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Small Town Struggles

The small town of Edenton, N.C., needs more than $2.64 million to renovate and upgrade two of its water treatment plants. The only way it can get that money is to pass a bond. But last week State Auditor Beth Wood initially recommended the Local...

 

The Distraction Plan

Have you noticed one underlying theme to the Democratic policies against Trump? Having never gotten over his election, the Democratic Party, either knowingly or not, has embarked on a campaign of obfuscation, the smothering and distraction of every...

 

'King Of Debt' Strikes Out

On Tuesday night, Jan. 8, President Trump’s flaming narcisstic ego of distractions, cons, lies and empty campaign promises finally flew off the rails of credibility, plunging into a mountain of burning tires in what was likely his worst public...

 

Thank You

The Red Cross and the Knights of Columbus thank all who donated blood at the Dec. 31, 2018, blood drive at Sacred Heart Church and all who worked at the drive. Fifty-four people presented to donate and 52 units were collected. Once again, you have...

 

Academics Before Athletics

The amount of money poured into college athletics is astronomical. It’s not just the head coaches in football and basketball who have multi-million dollar contracts. In 2015, according to USA Today, nine assistant college football coaches had...

 

Ellis Island Vs. The Border

My Jewish (Christian) wife’s Russian grandparents, fleeing the pogroms, came through the immigration gateway at Ellis Island, N.Y., as did my Irish grandmother and Bavarian grandfather. They complied with all the regulations, paperwork, medical exa...

 

Roads Need Better Clearing

After our recent winter storms, we’ve had a lot of trees fall on our public roads. I realize that it’s been a challenge for DOT road crews to keep our roads open and safe during and after these storms, and I appreciate the hard work and hours...

 

What's In Trump's Wall

Initially, Trump’s promise of a wall on the Mexican border seemed entirely symbolic — of his widely dispersed vitriol against all manner of perceived enemies — Muslims, darker-skinned people, the press, the poor, women, etc. And as a symbol of...

 

Build Resilience In 2019 With Easy Health Shifts

Most everyone I know, myself included, creates a few New Year’s resolutions each year. Many have to do with taking better care of ourselves, with the end goal of improving our health. Unfortunately, after just a few months elapse, the resolutions...

 

Shut Down The Shutdown

Sadly and needlessly, the federal government shutdown is entering its third week. With each passing day, the impacts of the shutdown are being felt not only by federal employees, but also those who receive federal revenues, such as states and...

 

'Almost Cured' Now Available

My film, “Almost Cured,” about the 1963 integrated Brevard High football team coached by Cliff Brookshire, is now available online through my new website at www.tsdierolfstudios.com. You can also borrow a DVD copy from the Transylvania County...

 

Winner Appreciates Chamber

As one of the winners of the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce 2018 Holiday Giveaway, I would like to thank the chamber and the local businesses for promoting participation in local shopping. As a firm believer in shopping local, I had a...

 

Get The 9th Right

Last Thursday, the 116th session of Congress convened with one vacant seat, that of the representative of the 9th Congressional District in North Carolina. In November, Republican Mark Harris appeared to defeat Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes to...

 

Paid Parental Leave Is Affordable, Civilized

I had to smile – albeit briefly – when I read Henri Erti’s reference to the “radicalized Democratic Party” and its attempt to “lure voters” with their proposed “fiscally irresponsible” policies, in this case guaranteed paid...

 

Ignoring Trump's Offenses

Last this week, for the second time in a month, American troops fired tear gas across our border into a foreign country, Mexico. Their target? Defenseless civilians, including children. It is but the latest example of the depths into which our countr...

 

Meadows Is Hurting County

Like the shut-down that he orchestrated in 2013, Mark Meadows has no problem hurting the constituents of his district in order to support his far-right ideology. According to Saturday’s Washington Post, Meadows says that he was not aware that the...

 

An Equitable, Stable Economy

As 2019 begins, people have a variety of goals and aspirations. Besides wishing for good health, individuals often hope for a better year economically – for themselves individually, their community and their nation. 2018 was a mixed bag...

 

My Guardian Angel

Prior to attending Mass on Christmas Eve, I had to stop at Ingles to pick up a few things. Upon taking off my coat at church, I realized that my ring was missing. A very simple band that belonged to my grandmother, the ring held great sentimental...

 

Our Great Community

During the storm of the century or at least, we hope that was it, we needed help. Thanks to the Sheriff’s Department Fire and Rescue, the Police Department, the American Red Cross and good friends, we were helped better than we could have...

 

2018: Calm By Comparison

Given all of the turmoil on the international and national fronts, life in Transylvania County was fairly stable and calm in 2018. However, there were some major decisions that could impact this county far into the future. One of the biggest decision...

 

Unimpressed With Youth Vote

I am watching TV, which is summarizing the important impactful stories of 2018. One of these is about the students from the Marjory Douglas High School in Florida and their marching and organizing against gun violence. Those students raised our...

 

Of Gun And Prison Reforms

Two decisions made in Washington, D.C., last week are small, but significant, steps toward reducing mass shootings and reforming prisons. Last Tuesday the Trump administration issued a new rule banning bump stocks, devices that transform...

 

Tread Carefully With Paid Parent Leave

After regaining political leverage, the radicalized Democratic Party is bound to lure in voters with fiscally irresponsible policy proposals such as a guaranteed paid parent leave. As a Scandinavian immigrant, I urge Americans to examine the topic ra...

 

Christmas And The Border Wall

We have Congressman Mark Meadows to thank for the government shutdown. He led the charge against a compromise that had been reached which would have prevented the shutdown. Instead he supports his far right measure that would milk us, as taxpayers,...

 

Gratitude And Praise For EMS

I am compelled to express my gratitude and praise for the EMS personnel who retrieved me from my snowbound, very cold home, transporting me to safety and comfort. As I huddled inside my home on Dec. 9, hoping my extremely low oxygen supply would...

 

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