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 Opinion    June 30, 2016 

Preserving DuPont Forest

When the state received its first parcels of DuPont State Forest, on a summer weekday one could park alongside the road by Little River (there was no parking lot), hike to Hooker Falls and literally see no one else. Those days are long gone. Partly s...

 
 Opinion    June 27, 2016

Financial Flexibility

A bill to place a constitutional amendment on November’s ballot that would permanently cap the state income tax rate at 5.5 percent is making its way through the North Carolina General Assembly. While capping the state income tax rate may be...

 
 Opinion    June 23, 2016

80 And New

The world’s pre-eminent banjo player performing a concerto. One of the top pop female singers of the last 30 years blending her band with an orchestra. A world premiere opera based on a film noir detective story. A gospel legend leading a group of...

 
 Opinion    June 23, 2016

The Dangers Of Summer

Now that summer is in full swing with the end of school, the opening of summer camps and an influx of tourists, it’s also time to be aware of the season’s many dangers. Waterfalls top the list of most dangerous attractions. Already this year...

 
 Opinion    June 20, 2016

Prison Reform For Youth

Prison Reform For Youth Officials in the North Carolina prison system announced last week they will no longer place young inmates in solitary confinement and will introduce a program to meet all the needs of the youngest inmates. This is a step in...

 
 Opinion    June 16, 2016

Let People Decide

Some fundamental tenets of conservatism are that the best government is government closest to the people and that local issues should be decided locally. Our state legislators, Sen. Tom Apodaca and Rep. Chris Whitmire, recently seem to have ignored...

 
 Opinion    June 13, 2016

Keep Videos Public Record

In the past few years, many law enforcement agencies have not only installed dashboard cameras in all of their vehicles but also have provided body cameras for their officers. The idea is that such video can be used to provide an impartial “third...

 
 Opinion    June 9, 2016

Why Hardly Anyone Voted

There is the old question: What if there were an election and no one voted? That did not happen Tuesday, but the turnout locally was abysmally low, as it was across much of the state. In Transylvania County, only 11 percent of the registered voters...

 
 Opinion    June 6, 2016

Good News For Brevard

As reported last Thursday, June 2, downtown Brevard is a busy place. Buildings are being constructed and renovated and business space is at a premium. According to Heath Seymour, executive director of the Heart of Brevard, about 50 businesses either...

 
 Opinion    June 6, 2016

Keep Electronics Recycling Laws

The North Carolina Senate is considering legislation that would repeal the state’s electronics recycling program and end a 2010 ban on electronics in landfills. Such legislation is short-sighted and dangerous. One of the reasons given for repealing...

 
 Opinion    June 2, 2016

TVS: Success Of Community

On the front of today’s B section, readers will find a story about Nancy Stricker, who is retiring as head of TVS. While Stricker has played an integral role in the success of TVS, it is truly a community success story. In 1967, some members of...

 
 Opinion    May 30, 2016

Separating War And Warriors

“War is mankind’s most tragic and stupid folly; to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men. Though you follow the trade of the warrior, you do so in the spirit of Washington — not of Genghis Khan.” –...

 
 Opinion    May 26, 2016

A Special Spring

This has been a special spring for Brevard High School athletics as both track teams and the boys’ tennis teams competed in the state championships this past weekend and the girls’ softball team made it to the fourth round of the playoffs. On...

 
 Opinion    May 23, 2016

No To Partisan School Board

Last Thursday, May 19, local state representative Chris Whitmire filed House Bill 1133, which would change the Board of Education of Transylvania County from a nonpartisan board to partisan board. The bill also would change the manner in which...

 
 Opinion    May 19, 2016

Needed: Mature Leadership

“The saner course would be for the General Assembly to take up the issue, which it has effectively tabled, conduct thoughtful hearings and work out a reasonable balance of interests.” -Jim Martin, former two-term Republican governor of North...

 
 Opinion    May 16, 2016

Spinning HB 2

Ever since House Bill 2 was passed in just one day in early April, the ever-changing positions of those defending it has bordered on farce. Originally, proponents of the bill said it was about protecting the state’s women and children. On Feb. 21,...

 
 Opinion    May 12, 2016

A Stable Budget

It’s difficult to produce a county budget that meets the needs of residents while keeping property tax rates from fluctuating greatly, particularly when so many variables are involved. One variable is property revaluation. According to the recent...

 
 Opinion    May 9, 2016

School Boards And Taxes

Once again it is budget time and the local school board and county commissioners will have to negotiate the amount of money the school system will receive from the county. Sometimes the discussions are affable and quick; sometimes they are not. These...

 
 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...

 

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