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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: Bringing awareness to the opioid epidemic

    Consider this: Bringing awareness to the opioid epidemic

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:42 PM EDT2018-07-18 16:42:06 GMT
    It will take effort from each of us individually to help save our future as we continue to combat this epidemic. (Source: WECT)It will take effort from each of us individually to help save our future as we continue to combat this epidemic. (Source: WECT)
    It will take effort from each of us individually to help save our future as we continue to combat this epidemic. (Source: WECT)It will take effort from each of us individually to help save our future as we continue to combat this epidemic. (Source: WECT)

    Consider This: Programs like the one being conducted right now by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services help. But it will take effort from each of us individually to help save our future as we continue to combat this epidemic. 

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    Consider This: Programs like the one being conducted right now by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services help. But it will take effort from each of us individually to help save our future as we continue to combat this epidemic. 

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  • Consider this: Personnel laws prevent organizations from sharing information

    Consider this: Personnel laws prevent organizations from sharing information

    Tuesday, July 10 2018 11:43 AM EDT2018-07-10 15:43:12 GMT
    Nicholas Oates is being held under a $1 million bond. (Source: NHCSO)Nicholas Oates is being held under a $1 million bond. (Source: NHCSO)
    Nicholas Oates is being held under a $1 million bond. (Source: NHCSO)Nicholas Oates is being held under a $1 million bond. (Source: NHCSO)

    The case against a former middle school teaching assistant still needs to work its way through the court system.  But what we’re hearing so far concerns me as a parent with school-aged children. 

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    The case against a former middle school teaching assistant still needs to work its way through the court system.  But what we’re hearing so far concerns me as a parent with school-aged children. 

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  • Consider this: Welcoming new citizens

    Consider this: Welcoming new citizens

    Thursday, July 5 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-07-05 15:40:21 GMT
    Forty-eight of our newest citizens took the oath of allegiance to the United States of America. It’s a pleasant reprieve from an ongoing debate that doesn’t seem like its coming to a resolution anytime soon. (Source: Pixabay)Forty-eight of our newest citizens took the oath of allegiance to the United States of America. It’s a pleasant reprieve from an ongoing debate that doesn’t seem like its coming to a resolution anytime soon. (Source: Pixabay)
    Forty-eight of our newest citizens took the oath of allegiance to the United States of America. It’s a pleasant reprieve from an ongoing debate that doesn’t seem like its coming to a resolution anytime soon. (Source: Pixabay)Forty-eight of our newest citizens took the oath of allegiance to the United States of America. It’s a pleasant reprieve from an ongoing debate that doesn’t seem like its coming to a resolution anytime soon. (Source: Pixabay)

    Forty-eight of our newest citizens took the oath of allegiance to the United States of America. It’s a pleasant reprieve from an ongoing debate that doesn’t seem like its coming to a resolution anytime soon.

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    Forty-eight of our newest citizens took the oath of allegiance to the United States of America. It’s a pleasant reprieve from an ongoing debate that doesn’t seem like its coming to a resolution anytime soon.

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  • Guest Consider This: Learn statesmanship

    Guest Consider This: Learn statesmanship

    Thursday, July 5 2018 11:07 AM EDT2018-07-05 15:07:18 GMT
    Hank Montgomery (Source: WECT)Hank Montgomery (Source: WECT)
    Hank Montgomery (Source: WECT)Hank Montgomery (Source: WECT)

    How do I define vigilante justice?  Individuals or groups think they “see a crime" and carries out their idea of punishment!  Vigilante Justice is a direct assault on law and order.  Such thuggery has no place in our national discourse.  

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    How do I define vigilante justice?  Individuals or groups think they “see a crime" and carries out their idea of punishment!  Vigilante Justice is a direct assault on law and order.  Such thuggery has no place in our national discourse.  

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  • Consider this: Nursing turnover is a real concern

    Consider this: Nursing turnover is a real concern

    Thursday, June 28 2018 12:16 PM EDT2018-06-28 16:16:20 GMT
    Nurses in the NICU develop strong bonds with the baby's and their families. (Source: WECT)Nurses in the NICU develop strong bonds with the baby's and their families. (Source: WECT)

    Consider this: Nursing turnover is a real concern in this country. Some reports show first-year turnover rates at nearly 20 percent.

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    Consider this: Nursing turnover is a real concern in this country. Some reports show first-year turnover rates at nearly 20 percent.

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  • Consider This: Can we please just treat each other respectfully?

    Consider This: Can we please just treat each other respectfully?

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 9:30 PM EDT2018-06-27 01:30:27 GMT
    Technology has created a lot of brave souls these days. Anyone can comment on social media. Anyone can fire off a nasty email. (Source: Pixabay)Technology has created a lot of brave souls these days. Anyone can comment on social media. Anyone can fire off a nasty email. (Source: Pixabay)

    Technology has created a lot of brave souls these days. Anyone can comment on social media. Anyone can fire off a nasty email. But I grow a bit more concerned when people are having a hard time treating each other respectfully in public places. 

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    Technology has created a lot of brave souls these days. Anyone can comment on social media. Anyone can fire off a nasty email. But I grow a bit more concerned when people are having a hard time treating each other respectfully in public places. 

