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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...

 

Principles Before Party

The decision by Transylvania County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Hawkins, Vice Chair David Guice and former Vice Chair Page Lemel to leave the Republican Party and become Unaffiliated should lead all of us to some intensive reflection. As...

 

Good Players

Good Coaches, It has been another stellar season for three of Brevard High School’s sports teams. The Lady Blue Devils volleyball team made history by winning the Mountain Six Conference and advancing to the state semifinals before falling to...

 

Kudos To Hawkins

In today’s paper, readers will find an article about County Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins being named 2019 Rural Advocate of the Year. It is a honor that is well deserved. The NC Rural Center, which works to develop and implement economic...

 

Release The Funds

Recently, the General Assembly declined to negotiate with the governor regarding pay raises for school employees. Even though other state employees received a raise, the General Assembly adjourned for the year without giving most school personnel a...

 

Rebuilding The Jenkins Center

In 1952, when segregation was predominant in Brevard and Transylvania County, the Mary C. Jenkins Center opened in the Rosenwald community. For many years, the Mary C. Jenkins Center, with its meeting areas, outside space for children and swimming...

 

Watch Timing On Road Projects

The announcement last month that several major road projects in Transylvania County have been placed on the 2020 Build N.C. bond issuance list is good news. The three projects slated for construction are: the installation of roundabouts at the...

 

Inconsistent Health Reporting

When there was an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease associated with the North Carolina Mountain State Fair in September, state and local government health officials quickly reported how many cases there were of Legionnaire’s disease. They also...

 

Questions On Paid Parking

  The information presented at a recent Brevard City Council retreat on implementing paid parking downtown raises a lot of questions that need to be answered before any such plan goes into effect. Why is the city considering charging for parking at...

 

Turnover Is Harming UNC

For many decades, the University of North Carolina system was the gold standard in the Southeast. Students from other southeastern states would often apply and be willing to pay the out-of-state tuition to attend UNC-Chapel Hill or N.C. State....

 

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...

 

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