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 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...

 
 Opinion    June 4, 2015

Tanning Beds

The decision by the General Assembly to ban anyone under 18 from using a tanning bed was the right call. Long term it should decrease the number of people who have skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, individuals 30 and younger who...

 
 Opinion    June 1, 2015

Two For Three

In baseball parlance, Gov. Pat McCrory was two for three late last month, vetoing two bills but failing to hold Secretary Aldona Wos accountable for the continuing troubles at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). McCrory vetoed...

 
 Opinion    May 28, 2015

Right Move To Division III

The Brevard College Board of Directors made the right decision when they decided to move from NCAA Division II to Division III. The reclassification could help the college in several ways. First, the decision could be beneficial athletically....

 
 Opinion    May 25, 2015

More Money For Test Makers

Sometimes an apparent step in a new direction is actually several steps in the old direction. Take the State Board of Education’s (SBE) recent proposals to reduce “high-stakes testing” by eliminating end-of-grade and end-of-course tests....

 
 Opinion    May 21, 2015

Lessons From Duke's Crimes

Last week Duke Energy pleaded guilty to nine violations of the federal Clean Water Act and agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution. The penalty was the largest criminal fine in North Carolina history. The violations reveal, at the very...

 
 Opinion    May 18, 2015

Nero in Raleigh

The big economic news last week was that North Carolina lost out to South Carolina on its bid to lure a new Volvo manufacturing plant to the state. It is the third time in recent years that a major manufacturer chose South Carolina – the other two...

 
 Opinion    May 14, 2015

Older Americans And Strokes

May is both Older Americans Month and Stroke Awareness Month. When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million Americans were 65 or older. In 2010 when the last U.S. census was taken, there were 40.3 million Americans who were 65...

 
 Opinion    May 11, 2015

Revenue Surpluses

The state of North Carolina received a bit of good news last week when the Office of State Budget and Management projected a $400 million revenue surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30. Some legislators, such as Senate leader Phil Berger said...

 
 Opinion    May 7, 2015

Value Of Small Businesses

The facts about the importance of small business are fairly well known: they create nearly two-thirds of all new jobs in the country and employ more than half of the private sector workforce. But those facts are a little misleading. The SBA (Small...

 
 Opinion    May 4, 2015

Teaching Time

Recently, the cost of attending a University of North Carolina institution has skyrocketed. According to a Feb. 27, 2015 article in the Asheville Citizen-Times, “UNC campuses have increased average tuition by about 50 percent since 2007-08, before...

 
 Opinion    April 30, 2015

Secretive Trade

In a global economy, nothing is more important than trade and regulations regarding trade. That is why it is essential Congress and the American people have access to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership legislation and that the proposed treatment...

 
 Opinion    April 27, 2015

Drop HB 596

House Bill 596, sponsored by local representative Chris Whitmire, is contradictory and counterproductive. Whitmire says the bill calls for local school boards to have more control over sex education classes, but the bill prohibits any instruction...

 
 Opinion    April 23, 2015

Enlightening Minutes

Last week the Board of Commissioners released sealed minutes of closed sessions regarding economic development activities between 2008 and 2014. Those minutes provide some insight into an important and controversial aspect of county government. Some...

 
 Opinion    April 20, 2015

Autism Awareness

There is a disturbing trend regarding the bio-neurological developmental disability known as autism – it is growing rapidly, particularly among boys. Autism has increased steadily over the past 20 years, with one in 42 boys now having the...

 
 Opinion    April 20, 2015

A Great Ride

In completing its 16th year, the Assault on the Carolinas seems to get better every year. This year more than 1,000 riders were greeted on Saturday, April 11, with clear skies and moderate temperatures; a perfect day for a ride in the mountains. As...

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2015

Higher State Taxes

When the General Assembly passed its tax reform legislation, North Carolinians were told that we would be paying less in income tax. On the surface, that seemed to be true with all tax percentages – ranging from 7.75 percent for the state’s...

 
 Opinion    April 13, 2015

Charters: Go Back To Origin

In the late 1990s when charter schools first opened in North Carolina, their stated purpose was to serve as innovative public schools free from many of the numerous restrictions placed on traditional public schools. They would be free to establish...

 

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