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  • Consider This: Lobbying for solutions to a community issue

    Consider This: Lobbying for solutions to a community issue

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 3:37 PM EDT2018-06-19 19:37:18 GMT
    The purchase of part of Echo Farms in New Hanover County should stand as a great example of how citizens can lobby their government for solutions to a community issue. (Source: WECT)The purchase of part of Echo Farms in New Hanover County should stand as a great example of how citizens can lobby their government for solutions to a community issue. (Source: WECT)
    Wilmington City Council approves the purchase of 14-acres Echo Farms to turn it into a public park. (Source: WECT)Wilmington City Council approves the purchase of 14-acres Echo Farms to turn it into a public park. (Source: WECT)

    The purchase of part of Echo Farms in New Hanover County should stand as a great example of how citizens can lobby their government for solutions to a community issue. 

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    The purchase of part of Echo Farms in New Hanover County should stand as a great example of how citizens can lobby their government for solutions to a community issue. 

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  • Consider This: HOPE Act is step in right direction to fight opioid epidemic

    Consider This: HOPE Act is step in right direction to fight opioid epidemic

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 2:05 PM EDT2018-06-13 18:05:17 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    The HOPE act would help to give law enforcement additional tools and resources to help combat this epidemic.

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    The HOPE act would help to give law enforcement additional tools and resources to help combat this epidemic.

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  • Consider This: #BroadcastGood

    Consider This: #BroadcastGood

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 11:30 AM EDT2018-06-12 15:30:33 GMT
    WECT's Frances Weller will be collecting fans for elderly people in needs on June 15. (Source: WECT)WECT's Frances Weller will be collecting fans for elderly people in needs on June 15. (Source: WECT)
    WECT's Frances Weller will be collecting fans for elderly people in needs on June 15. (Source: WECT)WECT's Frances Weller will be collecting fans for elderly people in needs on June 15. (Source: WECT)

    The National Association of Broadcasters is celebrating good works by broadcasters this week with a social media campaign called “#BroadcastGood."

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    The National Association of Broadcasters is celebrating good works by broadcasters this week with a social media campaign called “#BroadcastGood."

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Billions of dollars about to be voted on without public discussion

    CONSIDER THIS: Billions of dollars about to be voted on without public discussion

    Friday, June 1 2018 9:11 AM EDT2018-06-01 13:11:21 GMT
    The North Carolina legislature is entering what's expected to be the final week of this year's session ready to act on proposed constitutional amendments and any more vetoes by Gov. Roy Cooper. (Source: WECT)The North Carolina legislature is entering what's expected to be the final week of this year's session ready to act on proposed constitutional amendments and any more vetoes by Gov. Roy Cooper. (Source: WECT)

    Elected leaders often get a bad rap for dragging their feet.

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    Elected leaders often get a bad rap for dragging their feet.

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  • Consider this: Memorial Day to Labor Day is the most dangerous time on the road

    Consider this: Memorial Day to Labor Day is the most dangerous time on the road

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 1:13 PM EDT2018-05-22 17:13:12 GMT
    NCDOT is suspending most road construction that requires lane closures in an effort to reduce traffic and accidents during the holiday week. (Source: Pixabay)NCDOT is suspending most road construction that requires lane closures in an effort to reduce traffic and accidents during the holiday week. (Source: Pixabay)

    Memorial Day is right around the corner, and as we enter the vacation season, we all know there will be more traffic on our roads. Consider This: Memorial Day to Labor Day is the most dangerous time on the road for all of us, but especially new teen drivers. 

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    Memorial Day is right around the corner, and as we enter the vacation season, we all know there will be more traffic on our roads. Consider This: Memorial Day to Labor Day is the most dangerous time on the road for all of us, but especially new teen drivers. 

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  • Consider this: Lottery only earmarks about 30 percent of its proceeds for education

    Consider this: Lottery only earmarks about 30 percent of its proceeds for education

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 1:39 PM EDT2018-05-15 17:39:50 GMT
    Thirty percent of funds from the NC Education Lottery go back to education. (Source: WECT)Thirty percent of funds from the NC Education Lottery go back to education. (Source: WECT)
    Thirty percent of funds from the NC Education Lottery go back to education. (Source: WECT)Thirty percent of funds from the NC Education Lottery go back to education. (Source: WECT)

    Consider this: The “education” lottery only earmarks about 30 percent of its proceeds for education.  

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    Consider this: The “education” lottery only earmarks about 30 percent of its proceeds for education.  

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  • Consider This: We need a uniform system for background checks on teachers

    Consider This: We need a uniform system for background checks on teachers

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 4:14 PM EDT2018-05-08 20:14:36 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    There is no fool-proof system that will guarantee 100 percent safety for our children. But if certain measures can be taken to improve those chances, shouldn’t we consider taking them? 

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    There is no fool-proof system that will guarantee 100 percent safety for our children. But if certain measures can be taken to improve those chances, shouldn’t we consider taking them? 

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  • Consider this: Giving second chances

    Consider this: Giving second chances

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 1:59 PM EDT2018-05-01 17:59:17 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    More than a million and a half people have a criminal background in North Carolina. There are some people who are career criminals, but many others have made a mistake, paid the price and deserve a second chance.

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    More than a million and a half people have a criminal background in North Carolina. There are some people who are career criminals, but many others have made a mistake, paid the price and deserve a second chance.

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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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