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Oppose Senate Bill 349

Some bills benefit the general public while others may benefit one group to the detriment of others, sometimes with devastating long-term effects. State Senate Bill 349 (SB 349) and its companion legislation, House Bill 401, fall... — Updated 5/10/2021 Full story

 

Frozen In The Negative Past

A recent letter to The Transylvania Times from Charles Brendle dared to question the assertion that our country is firmly in the grip of systemic racism. Predictably, a subsequent argumentative letter (“Another Example of Tone-De... — Updated 5/10/2021

 

Money Shows Appreciation

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. The irony locally, as Transylvania County Board of Education member Courtney Domokur noted Monday evening, is that while teachers are being shown appreciation through comments and sometimes m... — Updated 5/6/2021

 

Dropping Bag Fee Is Bad Idea

One of the proposals in the county budget is to abolish the $1.50 fee per garbage bag at the trash collection centers, referred to as “convenience sites,” across the county and replace it with an annual $200 fee on every owner... — Updated 5/3/2021

 

Too Late To Pause Projects

In Monday’s paper we reported that two county commissioners expressed the possibility of pausing the extensive renovations and additions at Brevard High and Rosman High/Middle schools. Commissioner David Guice suggested the... — Updated 4/28/2021

 

Do The Math

With more than half of all adult Americans receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, we are getting closer to herd immunity and a time when a normal life can return without fear of being infected, hospitalized or killed... — Updated 4/26/2021

 

Earth Day

Today marks the 51st anniversary of the first Earth Day, an appropriate time to reflect upon the status of this natural world and our relation to it from a national, local and individual perspective. The concept behind Earth Day... — Updated 4/21/2021

 

Dual Justice Argument

One of the arguments put forth by District Attorney Greg Newman’s defense counsel last week is that if citizens of this district disagreed with Newman’s conduct they would have the opportunity to vote him out of office in... — Updated 4/19/2021

 

Phonics Is Important, But...

“The science is in. The science of reading won the reading war. Phonics won,” said North Carolina State Superintendent Catherine Truitt in support of the Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021. While there are good aspects to... — Updated 4/14/2021

 

More For Mental Health

For multiple reasons, Transylvania County is one of the more desirable places to live in the Southeast. However, we also have our problems, as members of the C.A.R.E. Coalition made evident last month at a meeting of the... — Updated 4/12/2021

 

Good News On Two Fronts

Americans received more good news on the COVID-19 and employment fronts this past week. On Tuesday President Biden announced that all American adults will be eligible to receive a vaccination beginning April 19. Biden’s previous... — Updated 4/7/2021

 

Happy April Fool's Day

If you haven’t figured it out yet, the stories on the front page are April Fool’s jokes. (The real front page is on the back of section A.) Traditionally, we don’t acknowledge that the front stories are fake, but, in honor... — Updated 3/31/2021

 

There He Goes Again

In 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan told President Jimmy Carter in a debate, “There you go again” when he accused Carter of misrepresenting his position on Medicare legislation. To paraphrase Reagan,... — Updated 3/24/2021

 

Hatred And Division

Two very disturbing incidents have occurred in Brevard the past few weeks. The first occurred when notes espousing white supremacy and saying things such as “Make America White Again, White Supremacy Trumps Black Degeneracy... — Updated 3/22/2021

 

A Chance To Move Forward

The recent passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) could give millions of individuals, as well as local and state governments, an opportunity to move forward from the economic ravages of COVID-19. In descending... — Updated 3/17/2021

 

Ayn And Hannah

In today’s paper, readers will find an Opinion of the Readers entitled “Atlas Shrugged,’ in which the author compares some lines from Ayn Rand’s book, which was published in 1957, to today. While there may well be elements... — Updated 3/16/2021

 

Hospital Is Evolving Story

In late January at a Transylvania County Board of Commissioners meeting, Michele Pilon, Transylvania Regional Hospital’s chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, confirmed what many people in the community had heard... — Updated 3/10/2021

 

Local Or State Control?

For many years there have been disputes as to which decisions should be made at the state level and which at the local level. Decades ago North Carolina state government approved an ABC model for public education. Schools were to... — Updated 3/8/2021

 

Policies For Politicians

In today’s paper readers will find two related stories: one containing Commissioner Larry Chapman’s full statement at the end of a recent commissioners’ meeting and one providing our response to his statement. Chapman... — Updated 3/3/2021

 

Policing Is A Local Matter

After the video surfaced last summer of a police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck until Floyd was dead, protesters in several U.S. cities called for the abolition of their police forces or “defunding the police.... — Updated 3/1/2021

 

The Bad and The Good

The U.S. reached a grim milestone this week as the death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 500,000. More Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19 in just a year than those who lost their lives in combat in World War II, the Korean... — Updated 2/24/2021

 

Cancelling Student Loans

Last week President Joe Biden said he supported cancelling $10,000 in student federal loan debt for individuals, far less than the $50,000 proposed by other Democrats. There are approximately 45 million Americans who hold a total... — Updated 2/22/2021

 

Budgeting Backwards

The budgeting process in North Carolina is backwards. At present, the local school system, city government and county government are drafting their budgets for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. They are gathering... — Updated 2/17/2021

 

State Is Good For Business

In his column in today’s paper entitled “Build On N.C.’s Strengths,” John Hood points out many of the positive aspects of North Carolina. In particular, Hood refers to a study done by researchers at Arizona State... — Updated 2/15/2021

 

We Can Do Better

For much of the COVID-19 pandemic, Transylvania County residents have responded quite well. When residents first heard of the virus, many stayed home. When people ventured out in public, many wore masks, stayed 6 feet away and... — Updated 2/12/2021

 

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