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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...

 

Hospital Prices Can Be Clearer

On Jan. 1, 2019, a new law went into effect that requires all hospitals in the United States “to make public a list of their standard charges via the Internet in a machine readable format, and to update this information at least annually, or more...

 

The Value Of Empathy

A good but infrequent thing happened toward the beginning of a nearly three-hour joint workshop with the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners and the Transylvania County Board of Education last Wednesday evening. Kara Millonzi, a lawyer from...

 

Small Town Struggles

The small town of Edenton, N.C., needs more than $2.64 million to renovate and upgrade two of its water treatment plants. The only way it can get that money is to pass a bond. But last week State Auditor Beth Wood initially recommended the Local...

 

Academics Before Athletics

The amount of money poured into college athletics is astronomical. It’s not just the head coaches in football and basketball who have multi-million dollar contracts. In 2015, according to USA Today, nine assistant college football coaches had...

 

Shut Down The Shutdown

Sadly and needlessly, the federal government shutdown is entering its third week. With each passing day, the impacts of the shutdown are being felt not only by federal employees, but also those who receive federal revenues, such as states and...

 

Get The 9th Right

Last Thursday, the 116th session of Congress convened with one vacant seat, that of the representative of the 9th Congressional District in North Carolina. In November, Republican Mark Harris appeared to defeat Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes to...

 

An Equitable, Stable Economy

As 2019 begins, people have a variety of goals and aspirations. Besides wishing for good health, individuals often hope for a better year economically – for themselves individually, their community and their nation. 2018 was a mixed bag...

 

2018: Calm By Comparison

Given all of the turmoil on the international and national fronts, life in Transylvania County was fairly stable and calm in 2018. However, there were some major decisions that could impact this county far into the future. One of the biggest decision...

 

Of Gun And Prison Reforms

Two decisions made in Washington, D.C., last week are small, but significant, steps toward reducing mass shootings and reforming prisons. Last Tuesday the Trump administration issued a new rule banning bump stocks, devices that transform...

 

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

Editor’s Note: In Sept. 1897, an 8-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, wrote a response...

 

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,...

 

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