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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...

 

Harvey's Silver Lining

Hurricane Harvey and its remnants are proving to be a catastrophe for the people living along the Texas coastline and further inland. The number of confirmed deaths due to Harvey are climbing daily. There is no telling how many more drowning victims...

 

Can The Center Hold?

The opioid epidemic is devastating communities across the country. The North Koreans continue to pursue their nuclear weapons program. At a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., one woman was killed and nearly two dozen others injured...

 

Rejuvenating Science

In the early 1960s, Americans were fascinated by space exploration. Most Americans living then remember John Glenn’s flight in 1962 and millions were glued to their televisions when Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon on July 21, 1969. It was...

 

Publishing Letters

In today’s Opinion of the Readers, a letter writer claims that this paper denies Republicans freedom of speech. The author’s overall claim and assumptions are factually incorrect. The writer implies that any criticism of a Republican official is...

 

Thoughts On Confederate Monuments

(The following statement was made by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper Tuesday in response to the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., and Durham, N.C.) Last weekend, I watched with horror as events in Charlottesville unfolded. Having served as No...

 

Prepare Now For The Eclipse

One week from today a total solar eclipse will occur across parts of America and Transylvania County. What actually will happen that day is difficult to predict. There are some 200 million Americans that live within a day’s drive of the 70-mile...

 

Dangerous Statements

“This is a real blunder on the part of Mr. Trump.” -Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey On Tuesday, President Donald Trump, apparently in response to reports that North Korea has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could be placed on an...

 

Court Correct On Redistricting

In the continuing case of Sandra Little Covington versus the state of North Carolina, last Monday three federal judges of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ruled the General Assembly must submit a new redistricting...

 

It's About Money, Not Adoptions

Among all the news out of Washington last week – the profane tirade of Anthony Scaramucci, the failure of the Senate to pass a “skinny repeal” of health care, the dismissal of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus – Bill Browder’s...

 

The Evolution Of Community Colleges

Forty years ago, community or junior colleges were often perceived of as places where those who were not smart enough to be accepted into four-year universities and colleges went to become trained for a vocation that required a minimal amount of...

 

A Costly Week

The past several days have been a gross anomaly when it comes to crime in Transylvania County. Last Thursday, three men were arrested and charged with the first degree murder of an 18-year-old male. This Wednesday a woman also was charged with first...

 

Stay Cool And Hydrated

The past three days have been quite hot here in the mountains, reaching above 90 degrees on Friday and Saturday. While temperatures are expected to cool during the week, the humidity may rise, so people can still have some very adverse effects to the...

 

Preserve SHIIP Funding

One of many items missing from the proposed federal budgets is funding for State Health Insurance Assistance Programs. In North Carolina, this would devastate the state’s Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (NCSHIIP). NCSHIIP is a successf...

 

His Own Man

In these days of hyper-partisanship it seems as if politicians are overly reluctant to be independent, to break ranks with their party. While voting along party lines due to a general agreement about government philosophy is reasonable,...

 

Where Is The President's Plan?

The question is a simple one: Where is President Trump’s health care plan? In the past few weeks, the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate has failed twice to garner enough support to bring its health care plan to the floor even for...

 

Plenty Of Health Care Questions

In today’s paper there is an Opinion of the Readers’ letter from Jim Lorenz in which he states he had a full blood panel done in the Jackson County Health Department for $84. The same blood panel taken by Mission Health systems had cost him more...

 

The Budget As A Hostage

Monday afternoon Congressman Mark Meadows’ stated that he would lead an effort to shut down the federal government if funding for building a wall on the southwest U.S. border is not included in an upcoming appropriations bill. “My conversations...

 

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