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Teachers Deserve Better

Monday evening Transylvania County Schools honored its top teachers, teacher assistants, principal and others who work directly with students every day. Phrases used to describe these educators included “a gentle voice and strong heart,”...

 

Shutting Down The Meat Industry

This past Sunday, animal rights activists shut down the 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus after years of effectively exposing them for animal abuse. Can the meat and dairy industry be far behind? The shift toward plant-based...

 

Ignoring 'The General Welfare'

According to the U.S. Constitution, one function of goverment is to “promote the general welfare.” In modern times, that has included providing assistance to Americans who have had their homes and businesses destroyed by natural disasters. In...

 

A Recipe For Disaster

Do you like reading about small children being maimed or killed? Then you will enjoy reading about Brevard’s latest bikeway endeavor. An artist, who has been paid by the city, is painting children’s games in the middle of Brevard’s bikeway, whi...

 

Community Garden

Physical activity in addition to healthy, nourishing food are equally important to overall health and wellness. Brevard Health Club recognizes the importance of a holistic approach to wellness and has started an organic community garden in addition...

 

Silvermont's Centennial - Brevard, NC

Most Southern towns have a few old two-story mansions with wraparound porches and gardens left, reminders of a time long passed when a wealthy scion served as patriarch for the entire community. But many such mansions have fallen into disrepair and... Full story

 

Former GOP Leaders Knew Value Of Public Lands

Last month, Republican President Donald Trump ordered a review of the 25 parks and national monuments established over the past 20 years with the goal of removing such designation. He made it clear that his main concern was that the creation of...

 

America First?

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak meet President Trump in Oval Office. Photos are taken by TASS, the Russian government news media. The U.S. media is barred from the meeting. Shocking! We are finding out what is going on...

 

What …If?

Maybe it’s the approaching of my 79th birthday soon, or maybe it’s just the dawning on me of just “good common sense,” but when I read that more than $20 million will be spent in federal political races this year in midterm contests for the...

 

Trump Ignores Problem

On Thursday, May 11, President Trump signed yet another executive order. This one was to set up a commission to study his “fake views” that voter fraud was the reason he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes. The...

 

March Against AHCA

On Saturday, May 20, a candlelight march to protest the American Health Care Act will be held in downtown Brevard. Starting at Gaston and East Jordan streets, the marchers will walk single file up to the courthouse where each person will turn to a...

 

Troubling

“I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of (FBI) Director (James) Comey’s termination. I have found Director Comey to be a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal further confuses an already difficult investigation by the...

 

Health Care

Perhaps we should adopt the English system of health care. It seems to be working for them. Has anyone taken a hard look at this possibly viable, alternative? We might be able to learn from our British cousins! Daniel G. Krause Pe...

 

Mahoney's Story Is Inspiring

Sheriff Mahoney’s story about finishing his bachelor’s degree is inspiring. Many people talk about the virtue of continuous education but truly pursuing this is not so common. Our county is very fortunate to have a sheriff whose life exemplifies...

 

TRH Has Dedicated Staff

Kudos to the fine people who serve our community as employees of Transylvania Regional Hospital. About a month and a half ago I was having great difficulty breathing, so I drove to TRH and entered the Emergency Dept. I was later transferred to Med-Su...

 

When Will Henson Hold Town Hall?

I, along with many others, was disappointed that Cody Henson cancelled his town meeting last month. He stated two or three times on his Facebook page that he would reschedule this town meeting for mid-May. Thus far, I have not seen any notice of...

 

Thank You

We are so thankful of the donations that these businesses made to our teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week. Our wish is that their businesses continue to grow and be a vital part of our community. I truly believe that the investment that they are...

 

Time To Take A Stand

Sunday is Mother’s Day, the day when most children give their mothers flowers or make breakfast or take them out to dinner. It’s a day when family members, to show their appreciation, deservedly give mothers a break from all of life’s daily...

 

The Liberal Campus And Free Speech

Dr. Henry Steele Commager (1902-1998) was one of America’s most honored historians and the most prolific liberal intellectual writer of his age. Forty years ago, Meriam and I took the QEII Liner to Europe for our annual vacation. By a great stroke...

 

Fair And Balanced

I now want to repeat the mantra of Fox News and be fair and balanced in criticizing both the Democrats and the Republicans. First of all, just about everyone agrees that Obamacare has some major problems that need fixing. Those problems have existed...

 

The Trumpcare Scam

President Donald Trump promised medical insurance for “everybody” that would cover pre-existing conditions, have lower deductibles and premiums than Obama Care, and would not cut Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare. In all, “a pretty picture...

 

HB 800 Bad For Education, Society

North Carolina House Bill 800 is not some innocuous legislation that makes a few changes to charter school laws. It would set in motion a process for re-segregating our public schools, legitimizing crony capitalism and fragmenting further our...

 

Millions Will Lose Coverage

The health care promises we hear daily from the White House and Congress are often misleading and false — attempts to sell a health care plan that is both unaffordable and substandard, leaving millions without coverage for pre-existing conditions....

 

Meadows Never Answers

It happened again today. I tried to call my representative in Congress, Mark Meadows, but no one answered his phone and his answering machine message said that his “mail box is full.” There was also no answer when I tried his Hendersonville...

 

The Surrounding Beauty

Beauty Recently my wife and I decided to return from Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trip took about an hour-and-a-half, twice the time it would have taken on Route 280. But it was a very clear day with blue skies and fluffy white clouds....

 

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