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 Opinion    February 8, 2016 

Price Gouging And Drugs

Martin Shkreli, the Turing Pharmaceutical CEO who raised the price of Daraprim from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill, invoked the Fifth Amendment repeatedly last week when he was called upon to testify before Congress regarding such astronomical...

 
 Opinion    February 4, 2016

Virtual Days, Not Schools

By most accounts, the recent virtual days implemented by the Transylvania County school system was an overwhelming success. Instead of sitting at home watching TV or playing games on the Internet all day, students were engaged in meaningful academic...

 
 Opinion    February 1, 2016

The I-77 Fiasco

The plans to convert part of I-77 just north of Charlotte to a toll road exemplify government waste, poor planning, authoritarianism and crony capitalism at its worst. This fiasco may very well cost state taxpayers millions of unnecessary...

 
 Opinion    January 28, 2016

Good Neighbors

During these times of inclement and dangerous weather, we rely on government personnel to make our lives easier. Motorists who are stranded or involved in accidents are assisted by law enforcement and EMS. The Department of Transportation and city...

 
 Opinion    January 28, 2016

Retesting

School Superintendent Jeff McDaris made a good case last week for students to be allowed to retake an end-of-course or end-of-grade test. McDaris said there are multiple reasons that a child may not test well on a particular day. Children may not...

 
 Opinion    January 25, 2016

A Warming World

Despite the snow, winds and low temperatures brought by winter storm Jonas this past weekend, the world is getting warmer. Last week NOAA announced 2015 was the warmest year on record. According to the NOAA, “During 2015, the average temperature...

 
 Opinion    January 21, 2016

Virtual Days

With snow, sleet and freezing rain forecast for the end of this week, Transylvania County Schools may well have the opportunity to implement the concept of Virtual Days. The concept is rather simple. On days when schools are not open due to...

 
 Opinion    January 21, 2016

Good Gas News

One of the very bright spots for consumers last year was the decline in gasoline prices. According to GasBuddy, American consumers spent $134 billion less on gasoline in 2015 than they did in 2014. That $134 billion in savings was not due to a...

 
 Opinion    January 21, 2016

Virtual Days

With snow, sleet and freezing rain forecast for the end of this week, Transylvania County Schools may well have the opportunity to implement the concept of Virtual Days. The concept is rather simple. On days when schools are not open due to...

 
 Opinion    January 21, 2016

Good Gas News

One of the very bright spots for consumers last year was the decline in gasoline prices. According to GasBuddy, American consumers spent $134 billion less on gasoline in 2015 than they did in 2014. That $134 billion in savings was not due to a...

 
 Opinion    January 18, 2016

Both Parties Have Faults

Last Tuesday night was quite unusual in the sense that during his State of Union address President Obama admitted that he had not done the best job in bridging the partisanship that exists in Washington, D.C. when he stated “There’s no doubt a...

 
 Opinion    January 14, 2016

Option Worth Examining

At the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday, County Manager Jaime Laughter presented the option of the county entering into a study with Brevard College about the possibility of constructing a new courthouse and parking facility...

 
 Opinion    January 11, 2016

Teacher Pay

In today’s paper on Page 6B, readers can find an Everyday Education column entitled “Where Have All The Teachers Gone?” by Barbara Grimm, director of Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy. Grimm does a superb job explaining why...

 
 Opinion    January 7, 2016

2016: A Year Of Decisions

The new year is upon us and it will be a time of decisions, not only for voters but also for elected officials. For voters, the greatest interest will be in the presidential race, followed by the gubernatorial and senatorial races. But there also...

 
 Opinion    January 4, 2016

The Power Of Words

The New Year carries with it the promise of a fresh start, the opportunity to set aside any disappointments from previous years and refocus on what we want to achieve. Almost all of us have something we hope to accomplish – spending more time with...

 
 Opinion    December 31, 2015

Year Of Changes

There were many changes in Transylvania in 2015. One of the most significant was the decision to close the birthing center at Transylvania Regional Hospital. The hospital is still providing OB-GYN services, but all deliveries are now being done at...

 
 Opinion    December 28, 2015

Losing A Freedom

The 2016 general election may be scheduled for next November, but the North Carolina General Assembly and Transylvania County Board of Commissioners already are in control of the Republican Party. That was determined last Monday when the filing...

 
 Opinion    December 24, 2015

Yes, Virginia,There Is A Santa Claus

Editor’s Note: In Sept. 1897, an eight-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Sun asking, “Is there a Santa Claus?” An editorial writer of the Sun Staff, Francis Pharcellus Church, wrote a response...

 
 Opinion    December 21, 2015

Remember The Children

In the past few weeks, we have witnessed children smiling as they watched and waved to Santa Claus in the Christmas parade or sat on his lap telling him the gifts they would like to receive. For a child, Christmas is a time of anticipation and joy....

 
 Opinion    December 17, 2015

Flawed Report Cards

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has issued the latest district and school report cards for this year. Based on those report cards, local schools are making improvements and generally performing better than the statewide average. T...

 
 Opinion    December 14, 2015

Response To Two Letters

In today’s paper are two letters from readers criticizing the editorial “Islam is not Terrorism.” Both letter writers have challenged the paper to print the web address of an ISIS produced video showing beheadings. As a matter of policy, The...

 
 Opinion    December 10, 2015

Islam Is Not Terrorism

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and the murder of 14 people in San Bernandino, Calif. last week, many Americans, including some in this county, are exrpessing their fear of Islam. They are equating the Muslim religion with terrorism....

 
 Opinion    December 7, 2015

Sacrifice In Times Of War

Today marks 74 years since the Japanese attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Unlike today’s wars or military operations, World War II was a war that impacted all Americans. Nearly 13 million Americans, or more than 10 percent of the...

 
 Opinion    December 3, 2015

France Stays True To Values

Tomorrow will mark three weeks since the terrorist attacks in Paris. Most of the French have responded with courage and a commitment to maintaining their open society while many Americans seem to have responded with fear and a willingness to accept...

 
 Opinion    November 30, 2015

Amend Public Comment Rules

At the last Board of Education meeting, several people concerned about incidents at Brevard High School signed up to speak during the public comment section toward the beginning of the meeting. Immediately prior to that comment period, Board...

 

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