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 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...

 
 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...

 

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