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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...

 

Stop Abusing Special Sessions

Not much good comes out of special sessions held by the North Carolina General Assembly. In the spring of this year the General Assembly held a special session, met for a few hours and passed House Bill 2, which outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory signed on...

 

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...

 

Investigate Russian Links

Ever since the Bolshevik Revolution, the Russians have not been friends of the United States. We were only allies during World War II in order to defeat the Axis powers. Since that time we have been archenemies, coming close to nuclear conflict...

 

A True American Hero

The term “hero” is sometimes used too casually these days. In the truest sense of the word, heroes are courageous, noble and outstanding. They willingly put their lives on the line to benefit others and society. They exhibit attributes worthy of...

 

Carrier Deal

On Dec. 1 President-elect Donald Trump announced that Carrier Corp. would not close its operation in Indianapolis, Ind. While the announcement was good news for those who would not lose their jobs, the deal raises a number of questions. How many...

 

Music And Christmas

One of the joys of the holiday season is Christmas music. It’s hard to imagine the holiday season without the music, which ranges from light-hearted tunes about Santa Claus to the more reflective and spiritual numbers about the birth of Jesus. In...

 

75 Years

Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The surpise attack resulted in the destruction of nearly 20 ships and more than 300 airplanes. More than 2,400 Amercan soldiers and sailors were killed. A day later...

 

Football And Report Cards

Who did the best job of coaching football this fall: Nick Saban at Alabama or Chris Peterson at Washington? Saban has led Alabama to a Southeast Conference Championship, an undefeated regular season and No. 1 ranking. Peterson has led Washington to...

 

Keep Eye On Public Purse

At least two announcements by the President-elect Donald Trump and his subordinates should give Americans grave concern over how public money will be handled during his administration. The first involves the preliminary plans for infrastructure...

 

Many Reasons To Give Thanks

There are many reasons to give thanks this Thanksgiving. First, we should give thanks to those firefighters who have been battling the blazes across western North Carolina these past few weeks. They are putting their current lives and future health o...

 

Where Business Is Headed?

One topic that strikes home with many Americans, including those who lived and worked in this county 20 years ago, is the loss of traditional manufacturing jobs. Many Americans hope those jobs will return and their communities will be rejuvenated....

 

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