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 Opinion    August 25, 2016 

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...

 
 Opinion    August 25, 2016 

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...

 
 Opinion    August 22, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    August 18, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    August 15, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    August 11, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    August 8, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    August 4, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    August 1, 2016

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....

 
 Opinion    July 28, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    July 18, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    July 18, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    July 14, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    July 11, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    July 7, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    July 4, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    June 30, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    June 27, 2016

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...

 
 Opinion    June 23, 2016

80 And New

The world’s pre-eminent banjo player performing a concerto. One of the top pop female singers of the last 30 years blending her band with an orchestra. A world premiere opera based on a film noir detective story. A gospel legend leading a group of...

 
 Opinion    June 23, 2016

The Dangers Of Summer

Now that summer is in full swing with the end of school, the opening of summer camps and an influx of tourists, it’s also time to be aware of the season’s many dangers. Waterfalls top the list of most dangerous attractions. Already this year...

 
 Opinion    June 20, 2016

Prison Reform For Youth

Prison Reform For Youth Officials in the North Carolina prison system announced last week they will no longer place young inmates in solitary confinement and will introduce a program to meet all the needs of the youngest inmates. This is a step in...

 
 Opinion    June 16, 2016

Let People Decide

Some fundamental tenets of conservatism are that the best government is government closest to the people and that local issues should be decided locally. Our state legislators, Sen. Tom Apodaca and Rep. Chris Whitmire, recently seem to have ignored...

 
 Opinion    June 13, 2016

Keep Videos Public Record

In the past few years, many law enforcement agencies have not only installed dashboard cameras in all of their vehicles but also have provided body cameras for their officers. The idea is that such video can be used to provide an impartial “third...

 
 Opinion    June 9, 2016

Why Hardly Anyone Voted

There is the old question: What if there were an election and no one voted? That did not happen Tuesday, but the turnout locally was abysmally low, as it was across much of the state. In Transylvania County, only 11 percent of the registered voters...

 
 Opinion    June 6, 2016

Good News For Brevard

As reported last Thursday, June 2, downtown Brevard is a busy place. Buildings are being constructed and renovated and business space is at a premium. According to Heath Seymour, executive director of the Heart of Brevard, about 50 businesses either...

 

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