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 Opinion    October 30, 2014 

Blind No More

Although justice is supposed to be blind, it has often favored those with financial means and political connections. People of average wealth, even if they know they are in the right, often do not press charges because they have neither the time nor...

 
 Opinion    October 27, 2014

A Wonderful Weekend

Sometimes everything just seems to fall in place. This weekend was one of those times. For late October, the weather was spectacular with clear blue skies and high temperatures in the 70s. It was an excellent time to rake leaves, take a hike, ride a...

 
 Opinion    October 27, 2014

Several Earn Top Awards

In the past few weeks, several Transylvanians have received awards of worthy distinction. Former County Manager Artie Wilson received the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the governor. Wilson, as we have noted in previous issues, has...

 
 Opinion    October 23, 2014

A True Public Servant

The refrain “there’s nothing for the kids to do” is quite common these days. One person who worked constantly to provide healthy activities for children and teenagers was Malcolm Johnson. Johnson, who passed away last Friday, and his wife,...

 
 Opinion    October 23, 2014

Ballots, Letters And Festivities

We have received a good response from the public regarding the election guide that we published and we appreciate that. One complaint that we did receive is that the sample ballots are too small to read. As a result, we are publishing the sample...

 
 Opinion    October 20, 2014

Election Guide And Letters

In this issue of the paper, readers will find a 40-page election guide. It includes questions and answers for candidates for sheriff, school board, county commission, Clerk of Superior Court, 113th State House District and 48th State Senate...

 
 Opinion    October 16, 2014

Vouchers Used To Teach Islam

A report showing that an Islamic school in Greensboro has been the biggest beneficiary of the state’s new voucher program reveals much of what is wrong with the law passed by the Republican-led General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory....

 
 Opinion    October 13, 2014

Guns At The Fair

The North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh begins this Thursday. A new controversy is surrounding the fair – the right for those attending the fair to carry concealed weapons on the premises. The organization Grass Roots North Carolina has filed suit...

 
 Opinion    October 9, 2014

To Be Safe, Register Now

As Patrick Gannon notes in his column today, the voting situation in North Carolina is very confusing and fluid. Two items are of particular immediate concern: same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting. The 2013 voting law eliminated same-day...

 
 Opinion    October 6, 2014

Making It Harder To Vote

This country has a history of restricting voters. Our Founding Fathers gave neither slaves nor women the right to vote. It was not until Aug. 20, 1920, that women gained the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment. Black Americans were...

 
 Opinion    October 2, 2014

Congress And The Constitution

Last week the United States launched air strikes into Syria in efforts to destroy ISIS at the same time Americans were commemorating Constitution Week. We were praising the Constitution while also circumventing it. The president has claimed he has...

 
 Opinion    September 18, 2014

Club Wins

Last weekend’s Mountain Song Festival was nothing short of spectacular. The performers were stellar, the crowds were the largest ever, the vendors offered a wide variety of tasty treats and crafts, and the weather was quite manageable considering t...

 
 Opinion    September 18, 2014

The Tax Man

Nobody really likes paying taxes. Even those who realize the necessity of taxes – and sometimes the raising of taxes – to support schools, public safety, infrastructure, and other government services do not relish writing a check for them as...

 
 Opinion    September 15, 2014

Iraq Redux

Last Wednesday evening the president informed the America people about his plans to “destroy” ISIS. Spurred by the barbaric beheadings of two American journalists, many Americans have called for action, that “something must be done.” That...

 
 Opinion    September 11, 2014

Brevard Or Anywhere?

“When a chain store developer comes to town, they generally have three designs (A, B, or C) ranging from Anywhere USA to unique (sensitive to local character)…Which one gets built depends heavily upon how much push back the company gets from...

 
 Opinion    September 8, 2014

Any Hope For N.C. 215?

Last year we published an editorial comparing the residents of Balsam Grove and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to Charlie Brown and Lucy. Just as Lucy would jerk away the football from Charlie Brown when he went to kick it,...

 
 Opinion    September 8, 2014

Political Letters

The political season is once again upon us. With the sheriff’s office, two county commission seats, two school board seats, the Clerk of Superior Court, a U.S. Senate seat, the U. S. House of Representatives 11th Congressional seat and seats in...

 
 Opinion    September 4, 2014

Extend 'Cooling Off' Period

Late last week the award-winning North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research released its list of the most influential lobbyists in the state. Former House Speaker Harold Brubaker was named the top lobbyist. He was followed by Dana Simpson, his...

 
 Opinion    September 1, 2014

Middle Class Falls Behind

Another Labor Day has arrived and the economic standing of American laborers and the middle class continues to decline as the rich get richer. This has been well documented from organizations all along the political spectrum: • There are nearly 2...

 
 Opinion    August 28, 2014

Judge Right On Vouchers

Wake County Superior Judge Robert Hobgood’s decision to declare the state’s attempt to provide vouchers, euphemistically referred to as “opportunity scholarships,” as unconstitutional is reasonable on all accounts. It is consistent with the...

 
 Opinion    August 25, 2014

Schenck Serves

Not everyone gets an equal start in life. Some people are born with more natural ability while others are born into less than nurturing environments. Each has an impact on how children perform in school. For whatever reason, thousands upon thousands...

 
 Opinion    August 25, 2014

Ebola Confusion

Last week the two Americans who had contracted and become seriously ill with the Ebola virus were released from Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Ken Brantly and Nancy Writebol were declared to be not contagious and well on the way to recovery since t...

 
 Opinion    August 21, 2014

The Future Of Golf Is Unclear

In the past few months we have reported on the sale and at least temporary closing of the golf course at Glen Cannon, as well as the vote in Connestee Falls regarding extensive renovations and additions to the clubhouse and wellness center. Though...

 
 Opinion    August 18, 2014

Big Issues Hidden, Delayed

After being in session a month longer than they were supposed to be, the General Assembly passed a budget with hidden political agendas and delayed action. The big positive that came from the “short session,” was a pay increase for teachers. But...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2014

Welcome News On Excelsior Plant Expansion

The announcement that Sigma Plastics Group is planning to restore and expand the old Excelsior plant in Rosman is welcome news. According to statements by government officials, the company plans to create 80 jobs and invest $5.5 million over the...

 

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