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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...

 

It's Time To Work Together

Serving in the Navy for 30 years taught me to value and respect the rights we enjoy as Americans. Having seen so many places where human rights are abused and democracy only a dream, I will never take our American freedoms for granted. The values...

 

Global Warming: Protecting Our Fragile World

When confronted with the facts, some people choose to ignore them… some people manipulate them …some people use them like weapons to wound those with different facts. And really, that is too bad. It’s too bad because in spite of the consensus...

 

We Should Want The Best For Every Child

Transylvania County Schools is an excellent traditional public school system. We have a long history of academic excellence and strong community support. I am proud to have been a part of Transylvania County Schools for 35 years, and consider myself...

 

Learning To Live Together

The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life at Brevard College strives to embody the highest ideals of humanity, grieves and is saddened by the loss of life and extend our best thoughts and hopes to the families of Keith Scott from Charlotte, N.C....

 

Why Run? To Represent All Of The People

(Editor’s Note: The Times has offered candidates in the school board and two state races the opportunity to write up to two opinon pieces. The following is the first one submitted.) The first question people ask when they hear I am running for the...

 

This Democrat Wants A Strong Republican Party

I’ve been a Democrat all my life. I believe in the party’s values, I’m pleased when its candidates win elections, and I’m persuaded the country is better off when Democratic ideas get a fair shake in the public arena. But none of this means t...

 

Our Working Poor Need Medicaid Expansion

State Republicans love to talk about compassionate conservatism. But there is nothing compassionate about our state leaders’ refusal to accept Medicaid expansion, which would cost the state practically nothing and give half a million of our...

 

Keeping Health Care Local

As the two Ob/Gyns in this county, we would like to thank the people who signed this petition to bring back the TRH Birthing Center. We are always appreciative of community interest in women’s and children’s health – that’s the focus of our...

 
 By Rodney Locks    Opinion    August 8, 2016

State Republicans Broke Constitutional Oath

Most of us still believe our word is our bond. Every member of the General Assembly and every person elected (city council, mayor, school boards, county commissioners, sheriff, clerk of court, registrar of deeds, etc.), or appointed to hold any...

 
 By William Grimm    Opinion    July 28, 2016

Lessons Learned In Brevard And At Academy

I used to camp in Pisgah National Forest as a Boy Scout and gained a love for the Brevard area. My wife and I honeymooned in Sherwood Forest and we returned with our children to play in the area every time we got a chance. I always jokingly told my...

 

There Is No 'Common Sense' In House Bill 2

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says House Bill 2 (HB 2) is a “common sense” law. Let’s see if the governor’s claim holds water when we look at the facts: 1. Governor McCrory says the new law protects the safety and privacy of people...

 

Revisiting Courthouse Issue

Nearly everything that could be said about the Transylvania County Courthouse has been said, but not everyone has had a chance to say it. Now it is my turn. To simplify identification, I propose the following labels: Plan A - New courthouse on...

 
 By John Burrows    Opinion    May 2, 2016

Natural Places Are Being 'Loved To Death'

Earlier this month I traveled back home to the mountains of North Carolina to visit the Bent Creek Research Forest in south Asheville. With me was the director of the Duke Forest, a professor of silviculture, and seven graduate students studying fore...

 
 By Patty Stark    Opinion    April 25, 2016

April Is Time To Consider Organ Donations

For the past two years my husband has written an article about the importance of organ donation. This year I am writing the article because I received a kidney transplant from my brother over a year ago at Tampa General Hospital. This hospital began...

 
 By Sam Blakley    Opinion    April 25, 2016

'It's On Us' To Help Prevent Sexual Assault

No one wants to talk about sexual assault, but with national statistics claiming that more than 20 percent of women will be assaulted during their time at college, it’s time we start talking. One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually...

 
 By Page Lemel    Opinion    April 14, 2016

WCCA, Head Start, Others Played A Major Role In Rally

A terrible oversight occurred in Monday’s paper regarding the Kindergarten Readiness Rally at the Transylvania County Recreation Center. The rally was a project that was identified through the work of the county’s Early Childhood Initiative, a...

 
 By Joe Russo    Opinion    April 4, 2016

Poverty Helps Create Our 'Failing' Schools

School privatization advocates have waged a relentless campaign of misinformation against public education with tales of inadequate teachers and failing schools. Their ultimate purpose is to destroy, or at least marginalize, public education. Many...

 

Whose Water Is It Anyway - 16 Months Later

Many Transylvania Times readers will recall that in November 2014 a conference was held at Brevard College’s Porter Center under the provocative title “Whose Water Is It Anyway?” Organized under the auspices of the Transylvania Natural Resource...

 

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