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Consider This with WECT Vice President & General Manager, Mark Mendenhall

Each week, WECT will share its views on specific topics that impact our viewers in the Coastal Carolinas in our Consider This commentaries.

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  • Consider This: Breaking the silence of depression and suicide

    Consider This: Breaking the silence of depression and suicide

    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-04-26 15:40:51 GMT
    Starting April 26 at 5 p.m. and throughout the month of May, we will be airing testimonials from those who have attempted suicide and those who have lost a loved one to suicide. (Source: WECT)Starting April 26 at 5 p.m. and throughout the month of May, we will be airing testimonials from those who have attempted suicide and those who have lost a loved one to suicide. (Source: WECT)
    Starting April 26 at 5 p.m. and throughout the month of May, we will be airing testimonials from those who have attempted suicide and those who have lost a loved one to suicide. (Source: WECT)Starting April 26 at 5 p.m. and throughout the month of May, we will be airing testimonials from those who have attempted suicide and those who have lost a loved one to suicide. (Source: WECT)

    Beginning this week, during WECT News at 5 p.m., we’re going to start a conversation about suicide.  It’s something that typically doesn’t get covered in news, but it appears that time is up. 

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    Beginning this week, during WECT News at 5 p.m., we’re going to start a conversation about suicide.  It’s something that typically doesn’t get covered in news, but it appears that time is up. 

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  • Consider This: No opinions, just facts in WECT's news coverage

    Consider This: No opinions, just facts in WECT's news coverage

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 1:29 PM EDT2018-04-17 17:29:15 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    Former United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan is credited with the famous quote: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” It seems now more than ever that’s a difficult thing to consider.

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    Former United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan is credited with the famous quote: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” It seems now more than ever that’s a difficult thing to consider.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Public answers needed from our public school system

    CONSIDER THIS: Public answers needed from our public school system

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 1:02 PM EDT2018-04-17 17:02:12 GMT
    What happened? How did we miss this? Those are questions that need public answers from our public school system. (Source: Pixelbay)What happened? How did we miss this? Those are questions that need public answers from our public school system. (Source: Pixelbay)

    It is not reasonable to expect perfection out of our school system.

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    It is not reasonable to expect perfection out of our school system.

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  • Consider This: Starting the conversation is a move in the right direction

    Consider This: Starting the conversation is a move in the right direction

    Thursday, March 29 2018 3:15 PM EDT2018-03-29 19:15:29 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    Hi, I’m Mark Mendenhall, new Vice President and General Manager here at WECT. While I am new in this position, I have been with WECT and lived in the Wilmington area for 16 years. I’m also a North Carolina native. My family and I have grown to love the Cape Fear region and its many offerings. And we understand the responsibilities that we share as a community to protect and grow this wonderful region. 

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    Hi, I’m Mark Mendenhall, new Vice President and General Manager here at WECT. While I am new in this position, I have been with WECT and lived in the Wilmington area for 16 years. I’m also a North Carolina native. My family and I have grown to love the Cape Fear region and its many offerings. And we understand the responsibilities that we share as a community to protect and grow this wonderful region. 

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  • My Turn: The final segment

    My Turn: The final segment

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:16 PM EST2018-02-22 18:16:05 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    This will be my last My Turn segment. And I’m pretty happy about it. I have just a few days left until retirement. And I’m looking forward to that too. You see, I only do these segments because it’s required. It’s not something I would choose to do otherwise. I don’t like being on TV and I don’t consider myself opinionated. And even if I was, my parents taught me to keep it to myself. I’ve tried to make the best ...

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    This will be my last My Turn segment. And I’m pretty happy about it. I have just a few days left until retirement. And I’m looking forward to that too. You see, I only do these segments because it’s required. It’s not something I would choose to do otherwise. I don’t like being on TV and I don’t consider myself opinionated. And even if I was, my parents taught me to keep it to myself. I’ve tried to make the best ...

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  • My Turn: We can't change the past but we can learn from our mistakes.

    My Turn: We can't change the past but we can learn from our mistakes.

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 11:46 AM EST2018-02-20 16:46:36 GMT

    We cannot change the past. But we can learn from our mistakes. 

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    We cannot change the past. But we can learn from our mistakes. 

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  • My Turn: Documentary airing on WECT details Civil Rights movement

    My Turn: Documentary airing on WECT details Civil Rights movement

    Thursday, February 15 2018 5:44 PM EST2018-02-15 22:44:28 GMT
    (Source: Pixabay)(Source: Pixabay)

    This Saturday night, a Civil Rights documentary called Trail of Hope will air on this television station. I hope you’ll be able to check it out.

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    This Saturday night, a Civil Rights documentary called Trail of Hope will air on this television station. I hope you’ll be able to check it out.

