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 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 23, 2019 

Consensus Is To Expand Medicaid

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, one of its major components was expanding Medicaid coverage. The idea was that by expanding Medicaid coverage and providing subsidies to those who made too much to qualify for Medicaid, nearly all...

 

What Will Johnson Do?

I read in the May 2 edition that Jake Johnson is seeking the Republican nomination for State House District 113. Several of his statements are interesting beginning with the statement “conservative values that make North Carolina the greatest state...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 20, 2019

One Cent More

Last week some members of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners asked Superintendent Jeff McDaris about the school budget. The following are some thoughts about the issues broached by the commissioners.    •The school board has...

 

Fake Economics

A specter is haunting the American political landscape, specter of Modern Monetary Theory or MMT for short. I’m nearly 60 years old, and as far back as I can remember, Democratic and Republican leaders have agreed that the “boogeyman” national...

 

Screaming Children Ruin Show

It’s too bad that people seated on the hillside lawn for the otherwise excellent Songsmith Gathering were negatively impacted by the screaming children running wild throughout the area. Don’t take me for a cranky old lady. I volunteer with small...

 

Make Your Event 'Zero Waste'

I recently participated in the Rise & Shine’s Motown fundraiser as one of the Moving to Conservers volunteers who helped make the event “zero waste.” I want to recognize Kim Coram for her huge effort in organizing this part of the event. She...

 

Engaging Performance

Brevard High School’s play featured outstanding singing, acting, choreo-graphy and sets. The students in the play and orchestra gave an engaging performance. It was nice to see such talent. Thanks also to the advisors. Carole Deddy...

 

Support Nurses, SAVE ACT

Thank you for the recent article about nurses. Nurses are often a lifeline and more important than one realizes, particularly if a hospital closes in an area. Kathleen Balogh recently spoke in Buncombe County from the NC Council for Women. There was...

 

A Convenient Forgetfulness

In the 1950s and 1960s, Southern whites faced a moral test after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation in “Brown v. Board of Education” (1954). Most failed. Driven by fear and anger, the majority of white Southerners remained silent or...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 16, 2019

An Advocate For Public Education?

Whenever people are elected to leadership positions, it is part of their job to advocate for their departments and employees so they, in turn, can provide better services to their constituents. For example, Transylvania County Board of Education...

 

Biden And China

The latest addition to the list of Democratic presidential candidates recently made an amazing statement that once again proves how out of touch he is. He believes that China is no competition for the United States. He must have been living in a...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 13, 2019

Bringing In The Best

On Saturday evening, New York Times best-selling author Wiley Cash and poet Frank X Walker read from and discussed their works at the Transylvania County Library. It was just one of several cultural events where some of our nation’s best have...

 

Quotations

In today’s Opinions of the Readers, a letter writer criticizes a previous letter writer for attributing the phrase “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” to Thomas Edison...

 

Agrees About Diplomacy

Thank you for sharing with your readers the article by Chaveas, Kolb, McCallie and Zelle. During these critical times in so many places in the world, it is worth highlighting the importance of our U.S. Foreign Service’s roll in dealing with...

 

Trump Has Done A Lot - Wrong

A recent letter writer Mr. Stinchcomb explained that, “Trump has done a lot,” then ended his letter quoting a quote by Einstein as Edison’s quote. He was incorrect about originator and thus his credibility can also be questionable about his...

 

Endangering Bicyclists

Since moving to Transylvania County in 1976 my family and I have been proud to call it home. To the occasional race related query from friends and relatives elsewhere, we emphasized Brevard High School’s successes in making it better and today’s...

 

Two Gun Suggestions

It is clear that gun violence is a part of the daily news of our country. We have reached the point where we breathe a sigh of relief if the weapons of choice are pistols instead of more powerful alternatives. Unfortunately, we citizens avoid the har...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Honoring Nurses And Teachers

This week is National Nurses Week. It is also National Teacher Appreciation Week. While the jobs nurses and teachers do are technically different, the people drawn to these jobs and the jobs themselves have many similarities. Both jobs require four-y...

 

A Sad Irony

A Sad Irony I read with great sadness the poignant letter to the editor by Polly Averette describing the return home of Riley Howell, the young man who gave his life to save others in the recent shooting at UNC-Charlotte a few days ago. Finishing...

 

Welcome To Years Of Debt

This past weekend Brevard College held its graduation ceremonies. This coming weekend Blue Ridge Community College will hold its graduation ceremonies. This month as thousands of students receive their diplomas, many of them will have mountains of st...

 

A Hero

Thursday, a hero’s motorcade brought Riley Howell home to Waynesville, 39 miles up Highway 276. Before UNC Charlotte, Riley attended Tuscola and T.C. Robinson, both so close he likely rode into Brevard to participate or cheer others in...

 

Appreciates Law Enforcement Work

Kudos to local public servants, those who have served in the past, as well as those who are serving at this moment, especially those working at the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies during the search and capture of a...

 
 By Michele Pilon    Opinion    May 6, 2019

Nurses Create Positive Outcomes Through Expertise

Typically, the blossoming of spring is in full effect in western North Carolina during the month of May. This is also the month when we get the chance to recognize the caring professionals who make Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) what it is: A f...

 

Sharing House Volunteers

Last month Transylvania Christian Ministry’s staff held a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to thank over 175 volunteers for their outstanding volunteer hours at Sharing House. These volunteers include receptionists, interviewers, pantry workers,...

 

Brevard's Own

This past weekend we attended our 23rd Merlefest and was so very pleased that three of our Brevard Groups played: Pretty Little Goat, Carolina Blue and Steep Canyon Rangers. They all were wonderful. The Rangers were introduced by none other than our...

 

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