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 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...

 
 Opinion    December 11, 2014

Talk, Not Sue

Negotiations and compromise seem to have been replaced by filing lawsuits against other branches of government at the federal and state level. Members of the U.S. House have sued the president over certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act and some...

 
 Opinion    December 8, 2014

Teenagers And Alcohol

“North Carolina has an underage drinking problem.” -Jim Gardner, chairman of the North Carolina ABC Commission In his first year in office, Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Gardner to the state’s ABC Commission and directed him to research the...

 
 Opinion    December 4, 2014

Importance Of Artists

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. -Pablo Picasso The passing of Tim Murray, the face of the Brevard College Art Department for four decades, serves as a reminder as to how important art and artists are to this...

 
 Opinion    December 1, 2014

Accuracy First

Last Tuesday evening one of our reporters received a tip that Jason Lippard would no longer be the head football coach at Brevard High School. Since high school football has a strong and large following in this community, staff members began making...

 
 Opinion    December 1, 2014

Vital Records

There is no experience more traumatic than the death of a spouse or immediate family member. Yet, it is also one of those times when numerous decisions have to be made quickly – which funeral home will handle the services, what will the services...

 
 Opinion    November 27, 2014

Thankful For All Volunteers

At first glance, the thing that separates this community from many others is the natural beauty, in particular our multitude of waterfalls. But it does not take visitors and newcomers long to figure out that what really sets this community apart are...

 
 Opinion    November 20, 2014

Kudos To Guice

Between 2000 and 2009, North Carolina’s prison population grew by 29 percent to almost 41,000 inmates. To handle the increase in prisoners, the state Corrections Department grew by 68 percent. If the trend had continued, not only would more North...

 
 Opinion    November 17, 2014

Water And Our Future

In this Land of Waterfalls, where the rain falls in abundance, as it has been doing for the past several hours, it seems almost absurd to discuss conserving our water. But in today’s world, no area is immune from what is occurring in other areas....

 
 Opinion    November 13, 2014

School Costs

Last Tuesday, The Civitas Institute, the North Carolina Republican Party’s think tank that is substantially funded by former budget director Art Pope, emailed press releases questioning the value of public education. This newspaper received a press...

 
 Opinion    November 10, 2014

End Of War Or 'Endless War'

“No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country… All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and the shortest means to accomplish it.” -Alexis de...

 
 Opinion    October 30, 2014

Blind No More

Although justice is supposed to be blind, it has often favored those with financial means and political connections. People of average wealth, even if they know they are in the right, often do not press charges because they have neither the time nor...

 
 Opinion    October 27, 2014

A Wonderful Weekend

Sometimes everything just seems to fall in place. This weekend was one of those times. For late October, the weather was spectacular with clear blue skies and high temperatures in the 70s. It was an excellent time to rake leaves, take a hike, ride a...

 
 Opinion    October 27, 2014

Several Earn Top Awards

In the past few weeks, several Transylvanians have received awards of worthy distinction. Former County Manager Artie Wilson received the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the governor. Wilson, as we have noted in previous issues, has...

 
 Opinion    October 23, 2014

A True Public Servant

The refrain “there’s nothing for the kids to do” is quite common these days. One person who worked constantly to provide healthy activities for children and teenagers was Malcolm Johnson. Johnson, who passed away last Friday, and his wife,...

 
 Opinion    October 23, 2014

Ballots, Letters And Festivities

We have received a good response from the public regarding the election guide that we published and we appreciate that. One complaint that we did receive is that the sample ballots are too small to read. As a result, we are publishing the sample...

 
 Opinion    October 20, 2014

Election Guide And Letters

In this issue of the paper, readers will find a 40-page election guide. It includes questions and answers for candidates for sheriff, school board, county commission, Clerk of Superior Court, 113th State House District and 48th State Senate...

 
 Opinion    October 16, 2014

Vouchers Used To Teach Islam

A report showing that an Islamic school in Greensboro has been the biggest beneficiary of the state’s new voucher program reveals much of what is wrong with the law passed by the Republican-led General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory....

 
 Opinion    October 13, 2014

Guns At The Fair

The North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh begins this Thursday. A new controversy is surrounding the fair – the right for those attending the fair to carry concealed weapons on the premises. The organization Grass Roots North Carolina has filed suit...

 
 Opinion    October 9, 2014

To Be Safe, Register Now

As Patrick Gannon notes in his column today, the voting situation in North Carolina is very confusing and fluid. Two items are of particular immediate concern: same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting. The 2013 voting law eliminated same-day...

 
 Opinion    October 6, 2014

Making It Harder To Vote

This country has a history of restricting voters. Our Founding Fathers gave neither slaves nor women the right to vote. It was not until Aug. 20, 1920, that women gained the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment. Black Americans were...

 
 Opinion    October 2, 2014

Congress And The Constitution

Last week the United States launched air strikes into Syria in efforts to destroy ISIS at the same time Americans were commemorating Constitution Week. We were praising the Constitution while also circumventing it. The president has claimed he has...

 
 Opinion    September 18, 2014

Club Wins

Last weekend’s Mountain Song Festival was nothing short of spectacular. The performers were stellar, the crowds were the largest ever, the vendors offered a wide variety of tasty treats and crafts, and the weather was quite manageable considering t...

 

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