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 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...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2014

Helping The Hospital And Us

Transylvania Regional Hospital has made major strides in the last 20 years. To make those significant strides requires money, lots of it. No one has played a greater role in raising money for the hospital than Sharon Johnson, executive director of...

 
 Opinion    August 11, 2014

Breaking The Glass Ceiling

Within 24 hours last week, two women were named to lead two of the largest organizations in Transylvania County. For this county, the glass ceiling facing women was not merely tapped, but broken. Monday night Jamie Laughter was named the new county...

 
 Opinion    August 11, 2014

Signing Our Rights Away

Last week an area resident inquired as to why a veteran was asked to remove an American flag from his residence. Upon further investigation, we learned that the veteran lived in a housing association in which the covenants forbid residents from...

 
 Opinion    August 7, 2014

Alcohol Sales

In Transylvania County, there are few issues more contentious than the sale of alcoholic beverages. Years ago, the issue garnered a great deal of attention when liquor by the drink came before voters in Brevard. Not long ago similar interest...

 
 Opinion    August 4, 2014

Save Doctors, Nurses' Jobs

The United States has by far the worst return on investment among industrialized countries when it comes to health care. The U.S. has a shorter life expectancy but pays higher per capita costs and spends a far greater share of gross domestic product...

 
 Opinion    July 31, 2014

What Goes On The Front Page

In Monday’s “Opinion of the Readers,” former Planning Board Chairman Scott McCall wrote that The Transylvania Times has “little patience for those who oppose” the previously proposed high impact industries ordinance and “This was further...

 
 Opinion    July 31, 2014

Helping Others

With instability in the Middle East and Ukraine and plethora of other problems on the international and national fronts, there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of good news. But closer to home there have been efforts by individuals that restore our...

 
 Opinion    July 28, 2014

McCrory Should Veto Charter Bill

Earlier this summer Gov. Pat McCrory said, “We need transparency of salary information for all public schools – both traditional and charter. I will veto any attempt to hide the names of charter school employees from the public record and I...

 
 Opinion    July 24, 2014

Economic Issues

Both Transylvania County and the state of North Carolina have decided to move economic development responsibilities from governmental departments to nonprofit private organizations initially funded by taxpayers. Two issues that need to be addressed...

 
 Opinion    July 21, 2014

A 'Can Do' Attitude

Forty-five years ago on July 20, 1969, NASA engineers and people around the world heard the phrase “Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed.” A few hours later, the first man, American Neil Armstrong, stepped foot on the moon. As he...

 
 Opinion    July 17, 2014

Disheartening

Some of the actions taken and comments made at Monday night’s county commissioners meeting regarding the proposed High Impact Industries Ordinance are disheartening. Planning Board Chairman Wayne Hennie’s misrepresentation of the work done by...

 

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