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Justice Is Still Not Blind

There are two kinds of grievous injustice: the conviction of an obviously innocent person and the acquittal of an obviously guilty person. Prior to World War II, it was common in the Deep South for all-white juries to find innocent blacks guilty and...

 

Forest Service Needs Money

There is not a government agency or private enterprise that would not like to have more revenue. However, the U.S. Forest Service, and in particular the Pisgah Ranger District, truly needs more revenue. Three factors are driving the need for more...

 

Assaulting Our Judicial System

When Republicans in the U.S. Senate decided they were going to acquit President Trump of any charges long before the House of Representatives had finished its inquiry, they set in motion a series of events that are eroding our judicial system. The...

 

Wrong Way On Clean Water

The recent announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency that it would be excluding various wetlands and all waters that do not flow year-round may appear innocuous to some, but it could have devastating effects on wildlife, property and...

 

Voter's Guide

In today’s B section, readers will find a question and answer section for the upcoming primary. It is not, however, a comprehensive guide. We did not send out questions to candidates in non-competitive primaries; thus, there are no questions and...

 

Letters And Poems

In the last several weeks, we have received several poems from readers. Some of them have been submitted to run as Opinions of the Reader while others have been submitted to run on the Arts & Entertainment pages. With one or two exceptions, such as...

 

Pay Attention To Mental Health

  “With all due respect, in large part the general public has no idea what’s going on with mental health. The reality is, these are kids that desperately need help,” Transylvania County Schools Superintendent Jeff McDaris told the local...

 

Feeding Schoolchildren

At the Transylvania County Board of Education meeting Monday evening, Carolyn Barton, director of School Nutrition Services, informed the school board the state of North Carolina does not contribute any funding to provide food to students. According...

 

Promoting Healthy Eating

The recent presentation by Margaret Adamek, a food policy expert with the Blue Zones Project, revealed that far too many Transylvanians suffer from diseases or have negative health markers that are the result of poor diets. According to Adamek, 48...

 

Get Facts On Coronavirus

While the Internet has its benefits, it also has its detriments – one being the spread of false information. Unfortunately, there is a tendency among many to believe the first thing they read without logically analyzing the information in regard...

 

Patience On Construction

At last Tuesday evening’s Board of Education meeting, board member Marty Griffin relayed concerns from residents as to why no construction has begun at Brevard High and Rosman High/Middle schools since the $68 million bond referendum was passed 14...

 

Shortchanging Public Education

For the past three years, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-led General Assembly have sparred over whether or not enough money is being spent on public education. Cooper has asked the state to spend more money while the Republican leaders...

 

How Far Have We Come?

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’” -Martin Luther King Jr.   It has been more than 55 years since...

 

Losing Rural Health Care

A story entitled “Rural County Buys Its Own Medical Machines” on Page 9A in today’s paper about Graham County purchasing its own CT and mammogram machines reflects the complexity of issues that make rural health care problematic. Graham...

 

Time To Inform

   The recent decision by President Trump to launch a drone strike that killed Iranian Major General Qassim Suleimani and nine others has raised numerous questions about whether or not the president usurped Congress’s Constitutional authority....

 

United Way Dissolution

The decision by the United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) Board of Directors to dissolve its operation in the next few months presents new challenges for county nonprofit organizations. Over its 65 years of existence, the UWTC has done a good job...

 

Misguided Lottery Funds

When North Carolina approved its “education” lottery, it was sold with the conceit that it would provide the money to handle most of the state’s public schools’ capital needs and that by using the lottery funds to pay for capital needs, more...

 

Turning Lives Around

“For it is in giving that we receive.” -Francis of Assisi One of the most inspirational stories we published in 2019 was that of Emily Lowery and Thomas Medlock. A decade ago Lowery’s life was in shambles. She abused methamphetamines in order...

 

Many Changes In 2019

While Transylvania County has always experienced some changes every year, 2019 was a year of extraordinary change, particularly in leadership positions throughout the county. Frank Porter, after 34 years of working for Comporium, retired in March...

 

Stench Of The Silent Sam Sale

Regardless of whether one views the Silent Sam monument that once stood on the grounds of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a way to honor those who fought for the Confederacy or view it as an everlasting symbol of slavery and white...

 

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

Editor’s Note: In Sept. 1897, an eight-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Sun asking, “Is there a Santa Claus?” An editorial writer of the Sun Staff, Francis Pharcellus Church, wrote a response...

 

Districts Still Problematic

Earlier this year, a three-judge panel ruled the U.S. Congressional districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Under those unconstitutional districts, Republicans held 10 of North Carolina’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives while...

 

Teaching Second Languages

  The state of North Carolina did a disservice to the students and residents of this state when it decided to eliminate funding for teaching English-speaking students a second language in elementary school. For several years, elementary school...

 

Dollar General Dilemma

The possibility of the construction of a Dollar General store on the Greenville Highway in front of the Carr’s Hill Baptist Church represents the conflict between the fundamentals of our economic system with our sense of community, heritage and...

 

Nonpartisan Boards Work

One of the reasons county commissioners David Guice, Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel gave for switching their political affiliation from Republican to Unaffiliated is their belief that “local government should not be partisan in nature.” They stated...

 

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