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Missed Opportunity

Missed Opportunity At their Oct. 11 meeting, County Commissioners had the opportunity to support Medicaid expansion. North Carolina is one of only 12 states which has not expanded Medicaid. Having run mental health clinics for 23... — Updated 10/20/2021


Reliably Thoughtful

The world has been changing rapidly over the past 10 years. We have either learned to adjust, be cynical and wish for the best, reminisce about the good old times, be unhappy or some combination of other thoughts, behaviors and... — Updated 10/20/2021


Homework Results

In a recent letter, Ms. D’Alessandro tried to defend President Biden by saying, “Do your homework.” Well, more and more Americans are doing their homework and are coming up with results quite different from her blame Trump... — Updated 10/20/2021


Lack Of Concern

My father had a heart attack when I was 7. We lost our car, almost our home. At times there was no food. We didn’t want a handout. We needed a hand up. My mother and I began cleaning our church each Saturday. I’m sure it paid... — Updated 10/20/2021


Don't Be Wasteful

The following guest opinion was written by Bart Renner, the agriculture agent at the Transylvania County Cooperative Extension Office and AmeriCorps member Matty Alpert. Each autumn homeowners are faced with a daunting task:... — Updated 10/20/2021


What's Next?

“The purpose of your life is not to enjoy your life but to preserve your life” – satire by JP Sears. So, let’s look at how this plays out. Joe Biden: “This is not about freedom or personal choice. It’s about protecting... — Updated 10/18/2021


Respect For Service

Our community recently gave recognition to the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, which resulted in the loss of nearly 3,000 lives. Meaningful ceremonies were held at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The... — Updated 10/18/2021


Cedar Mountain Commitee, Residents Deserve Better

Elected officials often bemoan the lack of public attendance and input at their meetings, or they mention the struggle to attract members to serve on various committees or boards. Transylvania County government frequently... — Updated 10/18/2021

 By Mac Morrow    Opinion

Morrow: Please Join Me And Thank All Public Servants

Local governments in North Carolina have a choice in how they are managed. Brevard was one of the first small towns to choose the manger form of government. Our city is in exceptional hands with City Manager Jim Fatland and his dep... — Updated 10/15/2021

 By Aaron Baker    Opinion

Baker: City Election Has Placed Spotlight On Housing

I decided to run for city council in Brevard because I saw a need to tackle several issues: making city government more responsive to our citizens, balancing the recruitment of new jobs with the preservation of our cherished lifest... — Updated 10/15/2021


Brevard's Future Lies In Our Commitment to Planning

Planning creates a vision for Brevard that is defined by the aspirations of its citizens. The better aligned the collective vision, the more realistic and achievable the plans are. Having an up-to-date plan is essential. The city o... — Updated 10/15/2021


Vote For Maureen

It is time to pick our new mayor for Brevard. Imagine if we could have a mayor who has the experience of being directly responsible for 1,000 employees and a $100 million budget, and who was chosen for this position through a... — Updated 10/13/2021


Baker For City Council

I’m excited to vote for a candidate who has put working class citizens at the center of his campaign and platform. The whole country is facing a shortage of affordable housing, and the issue is amplified here in Brevard. When my... — Updated 10/13/2021



The Democratic Party is digging its own grave and they already have one foot in it. I could list the reasons for their decline, but even the main stream media is now reporting the debacles. They seem to be kicking and screaming as... — Updated 10/13/2021


Gets Things Done

When dealing with some issues and obstacles I experienced at HCA/Mission the first of this year, Maureen Copelof was my enabler in getting my issues to both the N.C. attorney general and Gibbins Advisors, who are the independent... — Updated 10/13/2021


Experienced Leadership

I have known Maureen Copelof for more than 10 years. We first met when she was the volunteer executive director of Free Rein Center for Therapeutic Riding, which means she received no pay for her two years of dedicated leadership.... — Updated 10/13/2021


Dee Dee's The One

Are you looking for creativity and vision backed by leadership and experience? If so, Dee Dee Perkins should be your choice for mayor. Her 30 years of service include a large variety (diversity) of responsibilities that have requir... — Updated 10/13/2021


No Longer A Beacon

I thought I was numb to Trump’s lies and crimes, but the release of a report by the House January 6 Attack on the Capitol Committee is a painful reminder of the depths of depravity of Donald Trump. On Jan. 3 there was a meeting... — Updated 10/13/2021


Brevard Lucky

Brevard is lucky to have Dee Dee Perkins running for mayor. In the 19 years we have lived here Dee Dee has been a tireless advocate for our city and its citizens. Through her community service and serving on countless boards and... — Updated 10/13/2021


Social Media As An Addiction

Although social media blackout didn’t end modern civilization, for millions of people six hours without Facebook or Instagram must have felt like waterboarding. Please pray for them because as addicts they need our unfiltered... — Updated 10/13/2021


Let's Do It!

I am writing this letter in support of Maureen Copelof as the next mayor of Brevard. As a military spouse of 38 years, I can relate to the positions and responsibilities that she has held during her service to her country. Her... — Updated 10/13/2021


Perkins For Mayor

Over these past weeks, the public and I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming election for mayor. To me, Dee Dee’s experience with all different... — Updated 10/13/2021


No Satisfactory Answer

In 1988, I traveled to the Philippines to conduct research on Filipino languages and cultures. Before I went to my field site in a remote province, I met and had dinner with numerous scholars, businessmen and government... — Updated 10/13/2021


Outage Tells Us A Lot

Editor’s note: The following guest editorial comes from CNHI newspaper, Traverse City Record-Eagle. For some, Facebook’s hours-long outage last week felt like the world grinding to a halt. The platform that sprouted from roots... — Updated 10/13/2021


Time To Vote

With the recent multiple letters to the editor and numerous signs everywhere, this year’s municipal elections, particularly in Brevard, appear to have caught a lot of people’s attention. That is good. And with today being the f... — Updated 10/13/2021


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