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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,”...

 

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...

 

Exceptional Volunteers

Two stories in last Monday’s issue of The Transylvania Times are indicative of the exceptional volunteers that live in this community. One story was about the TIME 4 Real Science program. In March, 22 high school students from this county advanced...

 

More Questions Than Answers

The American bombing of the Syrian air base at al-Shayrat from which planes carrying chemical agents were launched last week raises more questions than answers. The missile attack showed President Trump to be decisive. He saw an atrocity – in...

 

Responding To Traffic Stops

In the past year several people, some of them unarmed, have been shot and killed by law enforcement officers during traffic stops. Each incident had its own set of circumstances, but it has become clear that both law enforcement officers and many dri...

 

Share The Road

This Saturday approximately 1,000 cyclists will be pedaling through various parts of Transylvania County during the 18th annual Assault on the Carolinas. While area cyclists have been riding the roads whenever the weather has been warm enough these...

 

HB 142: Back To The Past

More than a year ago the state of North Carolina hurriedly passed House Bill 2. The bill divided citizens and caused the loss of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs. Despite the protestations of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and other supporters of HB...

 

Irresponsible

The decision to pull the American Health Care Act (ACHA) from being voted on last Friday and the comments that preceded and followed that action reveal the Republican leadership in Washington is both heartless and irresponsible. As soon as the...

 

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...

 

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