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The Greater Crime

It’s a misdemeanor. Under federal statute, illegally entering the United States is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and/or a maximum of six months in prison. Yet, parents who are charged with this misdemeanor are being physically...

 

In Praise Of Tyrants

Criticism of President Trump for meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un last week in an attempt to resolve a potential nuclear conflict is somewhat misguided. Many prior presidents have made similar overtures: Richard Nixon talked with the...

 

Importance Of Fathers

Not that long ago, the perceived role of fathers in a family was primarily that of the breadwinner. The responsibility of taking care of and raising the children rested with mothers. When it came to relating to children, fathers often focused on...

 

Re-segregating Our Schools

It has been 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Swann vs. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education that school districts had to take steps to integrate their schools. Throughout the South, whites who refused to send their children to...

 

Taxes And The Courthouse

Last Thursday evening, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners agreed to increase the tax rate 2.5 cents to pay for a new county courthouse adjacent to the public safety complex on Morris Road. During the discussion, some highly questionable...

 

Teaching More Than Academics

On the front page of today’s B section, readers will find two stories about the senior class presidents and student body presidents at Brevard and Rosman high schools. While their stories reflect their self-confidence and academic preparation for...

 

Government: Good And Bad

In the past few weeks, the actions of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the state General Assembly have revealed two decidedly different ways in which government officials treat transparency and the concept of “We the Peop...

 

Europe Leads On Tech Privacy

Nearly 20 years ago, in January of 1999, Scott McNealy, the chief executive officer of Sun Microsystems, said consumer privacy issues are a “red herring.” “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it,” McNealy said. While many were aghast at...

 

The Reason For The Holiday

This Memorial Day weekend will offer a variety of activities for Transylvanians and visitors to the area. The festivities kick off Friday evening with Brevard’s Gallery Walk, as well as the first of three days of musical entertainment. The...

 

Bet On The House

Last Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law that banned 46 states from legalizing sports gambling, will have wide-ranging ramifications. Some of them seem pretty cle...

 

Muddy Sneakers

With the ubiquity of electronic devices– video games, cell phones, tablets, television, etc. – many youth rarely spend time outdoors. The prevalence and immoderate use of such devices and some of their negative impacts on children has been well...

 

Investigations Take Time

Last Thursday, May 10, Vice President Mike Pence implied that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian tampering in the U.S. elections has run its course, stating, “I think it’s time to wrap it up.” There are dozens of...

 

The Rise Of The Unaffiliated

For the past several years, there has been a trend of ambivalence or disenchantment with the two major political parties. And the trend seems to be gaining some momentum. Three facts indicate the strengthening of this trend. One is the increase in...

 

Hog Hyperbole

Recently, in a federal court in eastern North Carolina, a jury unanimously ruled that Murphy-Brown/Smithfield Foods “substantially and unreasonably interfered with the plaintiffs’ use and enjoyment of their property.” The 10 plaintiffs were...

 

Civility And Common Ground

Gun violence is one of those issues to which people often respond viscerally. There are vehement arguments but little rational discussion. As a result, animosity between those with differing opinions grows and the common ground diminishes. The intran...

 

Basing Decisions On Information

Within the past month, two state legislative committees have made good decisions after gathering information from multiple, knowledgeable sources. In a rational world, gathering information from knowledgeable people, examining data and discussing...

 

Statistics And Definitions

In Monday’s paper we ran a story on various statistics provided by Transylvania County School Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris at a recent Board of Education meeting. At this past Monday night’s Transylvania County Board of Commissioners meeting,...

 

Invest Early In Children

For a plant to achieve optimal growth, the seed must germinate in the correct soil type at a certain depth. The soil must reach a specific temperature and the seed must receive the appropriate amount of water and sunlight. Without all of the proper...

 

Important Primaries

For each election cycle, The Transylvania Times allows local and state candidates a press release announcing their candidacy, their qualifications, their reasons for seeking office, their positions on certain issues, etc. On the first day of...

 

Gracious Lady

“Gracious” is not a term that can be applied to many people in today’s hyper-partisan, venomous and often self-congratulatory political realm. But former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away Tuesday, was gracious. Mrs. Bush was a...

 

Real Battle For Survival

Thirty-two years. That is not very long, particularly in the life of mankind. But that is how long it is before mankind’s population approaches 10 billion, the ultimate number of people the earth can support as it is presently used. What happens...

 

Breaking Point?

Earlier this year, teachers in West Virginia went on a successful nine-day strike for better salaries. In recent weeks, teachers in Oklahoma have gone on strike and in Kentucky have protested in mass at their state capitols. Teacher strikes and prote...

 

Celebrate Local Library

This week is National Library Week and there is no better to time to become acquainted with all the Transylvania County Library and all that it has to offer. This week the library is offering three special events. Monday night, author Paul Bogard...

 

Ignorance

In today’s paper readers can find a column from John Hood about the interest in sheriffs’ races. While the column focuses on why sheriffs’ races gather a great deal of interest, it also states some very disturbing facts, facts that undermine...

 

Participate In Forest Plans

The U.S. Forest Service will soon release the first draft of its plans for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. These plans will guide forest activites, from wildlife management and timber sales to all forms of recreational activities, such as...

 

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