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 Opinion    September 1, 2014 

Middle Class Falls Behind

Another Labor Day has arrived and the economic standing of American laborers and the middle class continues to decline as the rich get richer. This has been well documented from organizations all along the political spectrum: • There are nearly 2...

 
 Opinion    August 28, 2014

Judge Right On Vouchers

Wake County Superior Judge Robert Hobgood’s decision to declare the state’s attempt to provide vouchers, euphemistically referred to as “opportunity scholarships,” as unconstitutional is reasonable on all accounts. It is consistent with the...

 
 Opinion    August 25, 2014

Schenck Serves

Not everyone gets an equal start in life. Some people are born with more natural ability while others are born into less than nurturing environments. Each has an impact on how children perform in school. For whatever reason, thousands upon thousands...

 
 Opinion    August 25, 2014

Ebola Confusion

Last week the two Americans who had contracted and become seriously ill with the Ebola virus were released from Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Ken Brantly and Nancy Writebol were declared to be not contagious and well on the way to recovery since t...

 
 Opinion    August 21, 2014

The Future Of Golf Is Unclear

In the past few months we have reported on the sale and at least temporary closing of the golf course at Glen Cannon, as well as the vote in Connestee Falls regarding extensive renovations and additions to the clubhouse and wellness center. Though...

 
 Opinion    August 18, 2014

Big Issues Hidden, Delayed

After being in session a month longer than they were supposed to be, the General Assembly passed a budget with hidden political agendas and delayed action. The big positive that came from the “short session,” was a pay increase for teachers. But...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2014

Welcome News On Excelsior Plant Expansion

The announcement that Sigma Plastics Group is planning to restore and expand the old Excelsior plant in Rosman is welcome news. According to statements by government officials, the company plans to create 80 jobs and invest $5.5 million over the...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2014

Helping The Hospital And Us

Transylvania Regional Hospital has made major strides in the last 20 years. To make those significant strides requires money, lots of it. No one has played a greater role in raising money for the hospital than Sharon Johnson, executive director of...

 
 Opinion    August 11, 2014

Breaking The Glass Ceiling

Within 24 hours last week, two women were named to lead two of the largest organizations in Transylvania County. For this county, the glass ceiling facing women was not merely tapped, but broken. Monday night Jamie Laughter was named the new county...

 
 Opinion    August 11, 2014

Signing Our Rights Away

Last week an area resident inquired as to why a veteran was asked to remove an American flag from his residence. Upon further investigation, we learned that the veteran lived in a housing association in which the covenants forbid residents from...

 
 Opinion    August 7, 2014

Alcohol Sales

In Transylvania County, there are few issues more contentious than the sale of alcoholic beverages. Years ago, the issue garnered a great deal of attention when liquor by the drink came before voters in Brevard. Not long ago similar interest...

 
 Opinion    August 4, 2014

Save Doctors, Nurses' Jobs

The United States has by far the worst return on investment among industrialized countries when it comes to health care. The U.S. has a shorter life expectancy but pays higher per capita costs and spends a far greater share of gross domestic product...

 
 Opinion    July 31, 2014

What Goes On The Front Page

In Monday’s “Opinion of the Readers,” former Planning Board Chairman Scott McCall wrote that The Transylvania Times has “little patience for those who oppose” the previously proposed high impact industries ordinance and “This was further...

 
 Opinion    July 31, 2014

Helping Others

With instability in the Middle East and Ukraine and plethora of other problems on the international and national fronts, there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of good news. But closer to home there have been efforts by individuals that restore our...

 
 Opinion    July 28, 2014

McCrory Should Veto Charter Bill

Earlier this summer Gov. Pat McCrory said, “We need transparency of salary information for all public schools – both traditional and charter. I will veto any attempt to hide the names of charter school employees from the public record and I...

 
 Opinion    July 24, 2014

Economic Issues

Both Transylvania County and the state of North Carolina have decided to move economic development responsibilities from governmental departments to nonprofit private organizations initially funded by taxpayers. Two issues that need to be addressed...

 
 Opinion    July 21, 2014

A 'Can Do' Attitude

Forty-five years ago on July 20, 1969, NASA engineers and people around the world heard the phrase “Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed.” A few hours later, the first man, American Neil Armstrong, stepped foot on the moon. As he...

 
 Opinion    July 17, 2014

Disheartening

Some of the actions taken and comments made at Monday night’s county commissioners meeting regarding the proposed High Impact Industries Ordinance are disheartening. Planning Board Chairman Wayne Hennie’s misrepresentation of the work done by...

 
 Opinion    July 14, 2014

Medicaid: No Simple Solution

One problem with newly elected officials to the federal government, state legislature, etc. is their belief that many problems have simple solutions. That seems to hold particularly true among ideologues, whether they be on the left or right. True go...

 
 Opinion    July 10, 2014

Who Pays For Ash Ponds?

The North Carolina state Senate and state House have recently voted to require Duke Energy to close its 33 coal ash ponds in the state by 2029. Beyond that, there are a lot of questions that have been left unanswered. In both chambers there were...

 
 Opinion    July 3, 2014

Knowledge And Democracy

“There is a culture of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy...

 
 Opinion    June 30, 2014

Lottery: Lack Of Leadership

Several years ago when the North Carolina General Assembly was debating a lottery to support public education, advocates claimed the money would be used to supplement, not replace, traditional funding for education. That supplemental funding would...

 
 Opinion    June 19, 2014

Elected Officials Contact Information

President Barack H. Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20500; (202) 456-1111. president@white house.gov U.S. Senate Richard Burr 217 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 151 Patton Ave., Suite 204, Asheville, NC...

 
 Opinion    June 5, 2014

Wolves In Sheep's Clothing

On Jan. 5, 2012, at one o’clock in the morning, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis held a surprise vote on eliminating direct payment from teachers’ paychecks to the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE). The vote, as Tillis said,...

 
 Opinion    June 2, 2014

Hoax Of Energy Independence

The summer travel season is upon us. AAA predicts the price of gasoline will be 20 cents a gallon higher than at this time last year. In a true supply and demand economy, higher prices would indicate demand is greater than supply, and the price of...

 

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