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 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...

 
 Opinion    May 29, 2014

Raleigh Royalty

It took less than a week for members of the General Assembly to reveal that they view themselves more like royalty than representatives. During a Senate Commerce Committee on fracking, one reporter had her recorder confiscated in direct violation of...

 
 Opinion    May 26, 2014

Disgraceful

The recent allegations of scandalous behavior at the Department of Veterans Affairs are the latest in a long line of mistreatment of our veterans. After the Vietnam War, the VA stonewalled on the seriousness of the effect of Agent Orange on veterans...

 
 Opinion    May 22, 2014

Where's The Real Fraud?

Last year when the Republican General Assembly passed the voter ID bill, along with several other voting measures, they claimed that voter fraud was occurring in North Carolina. Earlier this spring, when the controversial Crosscheck program...

 
 Opinion    May 19, 2014

Teacher Pay: Wait And See

Earlier this month during Teacher Appreciation Week, Gov. Pat McCrory released his plan to improve teacher salaries in North Carolina. In the past several years, the state has been losing veteran teachers to other states. Last year when the General...

 
 Opinion    May 15, 2014

Harming Justice, The Republic

One of the brilliant aspects of the Constitution is the establishment of a republic, that certain issues are best handled at the corresponding national, state and local levels. For most of our history, local issues were decided by local residents...

 
 Opinion    May 12, 2014

Same Page

When consultant Jeannette Goldsmith issued her report on the county’s economic development status last year, she stated “The organizations involved in economic development throughout the county are fractious and do not work together in a...

 
 Opinion    May 8, 2014

Passings

In the past two weeks, Transylvania County has lost three prominent members of the community with the passing of Marian McMahon Felty, L.C. “Bud” Case, and Rev. Frederick Lindsey Gordon. Felty served as Clerk of Court for more than two decades. S...

 
 Opinion    May 8, 2014

Low Turnout

For proponents of democracy, the low voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election is appalling. Eighty-three percent of this county’s residents decided not to exercise their most fundamental right, one of the rights Americans have fought and died...

 
 Opinion    May 5, 2014

Student Debt

This past weekend more than 120 seniors graduated from Brevard College. Within the next few weeks, thousands of students will graduate from campuses in North Carolina and across the United States. Once they do, the majority will begin to face a finan...

 
 Opinion    May 1, 2014

Backwards

The story entitled “County Growth Stalls” in Monday’s issue of this paper points to some very serious long-term problems facing this county. The article reveals that Transylvania County is falling behind our neighboring counties in almost...

 
 Opinion    April 28, 2014

Health Care Responsibilities

Earlier this month the county commissioners passed changes that would still require county employees and their spouses to receive health screenings or pay $600 a year in premiums. Part of the discussion centered around employees’ responsibilities...

 
 Opinion    April 24, 2014

45 And Raining

When the Independent Economic Task Force recommended several target industries, some suggestions made sense and were compatible with the recommendations made by consultant Jeannette Goldsmith. But some of the recommendations were quite questionable...

 

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