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Replacing The ACA

Ever since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, Republicans have repeatedly trashed it as a health and fiscal nightmare. Calling for its repeal was a staple of their campaigns. Now that they are in control of Congress and the presidency, they...

 

Letter From Birmingham Jail

While most people are familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, what has been historically referred to as his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” written in April of 1963 offers his insight into political activisim....

 

Criminal Justice Reform

“Though only 5 percent of the world’s population lives in the United States, it is home to 25 percent of the world’s prison population. … Not only does the current overpopulated, underfunded system hurt those incarcerated, it also digs...

 

New Year, Same Challenges

As 2017 rolls in and new administrations take office at both the federal and state level, there are questions as to what will happen to the economy in 2017. As always, accurately forecasting the economic future, even for one year, is difficult...

 

The Future Of DuPont

2016 was an important year for DuPont State Recreational Forest. Earlier last year the state General Assembly approved an additional $3.6 million in funding for bathrooms, utilities and parking, as well as adding nine staff members at the popular...

 

Stop Abusing Special Sessions

Not much good comes out of special sessions held by the North Carolina General Assembly. In the spring of this year the General Assembly held a special session, met for a few hours and passed House Bill 2, which outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory signed on...

 

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...

 

Investigate Russian Links

Ever since the Bolshevik Revolution, the Russians have not been friends of the United States. We were only allies during World War II in order to defeat the Axis powers. Since that time we have been archenemies, coming close to nuclear conflict...

 

A True American Hero

The term “hero” is sometimes used too casually these days. In the truest sense of the word, heroes are courageous, noble and outstanding. They willingly put their lives on the line to benefit others and society. They exhibit attributes worthy of...

 

Carrier Deal

On Dec. 1 President-elect Donald Trump announced that Carrier Corp. would not close its operation in Indianapolis, Ind. While the announcement was good news for those who would not lose their jobs, the deal raises a number of questions. How many...

 

Music And Christmas

One of the joys of the holiday season is Christmas music. It’s hard to imagine the holiday season without the music, which ranges from light-hearted tunes about Santa Claus to the more reflective and spiritual numbers about the birth of Jesus. In...

 

75 Years

Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The surpise attack resulted in the destruction of nearly 20 ships and more than 300 airplanes. More than 2,400 Amercan soldiers and sailors were killed. A day later...

 

Football And Report Cards

Who did the best job of coaching football this fall: Nick Saban at Alabama or Chris Peterson at Washington? Saban has led Alabama to a Southeast Conference Championship, an undefeated regular season and No. 1 ranking. Peterson has led Washington to...

 

Keep Eye On Public Purse

At least two announcements by the President-elect Donald Trump and his subordinates should give Americans grave concern over how public money will be handled during his administration. The first involves the preliminary plans for infrastructure...

 

Many Reasons To Give Thanks

There are many reasons to give thanks this Thanksgiving. First, we should give thanks to those firefighters who have been battling the blazes across western North Carolina these past few weeks. They are putting their current lives and future health o...

 

Where Business Is Headed?

One topic that strikes home with many Americans, including those who lived and worked in this county 20 years ago, is the loss of traditional manufacturing jobs. Many Americans hope those jobs will return and their communities will be rejuvenated....

 

Common Ground

“I think it’s always a mistake to misread your mandate, and frequently new majorities think it’s going to be forever. Nothing is forever in this country. We’ve been given a temporary lease on power, if you will. And I think we need to use it...

 

Jack Hudson: A Man Who Gave Back

One of the wonderful things about living in this community is the number of people who give back to the community. No one exemplifies that spirit more than John “Jack” Hudson, who passed away on Nov. 6. Hudson was a Brevard native and after...

 

BHS Sports

Last weekend was a great weekend for the cross country and football programs at Brevard High School. The girls’ cross country team took the state 2A championship for the second year in a row. It wasn’t even close as Brevard High tallied 72...

 

Undermining Legal System

Last week, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina said, “If Hillary becomes president, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that four years from now we’re still going to have an opening on the Supreme Court.” Burr’s comments are...

 

Facing Domestic Violence

Year in and year out, domestic violence is a far greater threat to Americans than terrorism or mass shootings. Outside of the 2005 tapes of presidential nominee Donald Trump, the accusations of sexual assault against Trump and the previous...

 

Campaign Coverage

On today’s front page, readers will find a story about the contributions to and expenditures by candidates for N.C. House District 113 and N.C. Senate District 48. It is part of our attempt to give voters a fuller understanding of the candidates...

 

A Rigged Election

At the final 2016 presidential debate last week, Republican nominee Donald Trump said he would wait until after the election to determine whether or not he would accept the outcome of the election. A day later he said he would accept the outcome of t...

 

Election Information

“The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.” -Thomas Jefferson Every election Americans are encouraged to go to the polls and vote. It is equally important for those voting to be educated about the candidates...

 

Is The Debate Format Passé?

This Wednesday night will be the last presidential debate of 2016. While the debates have drawn millions of viewers and generated follow up headlines and news stories, it’s highly questionable as to how beneficial they are in helping Americans...

 

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