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Where Is The President's Plan?

The question is a simple one: Where is President Trump’s health care plan? In the past few weeks, the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate has failed twice to garner enough support to bring its health care plan to the floor even for...

 

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...

 

The Budget As A Hostage

Monday afternoon Congressman Mark Meadows’ stated that he would lead an effort to shut down the federal government if funding for building a wall on the southwest U.S. border is not included in an upcoming appropriations bill. “My conversations... Full story

 

Helping Youth And The Disabled

Every summer hundreds of youth attend one of our many exceptional summer camps. Although some of those campers are local residents and some of the camps provide scholarships or discounts to local campers, most of those campers come from outside the...

 

Human Relations Board Needed

The Brevard City Council’s unanimous vote to endorse and sponsor the creation of a new Community Relations Board is a step in the right direction. While relations among various groups within the community have improved over the past 50 years,...

 

Bad Process Equals Bad Bill

“This new Senate bill was crafted in secrecy behind closed doors without a single hearing or open debate—and it shows. The Senate bill would hit millions of Americans with higher costs and result in less coverage for them.” –Nancy LeaMond,...

 

Mountain Roads and Waterfalls

On Sunday night, two Transylvania County teenagers were killed in a single-vehicle accident in Balsam Grove. The impact of this tragic accident will be felt for years by the three survivors riding in the truck and the families and friends of all...

 

BMC Diversifies Performances

For the past few years, the leaders at the Brevard Music Center have attempted to broaden their audience by offering musical events outside classical music and opera. That effort continues this extended opening weekend when country singer Lee Ann Wom...

 

Leaders Fail On Gun Violence

The United States has the worst record by far for gun violence among industrialized, democratic nations. A “mass shooting” is defined as an incident in which four or more people (excluding the assailant) are shot or killed. In the first 165 days...

 

Scholarships

During last week’s graduation ceremonies, most speakers alluded to the graduates’ futures. Some graduates will be entering the workforce and some the military, but the majority of them plan to continue their education at either vocational,...

 

Loyalty To The Constitution, Not Individuals  

In the past few weeks there has been much discussion about the president and loyalty. The focal point has been President Trump’s apparent request that former FBI director James Comey be loyal to him. Some find such a request troubling, unethical... Full story

 

Striking Out In Court

Three strikes and you’re out. That’s what happens to baseball players. Maybe the same should apply to those Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly who violated the U.S. Constitution by racially gerrymandering districts. It would be...

 

Following Protocol

Protocol is defined as “the official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions” and “the accepted or established code of procedure or behavior in any group, organization, or situation.” Most of the time...

 

Separating War And Warriors

“War is mankind’s most tragic and stupid folly; to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men. Though you follow the trade of the warrior, you do so in the spirit of Washington — not of Genghis Khan.”...

 

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,”...

 

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...

 

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

 

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...

 

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...

 

No Tax Cuts Now

The one-page tax cuts proposed by the Trump administration last month are the wrong tax cuts at the wrong time. Generally, tax cuts should be implemented when the economy is doing poorly and needs stimulation. The U.S. economy has been improving stea...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 1, 2017

How Much For Capital Needs?

The figures are high: $93 million and $158 million. The first is what the Transylvania County Board of Education says it needs to renovate and update the local public schools for the next 20 years. The latter number is the higher projection of the...

 

Give A Book, Help A Reader

In our technology-driven, post-industrial world, there is no skill more integral to success than reading. Not only is reading an economic necessity, but it also can provide hours of enjoyment and escape from the pressures of everyday life. The...

 

Senate Tax Cuts Are Irresponsible

The tax cuts being proposed by the North Carolina Senate may sound appealing to some, but it is irresponsible and could damage North Carolina and its residents in the long run. The state Senate proposal calls for a $1 billion cut in taxes over the ne...

 

Carolina Cares Is Worthy Of Consideration

As has been well documented, North Carolina is one of several states that decided not to expand Medicaid coverage when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented. As a result, approximately 500,000 state residents cannot afford and do not have...

 

Brevard Loses A Legend

In the annals of Brevard High School football, no one is more revered than “Coach” Cliff Brookshire, who passed away last week at the age of 88. Brevard High has had more than its share of superb coaches, men who have led the team to state...

 

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