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Columns

  • Differences of opinion welcome, encouraged

    In last week’s edition, we published a letter to the editor from a writer upset with all the press opponents to seismic testing and offshore drilling were getting, accusing the Beacon of catering to environmental extremists.

    The writer expressed his opinion in a letter that conformed to our letters to the editor policy, so we published it. By my count, it marked at the time the sixth letter to the editor we received and published this year that expressed support for seismic testing and offshore drilling, contrary to the Beacon’s editorial position.

  • A volunteer extraordinaire

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    April is National Volunteer Month. Celebrating those who donate their time to help their communities and their fellow man has its origins in National Volunteer Week, which President Richard Nixon created by executive order in 1974.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in General Assembly, we met in committees or traveled to

    meetings almost every day and welcomed the new super cranes to the Port of Wilmington.

  • You decide: Can we reduce invisible unemployment?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    We’ve seen great improvement in reducing unemployment in the nation and North Carolina in recent years. Many economists think the most frequently cited jobless rate could fall below 4 percent this year. Indeed, there is already talk of the labor market being at “full employment” and an increasing number of companies are citing problems of finding qualified workers as their biggest problem.

  • Warm weather returns with familiar wildlife

    A map on Springcasting, an online tool

    unveiled in January by the Cornell University Emergent Climate Risk Lab, shows we got a late start on enjoying consistent springtime temperatures this year, even though it seems like Easter was earlier than usual.

    This past weekend brought us not only beautiful weather, but also a seemingly lower pollen count. Both prompted me to open my windows at home Saturday to enjoy some fresh air and give my heating and air conditioning unit a breather.

  • On Campus with BCC: New sport joins athletics program at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College athletics boost school pride by outfitting four impressive teams of student athletes in Dolphin blue and teal. On the field and on the court, team members are fierce competitors, winning games and breaking records on the personal and program level. Student athletes consistently generate campus spirit, excellence in the classroom, and support for our community at large.

  • Facing formidable foes in the fight against opioid addiction

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    At a recent Brunswick County Opioid Epidemic Task Force meeting, we learned there would soon be a war on area drug dealers who are poisoning our men and women. Congratulations to twin brothers Jon and Ben David, district attorneys for the 13th and Fifth Districts, respectively, and their move to set bail at $1 million for these types of offenders.

  • Congress must preserve SHIIP funding

    By Mike Causey

    guest Columnist

    An effort is under way in Congress to eliminate $47 million that goes to programs like North Carolina’s Seniors Health Insurance Information Program. Such an effort fits the old adage of being penny wise and pound foolish.

    North Carolina’s SHIIP office gets about $1.4 million a year from the federal government, making up about 65 percent of the program’s budget. The remaining 35 percent comes from state sources.

  • You decide: How can affordable housing be increased?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Our residence really sets the stage for much of our lives. Before getting married, I lived in five different apartments in a span of five years. The year would change, and I would change apartments, always trying to move closer to work and improve the quality of my residence.

    The first home my wife and I bought was a drafty 1,000-square-foot house far from work and with limited nearby shopping. With our larger and more accessible home today, we’re much happier.

  • I can do one better than a resolution, letter and phone call

    When the reporters at the Beacon (or The Brunswick, since one side of our sign hasn’t been repaired yet), cover a meeting, the story you see in the paper normally starts with the biggest news and prioritizes the rest.

    So in last week’s Brunswick County commissioner meeting story, the first thing you read about was the engineering study that recommended a reverse osmosis water filtration system was the best option to keep GenX and other contaminants brought to you by The Chemours Co. out of your drinking water.

    At a cost of $99 million.