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Incentives Are Not A Panacea

In the past several years, numerous states, including North Carolina, have offered incentives ranging from hundreds of millions of dollars to billions of dollars in order to lure large corporations. While free market purists denounce incentives as...

 

America's Ethos

Today we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There will be marches, speeches, dinners and other events to honor King, a man who pursued the dream first espoused by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, that “…all...

 

Increase Flu Research Funds

The flu season is now upon us and this year epidemiologists are classifying the outbreak as “moderately severe” at this point. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the last week of December the number of states...

 

Fund Or Halt Class Size Mandate

For the past year, school superintendents and school boards around the state have been concerned about the mandatory reduction of students per class in kindergarten through third grade. The goal of having smaller classes in those first four grades...

 

Correction

In the Dec. 28 editorial entitled “2017: Not Your Typical Year,” we noted that Liam Baer and Cam Wilson captured the first men’s state doubles championship in tennis for Brevard High. That is incorrect. In 1990, Chris Whatley and Paul Stroup...

 

Technology's 'Dark Side'

For years many people have suspected that our newest technologies, in particular smartphones, social media and mobile applications, may have, in Star Wars terminology, a “dark side.” But those concerns often were drowned out by proponents...

 

In 2018 Address Major Problems

A delicious dessert is quite pleasing, but only has a detrimental effect on one’s long-term health. Like a tantalizing dessert, the recent tax cuts may provide a little more money in Americans’ pockets for the short-term, but Congress and the...

 

2017: Not Your Typical Year

Locally, some years just seem to be an extension of the previous one with minor changes one would expect. However, 2017 was somewhat atypical. One series of highly atypical events occurred during a short span in July. One evening a Brevard youth was...

 

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

Editor’s Note: In Sept. 1897, an eight-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Sun asking, “Is there a Santa Claus?” An editorial writer of the Sun Staff, Francis Pharcellus Church, wrote a response...

 

Oligarchs, Not America, First

When Donald Trump campaigned for president, he ran on an “America First” platform. It resonated with millions of voters for good reason. Many Americans believed then, and now, that past politicians had looked out only for their own interests, oft...

 

Rushing Toward Nuclear War

Much overlooked among all of the news last week – Democrat Doug Jones’s victory in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, the 3-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission to forego net neutrality, the progression of impending tax cuts through...

 

Better To Give Than Receive

Better To Give Than Receive With the holiday season upon us and Christmas Eve just 10 days away, the adage “It’s better to give than receive” is quite appropriate. In fact, helping one’s fellow man, particularly those who are less fortunate,...

 

Schools And Statistics

At the end of November County Manager Jaime Laughter and county staff presented a variety of statistics on the county school system. The selection of statistics and how they are presented can influence anyone’s perspective. And there are always oth...

 

To Help And To Harm

This year the North Carolina General Assembly decided to reinstate a restricted version of the popular N.C. Teaching Fellows Program. Beginning next fall, five colleges and universities implementing the program will accept students who plan to...

 

A Swamp Deal

“The plans on the table are not middle-class tax cuts. They may not even be tax cuts at all.” -Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees and supporter of President Trump. Any time there is a change in tax laws, there are winners and...

 

Subsidizing The Wealthiest

On Black Friday, the net worth of Jeff Bezos surpassed $100 billion, making the 53-year-old today’s wealthiest person. In just the last year, according to Business Insider, he made $19.3 billion, the equivalent of $52 million per day or $36,000 a...

 

Courthouse Questions

The recent decision by the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners to build a new courthouse with an estimated cost of $31 million adjacent to the Public Safety Facility off Morris Road raises more questions than it answers. To the...

 

Many Reasons To Give Thanks

With the arrival of Thanksgiving, there are many reasons for Transylvanians to be thankful: •Wonderful weather. We have four seasons, none of which is too extreme. Our topography and geography spare us from the devastating impacts of hurricanes,...

 

Veterans Of Vietnam War

In collaboration with the WNC Military History Museum and writer Michel Robertson, The Transylvania Times will begin publishing, as of today, an article once every two weeks on a local veteran who served in Vietnam. The Vietnam War was highly...

 

Winning Organizations

One thing that makes living in Transylvania County positively unique is the number of award-winning organizations. In the past few weeks alone, severall organizations received regional recognition. In 2016 the Pisgah Ranger District, which includes...

 

A Difficult, Uncertain Road

The facts are fairly straightforward. Illicit drugs are easy to procure and prescription drugs are even easier. The opiate crisis is nationwide with its devastating effects being felt in urban, suburban and rural areas. The number of Americans who di...

 

Below The Top News Stories

With the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, President Trump’s trip to Asia, the continuous stream of sexual misconduct allegations and the recent gubernatorial elections grabbing the headlines, a few less noticed acts that slid below the...

 

Veterans Deserve More

This Saturday is Veterans Day, a time to remember and thank veterans for their service. Locally, the official ceremony to honor veterans will be held in front of the Transylvania County courthouse this Friday morning. Other events to honor veterans...

 

Thanks

Thanks to all of the candidates who put themselves forward to represent the city of Brevard and town of Rosman for the next four years. Running a campaign takes time and money. It is something that very few of us are willing to do, possibly because...

 

Courts Right To Redistrict

“I propose that we draw the maps to give a partisan advantage to 10 Republicans and three Democrats because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and two Democrats. -Rep. David Lewis, Harnett County Republican As...

 

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