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 Opinion    March 5, 2015 

Colleges Boost Economy

It has been known for years that investing in an individual’s college education often provides a sound financial return. College graduates, on average, earn a great deal more money over their lifetimes than high school graduates. A recent study...

 
 Opinion    March 2, 2015

Vaccines: Science Vs. Myths

The measles outbreak continues in the United States. While considered to be nonexistent in the United States in 2000, according to CNN there were 644 cases in 27 states last year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015

Kudos,Winter Workers

Last week was bitterly cold and another round of winter weather, though a little milder, could be headed our way this weekend. While most Transylvanians heeded the warnings to stay home out of the cold and off the treacherous roads, there were those...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015

Making Up School Days

With President’s Day and the bad weather last week, Transylvania County students were out of school for the entire week. Now those four days will have to be made up. The question is when. According to the revised calendar, three days will be made...

 
 Opinion    February 23, 2015

Do Research On Incentives

Members of the North Carolina General Assembly are discussing what incentives the state should offer companies in the coming years. As Patrick Gannon notes in his column on this page, Gov. Pat McCrory wants more money to have more “tools” to...

 
 Opinion    February 19, 2015

Dishonest State Senators

Both conservatives and liberals are rightly criticizing the North Carolina Senate for passing Senate Bill 20, which includes a long-term increase in the state gas tax. The state senators who voted for the eventual increase are dishonestly claiming...

 
 Opinion    February 16, 2015

School Grading System Fails

On Feb. 5 public schools throughout North Carolina received their “grades.” Unfortunately, these grades are deeply flawed, tell us nothing new, and affirm the inverse correlation between poverty and low standardized test scores. One problem with...

 
 Opinion    February 12, 2015

Great Coach, Great Man

“Dean Smith was the perfect picture of what a basketball coach should have been.” -Roy Williams, UNC basketball coach When former University of North Carolina Tarheel basketball coach Dean Smith passed away last weekend, the state truly lost a le...

 
 Opinion    February 9, 2015

Birthing Center

The decision by leaders and physicians at Transylvania Regional Hospital to close the Birthing Center may be unpopular, particularly with families who have lived here for several generations or more, but it is the right choice. It is regrettable...

 
 Opinion    February 5, 2015

Protocols For Body Cameras

The county commissioners took a proactive step to protect both members of the Sheriff’s Office and Transylvania residents late last month when they approved an amendment to allocate the necessary funds for the the Sheriff’s Office to purchase...

 
 Opinion    February 2, 2015

Two Bad Bills

A strong economy that benefits everyone, affordable health care and quality education are probably the primary concerns of most state residents. Yet, two of the first bills filed in the state Senate last week have nothing to do with any of those...

 
 Opinion    January 29, 2015

Champion Pool And Planning

The current situation at Champion Park pool in Rosman is indicative of dilemmas local government officials may face in the future. The pool is in poor condition. The decking is rotten and the mechanical systems – the pumps, strainers, flange connec...

 
 Opinion    January 26, 2015

Restrict Surveillance

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and...

 
 Opinion    January 22, 2015

UNC Board Of Governors Fails

“This board believes Tom Ross has been a wonderful president. Fantastic work ethic. Perfect integrity. Worked well with our board.” -John Fennebresque, chairman of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Based on the above statement...

 
 Opinion    January 19, 2015

Race And Poverty

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is primarily remembered for his oratorical prowess and his leadership in the Civil Rights movement, for leading nonviolent demonstrations that led to granting black Americans the right to vote. But King knew that access to...

 
 Opinion    January 15, 2015

More Deserved Accolades

In the past few weeks, local residents and teams have received several prestigious honors and awards. In one of the more unusual categories, O.P. Taylor’s received international recognition as one of the Top 10 Toy Stores in the world. Such an...

 
 Opinion    January 12, 2015

Free To Teach

“We do not have to fit into a mold or teach to a test. We teach what we know is both important and engaging, and that encourages our students to question, stretch themselves and grow.” -Paige Burton, teacher at Carolina Day School, a private...

 
 Opinion    January 8, 2015

EPA Coal Ash Rules Are Weak

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recently released its guidelines for regulating coal ash. Those guidelines fall short of what is needed to ensure the safety of all Americans. The EPA did establish standards for all existing and future...

 
 Opinion    January 5, 2015

Candid, Civil Conversations

Now that the holidays are over, life returns to normalcy and the daily business of dealing with problems. The most intractable problems seemingly involve governance, which reflects our social and cultural codes and morals. These problems remain, as...

 
 Opinion    January 1, 2015

Looking Ahead To 2015

Making specific predictions about the future is often a fool’s errand, but there are a few beneficial trends that seem as if they will continue into this year. One is the growth of Brevard College. In the past few years, the college has grown to...

 
 Opinion    December 29, 2014

2014: A Year Of Change

It is unusual for a small community to undergo much change in a year, but there were significant changes in the community this year, particularly in the area of personnel. Several Transylvania County employees retired or took positions with other...

 
 Opinion    December 25, 2014

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...

 
 Opinion    December 22, 2014

The Heat In Pat's Kitchen

Whenever elected officials do something unpopular, unethical or something that hints of impropriety, they resort to several defense mechanisms, one of them being to attack the media. Since taking office in 2013, Gov. Pat McCrory has shown himself to...

 
 Opinion    December 18, 2014

Another Big Bank Bailout

In the spring of 2009 when the Great Recession was hitting its stride, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin said “they (banks) frankly own the place (Congress).” He also said that “the banks are going to have the last word” and “The people who...

 
 Opinion    December 15, 2014

Two Men: One Black, One White

This evening members of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will hold a candlelight vigil in front of the county courthouse in memory of the victims of racial injustice. How individuals will...

 

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