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Losing Games And Money

North Carolina received more bad financial news last week. Both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced they are pulling all of their tournament and championship games from this state due...

 

What's The Point?

The state of North Carolina announced last week that it is discontinuing the signs and symbols test as part of renewing one’s driver license. This is being done under the guise of helping the Division of Motor Vehicles “streamline the issuance pr...

 

Closed Debates

The first presidential debate will be held Monday, Sept. 26, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. It will be followed by one vice presidential debate on Oct. 4 and two more presidential debates on Oct. 9 and Oct. 19. Yet, third-party candidates,...

 

Can Labor Be Rejuvenated?

Within every political or economic movement lies both the seeds of its success and the seeds of its destruction. Whether the system flourishes or not is dependent upon which seeds are nurtured and which are properly stunted. Such is true of the...

 

Fair Districts Can Be Drawn

Nearly everyone is opposed to gerrymandering, the practice of politicians drawing districts to virtually assure their re-election and that the party in power remains in power. Current North Carolina gubernatorial candidates Pat McCrory and Roy...

 

A Most Fitting Tribute

Last Friday night prior to the Brevard-Rosman football game, a ceremony was held naming the football field at Rosman’s Silversteen Stadium the William J. “Coach” Cathey Jr. Athletic Field. It was a most fitting attribute. There are few places...

 

Highway 280

In the past few weeks there have been two horrific accidents on Highway 280 in the area of Little Mountain. Miraculously, no one was killed in either of those accidents, even though some of the vehicles were crushed like a compressed accordion....

 

Planning Board Compromise

There are few issues more contentious in Transylvania County than planning, particularly when it comes to land use. There are some residents who believe that property rights are absolute and there should be no land use plannig. There are others who b...

 

Of Politics And Letters

It seems as if this presidential campaign has been with us forever. But now, the campaigns for all of the other offices begin to kick into high gear. And with each election comes a flurry of letters to the paper for publication. Thus, it is a good...

 

Reporting On Crime

In today’s Opinion of the Readers, Bill Thomas criticizes us for publishing a story and photo in last Monday’s paper of Charles Kells Hogan, who has been charged with two felonies: first-degree sex offense with a child and indecent liberties...

 

Wrong Person Resigned

As we noted Monday, state toxicologist Ken Rudo testified in a federal lawsuit that he could not, from “an ethical and moral standpoint” put his name on a document changing the “do not drink” advisory regarding wells located near coal ash...

 

Deadly Water?

Protecting public health is a basic function of government. In the past few years, questions have arisen as to whether or not the state of North Carolina has let politics and profits usurp that basic role. In February of 2014, a pipe underneath one...

 

Telling Testimony

The questions asked and the testimony given in a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem regarding House Bill 2 last week were quite telling. The lead attorney representing Gov. McCrory and defending the legislation basically admitted that there have been...

 

A Small Price

In the past several weeks there have been a numerous letters opposing the planned West Loop Connector in Brevard. Opponents have clearly articulated a number of problems with the proposed routes. The problems primarily are on the northeast side, wher...

 

The Real Frauds

The primary reason Republicans said the new voter laws passed in 2013 were needed was to stop voter fraud in North Carolina. And today, many of the law’s defenders still claim that was the reason for the law. Based upon the facts presented in feder...

 

Republicans Targeted Blacks

On Friday, three judges of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the state’s voter ID laws passed in 2013 by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. McCrory violated the 14th, 15th and 26th Amendments to the U.S....

 

Petulant Pat

Former President Harry Truman is closely identified with the phrase “The buck stops here.” Truman accepted responsibility for his decisions, even the unpopular ones. Our current governor, Pat McCrory, is the antithesis of Truman. If there is a...

 

Bridging The Divisions

In light of the recent shootings in America, many Americans and communities are discussing what they can do to bridge the divisions that exist. Individual rallies serve a purpose. They can be a starting point. Physically bringing people from diverse...

 

Praise For BMC

Those who have attended Brevard Music Center, either as an instructor, guest performer, conductor, student or audience member, know what a high-quality institution it is. Recently BMC received another plaudit, this time from the opera reviewer for...

 

Integration And Empathy

The tragic events of last week have once again revealed the divisions in America. Even though laws enforcing segregation were overturned more than 50 years ago, we still live in a segregated society. In many voluntary activities, from where we...

 

The Economic Elephant

The recent employment report showing that 287,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in June was considered very good news. And it should be. Not only did it show a rebound in hiring from an abysmal May, in which only 11,000 jobs were added to the...

 

Encouraging Vote On SB 897

In the past several years, there have been too many partisan votes in the North Carolina General Assembly on controversial items. Legislators of both parties have abandoned their principles on various votes. Last month we pointed out that state...

 

Trials And Compromises

On this date 240 years ago, the 13 colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, thus creating the United States of America. The move was courageous and innovative, for the signers not only enumerated why the colonies should be free from...

 

Preserving DuPont Forest

When the state received its first parcels of DuPont State Forest, on a summer weekday one could park alongside the road by Little River (there was no parking lot), hike to Hooker Falls and literally see no one else. Those days are long gone. Partly s...

 

Financial Flexibility

A bill to place a constitutional amendment on November’s ballot that would permanently cap the state income tax rate at 5.5 percent is making its way through the North Carolina General Assembly. While capping the state income tax rate may be...

 

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