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 Opinion    August 27, 2015 

Another Top Ranking?

Transylvania County and Brevard have received many accolades over the years. This area has been rated as one of the best places to retire in the nation, as well as one of the best mountain biking venues. Brevard College’s cycling teams have won nat...

 
 Opinion    August 27, 2015 

Talking About Sex

Many parents have difficult talking with their teenagers about sex. But it’s a conversation that needs to take place. In 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 percent of high school students had sexual intercourse...

 
 Opinion    August 24, 2015

Growth And Energy Issues

In the last 30 years, there has been significant population growth in western North Carolina. The increase in population has also put more stress upon our public lands and increased our demand for power. In the last 40 years, according to Duke...

 
 Opinion    August 20, 2015

Supporting Our Students

It’s time for school. Traditional public schools in Transylvania County open Monday. Brevard Academy opened earlier this month. No advanced society on earth has done well with a poorly educated citizenry. Those countries with the strongest public...

 
 Opinion    August 17, 2015

SB 607 Would Harm NC

In the past three years, the North Carolina General Assembly has overextended their authority by redrawing districts for the Wake County Commission, Buncombe County Commission and Greensboro City Council districts despite local objections and have...

 
 Opinion    August 13, 2015

Drinking And Parental Denial

Most parents want to believe the best about their children. Parents want to believe their children are intelligent, attractive, talented, social and moral. To a degree, children need that. Not only do they need to have someone love them unconditional...

 
 Opinion    August 10, 2015

Saving Social Security

This Friday, Aug. 14, will mark the 80th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signing Social Security into law. Since 1935, the program has been proven to be successful and popular. Prior to its passage, many elderly lived their waning...

 
 Opinion    August 6, 2015

Medicare At 50

Last Thursday, July 30, marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing Medicare into law. While the program has some flaws, it has been one of the federal government’s success stories. Prior to the passage of Medicare,...

 
 Opinion    August 3, 2015

An Illogical Decision

The 4-3 decision by the N.C. Supreme Court to use taxpayers’ money to provide vouchers for students to attend private schools is one of the most illogical judicial renderings in recent state history. Chief Justice Mark Martin’s legal reasoning...

 
 Opinion    July 30, 2015

You File, You Win

Unlike the Republican presidential field in which there are so many candidates it's difficult to find anyone who can name them all, the number of candidates for the upcoming elections in Brevard and Rosman are sparse. Only three people have filed...

 
 Opinion    July 30, 2015

Top Tax Office

For the past several years, Transylvania County has had one of the best tax offices in the state. For the past eight years, the county’s tax collection rates have been the highest in the state. In 2014, the collection rate was 99.87 percent. With n...

 
 Opinion    July 27, 2015

Arizona Wins, NC Loses

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling approving independent commissions to redraw legislative districts is good news for voters. The case came from Arizona where 56 percent of the voters approved a ballot initiative giving redistricting authority to...

 
 Opinion    July 20, 2015

Cold Calculations On ABC Store

The Rosman Board of Aldermen is looking at the possibility of re-establishing an ABC Board and re-opening an ABC Store in the community. Based on the information provided to the aldermen last week by Laurie Lee of the state Alcoholic Beverage...

 
 Opinion    July 16, 2015

Good Concept Needs Tweaking

Raleigh correspondent Patrick Gannon (see adjacent column) praises part of the state Senate budget that calls for counties, cities and local education agencies to post all of their budget and spending data on their websites beginning next spring....

 
 Opinion    July 13, 2015

Economics Vs. Freedom

Not too long ago, hog farms in North Carolina were owned by a farmer or his family. If someone had a disagreement with the nearby farmer, the two would attempt to resolve the issue themselves. If that did not work, the issue was then decided in the...

 
 Opinion    July 9, 2015

Work First, Then Vacation

One good value people should be taught early in their lives is that work should come before play. Another value to be taught is that when a deadline is set, every conceivable effort should be made to meet that deadline. Apparently the present...

 
 Opinion    July 6, 2015

Decision Protects Rights

The recent majority decision by the Supreme Court in Obergefill v. Hodges protects both individual civil rights and the right to one’s religious beliefs. At the civil rights level, the decision expands the right to marry to gays and lesbians....

 
 Opinion    July 2, 2015

Freedom For All

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness.” This statement in the Declaration of...

 
 Opinion    June 29, 2015

Martin Spoke For Himself

In the Monday, June 22, issue of The Transylvania Times, we reported former Brevard College basketball coach Chick Martin’s opinion disagreeing with the Brevard College Board of Trustees recent decision to reclassify from Division II to Division...

 
 Opinion    June 29, 2015

Reynolds Is Deserving

Last week it was announced that Jim Reynolds, professor of geology at Brevard College, will receive the Sierra Club’s Special Achievement Award in San Francisco in September. Reynolds is being honored for his leadership role in having Brevard...

 
 Opinion    June 25, 2015

Plan Needs Participants

For the past several weeks members of the Transylvania County Planning Board have been conducting surveys and holding public meetings to receive input from citizens as to their preferred vision of this county in 10 years. Thus far the number of...

 
 Opinion    June 22, 2015

Dartboard Budgeting

While the budget proposed by the N.C. Senate has some positive and negative aspects, it is loaded with contradictions and sometimes no rationale. It’s almost as if legislators shaping the budget placed a number of items on a dartboard, blindfolded...

 
 Opinion    June 18, 2015

An Explosion Of Arts, Music

Throughout the year, Brevard and Transylvania County have a variety of musical and artistic events. These next several weeks, however, will encompass a literal explosion of artistic and musical opportunities. The activities kick off with the...

 
 Opinion    June 15, 2015

Another Pandora's Box

Republicans in the state General Assembly opened another Pandora’s Box when they overrode Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2. The new law states “Every magistrate has the right to recuse from performing all lawful marriages under this...

 
 Opinion    June 8, 2015

Courts Back Teachers

In 2013 the General Assembly passed and Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill that did away “career status” for North Carolina teachers. The teachers’ association (NCAE) filed suit, claiming that the suit was unconstitutional. Last year Superior...

 

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