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Women In The Military

In March of 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John Adams, “I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.” While Ms. Adams was writing about her husband’s and other men’s...

 

Disregarding Local Elections

As exemplified by the mantra, “freedom isn’t free,” one of the primary reasons people serve in the military is to protect our freedoms. Unfortunately, while many Americans, including thousands of Transylvanians, have been willing to sacrifice...

 

An Economic Essential

From a purely economic perspective, County Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins was correct when he stated last week that the decision to apply for a grant to help pay for a sewer line from Rosman to Gaia Herbs is “the most important thing” the...

 

Flu Precautions

While flu season usually does not peak until January or February, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has reported that one resident died from the flu in October. While most people feel miserable for a few days or weeks from the flu, it...

 

Lying And Free Speech

The recent controversy over Facebook accepting political ads that perpetuate falsehoods has brought forth numerous questions regarding the First Amendment and lying. Based on several comments we have read and heard, some people believe they can say...

 

Portfolios Reveal Work

The decision by the Transylvania County Board of Education to require a student portfolio as a graduation requirement should be beneficial to students, colleges and employers. Under the current college admission systems, most schools review...

 

Cantrell Creek

Every week some group of volunteers is engaged in an activity that benefits this county and its residents. While space does not allow us to mention all of them, one of the more impressive and long-term efforts was the completion of the Cantrell Creek...

 

Increase All Teachers' Pay

Public schools in North Carolina have been in session now eight weeks – nearly a quarter of the school year – and it has been more than 100 days since Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper presented a compromise budget to the Republican-led General...

 

Price Increase – Transylvania County, NC

Effective Nov. 1, The Transylvania Times will increase the cost of an annual subscription, and the cover price will go up later this year. We know raising prices never makes anyone happy, but before you show up on our doorstep with pitchforks and tor...

 

Modern Censorship

The First Amendment states the American people have “freedom of speech” and “freedom of the press.” Those rights, however, only protect Americans from infringement by the government, not their employers. As the scope and power of American-bas...

 

Betraying An Ally

On Sunday night, after a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Trump announced the U.S. would begin withdrawing troops from northern Syria. This decision, made without any consultation from the Pentagon or the State...

 

Community Newspapers

(The following is written in celebration of National Newspaper Week, which is Oct. 6-12, and is a slightly modified version of an editorial we ran last year at this time.) Newspapers are typically divided into two groups: daily and community...

 

Increase Mental Health Funding

In 2010, the state of North Carolina identified 13 major health focus areas and established 41 measureable goals. The state used 2008 as its baseline data point and 2020 as its target year. Of the 41 goals set, only six had been met as of last July....

 

Taking Care Of Animals

In today’s Opinions of the Readers are two letters praising Erica Erickson, Paws, and the Pisgah Paws Cat Café in response to an article published in The Transylvania Times last week. At the heart of the matter is whether or not cats were being...

 

Banned Books, Closed Minds

This week, Sept. 22-28, is Banned Books Week, an annual event that highlights efforts to ban books in public schools and libraries. Some of the books that people have attempted to ban – successfully or not – include some of the most important...

 

Ignoring Science  

So far this month, Hurricane Dorian, the fifth Category 5 hurricane in the last four years, obliterated part of the Bahamas. There have been only 34 Category 5 hurricanes in the Atlantic basin since such categorization began in 1924. In the Houston...

 

Toss The School Report Cards

On today’s front page, readers will find two stories about school report cards issued by the state. These report cards, however, are not necessarily an accurate assessment of the quality of a school. In fact, they are extremely flawed because they...

 

Shameful

Republican leaders in the North Carolina House of Representatives displayed dishonesty and disregard for the foundations of democracy when they voted to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto last Wednesday, Sept. 11. For two months, the General...

 

Mountain Song And Community

In his poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost wrote, “…knowing how way leads on to way.” So it often is in life that one decision influences future decisions and events, far beyond the realm of what one might have originally thought or int...

 

A Boost For Democracy

In a 357-page ruling issued last week, a panel of three North Carolina state judges ruled unanimously that the state legislative districts drawn in 2017 violate the North Carolina Constitution. The general ruling, as well as the justifications and...

 

Keep The Money

The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed the Taxpayer Refund Act, which would return more than $660 million to many taxpayers across North Carolina. Since the state has received more revenues than anticipated, Republican lawmakers have dec...

 

Our Anytown Corridor – Brevard, NC

Aesthetically, there are two commercial Brevard’s: downtown and the U.S. 64 corridor from Asheville. The downtown area is authentic and unique. Like many small southern towns, the downtown is anchored by the courthouse. Nearby are vibrant,...

 

Time To Talk About Bikes

This Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Brevard College’s Dunham Auditorium, Project Empathy will host “A Time To Talk About Bikes.” It is a timely topic the community needs to address. Bicycling has become a big business in Brevard and...

 

A Solution Or A Problem?

Next weekend college football hits full throttle and fans attending games at several North Carolina’s public universities will notice one significant difference – the availability of alcoholic beverages inside the stadiums. Earlier this year...

 

Trade War Is Hurting Us

"Trade wars are good, and easy to win." -President Donald Trump, March 1, 2018 Contrary to President’s Trump’s proclamation that trade wars are good and easy to win, the adversary plays a significant role in determining the outcome, and if the ad...

 

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