• 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.

  • 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.

  • Looking back, and ahead, at our work to protect North Carolinians

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    As we begin 2019, I want to highlight some of the work the North Carolina Department of Justice has done in the past year to prevent crime, support law enforcement, safeguard consumers and defend North Carolina and its people.

  • You decide: exploring whether opportunity zones can boost local economies

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I make about 80 presentations across the state each year on a variety of economic topics. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my job at N.C. State University, by allowing me to become acquainted with many people and groups in almost every region of our beautiful state.

  • Commissioners, curtailing public comments is Not Good

    At the last Brunswick County commissioners’ meeting Dec. 17, several anti-seismic testing/coastal oil drilling residents once again attended en masse with more than a few speaking during most, if not all, of the allotted time for public comments.

    This included a pastor who chose to make everyone else speaking on the issue look bad by association when he acted like an ass at the podium, went over the three-minute limit for individual speakers and basically challenged the board, staff, and sheriff’s officers to have him removed.

  • You decide: Will we see the economy retreat in 2019?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    It’s that time of year when economists are looked to as fortune-tellers. The fortune, in this case, is our collective well being tied to growth in the overall economy.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

  • You decide: What can the National Football League teach us about business?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Many consider the National Football League to be the most successful professional sports organization in the world. To many, having an NFL team is a signal a city and region have arrived and are in elite company. This is one reason why NFL franchises sell for in the multi-billions of dollars.

  • The best year for entrepreneurs

    By Ashley D. Bell

    Guest Columnist

    Why is 2019 “your” year? Based on the success for entrepreneurs in fiscal year 2018, I would say that 2019 is looking to be filled with opportunities for small business. The numbers speak for themselves. The SBA backed nearly $5.5 billion in loans to small business this past fiscal year in the Southeast Region (Region 4). The federal fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.