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Mail Or Drop Off Ballots

Due to COVID-19, millions of Americans rightfully are concerned about casting their ballots in person in November. They are concerned about standing in long lines with people who may be infected. At some of our smaller community... — Updated 8/5/2020


Saving Lives And Jobs

Last week, the United States reached a tragic milestone – 150,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. What is more horrific is that thousands of those deaths were avoidable. From July 21-27, the U.S. recorded 463,109 new cases of... — Updated 8/3/2020


Agonizing Decisions

Anyone who watched school board member Courtney Domokur’s heartfelt explanation Monday evening as to why schools should be reopened for students on Aug. 17 witnessed how deeply invested school board members have been in trying to... — Updated 7/29/2020


Sharing House's Success

Sharing House of Transylvania Christian Ministry, Inc. recently released its 2019 report, a report that shows community-wide support for an organization that helps to provide for those in need. In 2019, Sharing House had 177... — Updated 7/27/2020


Graduation Issue Thursday

In May, the local school system surveyed the high school seniors regarding their preference for graduation. The overwhelming majority voted to delay graduation ceremonies until later in the summer with hope that COVID-19... — Updated 7/27/2020


Better To Have Made Decision

Like all school boards in North Carolina, the Transylvania County Board of Education faces a difficult decision in determining how to reopen school this fall. Whether or not it decides to open schools on Aug. 17 under Plan B, a... — Updated 7/22/2020


Reach Out

It’s a simple photo on the front of today’s B section: one white Army veteran and one black Navy recruit reaching out to shake hands while meeting on a hiking trail. In this time of divisiveness and fear, of people recoiling in... — Updated 7/20/2020


Reopening Plan Is Reasonable

The decision by Gov. Roy Cooper that schools should reopen next month under Plan B, which calls for both in-person and online instruction, is the most prudent one at this time. Plan A, which called for all students to attend... — Updated 7/15/2020


Control Virus To Protect Schools

The goal of schools should be to reopen fully this fall for multiple reasons. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) succinctly stated the reasons to strive for a full reopening when it stated: “The AAP strongly advocates that... — Updated 7/13/2020


The Definition Of Community

In Monday’s paper we ran a story entitled, “Powell Town Rallies Around The River.” The story epitomizes the combined definitions of community as “a group of people living in the same locality” as well as “a group of... — Updated 7/9/2020


Be Vigilant

It has now been four months since Gov. Roy Cooper issued stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19. In the first few months there were very few cases locally and nearly all residents abided by the governor’s... — Updated 7/9/2020


This Is A Testing Time For All Of Us

By Lee H. Hamilton A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article noting that with the U.S. preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and massive unemployment, “its competitors are moving to fill... — Updated 7/6/2020


Hitting 'Pause' Is Responsible

When Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that North Carolina would not proceed to Phase Three of reopening the state until at least July 17, political opportunists wasted no time in criticizing the decision. Some Republicans claime... — Updated 6/29/2020


Fill Out Form For Money

If most people were asked to just fill out a form to receive money, they would do so immediately. It’s a little odd, then, that residents do not fill out their U.S. Census forms. While participating in the census does not... — Updated 6/24/2020


Reactive Vs. Proactive

One of the things we hopefully will learn as a nation from the COVID-19 pandemic and racial inequality that have dominated recent headlines is that it is less costly in terms of money, health and happiness to be proactive instead... — Updated 6/22/2020


De Facto Racism

In the past few weeks we have received letters about whether or not there is systemic racism in this country. There is no doubt that racism has been systemic for the majority of American history. De jure racism, racism “by... — Updated 6/18/2020


Supporting Local Farms

With summer officially arriving on Saturday, a plethora of fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as eggs and meat, will be readily available in the next few months at local farms and the Transylvania County Farmers’ Market. We... — Updated 6/15/2020


No Exception For Convention

After the death of more than 100,000 Americans and more than 1,000 North Carolinians, it is astounding that some elected officials still do not understand how contagious the coronavirus is and an elementary school understanding... — Updated 6/10/2020


Confrontation Vs. De-escalation

Once the indelible video of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer – who has been charged with murder – went viral, it should have been apparent to every law enforcement leader in every major and mid-sized... — Updated 6/9/2020


Leaders Who Listen, Care

One Friday evening several weeks ago, an unauthorized message from the school system was sent to high school seniors stating this year’s graduation ceremonies would be a drive-through type of service. That following Monday at... — Updated 6/5/2020


Masks Are A Small Sacrifice

It has become apparent in the past few weeks, particularly since the opening of Phase Two in North Carolina, that many people no longer believe it is necessary to wear masks in public nor adhere to staying 6 feet away from... — Updated 6/1/2020


Blue Skies And Better Wages

Like many crises, COVID-19 has clarified some issues that may have been murky to some. It should be crystal clear that we have had a negative impact on air quality. Hundreds of pictures floating around the internet, on TV and in... — Updated 5/27/2020


Memorial Day

(Editor’s Note: The following is an abbreviated version of a Memorial Day speech by Bill Oxford, national commander of the American Legion.) Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders... — Updated 5/25/2020


Balancing Our Freedoms

When governors began issuing stay-at-home orders in March, nearly everyone complied with those orders. After a few weeks, however, small groups of people began to protest that these governors were denying them their rights as... — Updated 5/20/2020


Listen To Medical Experts

If you want to know if a mysterious spot is skin cancer, you visit a dermatologist. If your vision is becoming a little blurry, you see an optometrist or ophthalmologist. If you have heart problems, you visit a cardiologist. And... — Updated 5/18/2020


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