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Better To Give Than Receive

Better To Give Than Receive With the holiday season upon us and Christmas Eve just 10 days away, the adage “It’s better to give than receive” is quite appropriate. In fact, helping one’s fellow man, particularly those who are less fortunate,...

 

Schools And Statistics

At the end of November County Manager Jaime Laughter and county staff presented a variety of statistics on the county school system. The selection of statistics and how they are presented can influence anyone’s perspective. And there are always oth...

 

To Help And To Harm

This year the North Carolina General Assembly decided to reinstate a restricted version of the popular N.C. Teaching Fellows Program. Beginning next fall, five colleges and universities implementing the program will accept students who plan to...

 

A Swamp Deal

“The plans on the table are not middle-class tax cuts. They may not even be tax cuts at all.” -Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees and supporter of President Trump. Any time there is a change in tax laws, there are winners and...

 

Subsidizing The Wealthiest

On Black Friday, the net worth of Jeff Bezos surpassed $100 billion, making the 53-year-old today’s wealthiest person. In just the last year, according to Business Insider, he made $19.3 billion, the equivalent of $52 million per day or $36,000 a...

 

Courthouse Questions

The recent decision by the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners to build a new courthouse with an estimated cost of $31 million adjacent to the Public Safety Facility off Morris Road raises more questions than it answers. To the...

 

Many Reasons To Give Thanks

With the arrival of Thanksgiving, there are many reasons for Transylvanians to be thankful: •Wonderful weather. We have four seasons, none of which is too extreme. Our topography and geography spare us from the devastating impacts of hurricanes,...

 

Veterans Of Vietnam War

In collaboration with the WNC Military History Museum and writer Michel Robertson, The Transylvania Times will begin publishing, as of today, an article once every two weeks on a local veteran who served in Vietnam. The Vietnam War was highly...

 

Winning Organizations

One thing that makes living in Transylvania County positively unique is the number of award-winning organizations. In the past few weeks alone, severall organizations received regional recognition. In 2016 the Pisgah Ranger District, which includes...

 

A Difficult, Uncertain Road

The facts are fairly straightforward. Illicit drugs are easy to procure and prescription drugs are even easier. The opiate crisis is nationwide with its devastating effects being felt in urban, suburban and rural areas. The number of Americans who di...

 

Below The Top News Stories

With the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, President Trump’s trip to Asia, the continuous stream of sexual misconduct allegations and the recent gubernatorial elections grabbing the headlines, a few less noticed acts that slid below the...

 

Veterans Deserve More

This Saturday is Veterans Day, a time to remember and thank veterans for their service. Locally, the official ceremony to honor veterans will be held in front of the Transylvania County courthouse this Friday morning. Other events to honor veterans...

 

Thanks

Thanks to all of the candidates who put themselves forward to represent the city of Brevard and town of Rosman for the next four years. Running a campaign takes time and money. It is something that very few of us are willing to do, possibly because...

 

Courts Right To Redistrict

“I propose that we draw the maps to give a partisan advantage to 10 Republicans and three Democrats because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and two Democrats. -Rep. David Lewis, Harnett County Republican As...

 

Help Feed The Hungry

It is an unfortunate fact that many people in this county, particularly children, are underfed or do not know when they will have their next meal. The Backpack Buddies program sends home hundreds of meals each weekend with students. Over the summer,...

 

TIME Scientists Seek Funding

Public schools are having to adjust their budgets just to maintain traditional services. As a result, many programs are dependent upon outside funding. One such academically worthwhile group is the TIME 4 Real Science program. The program has been...

 

Corruption And Contracts

The contract signed by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) with Whitefish Energy in Montana to rebuild the power grid in Puerto Rico had nearly every component of corruption. Whitefish Energy is a two-person business that has been in exi...

 

Legalized Addiction

Drug addiction, paticularly addiction to opioids, has become widespread in the United States. According to Nick Szubiak of the National Council for Behavioral Health, drug overdoses were the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. in 2016. An...

 

Report Cards Are Failing

Years ago the North Carolina General Assembly, decided that public schools needed to be held more accountable. Thus, for the past several years, public schools in North Carolina have received their own report cards from the state. While some of the...

 

Goodbye To Student-Athletes

The recent decision by the NCAA not to levy any sanctions on the University of North Carolina for providing bogus academic classes so that football and basketball players could remain eligible should put to rest the myth of the student-athlete in...

 

Follow Fire Protocols

Some of the photos of the wildfires that have been raging through northern California this past week have an eerie similarity with those taken around Gatlinburg, Tenn., and parts of western North Carolina last fall. There are photos of exhausted...

 

Candidate Questions

In today’s paper readers will find question-amd-answer stories about the three candidates – Maureen Copelof, Jessica Gallagher and Mac Morrow – running for the two open seats on the Brevard City Council. We hope the articles provide some...

 

The Most Serious Matter

By far the most worrisome and serious issue facing America is the brinksmanship and possible nuclear conflict with North Korea. Many other issues – health care, tax reform, immigration, etc. – are important but they all become moot if the...

 

One And 547

One and 547. Those are the numbers. One man shot 547 people in Las Vegas, killing 58 of them. There is no reasonable explanation – none– as to why we have an environment in which one person can kill and injure so many people. There is no reason...

 

Libraries And Freedom

Early in his presentation last Thursday evening, historian Jon Meacham praised libraries and the critical role they play in a free society, stating, “It’s not a mistake that the root word for library is ‘free,’ and that’s not a commercial...

 

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