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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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Time For Special Prosecutor

“I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge no person that I deal with does.” -President Donald Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusal last week from investigating ties between the Trump campaign/administration and...

 

Valid Concerns

In today’s paper, county commissioner Mike Hawkins expresses some valid concerns about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As we previously noted, the ACA is not without its flaws. For those individuals and families who are not...

 

Sound Goals For Education

Yesterday, Gov. Roy Cooper released his plan to make North Carolina one of the top 10 educated states in the country. While the feasibility of any plan is in the details and the success is determined on how well the plan is implemented, the goals are...

 

Schools, Library Seek Input

Every week there are a handful of meetings involving government bodies. Sometimes they include topics of great interest to the general public and sometimes the matters are more mundane and procedural. In the coming weeks, there will be a handful of...

 

Foolish Bills

It is unfortunate but true that in the past few years some bills filed in the North Carolina General Assembly are simply foolish. There have been bills filed in North Carolina to create a state religion and to create our own state currency....

 

Non-partisan School Boards And Judges

In May of last year, former state representative Chris Whitmire filed House Bill 1133, which would change the Transylania County Board of Education from a non-partisan to partisan board. As we noted then, there was no good reason for the change. We...

 

Increased Participation

In an effort to increase community participation at county commission meetings, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners last week voted 3-2 to hold one of their monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. The goal of having...

 

Repeal HB2

This week the NBA All-Star game is being played in New Orleans. It was to be played in Charlotte, but the NBA moved the event due to the passage of House Bill 2 last year. HB2 has cost the state millions of dollars due to lost sporting events, and...

 

PE, Arts Are Important

Last year the state General Assembly passed a law calling for a reduction in class sizes in the primary grades. The idea is sound. The fewer students in a class, the more individual instruction students could receive, particularly those who may be...

 

Destructive, Sexist Comments

It is disturbing how insensitive, thoughtless and bigoted some politicians can be at times. Several North Carolina politicians posted sexist comments following the Women’s Marches held throughout the nation on Saturday, Jan. 21. North Carolina Insu...

 

Unintended Consequences

To the delight of his supporters and the dismay of his detractors, President Donald Trump signed numerous executive orders during his first week in office. Some of those orders focused on specific actions with narrow repercussions while others were...

 

Health And Responsibility

When it comes to health care, the United States has one of the most inefficient systems in the industrialized world. In nearly every study, the U.S. ranks near the bottom when life expectancy and per capita spending are correlated. The Bloomberg...

 

Unqualified

In the past few weeks, the U.S. Senate has held confirmation hearings for President Trump’s nominees for his Cabinet. Some of them have answered honestly and intelligently and have been confirmed. Others may have provided reasonable answers but...

 

A Warmer World

Last Wednesday, Jan. 18, the temperature hit 70 degrees in Brevard. People were out in short sleeves riding bicycles and working outside. That same day the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space...

 

Replacing The ACA

Ever since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, Republicans have repeatedly trashed it as a health and fiscal nightmare. Calling for its repeal was a staple of their campaigns. Now that they are in control of Congress and the presidency, they...

 

Letter From Birmingham Jail

While most people are familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, what has been historically referred to as his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” written in April of 1963 offers his insight into political activisim....

 

Criminal Justice Reform

“Though only 5 percent of the world’s population lives in the United States, it is home to 25 percent of the world’s prison population. … Not only does the current overpopulated, underfunded system hurt those incarcerated, it also digs...

 

New Year, Same Challenges

As 2017 rolls in and new administrations take office at both the federal and state level, there are questions as to what will happen to the economy in 2017. As always, accurately forecasting the economic future, even for one year, is difficult...

 

The Future Of DuPont

2016 was an important year for DuPont State Recreational Forest. Earlier last year the state General Assembly approved an additional $3.6 million in funding for bathrooms, utilities and parking, as well as adding nine staff members at the popular...

 

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