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 Opinion    July 28, 2016 

Petulant Pat

Former President Harry Truman is closely identified with the phrase “The buck stops here.” Truman accepted responsibility for his decisions, even the unpopular ones. Our current governor, Pat McCrory, is the antithesis of Truman. If there is a...

 
 Opinion    July 18, 2016

Bridging The Divisions

In light of the recent shootings in America, many Americans and communities are discussing what they can do to bridge the divisions that exist. Individual rallies serve a purpose. They can be a starting point. Physically bringing people from diverse...

 
 Opinion    July 18, 2016

Praise For BMC

Those who have attended Brevard Music Center, either as an instructor, guest performer, conductor, student or audience member, know what a high-quality institution it is. Recently BMC received another plaudit, this time from the opera reviewer for...

 
 Opinion    July 14, 2016

Integration And Empathy

The tragic events of last week have once again revealed the divisions in America. Even though laws enforcing segregation were overturned more than 50 years ago, we still live in a segregated society. In many voluntary activities, from where we...

 
 Opinion    July 11, 2016

The Economic Elephant

The recent employment report showing that 287,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in June was considered very good news. And it should be. Not only did it show a rebound in hiring from an abysmal May, in which only 11,000 jobs were added to the...

 
 Opinion    July 7, 2016

Encouraging Vote On SB 897

In the past several years, there have been too many partisan votes in the North Carolina General Assembly on controversial items. Legislators of both parties have abandoned their principles on various votes. Last month we pointed out that state...

 
 Opinion    July 4, 2016

Trials And Compromises

On this date 240 years ago, the 13 colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, thus creating the United States of America. The move was courageous and innovative, for the signers not only enumerated why the colonies should be free from...

 
 Opinion    June 30, 2016

Preserving DuPont Forest

When the state received its first parcels of DuPont State Forest, on a summer weekday one could park alongside the road by Little River (there was no parking lot), hike to Hooker Falls and literally see no one else. Those days are long gone. Partly s...

 
 Opinion    June 27, 2016

Financial Flexibility

A bill to place a constitutional amendment on November’s ballot that would permanently cap the state income tax rate at 5.5 percent is making its way through the North Carolina General Assembly. While capping the state income tax rate may be...

 
 Opinion    June 23, 2016

80 And New

The world’s pre-eminent banjo player performing a concerto. One of the top pop female singers of the last 30 years blending her band with an orchestra. A world premiere opera based on a film noir detective story. A gospel legend leading a group of...

 
 Opinion    June 23, 2016

The Dangers Of Summer

Now that summer is in full swing with the end of school, the opening of summer camps and an influx of tourists, it’s also time to be aware of the season’s many dangers. Waterfalls top the list of most dangerous attractions. Already this year...

 
 Opinion    June 20, 2016

Prison Reform For Youth

Prison Reform For Youth Officials in the North Carolina prison system announced last week they will no longer place young inmates in solitary confinement and will introduce a program to meet all the needs of the youngest inmates. This is a step in...

 
 Opinion    June 16, 2016

Let People Decide

Some fundamental tenets of conservatism are that the best government is government closest to the people and that local issues should be decided locally. Our state legislators, Sen. Tom Apodaca and Rep. Chris Whitmire, recently seem to have ignored...

 
 Opinion    June 13, 2016

Keep Videos Public Record

In the past few years, many law enforcement agencies have not only installed dashboard cameras in all of their vehicles but also have provided body cameras for their officers. The idea is that such video can be used to provide an impartial “third...

 
 Opinion    June 9, 2016

Why Hardly Anyone Voted

There is the old question: What if there were an election and no one voted? That did not happen Tuesday, but the turnout locally was abysmally low, as it was across much of the state. In Transylvania County, only 11 percent of the registered voters...

 
 Opinion    June 6, 2016

Good News For Brevard

As reported last Thursday, June 2, downtown Brevard is a busy place. Buildings are being constructed and renovated and business space is at a premium. According to Heath Seymour, executive director of the Heart of Brevard, about 50 businesses either...

 
 Opinion    June 6, 2016

Keep Electronics Recycling Laws

The North Carolina Senate is considering legislation that would repeal the state’s electronics recycling program and end a 2010 ban on electronics in landfills. Such legislation is short-sighted and dangerous. One of the reasons given for repealing...

 
 Opinion    June 2, 2016

TVS: Success Of Community

On the front of today’s B section, readers will find a story about Nancy Stricker, who is retiring as head of TVS. While Stricker has played an integral role in the success of TVS, it is truly a community success story. In 1967, some members of...

 
 Opinion    May 30, 2016

Separating War And Warriors

“War is mankind’s most tragic and stupid folly; to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men. Though you follow the trade of the warrior, you do so in the spirit of Washington — not of Genghis Khan.” –...

 
 Opinion    May 26, 2016

A Special Spring

This has been a special spring for Brevard High School athletics as both track teams and the boys’ tennis teams competed in the state championships this past weekend and the girls’ softball team made it to the fourth round of the playoffs. On...

 
 Opinion    May 23, 2016

No To Partisan School Board

Last Thursday, May 19, local state representative Chris Whitmire filed House Bill 1133, which would change the Board of Education of Transylvania County from a nonpartisan board to partisan board. The bill also would change the manner in which...

 
 Opinion    May 19, 2016

Needed: Mature Leadership

“The saner course would be for the General Assembly to take up the issue, which it has effectively tabled, conduct thoughtful hearings and work out a reasonable balance of interests.” -Jim Martin, former two-term Republican governor of North...

 
 Opinion    May 16, 2016

Spinning HB 2

Ever since House Bill 2 was passed in just one day in early April, the ever-changing positions of those defending it has bordered on farce. Originally, proponents of the bill said it was about protecting the state’s women and children. On Feb. 21,...

 
 Opinion    May 12, 2016

A Stable Budget

It’s difficult to produce a county budget that meets the needs of residents while keeping property tax rates from fluctuating greatly, particularly when so many variables are involved. One variable is property revaluation. According to the recent...

 
 Opinion    May 9, 2016

School Boards And Taxes

Once again it is budget time and the local school board and county commissioners will have to negotiate the amount of money the school system will receive from the county. Sometimes the discussions are affable and quick; sometimes they are not. These...

 

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