Articles from the July 17, 2017 edition

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Mountain Skies: The 'Summer Triangle' Is For The Birds!

Now that summer is upon us, it's not too early to look high in the east in the early evening for the so-called "Summer Triangle." This pattern of three bright stars is not one of the classical...

 

Plenty Of Health Care Questions

In today’s paper there is an Opinion of the Readers’ letter from Jim Lorenz in which he states he had a full blood panel done in the Jackson County Health Department for $84. The same blood panel taken by Mission Health systems had cost him more...

 

Friends Of The Ecusta Trail Receives Donation From Blue Ridge Bicycle Club

Friends of the Ecusta Trail received a $2,000 donation from the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club for helping organize volunteers for the group’s annual WNC Flyer road bike event, with proceeds benefitting bicycling advocacy in western North Carolina....

 

Misguided Effort Going Nowhere

I left a message on Senator Burr’s phone this morning. Its nature was to encourage the senator to abandon his efforts on the Senate’s health care bill and begin to instead shore up the CSR’s necessary to stabilize insurance markets. This...

 

A Non-Partisan Partial Health Care Fix

Regardless of our political party affiliation most of us are in the same boat — over taxed and under insured and paying highly inflated insurance premiums. I was recently referred to the Jackson County Health Department by my health care provider...

 

Let Us Not Forget

Let us not forget that America began with protest. We have a long and rich history of protests, many of which are still celebrated. The Boston Tea Party comes to mind. In the mid-1700s one of my ancestors hanged a man named William Merrill for not...

 

The Cost Of Patriotism

Once again Mr. Charles Brendle confuses his belief that to protect our borders is patriotic (July 6, Transylvania Times) and suggests Sally McMillan add this to her list of what’s patriotic without considering the costs of such patriotism. So,...

 

A Sad Exception

I appreciated the follow-up articles on health care by Matt McGregor, triggered I presume by Meredith Brooks’ letter about high out-of-pocket costs at our Transylvania Regional Hospital. Unhappily, my head was left spinning, though I did gather...

 

Reconsidering Pharisaism

In five decades of ministry and college teaching I’ve observed the difficulties inherent in communication. For example, in addressing one truth other related truths are often seemingly ignored. Preach on the love of God, and one might ask,...

 

Freedom Of Speech

This is a response to Sally McMillan’s letter. I agree with some of what she wrote. She forgot freedom of religion and speech. I think with freedom of speech, there should be no bias – just the truth, no slander or lies. If we have freedom of...

 

Kudos To Isaac's

Kudos to Isaac’s Tree Service for prompt and skillful tree work. We had a dead tree limb overhanging our driveway and the road. Isaac’s was next door doing tree work for a neighbor and I asked if they could remove the limb. Two very nice young...

 

Ask Us

When is the N.C. Department of Transportaiton (DOT) going to install the guardrails along U.S. 276? I thought they were going in by May. David Yuchiyama, a DOT communications officer, replied: “We are reviewing bids that were recently opened and...

 

Emergency Food, Shelter Grant Awarded

Transylvania County has been chosen to receive a $4,893 grant to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county, according to Steve Pulliam, chief executive officer of United Way of Transylvania County. A local board made up of United...

 
 By Park Baker    News    July 17, 2017

Rivers Eligible To Be 'Wild, Scenic'

Many local residents will remember the push to save the Horsepasture River from a proposed hydroelectric facility that began in 1984. The river flows into Transylvania County as it heads towards Lake Jocassee, dropping 1,700 feet over a stretch of...

 

Tiger Football - Rosman, NC

Matt Stack is ready to lead the Rosman Tigers this year as the team's new coach....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 17, 2017

County: We Don't Want Squad To Fail

On at least two occasions, Dale Whitlock, the Transylvania County Rescue Squad’s chief, has suggested provisions in its contract with the county appeared to be setting the squad up to fail, something commissioners vehemently deny. Whitlock made...

 

Staying Cool

Summer fun is in full swing at Brevard's Franklin Park pool and Rosman's Champion Park pool....

 

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