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Protect Our Children, Save The Earth

It amazes me that the people who call themselves “pro-life” don’t care very much about the future lives of our living children. Likewise, that the people who call themselves “conservatives” don’t care very much about conserving the...

 

Expanding Medicaid

The state General Assembly should seriously consider expanding Medicaid in North Carolina. The reasons for expanding Medicaid are numerous and widespread while the reasons for not expanding Medicaid are primarily theoretical. In the past, the state l...

 
 By Billy Ball    Opinion    March 25, 2019 

Guest Column: What Was Missing From Education Summit?

There was much talk about state Superintendent Mark Johnson’s February’s big education summit, the “big” announcement you might have missed because you, like most of North Carolina, were not invited. Public education advocates buzzed with...

 

Trump Is A Bad Hire

Every business owner in the course of his/her career has filled an open position with a new hire they truly believed would vault their organization to new heights of profitability and prominence only to find the person lacked the skill and character...

 

Timely Test Reporting

Some governmental laws, regulations and processes are befuddling, illogical and counterproductive. Several of them came to light during the Transylvania County Board of Education meeting Monday evening. The state requires that students who achieve a...

 

America, We Can Do Better Than This

No matter our individual political preferences, we Americans are now in a place unparalleled in the history of our republic. It is clear that we have a president who regularly lies without remorse or second thought. Donald Trump is someone who will...

 

Guest Column: In Politics, You Need To Establish Priorities

It’s been many decades now, but I still remember a piece of advice I got not long after entering Congress. It came in passing from a prominent journalist as we were talking about the bewildering array of issues Congress faced. Every day, he told me...

 

Guest Column: Time To Address Stigma

I didn’t grow up in North Carolina. Instead, I spent an important part of my formative years in Georgia, where I heard about Milledgeville, the former state mental hospital. Today, it stands as a stark reminder of its role as a warehouse for the...

 

Courageous Or Calculating?

For years, many members of the U.S. Congress have been remiss in carrying out some of their most fundamental duties. Instead of Congress passing laws regarding domestic affairs or approving specific use of the military either abroad or at home,...

 

Tillis Flip Flops

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), to his great credit, said repeatedly he’d put principle over party. In fact, he even went so far as to write a Feb. 25 op-ed for the Washington Post, explaining why he felt the need to oppose the president’s legally...

 

Beware Of 'Spoofing'

Regarding the article on “Frustrating Robocalls,” readers should be aware that another technique telemarketers use is “spoofing,” in which they disguise their phone numbers to increase the chances that people will answer their calls. A...

 

Trump

Trump, Trump, Trump. Everywhere I turn, everywhere I look — newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, there’s something about Trump! Fortunately for us, The Transylvania Times has served us Trump-lite coverage. Thank you! It feels like this man we call...

 

Guest Column: Community Colleges Play A Vital Role In Education

As the “largest college admissions cheating case” prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, dozens of people were recently charged with allegedly trying to ensure their children’s admittance to elite universities through bribery. On behalf...

 

Guest Column: Accountability Required For Good Government

As various House committees gear up for a season of investigations and hearings on President Trump and his administration, a lot of people are worried that progress on the nation’s challenges will grind to a halt. I would argue just the opposite:...

 

Public Records Open To All

There seems to be a misperception among some people that state public records laws and the Freedom of Information Act apply to, or are important only to, journalists. While these laws are integral in helping news organizations provide news involving...

 

What's Free And Good For Business?

What if Brevard wasn’t only known for our waterfalls and white squirrels, but for the Cleanest Town In America? Really, we only have three blocks to tend to. Unfortunately, we have unattended flower pots, trash cans that are trashed, awnings black...

 

Guest Column: How Hospital Care Changes Help Patients

The health care industry has gone through sweeping changes during the last 20 years: value-based care has replaced traditional fee-for-service billing, patients have become much more active participants in their own care and the teams who deliver...

 

Guest Column: Salvation Army Appreciates Community Support

Reflecting on 2018 and the ministry of The Salvation Army in Transylvania County, I realize how blessed we are to live and work in such a generous community. You have cared for your neighbors through your support of The Salvation Army. As a result...

 

Voting Irregularities

Another thought provoking editorial in the March 4 Transylvania Times “Investigate Fully!” Unfortunately, the reader’s eye is too often drawn to the salacious activities of the rich and famous (owner of the New England Patriots) rather than...

 

If Animals Could Speak

Each day, as I go to and from work in Brevard, I see a dog tied out by a shed. It’s always there, alone. When it got so cold, I called Transylvania County Animal Services and asked if they would do a welfare check. The officer was very nice and...

 

Democratic Woes

I’m not even sure why I’m writing this letter because the many problems the Democrats face are on full display everyday. Consider: 1.A freshman congresswoman who is out of control and touting socialism. She is better known as “AOC....

 

Guest Column: What Is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome And Its Risks To Pregnant Women, Children

As the obesity crisis continues to escalate in America, there is another emerging threat to women's health and their ability to have children. The threat is called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)....

 

School Boards Should Set Calendars

Several bills have been introduced in the General Assembly that would let local school districts establish their own calendars. Elected officials have sponsored bills that would provide “calendar flexibility” just for districts they represent; Ho...

 

Robber Barons

President Trump pledged to eliminate the national debt “over a period of eight years.” But instead, for the first time in history, the national debt has surpassed $21 trillion, going up $2 trillion since he took office. And, the deficit has...

 

Rice Furniture Rocks

Another local shopping experience goes well. I shopped at Rice Furniture and purchased a mattress. Later I had an issue with it and Ashley assisted me, with perseverance, to resolve the problem. I am so thankful for our local merchants who take such...

 

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