way as the idea, just to consider taking their show live, was shot down 4-1.

    All other commissioners — Mike Forte, Frank Williams, Pat Sykes and Marty Cooke — couldn’t see where there was a need as there was neither a great deal of public interest nor a good reason to spend the money.

  • You decide: how can we address our transportation issues in North Carolina?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife retired a dozen years ago after working three decades as an elementary school teacher. Her daily routine now involves a trip to the nearest wellness facility for exercise as well as conversation — hopefully not at the same time. One thing she chronically complains about is increased traffic in Raleigh compared to her working days. She says Raleigh has too many people and too few roads.

  • No one should have to die for a traffic stop

    Less than a month before North Carolina State Trooper S.A. Collins fatally shot Brandon Webster near Shallotte, a Palatine, Ill., police officer fatally shot a man who struck him and a bystander with his vehicle.

    In the latter shooting, Leslie Vaughan is believed to have stabbed his mother to death and deliberately tried to hit police who arrived to investigate the crime scene.