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  • My Turn: '24 HR. PD' shows lack of respect some have for police

    My Turn: '24 HR. PD' shows lack of respect some have for police

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 11:54 AM EST2018-02-13 16:54:53 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    I hope you’ve had a chance to catch at least part of Casey Roman’s 4-part series with the Wilmington Police Department. For months, Casey followed officers on their beats at all times of the day and night to get a sense of what those who have sworn to protect our community face on a daily basis. It is eye opening and there are some unsettling parts. One of the more disturbing things that stood out to me was the general lack of respect for our officers. It seems as if so...

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    I hope you’ve had a chance to catch at least part of Casey Roman’s 4-part series with the Wilmington Police Department. For months, Casey followed officers on their beats at all times of the day and night to get a sense of what those who have sworn to protect our community face on a daily basis. It is eye opening and there are some unsettling parts. One of the more disturbing things that stood out to me was the general lack of respect for our officers. It seems as if so...

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  • My Turn: Winter Olympics can unite a divided country

    My Turn: Winter Olympics can unite a divided country

    Thursday, February 8 2018 12:00 PM EST2018-02-08 17:00:22 GMT

    No matter how divided the country is on politics or even Super Bowl picks, the one thing I think most of us can celebrate is widespread patriotism as our decorated athletes represent the United States in the Winter Olympic Games.

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    No matter how divided the country is on politics or even Super Bowl picks, the one thing I think most of us can celebrate is widespread patriotism as our decorated athletes represent the United States in the Winter Olympic Games.

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  • My Turn: Some people seem to live just to deliver their next insult

    My Turn: Some people seem to live just to deliver their next insult

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 11:35 AM EST2018-02-06 16:35:56 GMT

    The Greek philosopher Aristotle often gets credited with the quote, “to avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” 

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    The Greek philosopher Aristotle often gets credited with the quote, “to avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” 

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  • My turn: coverage of the Revolutionary Black Panthers

    My turn: coverage of the Revolutionary Black Panthers

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 10:49 AM EST2017-02-07 15:49:29 GMT

    I have a great deal of respect for the officers with the Wilmington Police Department led by Chief Ralph Evangelous.  For the most part, I feel safe in this community. That said, Chief Evangelous, whether intended or not, put local media in a tough situation with some seemingly off the cuff comments last Friday while talking about a pending Revolutionary Black Panther Party gathering in Wilmington. 

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    I have a great deal of respect for the officers with the Wilmington Police Department led by Chief Ralph Evangelous.  For the most part, I feel safe in this community. That said, Chief Evangelous, whether intended or not, put local media in a tough situation with some seemingly off the cuff comments last Friday while talking about a pending Revolutionary Black Panther Party gathering in Wilmington. 

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  • Editorial

    Guest editorial: The Empty Chair

    Guest editorial: The Empty Chair

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 8:42 PM EDT2016-10-26 00:42:36 GMT

    My younger brother Chris Johnson's smile lit up every room, and his laughter filled the next room over. He was tall, funny, intelligent and athletic. 

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    My younger brother Chris Johnson's smile lit up every room, and his laughter filled the next room over. He was tall, funny, intelligent and athletic. 

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  • Guest Your turn: Thoughts on political corruption

    Guest Your turn: Thoughts on political corruption

    Thursday, April 21 2016 11:59 AM EDT2016-04-21 15:59:58 GMT
    Wednesday, April 27 2016 8:11 AM EDT2016-04-27 12:11:37 GMT

    In my view, to be corrupt is to have traded one’s priceless integrity, and one’s personal honor, for money or other benefit(s).  “Corruption” simply indicates there are pools of corrupted people.

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    In my view, to be corrupt is to have traded one’s priceless integrity, and one’s personal honor, for money or other benefit(s).  “Corruption” simply indicates there are pools of corrupted people.

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  • My Turn: What are the good things in the community despite the violence?

    My Turn: What are the good things in the community despite the violence?

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 12:33 PM EST2015-02-24 17:33:06 GMT
    Wednesday, February 25 2015 12:00 PM EST2015-02-25 17:00:37 GMT
    We've had a lot of violence in our community so far this year. These tragic incidents have taken loved ones and rattled our sense of security to some extent.More >>
    We've had a lot of violence in our community so far this year. These tragic incidents have taken loved ones and rattled our sense of security to some extent.More >>
  • Your Turn: Commissioners should play by the same rules

    Your Turn: Commissioners should play by the same rules

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 8:35 AM EST2015-02-18 13:35:23 GMT
    Monday, February 23 2015 1:35 PM EST2015-02-23 18:35:43 GMT
    Not many topics have lit up the Your Turn mailbox like the subject of three New Hanover County Commissioners not wanting to play by the same rules as the other county employees when traveling on the taxpayers' dime. And the interesting thing I'm seeing in all this is that the commissioners who want to keep it that way don't have any support from the folks who are communicating with us.More >>
    Not many topics have lit up the Your Turn mailbox like the subject of three New Hanover County Commissioners not wanting to play by the same rules as the other county employees when traveling on the taxpayers' dime. And the interesting thing I'm seeing in all this is that the commissioners who want to keep it that way don't have any support from the folks who are communicating with us.More >>
  • My Turn: Trusting the WPD

