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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...

 

Help Feed The Hungry

It is an unfortunate fact that many people in this county, particularly children, are underfed or do not know when they will have their next meal. The Backpack Buddies program sends home hundreds of meals each weekend with students. Over the summer,...

 

TIME Scientists Seek Funding

Public schools are having to adjust their budgets just to maintain traditional services. As a result, many programs are dependent upon outside funding. One such academically worthwhile group is the TIME 4 Real Science program. The program has been...

 

Corruption And Contracts

The contract signed by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) with Whitefish Energy in Montana to rebuild the power grid in Puerto Rico had nearly every component of corruption. Whitefish Energy is a two-person business that has been in exi...

 

Legalized Addiction

Drug addiction, paticularly addiction to opioids, has become widespread in the United States. According to Nick Szubiak of the National Council for Behavioral Health, drug overdoses were the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. in 2016. An...

 

Report Cards Are Failing

Years ago the North Carolina General Assembly, decided that public schools needed to be held more accountable. Thus, for the past several years, public schools in North Carolina have received their own report cards from the state. While some of the...

 

Goodbye To Student-Athletes

The recent decision by the NCAA not to levy any sanctions on the University of North Carolina for providing bogus academic classes so that football and basketball players could remain eligible should put to rest the myth of the student-athlete in...

 

Follow Fire Protocols

Some of the photos of the wildfires that have been raging through northern California this past week have an eerie similarity with those taken around Gatlinburg, Tenn., and parts of western North Carolina last fall. There are photos of exhausted...

 

Candidate Questions

In today’s paper readers will find question-amd-answer stories about the three candidates – Maureen Copelof, Jessica Gallagher and Mac Morrow – running for the two open seats on the Brevard City Council. We hope the articles provide some...

 

The Most Serious Matter

By far the most worrisome and serious issue facing America is the brinksmanship and possible nuclear conflict with North Korea. Many other issues – health care, tax reform, immigration, etc. – are important but they all become moot if the...

 

One And 547

One and 547. Those are the numbers. One man shot 547 people in Las Vegas, killing 58 of them. There is no reasonable explanation – none– as to why we have an environment in which one person can kill and injure so many people. There is no reason...

 

Libraries And Freedom

Early in his presentation last Thursday evening, historian Jon Meacham praised libraries and the critical role they play in a free society, stating, “It’s not a mistake that the root word for library is ‘free,’ and that’s not a commercial...

 

Wrong Time To Cut Taxes

Everyone enjoys seeing more take home money in their paycheck, so whenever politicians say they are going to cut taxes, voters generally respond positively. But from a sound economic perspective, there are good times and bad times to issue tax cuts,...

 

Who Pays For Flooded Homes?

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than four feet of rain along the Texas coast, causing extensive flooding and ruining thousands of homes. Hurricane Irma caused widespread flooding in Florida, from Jacksonville on the east coast to Bonita Springs on the...

 

A Worse Bill

This latest attempt in the U.S. Senate effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) bill, has not only repeated nearly all the flaws of the previous repeal bills, but it has added some new...

 

Harming Small Schools

Sometimes seemingly small decisions can have major impacts. One such decision made by the North Carolina General Assembly this summer involves the way principal salaries are determined. North Carolina recently held the dubious distinction of ranking...

 

Crack Down On Equifax

The behavior of credit reporting company Equifax over the past few years reeks of utter negligence and incompetence with a smack of criminality. At the beginning of this year, Equifax and fellow credit reporting agency Transunion were ordered to pay...

 

Lessons From Hurricanes

In addition to the lives lost and disrupted, the bill Americans will pay to recover from the devastation wreaked by hurricanes Harvey and Irma will register in the high billions. In order to mitigate the impact of such catastrophes in the future,...

 

The Complexity Of History

In today’s Opinion of the Readers are two letter writers responding to a previous letter stating that “Robert E. Lee owned no slaves.” We did check the aforementioned statement. Snopes.com, in a section debunking several Confederate myths and...

 

Throwing Out The Good

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program exemplifies the adage of “throwing the baby out with the bath water.” Immigration is a complex issue that does not have a “one size fits...

 

Uncertain Times For Middle Class

In the midst of all of the weekend Labor Day sales and outdoor events – barbecue cookouts, rafting down rivers, hiking in the forests, etc. – that typically mark the end of summer, Labor Day is an appropriate time to assess the condition of...

 

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