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 Opinion    May 5, 2016 

Teaching Is A Challenge

Sixty years ago when a public school teacher entered the classroom, she probably had a class of all one race that spoke English. The classroom itself consisted of a teacher’s desk, student’s desks, cabinets for storage, books, a bulletin board, a...

 
 Opinion    May 2, 2016

The Wizards Of Washington

In “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy eventually learns the great and powerful Wizard of Oz is a fraud, nothing more than an ingenious huckster hiding behind false presentations of power. In the past year there have continued to be revelations that the...

 
 Opinion    April 28, 2016

Principal Pay Is A Problem

Now that the North Carolina General Assembly is back in session and Gov. Pat McCrory has released his proposed budget, it seems fairly certain that pay raises for teachers will be discussed. Since teacher pay in this state has fallen behind some of...

 
 Opinion    April 25, 2016

Rethink The 'War on Drugs'

Drug abuse is a horrific thing. It destroys the lives of individuals, families and communities. It affects the very old and the very young and all ages in between. Its effects can be quickly devastating or slowly agonizing. The direct and indirect...

 
 Opinion    April 21, 2016

Homeless In Transylvania

Transylvania County has a homeless problem and it’s getting worse. That is evident based on the information shared at the Transylvania County Board of Education meeting Monday night. In just the last month, the number of enrolled students who are...

 
 Opinion    April 18, 2016

Tax Reform

Today all North Carolina and U.S. income taxes are due. While most citizens are dutifully paying their taxes, the tax burden is continuing to shift from the wealthy and corporations to the poor, middle class and small businesses. According to the...

 
 Opinion    April 14, 2016

Community Involvement

Despite temperatures in the lower 40s and brisk winds, Transylvanians were out in force Saturday to assist with numerous activities. Well before the Assault on the Carolinas bike ride last Saturday, members of the Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest had...

 
 Opinion    April 11, 2016

Deflecting Responsibility

On March 18, Gov. Pat McCrory’s office sent out a press release entitled “Governor McCrory Announces 400 New Jobs as PayPal Comes to Mecklenburg County.” The release stated PayPal would open a 400-job global operations center in Charlotte,...

 
 Opinion    April 7, 2016

Level The Playing Field

For sports competition to have any validity, the rules and regulations have to be applied equally to all competitors. In addition, classifications are created so that teams and individual athletes are not placed at an inherent disadvantage....

 
 Opinion    April 4, 2016

America's Top Health Problem

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “underage drinking is the leading public health problem in this country.” No pun intended, but the facts are sobering: •Annually 5,000 Americans under the age of 21 die from...

 
 Opinion    March 31, 2016

Obscuring Other Issues

It’s an old ploy of politicians to drum up some of the most visceral and emotionally charged issues to either reinvigorate their political base or obscure problems they have been unable to handle. We see it in use at both the state and federal leve...

 
 Opinion    March 28, 2016

Fast Bills Make Bad Laws

“Haste makes waste.” North Carolina’s legislators should have heeded that adage when they passed controversial House Bill 2 last week. Most of the discussion of House Bill 2 revolves around the reversal of the city of Charlotte’s ordinance...

 
 Opinion    March 24, 2016

Passing The Buck, Literally

Politicians have long had a reputation for figuratively passing the buck, blaming someone else for their mistakes. But they are also increasingly passing the buck in the most literal sense, putting the financial obligations on other entities...

 
 Opinion    March 21, 2016

Nonsense In The Senate

Recent comments made by several Republicans in the U.S. Senate explaining their refusal to provide a hearing for President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court weakens the integrity of the Senate. Within hours of the death of Supreme Court...

 
 Opinion    March 17, 2016

The Press And Government

“The only security of all is in a free press.” -Thomas Jefferson. The success of any democracy is based on an informed and educated citizenry, for only through being informed can the people have insight into how they are being represented by...

 
 Opinion    March 14, 2016

Working Hard, Falling Behind

Millions of Americans are displaying their frustration and anxiety regarding their economic situation when they have been casting ballots this year. Many Americans and North Carolinians believe they are working just as hard or harder than they were...

 
 Opinion    March 10, 2016

Botched Reports

The inaccurate and incomplete information contained in the initially released school crime report by the State Board of Education from information compiled by North Carolina Department of Instruction is a disservice to our public schools and...

 
 Opinion    March 7, 2016

New Taxes Are Inequitable

Last Monday, Feb. 29, if you took your car in for service repairs, you paid no tax on the services provided by mechanic. Today, if you take your car in for service repairs, you will pay a sales tax on the services provided by the mechanic. It’s...

 
 Opinion    March 3, 2016

Important For All To Vote

One-stop voting for the March 15 primary begins today. Unlike some primaries, there is a lot riding on this primary from a national, state and county perspective. As a result, Democrats, Republicans and Independents need to go the polls and cast...

 
 Opinion    February 29, 2016

Questionable Comparisons

While some statistics may be fairly clear, others may be a little more ambiguous. The entire process becomes even more complex when statistical comparisons are made. The recent report issued by the North Carolina Department of Instruction showing Tra...

 
 Opinion    February 25, 2016

Schools Before Courthouse

At the beginning of this month when the county commissioners decided not to conduct a study regarding a third option for the county courthouse, Commissioner Larry Chapman said, “But we are kind of kidding ourselves that this courthouse is in such d...

 
 Opinion    February 22, 2016

Balancing Privacy And Security

Striking the proper balance between security and privacy is once again being tested, this time between the FBI and Apple. At the FBI’s request, a federal magistrate has issued a court order requiring Apple to create a device that would disable a se...

 
 Opinion    February 18, 2016

Revitalizing Democracy

On Feb. 5, three federal judges ruled that North Carolina’s drawing of the 1st and 12th Congressional districts violated the U.S. Constitution and must be redrawn. It was a step towards revitalizing democracy in North Carolina. The 1st...

 
 Opinion    February 15, 2016

Forests, Parks Need Money

North Carolina State Parks set a new attendance record in 2015. According to Gov. Pat McCrory’s office, attendance increased from 15.6 million people in 2014 to 17.3 million people in 2015. That’s an 11 percent increase in one year. Leading the w...

 
 Opinion    February 15, 2016

Political Ads

For the last several weeks, TV stations in South Carolina have been running political ads. And after the South Carolina primaries towards the end of this month, TV stations in North Carolina will be running political ads prior to this state’s prima...

 

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