    My Turn: Trusting the WPD

    Thursday, February 19 2015 2:43 PM EST2015-02-19 19:43:18 GMT
    Friday, February 20 2015 11:30 AM EST2015-02-20 16:30:16 GMT
    The Wilmington Police Department wants you to trust them, and I think we should try to do that. But the image the police are requesting through a new public service announcement campaign is flying in the face of some issues that appear to be hounding the department in recent days.More >>
    The Wilmington Police Department wants you to trust them, and I think we should try to do that. But the image the police are requesting through a new public service announcement campaign is flying in the face of some issues that appear to be hounding the department in recent days.More >>
  • My Turn: The consequences for lying and cheating

    My Turn: The consequences for lying and cheating

    Thursday, February 12 2015 1:25 PM EST2015-02-12 18:25:35 GMT
    Wednesday, February 18 2015 12:01 PM EST2015-02-18 17:01:42 GMT
    Lately, there has been a lot in the news about lying and cheating that has led me to ponder that issue. I've focused my pondering on what the consequences should be.More >>
    Lately, there has been a lot in the news about lying and cheating that has led me to ponder that issue. I've focused my pondering on what the consequences should be.More >>
  • My Turn: It's simple - everyone should follow the same guidelines

    My Turn: It's simple - everyone should follow the same guidelines

    Tuesday, February 10 2015 12:15 PM EST2015-02-10 17:15:06 GMT
    Monday, February 16 2015 12:40 PM EST2015-02-16 17:40:13 GMT
    I've received a few emails over the last week of people happy that we're watching out for their tax money and the way the New Hanover County commissioners spend it.More >>
    I've received a few emails over the last week of people happy that we're watching out for their tax money and the way the New Hanover County commissioners spend it.More >>
  • My Turn: New grading scale for schools in North Carolina

    My Turn: New grading scale for schools in North Carolina

    Thursday, February 5 2015 4:06 PM EST2015-02-05 21:06:57 GMT
    Monday, February 9 2015 12:38 PM EST2015-02-09 17:38:35 GMT
    Most of us can recall report card days when we were in school. Those were usually difficult days for me - I guess I got what I deserved.More >>
    Most of us can recall report card days when we were in school. Those were usually difficult days for me - I guess I got what I deserved.More >>
  • Your Turn: Commissioner Woody White talks travel policy

    Your Turn: Commissioner Woody White talks travel policy

    Tuesday, February 3 2015 2:15 PM EST2015-02-03 19:15:10 GMT
    Monday, February 9 2015 12:36 PM EST2015-02-09 17:36:55 GMT
    If Commissioners can be careless and spend any amount of your money on themselves, then how can they be expected to make responsible decisions when deciding what your tax rate is, or how much money should go to the school system, the sheriff's office or the community college?More >>
    If Commissioners can be careless and spend any amount of your money on themselves, then how can they be expected to make responsible decisions when deciding what your tax rate is, or how much money should go to the school system, the sheriff's office or the community college?More >>
  • My Turn: New app to prevent texting and driving

    My Turn: New app to prevent texting and driving

    Thursday, January 29 2015 11:50 AM EST2015-01-29 16:50:55 GMT
    Wednesday, February 4 2015 1:09 PM EST2015-02-04 18:09:25 GMT
    The idea is for parents to download the app and make sure it's working on their teenagers' phones when they get behind the wheel. It has an emergency function in case they need to call 911.More >>
    The idea is for parents to download the app and make sure it's working on their teenagers' phones when they get behind the wheel. It has an emergency function in case they need to call 911.More >>
  • My Turn: Excitement sparks with UNCW men's basketball

    My Turn: Excitement sparks with UNCW men's basketball

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 11:39 AM EST2015-01-27 16:39:53 GMT
    Wednesday, February 4 2015 1:08 PM EST2015-02-04 18:08:10 GMT
    I know it's early and a lot can happen, but for the first time in the last several years, there's a sense of excitement in the air on the campus of UNCW and at Trask Coliseum. The Seahawks men's basketball team is playing with enthusiasm under first-year head coach Kevin Keatts…and they are winning.
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    I know it's early and a lot can happen, but for the first time in the last several years, there's a sense of excitement in the air on the campus of UNCW and at Trask Coliseum. The Seahawks men's basketball team is playing with enthusiasm under first-year head coach Kevin Keatts…and they are winning.

