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Simple Change For Efficiency

There are quirks in state law that make no sense and create government inefficiency. One of those quirks came to light at the Transylvania County Board of Education meeting Monday night regarding reimbursement of sales taxes. Because the sales tax...

 

Let Bygones Be Bygones

Something unsual happened in the Transylvania County courthouse last week. After a former white Brevard High School student was found guilty of simple assault on a black student, the mother of the black student told the defendant and his family,...

 

Farm Bill: Good And Bad

Somewhat lost amid all of the hoopla last week – the sentencing of President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, the Senate’s decisions regarding funding the Saudi war effort in Yemen, and locally recovery from winter storm Diego...

 

Cooperating On Projects

Two actions at the local level show encouraging signs of cooperation between different boards and people of different political affiliations. Last Tuesday, the members of the Transylvania County Board of Education made it clear they want to work...

 

Responding To Bad Weather

As of Wednesday morning, there were many people in this county without power or stranded at home because their roads are impassable. That, however, is not due to any lack of effort by local fire/rescue squads, law enforcement, emergency personnel,...

 

Stopping Real Voter Fraud

For the past decade or more, state Republicans have pressed for voters to be required to show some government-approved visual identification at the polls. Their rationale: to protect the integrity of the elections, to make sure only those people who...

 

An Overlooked President

Frequently, modest people who quietly do good work are often overlooked until they are gone. Then we realize their contributions, their subtle but steady work that has made life easier or better for us. That is the case of President George H.W....

 

More Space For Manufacturing

After months of talking with local leaders and reviewing economic data, consultant Jeannette Goldsmith in February of 2013 released an “Economic Development Readiness Assessment for Transylvania County.” She wrote that one of the physical...

 

More Profits, Fewer Jobs

General Motors announcement that it would be “idling” four American plants and one in Canada resulting in the loss of 14,000 jobs highlights the intrinsic problem of today’s corporate capitalism. The financial interests of shareholders and...

 

Ceding The Moral Ground

One of our strongest attributes as a nation is that we usually take the high moral ground. It has allowed us to set a standard that numerous countries have attempted, many successfully, to emulate. Many countries have modeled their constitutions on...

 

Do We Need More Venues?

Numerous Brevard residents have expressed strong reservations about the revised plan to have the city spend more than $400,000 to construct an abbreviated facsimile of the old railroad depot. Many people supported the plan when originally presented b...

 

Time To Seek Common Ground

While both political parties seem to be growing farther apart each day, there are actually quite a few topics on which most Americans agree: Political dissent. More than 90 percent of Americans believe people have the right to nonviolent protest and...

 

Asking A Lot Of A Few

Last Tuesday as millions of Americans cast their votes in this year’s midterm elections, the body of an American, Major Brent Taylor, arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, was killed during an insider...

 

It's Time To Tackle Issues

Now that the elections are over, the winners are being congratulated and the losers consoled. But in just a few short days, it will be time for the winners and those already in office to address several important issues facing our county, region and...

 

'Get Set' For The Future

During the recent Halloweenfest activities, the Transylvania County Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) announced two changes: ECI will now be called Get Set Transylvania and the organization is now partners with Sesame Street in Communities. The goal...

 

Voting Based On Information

“Being adequately informed is a democratic duty, just as the vote is a democratic right. A misinformed electorate, voting without knowledge, is not a true democracy.” –British author Jay Griffiths In today’s society, we have a tendency to...

 

Learning To Read Begins In Infancy

It has been known for decades that reading is an essential skill for academic and economic success. The illiterate and semi-literate struggle not only in school but also throughout their lives. Many states, including North Carolina, have tried to...

 

Prisoners Have Families Too

Whenever there is a life-altering incident, whether it is a car accident or a diagnosis of cancer or dementia, the ramifications reach far beyond the individual involved to family and often friends. The same is true for those who have family members...

 

Read Beyond The Labels

In today’s edition of The Transylvania Times, readers will find our Transylvania County Election Guide 2018. It contains questions and answers posed to 16 candidates running for various offices, information on the six proposed state constitutional...

 

Republicans Oppose Three Amendments

There are six proposed state constitutional amendments, the most at any one time in modern history, on this year’s ballot. Although the Republican-led General Assembly decided to put the amendments on the ballot, Republicans at the state and local...

 

Holding The Powerful Accountable

American politicians have often criticized the press. Usually politicians criticize those journalists, newspapers or TV stations that point out the formers’ hypocrisy, incompetence, corruption, deceitfulness or other unworthy traits. As Thomas...

 

Small Papers Reflect Life

(The following is written in celebration of National Newspaper Week, which is Oct. 7-13.) In journalism, newspapers are often divided into two groups: dailies and community newspapers. Nearly all Americans are familiar with the first – The New...

 

Information Has Been Provided

Prior to the school board meeting held at Brevard High School last Monday evening, on its Facebook page the Transylvania County Republican Party said it needed a “large number of conservatives” to attend the meeting for several reasons. Some of...

 

Warning Signs - Brevard NC

Ten years ago this month, the housing market collapsed, the financial markets plunged and the Great Recession began. The situation was so dire that then presidential candidates and U.S. senators John McCain and Barack Obama briefly suspended their...

 

Florence And Regulations - Brevard NC

Transylvania County residents were fortunate this past weekend when the remnants of Hurricane Florence brought us little wind and just a few inches of rain. Meanwhile, thousands of people in eastern North Carolina are still fleeing floodwaters or are...

 

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