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 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...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015

Kudos,Winter Workers

Last week was bitterly cold and another round of winter weather, though a little milder, could be headed our way this weekend. While most Transylvanians heeded the warnings to stay home out of the cold and off the treacherous roads, there were those...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015

Making Up School Days

With President’s Day and the bad weather last week, Transylvania County students were out of school for the entire week. Now those four days will have to be made up. The question is when. According to the revised calendar, three days will be made...

 
 Opinion    February 23, 2015

Do Research On Incentives

Members of the North Carolina General Assembly are discussing what incentives the state should offer companies in the coming years. As Patrick Gannon notes in his column on this page, Gov. Pat McCrory wants more money to have more “tools” to...

 
 Opinion    February 19, 2015

Dishonest State Senators

Both conservatives and liberals are rightly criticizing the North Carolina Senate for passing Senate Bill 20, which includes a long-term increase in the state gas tax. The state senators who voted for the eventual increase are dishonestly claiming...

 
 Opinion    February 16, 2015

School Grading System Fails

On Feb. 5 public schools throughout North Carolina received their “grades.” Unfortunately, these grades are deeply flawed, tell us nothing new, and affirm the inverse correlation between poverty and low standardized test scores. One problem with...

 
 Opinion    February 12, 2015

Great Coach, Great Man

“Dean Smith was the perfect picture of what a basketball coach should have been.” -Roy Williams, UNC basketball coach When former University of North Carolina Tarheel basketball coach Dean Smith passed away last weekend, the state truly lost a le...

 
 Opinion    February 9, 2015

Birthing Center

The decision by leaders and physicians at Transylvania Regional Hospital to close the Birthing Center may be unpopular, particularly with families who have lived here for several generations or more, but it is the right choice. It is regrettable...

 

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