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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...

 

Helping Youth And The Disabled

Every summer hundreds of youth attend one of our many exceptional summer camps. Although some of those campers are local residents and some of the camps provide scholarships or discounts to local campers, most of those campers come from outside the...

 

Human Relations Board Needed

The Brevard City Council’s unanimous vote to endorse and sponsor the creation of a new Community Relations Board is a step in the right direction. While relations among various groups within the community have improved over the past 50 years,...

 

Bad Process Equals Bad Bill

“This new Senate bill was crafted in secrecy behind closed doors without a single hearing or open debate—and it shows. The Senate bill would hit millions of Americans with higher costs and result in less coverage for them.” –Nancy LeaMond,...

 

Mountain Roads and Waterfalls

On Sunday night, two Transylvania County teenagers were killed in a single-vehicle accident in Balsam Grove. The impact of this tragic accident will be felt for years by the three survivors riding in the truck and the families and friends of all...

 

BMC Diversifies Performances

For the past few years, the leaders at the Brevard Music Center have attempted to broaden their audience by offering musical events outside classical music and opera. That effort continues this extended opening weekend when country singer Lee Ann Wom...

 

Leaders Fail On Gun Violence

The United States has the worst record by far for gun violence among industrialized, democratic nations. A “mass shooting” is defined as an incident in which four or more people (excluding the assailant) are shot or killed. In the first 165 days...

 

Scholarships

During last week’s graduation ceremonies, most speakers alluded to the graduates’ futures. Some graduates will be entering the workforce and some the military, but the majority of them plan to continue their education at either vocational,...

 

Loyalty To The Constitution, Not Individuals  

In the past few weeks there has been much discussion about the president and loyalty. The focal point has been President Trump’s apparent request that former FBI director James Comey be loyal to him. Some find such a request troubling, unethical...

 

Striking Out In Court

Three strikes and you’re out. That’s what happens to baseball players. Maybe the same should apply to those Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly who violated the U.S. Constitution by racially gerrymandering districts. It would be...

 

Following Protocol

Protocol is defined as “the official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions” and “the accepted or established code of procedure or behavior in any group, organization, or situation.” Most of the time...

 

Separating War And Warriors

“War is mankind’s most tragic and stupid folly; to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men. Though you follow the trade of the warrior, you do so in the spirit of Washington — not of Genghis Khan.”...

 

Teachers Deserve Better

Monday evening Transylvania County Schools honored its top teachers, teacher assistants, principal and others who work directly with students every day. Phrases used to describe these educators included “a gentle voice and strong heart,”...

 

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