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  • My Turn: Spending policy off the table for NHC commissioners

    My Turn: Spending policy off the table for NHC commissioners

    Thursday, January 22 2015 12:36 PM EST2015-01-22 17:36:47 GMT
    Monday, January 26 2015 11:51 AM EST2015-01-26 16:51:50 GMT
    An interesting thing happened with the election of a new chairman for the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners this year. A previously planned discussion on how commissioners are allowed to spend tax dollars on travel now appears off the table.More >>
    An interesting thing happened with the election of a new chairman for the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners this year. A previously planned discussion on how commissioners are allowed to spend tax dollars on travel now appears off the table.More >>
  • My Turn: Don't be quick to judge others

    My Turn: Don't be quick to judge others

    Tuesday, January 20 2015 11:38 AM EST2015-01-20 16:38:52 GMT
    Thursday, January 22 2015 2:16 PM EST2015-01-22 19:16:07 GMT
    Our story this week on the veteran who got a nasty note for parking in a reserved space for veterans really struck a chord with our viewers.
    Our newsroom got a lot of feedback from folks who say Mary Claire Caine was treated improperly by the anonymous letter writer who claimed she had no right to park in the space.
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    Our story this week on the veteran who got a nasty note for parking in a reserved space for veterans really struck a chord with our viewers.
    Our newsroom got a lot of feedback from folks who say Mary Claire Caine was treated improperly by the anonymous letter writer who claimed she had no right to park in the space.

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  • My Turn: Obama's proposal for free community college - will it truly be free?

    My Turn: Obama's proposal for free community college - will it truly be free?

    Thursday, January 15 2015 11:13 AM EST2015-01-15 16:13:31 GMT
    Wednesday, January 21 2015 12:23 PM EST2015-01-21 17:23:22 GMT
    The president's announcement last week that he'd like to see the first couple years of community college offered to people for free was met with some excitement. But there are still a lot of details that would have to be worked out. And will it truly be free? I doubt it.More >>
    The president's announcement last week that he'd like to see the first couple years of community college offered to people for free was met with some excitement. But there are still a lot of details that would have to be worked out. And will it truly be free? I doubt it.
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  • My Turn: Ways to make the college football playoff system even better

    My Turn: Ways to make the college football playoff system even better

    Tuesday, January 13 2015 12:37 PM EST2015-01-13 17:37:37 GMT
    Friday, January 16 2015 12:22 PM EST2015-01-16 17:22:17 GMT
    For the first time in the history of college football we have a national champion of the top division determined by a playoff system and an honest to goodness national championship game. Congratulations to Ohio State. It's been a long time coming and there is no perfect system. More >>
    For the first time in the history of college football we have a national champion of the top division determined by a playoff system and an honest to goodness national championship game. Congratulations to Ohio State. It's been a long time coming and there is no perfect system. More >>
  • My Turn: Lend a hand to help those in need

    My Turn: Lend a hand to help those in need

    Tuesday, January 6 2015 4:05 PM EST2015-01-06 21:05:40 GMT
    Friday, January 9 2015 10:53 AM EST2015-01-09 15:53:35 GMT
    Not in my backyard. It's easy to start thinking that way when you are trying to protect the value of your property. You worry about what your neighbors might do and how it could hurt your investment.More >>
    Not in my backyard. It's easy to start thinking that way when you are trying to protect the value of your property. You worry about what your neighbors might do and how it could hurt your investment.More >>
  • My Turn: Recognizing people for volunteer efforts

    My Turn: Recognizing people for volunteer efforts

    Thursday, January 8 2015 2:35 PM EST2015-01-08 19:35:36 GMT
    Thursday, January 8 2015 4:00 PM EST2015-01-08 21:00:21 GMT
    We are looking for nominations for those special people you know that have a lot of heart and passion for their volunteer efforts. We're looking for people that are doing the volunteer work because they care - not because they are seeking thanks or recognition.More >>
    We are looking for nominations for those special people you know that have a lot of heart and passion for their volunteer efforts. We're looking for people that are doing the volunteer work because they care - not because they are seeking thanks or recognition.More >>
  • My Turn: Plan ahead if you plan to drink to celebrate the New Year's holiday

    My Turn: Plan ahead if you plan to drink to celebrate the New Year's holiday

    Tuesday, December 30 2014 2:11 PM EST2014-12-30 19:11:25 GMT
    Monday, January 5 2015 12:31 PM EST2015-01-05 17:31:01 GMT
    Each year in this country over 10,000 people are killed in accidents caused by drinking and driving. A disproportionate amount of those crashes happen during the New Year's holiday period.More >>
    Each year in this country over 10,000 people are killed in accidents caused by drinking and driving. A disproportionate amount of those crashes happen during the New Year's holiday period.More >>
  • Your Turn Potpourri

    Your Turn Potpourri

    Click here to read miscellaneous thoughts and emails to yourturn@wect.com



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