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 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 23, 2019 

Consensus Is To Expand Medicaid

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, one of its major components was expanding Medicaid coverage. The idea was that by expanding Medicaid coverage and providing subsidies to those who made too much to qualify for Medicaid, nearly all...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 20, 2019

One Cent More

Last week some members of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners asked Superintendent Jeff McDaris about the school budget. The following are some thoughts about the issues broached by the commissioners.    •The school board has...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 16, 2019

An Advocate For Public Education?

Whenever people are elected to leadership positions, it is part of their job to advocate for their departments and employees so they, in turn, can provide better services to their constituents. For example, Transylvania County Board of Education...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 13, 2019

Bringing In The Best

On Saturday evening, New York Times best-selling author Wiley Cash and poet Frank X Walker read from and discussed their works at the Transylvania County Library. It was just one of several cultural events where some of our nation’s best have...

 

Quotations

In today’s Opinions of the Readers, a letter writer criticizes a previous letter writer for attributing the phrase “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” to Thomas Edison...

 
 By John Lanier    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Honoring Nurses And Teachers

This week is National Nurses Week. It is also National Teacher Appreciation Week. While the jobs nurses and teachers do are technically different, the people drawn to these jobs and the jobs themselves have many similarities. Both jobs require four-y...

 

Welcome To Years Of Debt

This past weekend Brevard College held its graduation ceremonies. This coming weekend Blue Ridge Community College will hold its graduation ceremonies. This month as thousands of students receive their diplomas, many of them will have mountains of st...

 

Addressing The Teacher Shortage

North Carolina has a teacher shortage. In some of the eastern, rural counties of the state, substitutes have been teaching since the beginning of the year. The shortage has become so severe in some counties that earlier this year Republican Rick...

 

Leadership

People attain leadership positions by various means.  Some start at the bottom and work their way up. Some attain the requisite degrees or certificates. Some inherit their positions while others advance by the force of their personality. These...

 

Budgeting Blind

It is understandable that school board members can feel like they are somewhat blind when it comes to submitting a budget for the upcoming school year. School administrators and board members have no concrete idea of how much money they are going to...

 

Made In America?

Most people like to financially support their community, county, state and nation. We support buy local campaigns because the money spent locally helps provide local jobs and increases revenue from local sales taxes. The former means fewer people on...

 

Saving Money And Resources

During the Great Depression, Americans practiced conservation out of economic necessity. They purchased only what they needed and used items repeatedly. When items could no longer be used for their original purpose, efforts were made to use them in...

 

A Cathedral And A Courthouse

It’s a truism that people often do not appreciate something until it is gone. That concept was reinforced Monday evening when Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire. Millions of visitors from around the world who have visited the famous...

 

The Tax Cuts

Now that April 15 has arrived and Americans have filed their taxes, many are understanding firsthand the true impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in 2017. Some are learning what they were told was far from the truth. On Oct. 11, 2017,...

 

Financing For Bike Paths

Bicycling has become a popular pastime, as exemplified by the more than 1,000 riders who participated in last Saturday’s Assault on the Carolinas. It is a pastime we should encourage. Bicycling is healthy. It provides excellent aerobic exercise wit...

 

Robbing Peter To Pay Paul

 For the past few decades, public school teachers in North Carolina, and across the nation, have been spending their own money to pay for classroom supplies, which have been cut in recent years, to meet the basic needs of their students. It was no...

 

Share The Roads And The Trails

This Saturday up to 1,000 bicyclists will be riding the roads of Transylvania County as the 20th Assault on the Carolinas takes place. It will mark the unofficial beginning of bike season. Of course, there have been bicyclists on the roads and...

 

Critical Cases

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard two companion cases on partisan gerrymandering. In a most unusual circumstance, the plaintiffs represented both political parties. In North Carolina in Rucho vs. Common Cause, plaintiffs argued and the lower...

 

Transylvania Leads The Way

At times, raising children can be frustrating and exhausting. Having to deal with children’s runny noses, bouts of diarrhea, temper tantrums and feedings every two to fours can test even the most loving parents. But hearing a child’s first...

 

Expanding Medicaid

The state General Assembly should seriously consider expanding Medicaid in North Carolina. The reasons for expanding Medicaid are numerous and widespread while the reasons for not expanding Medicaid are primarily theoretical. In the past, the state l...

 

Timely Test Reporting

Some governmental laws, regulations and processes are befuddling, illogical and counterproductive. Several of them came to light during the Transylvania County Board of Education meeting Monday evening. The state requires that students who achieve a...

 

Courageous Or Calculating?

For years, many members of the U.S. Congress have been remiss in carrying out some of their most fundamental duties. Instead of Congress passing laws regarding domestic affairs or approving specific use of the military either abroad or at home,...

 

Public Records Open To All

There seems to be a misperception among some people that state public records laws and the Freedom of Information Act apply to, or are important only to, journalists. While these laws are integral in helping news organizations provide news involving...

 

School Boards Should Set Calendars

Several bills have been introduced in the General Assembly that would let local school districts establish their own calendars. Elected officials have sponsored bills that would provide “calendar flexibility” just for districts they represent; Ho...

 

Investigate Fully

The biggest news in North Carolina last month was the unanimous decision by the State Board of Elections, comprised of three Democrats and two Republicans, to vacate the apparent win by Republican Mark Harris and hold a new election for the 9th Congr...

 

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