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Hiding Legal Notices

Every year or two some legislators in the state General Assembly file bills that would make it more difficult for citizens to find legal notices. Now three state senators have introduced Senate Bill 343, which would abolish a decades old law...

 

Oppose Displaying Swastika On County Property

The Transylvania County Commission is considering a proposal for a Military History Museum to be located at the site of the old Board of Elections office on Gaston Street. During the presentation at the March 14 meeting, the group’s representative...

 

Visit World War II Museum

Recently I have had the occasion to visit the WWII Museum here in Brevard. I can’t say enough what a great service this is for the community. People and especially our youth need to know about WWII. Generally speaking, young people today now...

 

Failed State

Mr. Trump, the great negotiator, is off doing what he does best: sew hate and discontent, over reach in his solutions, fail to close the deal, blame Democrats (who have no power in Washington, by the way), and move on to the next failure (probably...

 

Clean, Safe Roads

With the arrival of spring comes the commensurate spring cleaning. The cleaning, however, is not just limited to our homes, but also includes our communities and roads. Last Saturday residents of the See Off Community picked up enough roadside trash...

 

Balance Of Power

Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican leadership in the General Assembly have been engaged in a power struggle for several months. Soon after it became clear Cooper would be governor, the General Assembly held a special session in which it stripped seve...

 

The People Deserve Better

Republicans are charging down a path of change; change to replace government of the people, by the people, for the people with government of the wealthy, by the wealthy, for the wealthy. As for the people, we don’t matter. We are a liability in...

 

Jesus Had It Right

The current Republican health care plan is, like the Affordable Care Act, a complicated piece of legislation. But the most critical element of the GOP plan is this simple equation: 24 million Americans lose their insurance in order to give more than...

 

A Closed Mind

In reading The Transylvania Times report of Senator Edwards’ comments to the Republican County Convention, I cannot say I was surprised by his many right wing comments about our Governor. Senator Edwards has his conservative views as I have my...

 

Surrender Is Not Cooperation

Senator Edwards’ condemnation of the person that the legislature has done its best to make the almost governor betrays his lack of a basic understanding of the language. Cooperation is defined by the Second Edition of the American College...

 

Government Action With Naïve Expectations

As a BC graduate I can remember how in Introduction to Economics course we learned about market failure theory: an outcome where the market system fails to produce optimal outcomes, requiring government intervention. Yet, very little attention was...

 

Leaving Small Towns Behind

One of the ironies of modern-day politics is people in small towns and rural communities often vote for advocates for smaller government and less taxes, which makes it more difficult for small towns and rural communities to not only thrive, but...

 

Challenges Chappell

I would like to comment on Commissioner Jason Chappell’s response to Commissioner Mike Hawkins’ comments on the ACA in last week’s paper. Commissioner Chappell failed to offer any analysis of the effects of the repeal of the ACA and failed to...

 

What To Expect

Donald Trump has become president and filled his Cabinet and staff with people of dubious political backgrounds. Based on comments, past history, bill proposals and funding allocations, here a few of the things we can expect from the people in the...

 

You've Got To Have Friends

In advance of National Library Week (April 9-15), I thought now might be a good time to promote the local Friends of the Library (FOL). Just like you and me, libraries need friends – people who support the many services of their library and...

 

Deflecting The Russia Question

What a surprise! As soon as ties to Russia began to raise eyebrows even in his own party, President Trump tweeted a new conspiracy theory accusing former President Obama of treasonous wiretapping. The lazy news media went wild on this and Russia was...

 

America's Scrooge

I see Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the coming year is designed to make America great again. It may do that, but it will be done on the backs of the poor and defenseless. Among his proposed cuts is $3 billion to help poor Americans heat their...

 

Tighten Here, Loosen There

Last week the Transylvania County Board of Education decided to add another $250,000 to its request for local funding from the county commissioners. The request was made to cover the possibility that the school system will have to hire additional...

 

Impending Train Wreck

At a recent commissioners’ meeting, Mr. Chappell took issue with Mr. Hawkins referring to our U.S. Representative as an “extreme conservative.” Then Mr. Chappell challenged Mr. Hawkins’ misgivings about “repeal and replace” Obamacare....

 

Good People

I was on my way to Pisgah Memorial Gardens for another military funeral. I was dressed in my Honor Guard Army uniform. On the way I decided to stop at UPS to pick up a picture I had mounted there. When I walked in and asked for the picture, the...

 

Bring Our Troops Home

I heard on the news that we are sending more American troops to fight ISIS. Why? We can never make any headway over there. This war traces all the way back to two half-brothers in the Bible: Abraham’s sons, Isaac, a Jew, and Ishmael, an Egyptian....

 

Grateful To Hawkins

I am grateful to Commissioner Hawkins for addressing the impact the repeal of the ACA will have on this county. Why Mark Meadows wants to hurt the thousands of people in his district who will be far worse off than before the ACA is beyond me....

 

Against What?

We have a constant barrage these days from the Democrats against anything that the Trump administration puts forward. They are not willing to engage in reasonable debate and seem intent on bringing the president down at any cost. My conclusion can...

 

Off The Rails Again!

Well, it’s happened again! The president of the United States has told the American voters and public a baldfaced lie. President Trump has said that former President Obama had his telephone lines tapped. This baseless allegation follows on the...

 

Pure Folly

Before this country goes to war, one would hope our elected leaders would confer with our Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Department of Defense, the State Department and intelligence agencies to determine if war is the only option, what the cost would be...

 

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