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The Reason For The Holiday

This Memorial Day weekend will offer a variety of activities for Transylvanians and visitors to the area. The festivities kick off Friday evening with Brevard’s Gallery Walk, as well as the first of three days of musical entertainment. The...

 

Bet On The House

Last Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law that banned 46 states from legalizing sports gambling, will have wide-ranging ramifications. Some of them seem pretty cle...

 

Muddy Sneakers

With the ubiquity of electronic devices– video games, cell phones, tablets, television, etc. – many youth rarely spend time outdoors. The prevalence and immoderate use of such devices and some of their negative impacts on children has been well...

 

Investigations Take Time

Last Thursday, May 10, Vice President Mike Pence implied that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian tampering in the U.S. elections has run its course, stating, “I think it’s time to wrap it up.” There are dozens of...

 

The Rise Of The Unaffiliated

For the past several years, there has been a trend of ambivalence or disenchantment with the two major political parties. And the trend seems to be gaining some momentum. Three facts indicate the strengthening of this trend. One is the increase in...

 

Hog Hyperbole

Recently, in a federal court in eastern North Carolina, a jury unanimously ruled that Murphy-Brown/Smithfield Foods “substantially and unreasonably interfered with the plaintiffs’ use and enjoyment of their property.” The 10 plaintiffs were...

 

Civility And Common Ground

Gun violence is one of those issues to which people often respond viscerally. There are vehement arguments but little rational discussion. As a result, animosity between those with differing opinions grows and the common ground diminishes. The intran...

 

Basing Decisions On Information

Within the past month, two state legislative committees have made good decisions after gathering information from multiple, knowledgeable sources. In a rational world, gathering information from knowledgeable people, examining data and discussing...

 

Statistics And Definitions

In Monday’s paper we ran a story on various statistics provided by Transylvania County School Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris at a recent Board of Education meeting. At this past Monday night’s Transylvania County Board of Commissioners meeting,...

 

Invest Early In Children

For a plant to achieve optimal growth, the seed must germinate in the correct soil type at a certain depth. The soil must reach a specific temperature and the seed must receive the appropriate amount of water and sunlight. Without all of the proper...

 

Important Primaries

For each election cycle, The Transylvania Times allows local and state candidates a press release announcing their candidacy, their qualifications, their reasons for seeking office, their positions on certain issues, etc. On the first day of...

 

Gracious Lady

“Gracious” is not a term that can be applied to many people in today’s hyper-partisan, venomous and often self-congratulatory political realm. But former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away Tuesday, was gracious. Mrs. Bush was a...

 

Real Battle For Survival

Thirty-two years. That is not very long, particularly in the life of mankind. But that is how long it is before mankind’s population approaches 10 billion, the ultimate number of people the earth can support as it is presently used. What happens...

 

Breaking Point?

Earlier this year, teachers in West Virginia went on a successful nine-day strike for better salaries. In recent weeks, teachers in Oklahoma have gone on strike and in Kentucky have protested in mass at their state capitols. Teacher strikes and prote...

 

Celebrate Local Library

This week is National Library Week and there is no better to time to become acquainted with all the Transylvania County Library and all that it has to offer. This week the library is offering three special events. Monday night, author Paul Bogard...

 

Ignorance

In today’s paper readers can find a column from John Hood about the interest in sheriffs’ races. While the column focuses on why sheriffs’ races gather a great deal of interest, it also states some very disturbing facts, facts that undermine...

 

Participate In Forest Plans

The U.S. Forest Service will soon release the first draft of its plans for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. These plans will guide forest activites, from wildlife management and timber sales to all forms of recreational activities, such as...

 

Leave VA Alone

In December of 2016, soon after Donald Trump was elected president, we published an editorial entitled “Keep Eye On Public Purse.” The editorial focused on the transfer of public funds to private coffers in two distinct areas – infrastructure...

 

Give Schools Tax Authority

With the arrival of spring comes the planning of budgets for the upcoming 2018-19 fiscal year. With that planning comes the negotiations between the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners and the Transylvania County Board of Education as to how...

 

Expanding 'In Loco Parentis'

It is great news that the dropout rate for Transylvania County Schools reached .7 percent in the 2016-17 school year. The decrease in dropouts from 41 in 2013-14 to just eight last year is even more remarkable given all of the societal and...

 

Siniard's Legacy Is Everywhere

Whether people know it or not, every Transylvanian has been to a place that was directly touched or impacted by Hale “Guis” Siniard Jr., who passed away last week. Those who live in Illahee Hills, Glen Cannon or Thomas Woods travel on roads that...

 

Buy A Bowl

This Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the 13th Annual “Empty Bowls” lunch will be held at the Brevard First Methodist Church, which is located across the street from Brevard College. For $18, people can purchase a lunch of soup and...

 

Weighing Tariffs

Earlier this month President Donald Trump, against the advice of numerous economists and former director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, signed a proclamation placing a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on...

 

Circumventing Transparency

As noted in Monday’s paper, citizens of North Carolina and the United States have access to a multitude of government documents, from emails to maps to photographs to minutes of meetings. That, however, does not mean that all documents that should...

 

Sunshine Is For Everyone

This week, March 11-17, is Sunshine Week, a time to celebrate and reinvigorate the fundamental democratic belief that government represents the governed and, therefore, the people have the inherent right to see and review the actions of elected and...

 

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