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An Important Distinction

In today’s Opinions of the Readers, a contributor writes, “... the United States has ordained itself a Christian nation...” While Christians have played a prominent role in this country and 70 percent of Americans profess to be Christians,...

 

We Treat Dogs Better

It’s hard to find a word that accurately encompasses what has been occurring in some of the detainment centers along our southern border. “Abhorrent,” “abominable,” “inhumane,” and “cruel” are just a few that come to mind. Despite...

 

A Friend of Man and Animals - Save the Bees

A Friend Of Man And Animals In the life of every small community, there are individuals upon whom residents trust and depend upon for decades. When it came to veterinary services, Dr. Clyde Brooks was such a person. For more than three decades,...

 

Ignorance Kills Independence

Today, we proudly celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is truly a revolutionary and inspirational document. It is revolutionary in that it broke from the ages old belief that God had selected kings and queens, that monarchies...

 

Crippling Blow To Democracy

  The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision last Thursday that allows gerrymandering based on party affiliation is a crippling blow to our democracy. The court’s decision, as written by Chief Justice John Roberts, again breaks with precedence,...

 

Restricting Public Info

Sometimes relatively obscure decisions that are not front page news may have far greater longer-term implications than the hot news item of the day. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 vote, issued a ruling that could make it much harder for...

 

What's The Plan For Iran?

Last Thursday evening, President Trump halted plans to launch strikes against Iran for shooting down an unmanned drone. The president tweeted, “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 1...

 

Free Speech And Work

Based on several of the comments made in meetings, letters, phone calls and internet postings regarding City Manager Jim Fatland’s mismatched uniform in the Memorial Day Parade and Brevard Fire Chief Bobby Cooper’s subsequent dismissal of two par...

 

Keep Schenck As It Is

The old adage “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” applies to the Schenck Job Corps. In late May, the federal government announced plans to close nine Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across the country and have the oversight of 16...

 

Obfuscation

Obfuscate is defined as “to make so confusing or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand.” Within the last two weeks there have been several examples of government obfuscation. In today’s Opinion of the Readers, there is a letter...

 

Dispersing The Crowds

This past Memorial Day weekend, Pisgah National Forest was so crowded it took visitors up to an hour to exit the forest. The traffic was backed up from the forest entrance at the intersection of U.S. 276 and N.C. 280 past Avery Creek Road, a...

 

Normandy And Tiananmen

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy by Allied Forces that helped lead to the end of World War II in Europe. The invasion did not occur without heavy costs, particularly at Omaha and Utah beaches where primarily...

 

So Much More

There has been a trend in the past few decades to determine the quality of schools based solely on a few factors, primarily student performance on standardized tests. As has been discussed in previous editorials, grading schools primarily on these...

 

Leading Our Library

  When Anna Yount became the director of the Transylvania County Library 25 years ago, the library had an exceptional staff and good programs. But the library, which was housed in what is now the County Administration Building, was too small, too...

 

An Inequitable Burden

This weekend we have honored, individually and as a community, those Americans who gave their lives in times of war. Transylvanians have always stepped forward to serve. One need only look at this paper’s obituaries to see the number of people who...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Addressing The Teacher Shortage

North Carolina has a teacher shortage. In some of the eastern, rural counties of the state, substitutes have been teaching since the beginning of the year. The shortage has become so severe in some counties that earlier this year Republican Rick...

 

Leadership

People attain leadership positions by various means.  Some start at the bottom and work their way up. Some attain the requisite degrees or certificates. Some inherit their positions while others advance by the force of their personality. These...

 

Budgeting Blind

It is understandable that school board members can feel like they are somewhat blind when it comes to submitting a budget for the upcoming school year. School administrators and board members have no concrete idea of how much money they are going to...

 

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