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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...

 

County Faces Challenges

Based on the demographic information presented at a recent Transylvania County Board of Commissioners meeting, this county faces some stiff challenges in the near future. Two of the county’s biggest challenges are an increasingly older population...

 

Keep Homes Off Steep Slopes

The Brevard City Council reversed course last week, voting 3-2 against increasing construction slopes from grades of 25 percent or less to nearly 50 percent. It was a prudent reversal. Earlier this month the council had voted 3-2 to support the new...

 

Recruiting Teachers

Good teachers and administrators are the backbone of any successful school. Yet, North Carolina, including Transylvania County, faces some daunting challenges to recruit and retain quality teachers. Some of the challenges facing North Carolina have...

 

Saving The Downtown

Saving The Downtown There was a time when there was no gazebo in front of the courthouse, when there was no Twilight Tour, when there were no sidewalk planters downtown. There was a time when finding a parking space was easy at any time of day, when...

 

Shabby Work?

In today’s paper readers will find a letter accusing The Transylvania Times of “shabby journalism” printed on “figurative yellow paper.” The comments are in reference to a recent story about Rep. Cody Henson being served a 50B Ex Parte...

 

Jones: A True Representative

When Walter Jones, the Republican Congressman representing North Carolina’s 3rd District died Sunday, this state and nation lost a true representative. Jones believed his vote should be based in accordance with his conscience, his constituents and...

 

Walls: Smart Or Physical?

During his State of the Union address, President Trump claimed that El Paso, Texas, was one of the most dangerous cities in the country until a “powerful barrier” was built to reduce illegal immigration and crime. That statement is false accordin...

 

Only One Flag

(Editor’s Note: The following is the second part of a two-part editorial.) Post-war reconciliation is not unusual. On Dec. 8, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln presented his plan for reconstruction, including terms of amnesty for former...

 

Only One Flag

(Editor’s Note: The following is the first of a two-part editorial.) Even though the Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, there are few things that engender more passion and divisiveness than the Confederate flag. In today’s paper, readers...

 

Filling The Insurance Gap

Thousands of people in North Carolina who live below the federal poverty level are receiving no assistance when it comes to health insurance. When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, proponents of the plan assumed states would agree to expand...

 

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