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 By BJ Winchester    Opinion    April 8, 2019

Guest Column: Officials Are Verbally Abused, Threatened

In the Jan. 17, 2019 edition you printed an article called “Saving the Zebras” by Jeremiah Reed. The article reports on the struggle to land high school officials and to keep them. He stated in his four-and-one-half years of reporting his...

 

A Kind Gesture

This past week a friend and I were enjoying lunch at one of our local eateries, having not had the opportunity to visit extensively for some time. It was about time for the lunch to be over and the waitress approached, apparently to give us our...

 

Share The Roads And The Trails

This Saturday up to 1,000 bicyclists will be riding the roads of Transylvania County as the 20th Assault on the Carolinas takes place. It will mark the unofficial beginning of bike season. Of course, there have been bicyclists on the roads and...

 

Guest Column: Political And Policy Skills Starting To Merge

Here’s a surprise: the skills that can be used to win in politics are increasingly the skills needed to produce good policy. I know. You look at the policy stalemates in Washington and wonder how this could be. The people who arrived there by...

 

Critical Cases

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard two companion cases on partisan gerrymandering. In a most unusual circumstance, the plaintiffs represented both political parties. In North Carolina in Rucho vs. Common Cause, plaintiffs argued and the lower...

 

Appreciates Paper's Service

Congratulations to the staff of The Transylvania Times for winning two awards from the N.C. Press Association. Your awards for “Best Community Coverage” and “Editorial Page” make us proud. It’s a challenging time to be in the newspaper...

 

Truman Was Right

“Socialism is a scare word they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called social security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports....

 

More GALs Needed

I have had the honor of serving as a Guardian ad Litem over the past five years for 14 children. As such, I am going to speak for all of our Transylvania County GALs and say thank you to The Transylvania Times and the AAUW, particularly Linda...

 

Demise Of Integrity

The rule used to be, “Don’t Reward Bad Behavior.” That was until Jussie Smollett came on the scene. Now his charges are dropped, his slate of wrong doing is wiped clean, and he is good to go again. Who is next to receive a clean slate? The...

 

Much Ado About Nothing

In Shakespeare’s famous comedy, the main characters, Benedick and Beatrice, finally set things right after enduring a lot of setbacks. But the title of the play says it all. It reminds me of the Mueller report recently released. No Russian...

 

Transylvania Leads The Way

At times, raising children can be frustrating and exhausting. Having to deal with children’s runny noses, bouts of diarrhea, temper tantrums and feedings every two to fours can test even the most loving parents. But hearing a child’s first...

 

Guest Column: Take It From Us: Politicians Shouldn't Draw Electoral Maps

(Editor’s Note. The following opinion piece by Roy Cooper and Larry Hogan originally appeared in The Washington Post but was released to other papers, including The Transylvania Times, on March 25. Cooper, a Democrat, is governor of North...

 

Worthwhile Project: Free Doghouses

I read, through tears the letter submitted to The Transylvania Times, March 11 edition, by JoAnn LaRocca from Etowah. LaRocca wrote of her observation of a dog tied out behind a shed, always there and always alone. Apparently chained, the dog...

 

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...

 

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