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Guest Column: Thank You For Giving To Our Community

To the citizens of Transylvania County – thank you for participating. In this season of Thanksgiving we want to take a moment and thank you for your gifts, not merely your donations, but your active participation. Your presence keeps The Bread of...

 

Guest Column: It's What We Do That Counts

I’ve been reminded recently of the old cowboy song, “Home on the Range.” You know the line, “Where never is heard a discouraging word”? That is not the United States right now. It feels like pretty much everywhere I turn, all I hear is...

 

Guest Column: Election Reform Is About More Than Fraud

A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is...

 

Guest Column: Why Support Bipartisanship?

Back in March, two young members of Congress from Texas, Beto O’Rourke and Will Hurd, became brief Internet celebrities. Unable to fly back to Washington because of a snowstorm, the two hit the road together, tweeting and livestreaming their trip...

 

Guest Column: Mission Says The Door Is Open For Resolution

After several more rounds of disingenuous advertising from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), inaccurate letters sent to patients and a great deal of public discussion, many people are wondering: Is there any possible way that...

 

Guest Column: French Broad River: Conservation Perspective

For many years, I have heard discussions about the pros and cons of surrounding land uses and their impacts upon the French Broad River and the quality of water, the stability of the river, and how the river should be managed. These discussions...

 

Guest Column: For BCBS, How Much Money Is Enough?

A barrage of negative advertising and misleading claims from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) have generated a common question: “How much is enough?” Since reporting more than half a billion dollars of profit ($542 million)...

 

Guest Column: Revising Medicare And Fighting Terrorists

By Frank A. Pearsall I’ve been thinking — our government has it all wrong about trying to get enough manpower to fight the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Syria. There’s even been loose talk about reinstating the draft to get more young men...

 

Guest Column: School Consolidation: A Problem-less Solution

From the time I started kindergarten until I graduated high school, the traditional public schools I attended in Henderson County cared for me, shaped my future and inspired me to become a teacher myself. In the bad times and good times alike, the...

 

Membership In Mission Health Is Beneficial

One of my top priorities is listening to any community concerns in my role as hospital president and chief nursing officer of Transylvania Regional Hospital. I’ve enjoyed meeting with so many of you via public forums, including the Pisgah Forest...

 

Guest Column: Decisions Made In Patients' Best Interests

I would like to respond to a recent letter to the editor of The Transylvania Times, and to clarify the factors that led to the decision by Transylvania Regional Hospital and Mission Health to consolidate its associated doctors’ practices. First...

 

The Journey Inward: Pooh, Piglet And A Little Treatise On Faith

By Dr. John Campbell Pooh and Piglet are facing either a rising or setting sun, we don’t know, as they walk along. Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. Pooh” he whispered. “Yes Piglet?” “Nothing” said Piglet,” taking Pooh’s paw....

 

We Can Encourage Good Media

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to journalism, I’m a traditionalist. Old-fashioned, even. But I don’t think it’s a coincidence that even while confidence in the media drops to new lows and Time magazine feels moved to wonder “...

 
 By Al Mercer    Opinion    June 8, 2017

Guest Column: City Of Brevard Needs Civil Ordinances - Brevard, NC

City ordinances exist but they are inadequate for protecting Brevard’s citizens from simple daily disturbances like barking dogs or other annoyances. County and city jurisdictions overlap and even though their ordinances complement each other,...

 

Guest Column: A President Struggling To Get On Right Track

I have significant differences with Donald Trump’s political stances, but I want him to enjoy a successful presidency. It’s good for neither the country nor the world when a U.S. president struggles or fails. Yet I also believe that constructive...

 

We Need To Safeguard The 'Public' In Public Office

For the last few years, I’ve been keeping a file of clippings about the erosion of transparency and candor in government. I’m sorry to report that it’s getting rather full. This is not a good thing. Public officials should feel strongly...

 

Oppose Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Rep. Henson and Senator Edwards need to oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The 600-mile pipeline will carry fracked methane from West Virginia to its terminus near Lumberton, N.C. affecting landowners in Cumberland, Halifax, Johnston, Nash,...

 

How To Handle Russia Mess

The recent announcement by FBI Director James Comey that his agency is investigating links between members of President Trump’s campaign and Russia has upended Washington. Yet there needs to be an even stronger and broader investigation to get to t...

 

The Blue Line Foundation Helps Community

Sheriff David Mahoney has announced the formation of the Blue Line Foundation of Transylvania County, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to a number of activities of significant benefit to the county. Donations to the foundation are tax-deducti...

 

The Dark Side Of Increasing School Choice

What could be wrong with increasing the options available to families for their children’s education? That is an important question since the North Carolina General Assembly’s passage of two voucher programs now in their second year of implementa...

 

It's A Delicate Dance Between School Board, Commission

North Carolina's unique, some might say convoluted, system for managing and supporting public school systems forces Boards of Education and Boards of Commissioners into a difficult relationship at...

 

Politics:Ugly Business

Yesterday, (Oct. 20) I received a message from my school secretary that there was a need to evacuate Republican headquarters in Hendersonville. I was very disturbed by that, and, like so many other people, found myself speculating as to who would...

 

Why I Am Seeking To Represent District 113

I am often asked, “What drove you to run for office at such a young age?” The answer is simple: The future of this area and the future my son will grow up in. For years, I have seen the young people and young families of this area neglected. I am...

 

Everyone Is Accountable For Public Education

Public schools are a cornerstone of American democracy. Strong public schools provide our children with economic opportunity and the tools to participate in the civic life of a democratic nation. Everyone shares the responsibility for providing a...

 

Friends: 'It's The Economy'

Voting is underway and we have found this campaign season to be “spicy” on every level. I remain amazed that with many questions being asked of candidates, especially those of us running for state offices, how little our economy is being discusse...

 

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