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Columns

  • 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.

  • How to avoid and report scam headaches during tax season

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    We all get busy during tax season, and that includes the thieves who specialize in taking your money. While you’re working to get all of your information in order to file your taxes, it’s important to be on the lookout for scams designed to get your personal information or rob you of your refund.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Our interim committees and select committees were in full swing again last week in the General Assembly. The first meeting of the House Select Committee on School Safety was held Wednesday, March 21. As a member of the committee, I was very interested in how we would proceed on this extremely important subject. It turned out to be a very productive all-day meeting.

  • Another year older, but apparently not any wiser

    Just a few days before my birthday last week, another one of my infamous migraine headaches knocked me for a loop. Even though the pain had me sobbing and hysterical, I tried to convince my parents I’d be OK and would see a doctor as soon as I felt well enough to drive. My mom was still recovering from a bout of the crud and I didn’t want them to worry.