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 Opinion    May 21, 2015 

Lessons From Duke's Crimes

Last week Duke Energy pleaded guilty to nine violations of the federal Clean Water Act and agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution. The penalty was the largest criminal fine in North Carolina history. The violations reveal, at the very...

 
 Opinion    May 18, 2015

Nero in Raleigh

The big economic news last week was that North Carolina lost out to South Carolina on its bid to lure a new Volvo manufacturing plant to the state. It is the third time in recent years that a major manufacturer chose South Carolina – the other two...

 
 Opinion    May 14, 2015

Older Americans And Strokes

May is both Older Americans Month and Stroke Awareness Month. When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million Americans were 65 or older. In 2010 when the last U.S. census was taken, there were 40.3 million Americans who were 65...

 
 Opinion    May 11, 2015

Revenue Surpluses

The state of North Carolina received a bit of good news last week when the Office of State Budget and Management projected a $400 million revenue surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30. Some legislators, such as Senate leader Phil Berger said...

 
 Opinion    May 7, 2015

Value Of Small Businesses

The facts about the importance of small business are fairly well known: they create nearly two-thirds of all new jobs in the country and employ more than half of the private sector workforce. But those facts are a little misleading. The SBA (Small...

 
 Opinion    May 4, 2015

Teaching Time

Recently, the cost of attending a University of North Carolina institution has skyrocketed. According to a Feb. 27, 2015 article in the Asheville Citizen-Times, “UNC campuses have increased average tuition by about 50 percent since 2007-08, before...

 
 Opinion    April 30, 2015

Secretive Trade

In a global economy, nothing is more important than trade and regulations regarding trade. That is why it is essential Congress and the American people have access to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership legislation and that the proposed treatment...

 
 Opinion    April 27, 2015

Drop HB 596

House Bill 596, sponsored by local representative Chris Whitmire, is contradictory and counterproductive. Whitmire says the bill calls for local school boards to have more control over sex education classes, but the bill prohibits any instruction...

 
 Opinion    April 23, 2015

Enlightening Minutes

Last week the Board of Commissioners released sealed minutes of closed sessions regarding economic development activities between 2008 and 2014. Those minutes provide some insight into an important and controversial aspect of county government. Some...

 
 Opinion    April 20, 2015

Autism Awareness

There is a disturbing trend regarding the bio-neurological developmental disability known as autism – it is growing rapidly, particularly among boys. Autism has increased steadily over the past 20 years, with one in 42 boys now having the...

 
 Opinion    April 20, 2015

A Great Ride

In completing its 16th year, the Assault on the Carolinas seems to get better every year. This year more than 1,000 riders were greeted on Saturday, April 11, with clear skies and moderate temperatures; a perfect day for a ride in the mountains. As...

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2015

Higher State Taxes

When the General Assembly passed its tax reform legislation, North Carolinians were told that we would be paying less in income tax. On the surface, that seemed to be true with all tax percentages – ranging from 7.75 percent for the state’s...

 
 Opinion    April 13, 2015

Charters: Go Back To Origin

In the late 1990s when charter schools first opened in North Carolina, their stated purpose was to serve as innovative public schools free from many of the numerous restrictions placed on traditional public schools. They would be free to establish...

 
 Opinion    April 9, 2015

Chamber Collaboration

Last week approximately 200 members of the Brevard/Transylvania and Henderson County Chambers of Commerce met at Oskar Blues. The event allowed members of both organizations to meet, mingle and share ideas with one another. This was a good first...

 
 Opinion    April 6, 2015

RFRA Follies

Given the firestorm in Indiana regarding that state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the stated intentions of some legislators in the North Carolina General Assembly to propose a similar bill, the latter would do well...

 
 Opinion    April 2, 2015

Good Health, By Comparison

According to two recent reports, Transylvania County ranks as one of the healthiest counties in the state and fares well in comparison to similar counties throughout the country. One study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Unive...

 
 Opinion    March 30, 2015

State Autocrats

For all their talk about preserving democracy, the Constitution and people’s rights, the actions of many in the General Assembly betray their words. In fact, their actions are more autocratic than democratic. One of their latest anti-democratic...

 
 Opinion    March 26, 2015

Great Student Achievements

The University of Kentucky Wildcats may be the dominant team in college basketball this year, but Brevard High School and Brevard Middle School were the dominant schools at the recent Western Regional Science and Engineering Fair. In the senior divis...

 
 Opinion    March 23, 2015

Beware Sales Tax Changes

For some time there have been two North Carolinas. There is the prosperous Piedmont with burgeoning communities and the rest of the state, which has experienced nominal growth. Now some politicians from rural areas are attempting to redistribute...

 
 Opinion    March 19, 2015

Blocking Out The Sunshine

This week is Sunshine Week, a time when media across the country celebrate the First Amendment and emphasize the need for easy access to public records in order to have an informed electorate and functioning democracy. Yet, every year there seem to...

 
 Opinion    March 16, 2015

Public Notices

Every spring for the last decade some legislators in the North Carolina General Assembly file a bill that would allow local governmental entities to remove public notices from newspapers and place them on government websites. Every year members of th...

 
 Opinion    March 12, 2015

Special Events Come With A Cost – Brevard NC

Except for a few curmudgeons, everyone seems to enjoy a festival or special event. For a city of less than 10,000, Brevard has quite a few special events. But special events, even those that are free to the consumer, come with a cost. Someone has to...

 
 Opinion    March 9, 2015

Purely Rank

“Oaths do matter, and there are indeed consequences for those who believe they are above the laws that protect our fellow officers and enable American intelligence agencies to operate with the requisite degree of secrecy.” -Former CIA Director...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015

Colleges Boost Economy

It has been known for years that investing in an individual’s college education often provides a sound financial return. College graduates, on average, earn a great deal more money over their lifetimes than high school graduates. A recent study...

 
 Opinion    March 2, 2015

Vaccines: Science Vs. Myths

The measles outbreak continues in the United States. While considered to be nonexistent in the United States in 2000, according to CNN there were 644 cases in 27 states last year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been...

 

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