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Policing Is A Local Matter

After the video surfaced last summer of a police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck until Floyd was dead, protesters in several U.S. cities called for the abolition of their police forces or “defunding the police.... — Updated 3/1/2021


The Bad and The Good

The U.S. reached a grim milestone this week as the death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 500,000. More Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19 in just a year than those who lost their lives in combat in World War II, the Korean... — Updated 2/24/2021


Cancelling Student Loans

Last week President Joe Biden said he supported cancelling $10,000 in student federal loan debt for individuals, far less than the $50,000 proposed by other Democrats. There are approximately 45 million Americans who hold a total... — Updated 2/22/2021


Budgeting Backwards

The budgeting process in North Carolina is backwards. At present, the local school system, city government and county government are drafting their budgets for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. They are gathering... — Updated 2/17/2021


State Is Good For Business

In his column in today’s paper entitled “Build On N.C.’s Strengths,” John Hood points out many of the positive aspects of North Carolina. In particular, Hood refers to a study done by researchers at Arizona State... — Updated 2/15/2021


Correction: County Death Rate

In today's editorial we incorrectly stated that the death rate in the county was 643 people per 100,000 residents. It should read the number of new COVID-19 cases during the last 14 days was 643 per 100,000 residents. Comparisons... — Updated 2/12/2021


We Can Do Better

For much of the COVID-19 pandemic, Transylvania County residents have responded quite well. When residents first heard of the virus, many stayed home. When people ventured out in public, many wore masks, stayed 6 feet away and... — Updated 2/12/2021


The Short-Term Rental Dilemma

On this page readers will find a letter encouraging the Brevard City Council to take steps to reduce the negative impact short-term rentals (STRs) are having on local housing. STRs have become popular for a variety of reasons.... — Updated 2/8/2021


Put Teachers In The Queue?

One of the biggest questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination process is prioritizing who should receive it. The first group of recipients included health care workers because they are most likely to contract the disease and are... — Updated 2/3/2021


Two Sides Of Cancel Culture

At last Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, during public comment one proponent of the resolution to declare Transylvania County a “Constitutional Rights Protected County” claimed opposition to the resolution was a... — Updated 2/1/2021


Big Problem Is Lack Of Supply

Since the first shots of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in December, its distribution has been relatively chaotic. States and local health departments have not known when or how much vaccine they are going to receive. In... — Updated 1/27/2021


A Duck Isn't An Alligator

For the last decade, The Transylvania Times has had a policy for its Opinions of the Readers submissions that limits letters to 350 words and states that “reliable sources must be cited.” Since the attack on the U.S. Capitol... — Updated 1/25/2021


Local Officials Working Hard

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccinations has been confusing and frustrating. As with the initial lack of PPE (personal protective equipment) and shortage of testing sites for COVID-19 last spring, there has been a lack of... — Updated 1/18/2021


Integrity And Empathy

The attack on the U.S. Capitol and members of Congress last week should cause all of us to engage in some deep self-reflection. In his column entitled “Trashed Capitol Should Be Revolting To All Of Us,” conservative John Hood... — Updated 1/13/2021


Not Surprising

No one should have been surprised by supporters of President Trump storming Capitol Hill last Wednesday in an attempt to block Congress from officially counting the Electoral College vote, the last step in certifying Joe Biden as... — Updated 1/11/2021


Growing With 'Infill'

When the North Carolina General Assembly basically nullified involuntary annexation, cities were forced to grow within their own boundaries. The only choices have been to build taller structures, renovate unusued spaces or fill in... — Updated 1/6/2021


Misinformation Costs Lives

One of the more discouraging aspects of 2020 was the willingness of millions of Americans to abdicate their ability to reason and accept, without question, false or misleading information. The widespread acceptance of... — Updated 1/4/2021


2020: The Year That Wasn't

In many ways, it would be accurate to say 2020 was the year that wasn’t. There were no spring sports. There were no high school graduations. There were none of the special events and festivals we enjoy – no Assault on the... — Updated 12/30/2020


Waiting To The Last Minute

Early last week Congress overwhelmingly passed a combined bill to fund the government ($1.4 trillion) and provide economic relief from the impacts of the coronavirus ($900 billion). Both portions of the bill needed to be passed... — Updated 12/28/2020


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... — Updated 12/23/2020



For the last four decades if you heard someone in Transylvania County say, “I’m going to talk with Stella,” people knew exactly whom they were referring to, Stella Trapp, the longtime publisher and editor of The Transylvania... — Updated 12/22/2020


Make Athletics Competitive

For many high school students, athletics is an integral part of their lives. Playing on an athletic team is often the highlight of their day. The benefits of athletics, if done correctly, are multiple. With the exception of... — Updated 12/16/2020


Comparing Sacrifices

Seventy-nine years ago, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. A day later, President Franklin Roosevelt gave his “Day of Infamy” speech and the U.S. Congress declared war on Japan. When men were drafted into the service, it was... — Updated 12/7/2020


Kudos To Brevard College

Brevard College recently finished a successful first semester, something many colleges and universities cannot claim. Several large universities in this state closed down and sent students home back in August, forcing their... — Updated 12/7/2020


Now Is Time To Shop Local

2020 has been a year of paradoxes, and the economy has been no exception. With millions of Americans losing their jobs for several months and COVID-19 infections increasing across the U.S., there were concerns retail sales on... — Updated 12/2/2020


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