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Follow Fire Protocols

Some of the photos of the wildfires that have been raging through northern California this past week have an eerie similarity with those taken around Gatlinburg, Tenn., and parts of western North Carolina last fall. There are photos of exhausted...

 

Candidate Questions

In today’s paper readers will find question-amd-answer stories about the three candidates – Maureen Copelof, Jessica Gallagher and Mac Morrow – running for the two open seats on the Brevard City Council. We hope the articles provide some...

 

The Most Serious Matter

By far the most worrisome and serious issue facing America is the brinksmanship and possible nuclear conflict with North Korea. Many other issues – health care, tax reform, immigration, etc. – are important but they all become moot if the...

 

One And 547

One and 547. Those are the numbers. One man shot 547 people in Las Vegas, killing 58 of them. There is no reasonable explanation – none– as to why we have an environment in which one person can kill and injure so many people. There is no reason...

 

Libraries And Freedom

Early in his presentation last Thursday evening, historian Jon Meacham praised libraries and the critical role they play in a free society, stating, “It’s not a mistake that the root word for library is ‘free,’ and that’s not a commercial... Full story

 

Wrong Time To Cut Taxes

Everyone enjoys seeing more take home money in their paycheck, so whenever politicians say they are going to cut taxes, voters generally respond positively. But from a sound economic perspective, there are good times and bad times to issue tax cuts,...

 

Who Pays For Flooded Homes?

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than four feet of rain along the Texas coast, causing extensive flooding and ruining thousands of homes. Hurricane Irma caused widespread flooding in Florida, from Jacksonville on the east coast to Bonita Springs on the...

 

A Worse Bill

This latest attempt in the U.S. Senate effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) bill, has not only repeated nearly all the flaws of the previous repeal bills, but it has added some new...

 

Harming Small Schools

Sometimes seemingly small decisions can have major impacts. One such decision made by the North Carolina General Assembly this summer involves the way principal salaries are determined. North Carolina recently held the dubious distinction of ranking...

 

Crack Down On Equifax

The behavior of credit reporting company Equifax over the past few years reeks of utter negligence and incompetence with a smack of criminality. At the beginning of this year, Equifax and fellow credit reporting agency Transunion were ordered to pay...

 

Lessons From Hurricanes

In addition to the lives lost and disrupted, the bill Americans will pay to recover from the devastation wreaked by hurricanes Harvey and Irma will register in the high billions. In order to mitigate the impact of such catastrophes in the future,...

 

The Complexity Of History

In today’s Opinion of the Readers are two letter writers responding to a previous letter stating that “Robert E. Lee owned no slaves.” We did check the aforementioned statement. Snopes.com, in a section debunking several Confederate myths and...

 

Throwing Out The Good

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program exemplifies the adage of “throwing the baby out with the bath water.” Immigration is a complex issue that does not have a “one size fits...

 

Uncertain Times For Middle Class

In the midst of all of the weekend Labor Day sales and outdoor events – barbecue cookouts, rafting down rivers, hiking in the forests, etc. – that typically mark the end of summer, Labor Day is an appropriate time to assess the condition of...

 

Harvey's Silver Lining

Hurricane Harvey and its remnants are proving to be a catastrophe for the people living along the Texas coastline and further inland. The number of confirmed deaths due to Harvey are climbing daily. There is no telling how many more drowning victims...

 

Can The Center Hold?

The opioid epidemic is devastating communities across the country. The North Koreans continue to pursue their nuclear weapons program. At a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., one woman was killed and nearly two dozen others injured...

 

Rejuvenating Science

In the early 1960s, Americans were fascinated by space exploration. Most Americans living then remember John Glenn’s flight in 1962 and millions were glued to their televisions when Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon on July 21, 1969. It was...

 

Publishing Letters

In today’s Opinion of the Readers, a letter writer claims that this paper denies Republicans freedom of speech. The author’s overall claim and assumptions are factually incorrect. The writer implies that any criticism of a Republican official is...

 

Thoughts On Confederate Monuments

(The following statement was made by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper Tuesday in response to the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., and Durham, N.C.) Last weekend, I watched with horror as events in Charlottesville unfolded. Having served as No...

 

Prepare Now For The Eclipse

One week from today a total solar eclipse will occur across parts of America and Transylvania County. What actually will happen that day is difficult to predict. There are some 200 million Americans that live within a day’s drive of the 70-mile...

 

Dangerous Statements

“This is a real blunder on the part of Mr. Trump.” -Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey On Tuesday, President Donald Trump, apparently in response to reports that North Korea has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could be placed on an...

 

Court Correct On Redistricting

In the continuing case of Sandra Little Covington versus the state of North Carolina, last Monday three federal judges of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ruled the General Assembly must submit a new redistricting...

 

It's About Money, Not Adoptions

Among all the news out of Washington last week – the profane tirade of Anthony Scaramucci, the failure of the Senate to pass a “skinny repeal” of health care, the dismissal of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus – Bill Browder’s...

 

The Evolution Of Community Colleges

Forty years ago, community or junior colleges were often perceived of as places where those who were not smart enough to be accepted into four-year universities and colleges went to become trained for a vocation that required a minimal amount of...

 

A Costly Week

The past several days have been a gross anomaly when it comes to crime in Transylvania County. Last Thursday, three men were arrested and charged with the first degree murder of an 18-year-old male. This Wednesday a woman also was charged with first...

 

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