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Carolina Cares Is Worthy Of Consideration

As has been well documented, North Carolina is one of several states that decided not to expand Medicaid coverage when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented. As a result, approximately 500,000 state residents cannot afford and do not have...

 

Brevard Loses A Legend

In the annals of Brevard High School football, no one is more revered than “Coach” Cliff Brookshire, who passed away last week at the age of 88. Brevard High has had more than its share of superb coaches, men who have led the team to state...

 

Exceptional Volunteers

Two stories in last Monday’s issue of The Transylvania Times are indicative of the exceptional volunteers that live in this community. One story was about the TIME 4 Real Science program. In March, 22 high school students from this county advanced...

 

More Questions Than Answers

The American bombing of the Syrian air base at al-Shayrat from which planes carrying chemical agents were launched last week raises more questions than answers. The missile attack showed President Trump to be decisive. He saw an atrocity – in...

 

Responding To Traffic Stops

In the past year several people, some of them unarmed, have been shot and killed by law enforcement officers during traffic stops. Each incident had its own set of circumstances, but it has become clear that both law enforcement officers and many dri...

 

Share The Road

This Saturday approximately 1,000 cyclists will be pedaling through various parts of Transylvania County during the 18th annual Assault on the Carolinas. While area cyclists have been riding the roads whenever the weather has been warm enough these...

 

HB 142: Back To The Past

More than a year ago the state of North Carolina hurriedly passed House Bill 2. The bill divided citizens and caused the loss of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs. Despite the protestations of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and other supporters of HB...

 

Irresponsible

The decision to pull the American Health Care Act (ACHA) from being voted on last Friday and the comments that preceded and followed that action reveal the Republican leadership in Washington is both heartless and irresponsible. As soon as the...

 

Hiding Legal Notices

Every year or two some legislators in the state General Assembly file bills that would make it more difficult for citizens to find legal notices. Now three state senators have introduced Senate Bill 343, which would abolish a decades old law...

 

Clean, Safe Roads

With the arrival of spring comes the commensurate spring cleaning. The cleaning, however, is not just limited to our homes, but also includes our communities and roads. Last Saturday residents of the See Off Community picked up enough roadside trash...

 

Balance Of Power

Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican leadership in the General Assembly have been engaged in a power struggle for several months. Soon after it became clear Cooper would be governor, the General Assembly held a special session in which it stripped seve...

 

Leaving Small Towns Behind

One of the ironies of modern-day politics is people in small towns and rural communities often vote for advocates for smaller government and less taxes, which makes it more difficult for small towns and rural communities to not only thrive, but...

 

Tighten Here, Loosen There

Last week the Transylvania County Board of Education decided to add another $250,000 to its request for local funding from the county commissioners. The request was made to cover the possibility that the school system will have to hire additional...

 

Pure Folly

Before this country goes to war, one would hope our elected leaders would confer with our Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Department of Defense, the State Department and intelligence agencies to determine if war is the only option, what the cost would be...

 

Time For Special Prosecutor

“I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge no person that I deal with does.” -President Donald Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusal last week from investigating ties between the Trump campaign/administration and...

 

Valid Concerns

In today’s paper, county commissioner Mike Hawkins expresses some valid concerns about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As we previously noted, the ACA is not without its flaws. For those individuals and families who are not...

 

Sound Goals For Education

Yesterday, Gov. Roy Cooper released his plan to make North Carolina one of the top 10 educated states in the country. While the feasibility of any plan is in the details and the success is determined on how well the plan is implemented, the goals are...

 

Schools, Library Seek Input

Every week there are a handful of meetings involving government bodies. Sometimes they include topics of great interest to the general public and sometimes the matters are more mundane and procedural. In the coming weeks, there will be a handful of...

 

Foolish Bills

It is unfortunate but true that in the past few years some bills filed in the North Carolina General Assembly are simply foolish. There have been bills filed in North Carolina to create a state religion and to create our own state currency....

 

Non-partisan School Boards And Judges

In May of last year, former state representative Chris Whitmire filed House Bill 1133, which would change the Transylania County Board of Education from a non-partisan to partisan board. As we noted then, there was no good reason for the change. We...

 

Increased Participation

In an effort to increase community participation at county commission meetings, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners last week voted 3-2 to hold one of their monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. The goal of having...

 

Repeal HB2

This week the NBA All-Star game is being played in New Orleans. It was to be played in Charlotte, but the NBA moved the event due to the passage of House Bill 2 last year. HB2 has cost the state millions of dollars due to lost sporting events, and...

 

PE, Arts Are Important

Last year the state General Assembly passed a law calling for a reduction in class sizes in the primary grades. The idea is sound. The fewer students in a class, the more individual instruction students could receive, particularly those who may be...

 

Destructive, Sexist Comments

It is disturbing how insensitive, thoughtless and bigoted some politicians can be at times. Several North Carolina politicians posted sexist comments following the Women’s Marches held throughout the nation on Saturday, Jan. 21. North Carolina Insu...

 

Unintended Consequences

To the delight of his supporters and the dismay of his detractors, President Donald Trump signed numerous executive orders during his first week in office. Some of those orders focused on specific actions with narrow repercussions while others were...

 

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