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Be Vigilant

It has now been four months since Gov. Roy Cooper issued stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19. In the first few months there were very few cases locally and nearly all residents abided by the governor’s... — Updated 7/9/2020


This Is A Testing Time For All Of Us

By Lee H. Hamilton A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article noting that with the U.S. preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and massive unemployment, “its competitors are moving to fill... — Updated 7/6/2020


Hitting 'Pause' Is Responsible

When Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that North Carolina would not proceed to Phase Three of reopening the state until at least July 17, political opportunists wasted no time in criticizing the decision. Some Republicans claime... — Updated 6/29/2020


Fill Out Form For Money

If most people were asked to just fill out a form to receive money, they would do so immediately. It’s a little odd, then, that residents do not fill out their U.S. Census forms. While participating in the census does not... — Updated 6/24/2020


Reactive Vs. Proactive

One of the things we hopefully will learn as a nation from the COVID-19 pandemic and racial inequality that have dominated recent headlines is that it is less costly in terms of money, health and happiness to be proactive instead... — Updated 6/22/2020


De Facto Racism

In the past few weeks we have received letters about whether or not there is systemic racism in this country. There is no doubt that racism has been systemic for the majority of American history. De jure racism, racism “by... — Updated 6/18/2020


Supporting Local Farms

With summer officially arriving on Saturday, a plethora of fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as eggs and meat, will be readily available in the next few months at local farms and the Transylvania County Farmers’ Market. We... — Updated 6/15/2020


No Exception For Convention

After the death of more than 100,000 Americans and more than 1,000 North Carolinians, it is astounding that some elected officials still do not understand how contagious the coronavirus is and an elementary school understanding... — Updated 6/10/2020


Confrontation Vs. De-escalation

Once the indelible video of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer – who has been charged with murder – went viral, it should have been apparent to every law enforcement leader in every major and mid-sized... — Updated 6/9/2020


Leaders Who Listen, Care

One Friday evening several weeks ago, an unauthorized message from the school system was sent to high school seniors stating this year’s graduation ceremonies would be a drive-through type of service. That following Monday at... — Updated 6/5/2020


Masks Are A Small Sacrifice

It has become apparent in the past few weeks, particularly since the opening of Phase Two in North Carolina, that many people no longer believe it is necessary to wear masks in public nor adhere to staying 6 feet away from... — Updated 6/1/2020


Blue Skies And Better Wages

Like many crises, COVID-19 has clarified some issues that may have been murky to some. It should be crystal clear that we have had a negative impact on air quality. Hundreds of pictures floating around the internet, on TV and in... — Updated 5/27/2020


Memorial Day

(Editor’s Note: The following is an abbreviated version of a Memorial Day speech by Bill Oxford, national commander of the American Legion.) Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders... — Updated 5/25/2020


Balancing Our Freedoms

When governors began issuing stay-at-home orders in March, nearly everyone complied with those orders. After a few weeks, however, small groups of people began to protest that these governors were denying them their rights as... — Updated 5/20/2020


Listen To Medical Experts

If you want to know if a mysterious spot is skin cancer, you visit a dermatologist. If your vision is becoming a little blurry, you see an optometrist or ophthalmologist. If you have heart problems, you visit a cardiologist. And... — Updated 5/18/2020


Respect And Appreciation

We are fortunate to live in a community in which most people are respectful of one another. People do not cut in line when waiting to get into the movies or a restaurant. There are no altercations when two drivers simultaneously... — Updated 5/13/2020


Be Smart: It's Not Over

In the last two weeks, more than half of the states in this country have begun to loosen restrictions regarding COVID-19. Unfortunately, nearly all of those states are taking those measures without meeting the guidelines... — Updated 5/12/2020


Will Cathey

If you spent more than 10 minutes with Will Cathey, you would not forget him. His personality was larger than life, of which his ended all too soon last week. His list of positions included assistant district attorney, mayor of... — Updated 5/6/2020


Struggling With Uncertainty

When 2020 rang in four months ago, we assumed it would be much like 2019. We were certain that we would probably have jobs and that if we ate right and exercised, we would be healthy. We were fairly certain of our future. That... — Updated 5/4/2020


A Rational Extension

Last Thursday afternoon, Gov. Roy Cooper extended the stay-at-home order from April 29 until next Friday, May 8. The decision was based on compliance with the federal guidelines announced earlier this month. Dr. Mandy Cohen, head... — Updated 4/29/2020

 By Dean Ridings    Opinion

Congress Should Support Local News Industry

During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as hand sanitizer and facemasks. Your local newspaper provides the news... — Updated 4/27/2020


Early Openings Could Backfire

Earlier this week, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced that several types of businesses – gyms, nail and hair salons, tattoo parlors, etc. – in that state would be reopening Friday with restaurants and theaters able to open... — Updated 4/22/2020


A Grave Mistake

People over the age of 65 are in one of the high-risk groups for becoming seriously ill or dying from COVID-19. Unfortunately, that is the only thing some people are hearing, which is leading some people below the age of 65 to... — Updated 4/20/2020


State Handling COVID-19 Well

From a health standpoint, Gov. Roy Cooper and state health officials seem to be doing a good job of handling the COVID-19 crisis. As of last Friday, April 17, the state reported the following: •COVID-19 tests: 72,981... — Updated 4/20/2020


Right Decision Will Still Hurt

The Brevard Music Center Board of Trustees made the right decision for the right reason when its members voted unanimously on April 4 to cancel this summer’s music festival. The decision was based wholly on consideration of the... — Updated 4/15/2020


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