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 Opinion    January 29, 2015 

Champion Pool And Planning

The current situation at Champion Park pool in Rosman is indicative of dilemmas local government officials may face in the future. The pool is in poor condition. The decking is rotten and the mechanical systems – the pumps, strainers, flange connec...

 
 Opinion    January 26, 2015

Restrict Surveillance

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and...

 
 Opinion    January 22, 2015

UNC Board Of Governors Fails

“This board believes Tom Ross has been a wonderful president. Fantastic work ethic. Perfect integrity. Worked well with our board.” -John Fennebresque, chairman of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Based on the above statement...

 
 Opinion    January 19, 2015

Race And Poverty

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is primarily remembered for his oratorical prowess and his leadership in the Civil Rights movement, for leading nonviolent demonstrations that led to granting black Americans the right to vote. But King knew that access to...

 
 Opinion    January 15, 2015

More Deserved Accolades

In the past few weeks, local residents and teams have received several prestigious honors and awards. In one of the more unusual categories, O.P. Taylor’s received international recognition as one of the Top 10 Toy Stores in the world. Such an...

 
 Opinion    January 12, 2015

Free To Teach

“We do not have to fit into a mold or teach to a test. We teach what we know is both important and engaging, and that encourages our students to question, stretch themselves and grow.” -Paige Burton, teacher at Carolina Day School, a private...

 
 Opinion    January 8, 2015

EPA Coal Ash Rules Are Weak

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recently released its guidelines for regulating coal ash. Those guidelines fall short of what is needed to ensure the safety of all Americans. The EPA did establish standards for all existing and future...

 
 Opinion    January 5, 2015

Candid, Civil Conversations

Now that the holidays are over, life returns to normalcy and the daily business of dealing with problems. The most intractable problems seemingly involve governance, which reflects our social and cultural codes and morals. These problems remain, as...

 
 Opinion    January 1, 2015

Looking Ahead To 2015

Making specific predictions about the future is often a fool’s errand, but there are a few beneficial trends that seem as if they will continue into this year. One is the growth of Brevard College. In the past few years, the college has grown to...

 
 Opinion    December 29, 2014

2014: A Year Of Change

It is unusual for a small community to undergo much change in a year, but there were significant changes in the community this year, particularly in the area of personnel. Several Transylvania County employees retired or took positions with other...

 
 Opinion    December 25, 2014

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 22, 2014

The Heat In Pat's Kitchen

Whenever elected officials do something unpopular, unethical or something that hints of impropriety, they resort to several defense mechanisms, one of them being to attack the media. Since taking office in 2013, Gov. Pat McCrory has shown himself to...

 
 Opinion    December 18, 2014

Another Big Bank Bailout

In the spring of 2009 when the Great Recession was hitting its stride, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin said “they (banks) frankly own the place (Congress).” He also said that “the banks are going to have the last word” and “The people who...

 
 Opinion    December 15, 2014

Two Men: One Black, One White

This evening members of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will hold a candlelight vigil in front of the county courthouse in memory of the victims of racial injustice. How individuals will...

 
 Opinion    December 11, 2014

Talk, Not Sue

Negotiations and compromise seem to have been replaced by filing lawsuits against other branches of government at the federal and state level. Members of the U.S. House have sued the president over certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act and some...

 
 Opinion    December 8, 2014

Teenagers And Alcohol

“North Carolina has an underage drinking problem.” -Jim Gardner, chairman of the North Carolina ABC Commission In his first year in office, Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Gardner to the state’s ABC Commission and directed him to research the...

 
 Opinion    December 4, 2014

Importance Of Artists

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. -Pablo Picasso The passing of Tim Murray, the face of the Brevard College Art Department for four decades, serves as a reminder as to how important art and artists are to this...

 
 Opinion    December 1, 2014

Accuracy First

Last Tuesday evening one of our reporters received a tip that Jason Lippard would no longer be the head football coach at Brevard High School. Since high school football has a strong and large following in this community, staff members began making...

 
 Opinion    December 1, 2014

Vital Records

There is no experience more traumatic than the death of a spouse or immediate family member. Yet, it is also one of those times when numerous decisions have to be made quickly – which funeral home will handle the services, what will the services...

 
 Opinion    November 27, 2014

Thankful For All Volunteers

At first glance, the thing that separates this community from many others is the natural beauty, in particular our multitude of waterfalls. But it does not take visitors and newcomers long to figure out that what really sets this community apart are...

 
 Opinion    November 20, 2014

Kudos To Guice

Between 2000 and 2009, North Carolina’s prison population grew by 29 percent to almost 41,000 inmates. To handle the increase in prisoners, the state Corrections Department grew by 68 percent. If the trend had continued, not only would more North...

 
 Opinion    November 17, 2014

Water And Our Future

In this Land of Waterfalls, where the rain falls in abundance, as it has been doing for the past several hours, it seems almost absurd to discuss conserving our water. But in today’s world, no area is immune from what is occurring in other areas....

 
 Opinion    November 13, 2014

School Costs

Last Tuesday, The Civitas Institute, the North Carolina Republican Party’s think tank that is substantially funded by former budget director Art Pope, emailed press releases questioning the value of public education. This newspaper received a press...

 
 Opinion    November 10, 2014

End Of War Or 'Endless War'

“No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country… All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and the shortest means to accomplish it.” -Alexis de...

 
 Opinion    October 30, 2014

Blind No More

Although justice is supposed to be blind, it has often favored those with financial means and political connections. People of average wealth, even if they know they are in the right, often do not press charges because they have neither the time nor...

 

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