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Invest Early In Children

For a plant to achieve optimal growth, the seed must germinate in the correct soil type at a certain depth. The soil must reach a specific temperature and the seed must receive the appropriate amount of water and sunlight. Without all of the proper...

 

Important Primaries

For each election cycle, The Transylvania Times allows local and state candidates a press release announcing their candidacy, their qualifications, their reasons for seeking office, their positions on certain issues, etc. On the first day of...

 

Gracious Lady

“Gracious” is not a term that can be applied to many people in today’s hyper-partisan, venomous and often self-congratulatory political realm. But former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away Tuesday, was gracious. Mrs. Bush was a...

 

Real Battle For Survival

Thirty-two years. That is not very long, particularly in the life of mankind. But that is how long it is before mankind’s population approaches 10 billion, the ultimate number of people the earth can support as it is presently used. What happens...

 

Breaking Point?

Earlier this year, teachers in West Virginia went on a successful nine-day strike for better salaries. In recent weeks, teachers in Oklahoma have gone on strike and in Kentucky have protested in mass at their state capitols. Teacher strikes and prote...

 

Celebrate Local Library

This week is National Library Week and there is no better to time to become acquainted with all the Transylvania County Library and all that it has to offer. This week the library is offering three special events. Monday night, author Paul Bogard...

 

Ignorance

In today’s paper readers can find a column from John Hood about the interest in sheriffs’ races. While the column focuses on why sheriffs’ races gather a great deal of interest, it also states some very disturbing facts, facts that undermine...

 

Participate In Forest Plans

The U.S. Forest Service will soon release the first draft of its plans for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. These plans will guide forest activites, from wildlife management and timber sales to all forms of recreational activities, such as...

 

Leave VA Alone

In December of 2016, soon after Donald Trump was elected president, we published an editorial entitled “Keep Eye On Public Purse.” The editorial focused on the transfer of public funds to private coffers in two distinct areas – infrastructure...

 

Give Schools Tax Authority

With the arrival of spring comes the planning of budgets for the upcoming 2018-19 fiscal year. With that planning comes the negotiations between the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners and the Transylvania County Board of Education as to how...

 

Expanding 'In Loco Parentis'

It is great news that the dropout rate for Transylvania County Schools reached .7 percent in the 2016-17 school year. The decrease in dropouts from 41 in 2013-14 to just eight last year is even more remarkable given all of the societal and...

 

Siniard's Legacy Is Everywhere

Whether people know it or not, every Transylvanian has been to a place that was directly touched or impacted by Hale “Guis” Siniard Jr., who passed away last week. Those who live in Illahee Hills, Glen Cannon or Thomas Woods travel on roads that...

 

Buy A Bowl

This Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the 13th Annual “Empty Bowls” lunch will be held at the Brevard First Methodist Church, which is located across the street from Brevard College. For $18, people can purchase a lunch of soup and...

 

Weighing Tariffs

Earlier this month President Donald Trump, against the advice of numerous economists and former director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, signed a proclamation placing a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on...

 

Circumventing Transparency

As noted in Monday’s paper, citizens of North Carolina and the United States have access to a multitude of government documents, from emails to maps to photographs to minutes of meetings. That, however, does not mean that all documents that should...

 

Sunshine Is For Everyone

This week, March 11-17, is Sunshine Week, a time to celebrate and reinvigorate the fundamental democratic belief that government represents the governed and, therefore, the people have the inherent right to see and review the actions of elected and...

 

Uncontested

The candidate filing period for the upcoming May primaries has closed. Unfortunately, in three of the eight races on the ballot, the eventual winner will be selected in the primary because the Democratic Party has no candidates. No Democrats filed...

 

Competitive Salaries

On today’s front page, readers will find a story in which Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney reported to the county commissioners the difficulty of recruiting and retaining law enforcement officers. Scrutiny of law enforcement officers’...

 

Base Gun Laws On Facts

In the coming weeks and months, it appears as if state houses across the country, if not Congress, may reconsider regulations on guns. While the images of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., remain fresh in people’s minds, changes to the law...

 

Awful Idea To Arm Teachers

While President Trump has made some reasonable statements regarding attempts to curb mass shootings after the murder of 14 students and three faculty members at Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Florida – raising the age of purchasing...

 

Tough To Attract, Retain Teachers

Within the next few years, North Carolina, particularly its non-urban areas, including Transylvania County, could face a serious problem attracting and retaining veteran teachers. As Colin Campbell notes in his adjacent column, new teachers in North...

 

Revise Inspection Exemption Law

On today’s front page readers will find a story regarding state House Bill 774, which was passed into law in 2013. The law provides that any “primitive camp” structure less than 4,000 square feet, “farm building,” “greenhouse,” and...

 

More Than An 'Enhancement'

For the past decade, classes such as art, music and PE (physical education) have been under attack as being unnecessary to a child’s education. In North Carolina they have been labeled “enhancement” classes. As a result, politicians either...

 

Autocracy Is The Real Enemy

In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump said, “I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve,” that all...

 

Helping Rural Areas

It’s no secret that North Carolina has an urban-rural divide that seems to grow larger by the day. Most of the population and economic growth in the state is occurring in the Piedmont, particularly in the Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro and...

 

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