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Mask Confusion

On Feb. 29, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams tweeted, “Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if health care providers can’t get them to... — Updated 4/6/2020

 

Our First Crisis

This is the first major, nationwide crisis for the majority of Americans. Certainly there have been events since 1960 that have had a tremendous impact on this nation – the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, the seemingly... — Updated 4/1/2020

 

COVID-19 And The Flu

A few months ago when the COVID-19 outbreak began, many Americans wondered why it was receiving so much attention when the regular flu killed approximately 32,000 Americans last year. It was a legitimate question. Since that time,... — Updated 3/31/2020

 

A Doctor's Advice

(Editor’s Note: At this time it is crucial for residents to listen to the advice of medical professionals. The following information is from local doctor Ray Dunkelberg.) Facts 1. COVID-19 is a new virus. No one on the planet... — Updated 3/26/2020 Full story

 

Impressive Response

When Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Saturday, March 14, that all K-12 schools in the state would be closed to students beginning March 16, it did not leave local school officials much time to make preparations. Prior to that... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

Erring On The Side Of Caution

The failure of the federal government to have enough kits to accurately test people for the coronavirus (COVID-19) has helped foster an air of uncertainty and, in some cases, panic. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National... — Updated 3/16/2020

 

State Has Funds For Mental Health

It’s becoming a recurrent theme: government agencies that are seeing an increase in services are receiving less funding. Last month we reported the U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina has fewer employees but the number of... — Updated 3/12/2020

 

Absenteeism

“We can’t teach them if they’re not here,” more than one teacher has been known to say. Unfortunately, teachers in Transylvania County Schools are unable to teach many students because they are chronically absent. In the... — Updated 3/9/2020

 

Teacher Input Is Critical

Just over two weeks ago Chad Roberson, an architect with Clark Nexsen, told the Transylvania County Board of Education, “There has been a ton of input that we have gotten on these projects.” Roberson was referring to the plans... — Updated 3/4/2020

 

Scrutinize Information

There have always been rumors and misinformation campaigns. However, the advent of dark money and social media have made it easier for these malicious practices to have a greater impact. Two incidents in the past few weeks... — Updated 3/2/2020

 

Justice Is Still Not Blind

There are two kinds of grievous injustice: the conviction of an obviously innocent person and the acquittal of an obviously guilty person. Prior to World War II, it was common in the Deep South for all-white juries to find... — Updated 2/26/2020

 

Forest Service Needs Money

There is not a government agency or private enterprise that would not like to have more revenue. However, the U.S. Forest Service, and in particular the Pisgah Ranger District, truly needs more revenue. Three factors are driving... — Updated 2/24/2020

 

Assaulting Our Judicial System

When Republicans in the U.S. Senate decided they were going to acquit President Trump of any charges long before the House of Representatives had finished its inquiry, they set in motion a series of events that are eroding our... — Updated 2/19/2020

 

Wrong Way On Clean Water

The recent announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency that it would be excluding various wetlands and all waters that do not flow year-round may appear innocuous to some, but it could have devastating effects on wildlife,... — Updated 2/17/2020

 

Voter's Guide

In today’s B section, readers will find a question and answer section for the upcoming primary. It is not, however, a comprehensive guide. We did not send out questions to candidates in non-competitive primaries; thus, there are... — Updated 2/12/2020

 

Letters And Poems

In the last several weeks, we have received several poems from readers. Some of them have been submitted to run as Opinions of the Reader while others have been submitted to run on the Arts & Entertainment pages. With one or two... — Updated 2/12/2020

 

Pay Attention To Mental Health

  “With all due respect, in large part the general public has no idea what’s going on with mental health. The reality is, these are kids that desperately need help,” Transylvania County Schools Superintendent Jeff McDaris... — Updated 2/10/2020

 

Feeding Schoolchildren

At the Transylvania County Board of Education meeting Monday evening, Carolyn Barton, director of School Nutrition Services, informed the school board the state of North Carolina does not contribute any funding to provide food to... — Updated 2/6/2020

 

Promoting Healthy Eating

The recent presentation by Margaret Adamek, a food policy expert with the Blue Zones Project, revealed that far too many Transylvanians suffer from diseases or have negative health markers that are the result of poor diets.... — Updated 2/3/2020

 

Get Facts On Coronavirus

While the Internet has its benefits, it also has its detriments – one being the spread of false information. Unfortunately, there is a tendency among many to believe the first thing they read without logically analyzing the... — Updated 1/29/2020

 

Patience On Construction

At last Tuesday evening’s Board of Education meeting, board member Marty Griffin relayed concerns from residents as to why no construction has begun at Brevard High and Rosman High/Middle schools since the $68 million bond... — Updated 1/27/2020

 

Shortchanging Public Education

For the past three years, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-led General Assembly have sparred over whether or not enough money is being spent on public education. Cooper has asked the state to spend more money while the... — Updated 1/22/2020

 

How Far Have We Come?

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’” -Martin Luther King Jr.   It has been more than... — Updated 1/20/2020

 

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... — Updated 1/15/2020

 

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... — Updated 1/13/2020

 

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