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Leave VA Alone

In December of 2016, soon after Donald Trump was elected president, we published an editorial entitled “Keep Eye On Public Purse.” The editorial focused on the transfer of public funds to private coffers in two distinct areas – infrastructure...

 

Give Schools Tax Authority

With the arrival of spring comes the planning of budgets for the upcoming 2018-19 fiscal year. With that planning comes the negotiations between the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners and the Transylvania County Board of Education as to how...

 

Expanding 'In Loco Parentis'

It is great news that the dropout rate for Transylvania County Schools reached .7 percent in the 2016-17 school year. The decrease in dropouts from 41 in 2013-14 to just eight last year is even more remarkable given all of the societal and...

 

Siniard's Legacy Is Everywhere

Whether people know it or not, every Transylvanian has been to a place that was directly touched or impacted by Hale “Guis” Siniard Jr., who passed away last week. Those who live in Illahee Hills, Glen Cannon or Thomas Woods travel on roads that...

 

Buy A Bowl

This Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the 13th Annual “Empty Bowls” lunch will be held at the Brevard First Methodist Church, which is located across the street from Brevard College. For $18, people can purchase a lunch of soup and...

 

Weighing Tariffs

Earlier this month President Donald Trump, against the advice of numerous economists and former director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, signed a proclamation placing a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on...

 

Circumventing Transparency

As noted in Monday’s paper, citizens of North Carolina and the United States have access to a multitude of government documents, from emails to maps to photographs to minutes of meetings. That, however, does not mean that all documents that should...

 

Sunshine Is For Everyone

This week, March 11-17, is Sunshine Week, a time to celebrate and reinvigorate the fundamental democratic belief that government represents the governed and, therefore, the people have the inherent right to see and review the actions of elected and...

 

Uncontested

The candidate filing period for the upcoming May primaries has closed. Unfortunately, in three of the eight races on the ballot, the eventual winner will be selected in the primary because the Democratic Party has no candidates. No Democrats filed...

 

Competitive Salaries

On today’s front page, readers will find a story in which Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney reported to the county commissioners the difficulty of recruiting and retaining law enforcement officers. Scrutiny of law enforcement officers’...

 

Base Gun Laws On Facts

In the coming weeks and months, it appears as if state houses across the country, if not Congress, may reconsider regulations on guns. While the images of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., remain fresh in people’s minds, changes to the law...

 

Awful Idea To Arm Teachers

While President Trump has made some reasonable statements regarding attempts to curb mass shootings after the murder of 14 students and three faculty members at Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Florida – raising the age of purchasing...

 

Tough To Attract, Retain Teachers

Within the next few years, North Carolina, particularly its non-urban areas, including Transylvania County, could face a serious problem attracting and retaining veteran teachers. As Colin Campbell notes in his adjacent column, new teachers in North...

 

Revise Inspection Exemption Law

On today’s front page readers will find a story regarding state House Bill 774, which was passed into law in 2013. The law provides that any “primitive camp” structure less than 4,000 square feet, “farm building,” “greenhouse,” and...

 

More Than An 'Enhancement'

For the past decade, classes such as art, music and PE (physical education) have been under attack as being unnecessary to a child’s education. In North Carolina they have been labeled “enhancement” classes. As a result, politicians either...

 

Autocracy Is The Real Enemy

In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump said, “I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve,” that all...

 

Helping Rural Areas

It’s no secret that North Carolina has an urban-rural divide that seems to grow larger by the day. Most of the population and economic growth in the state is occurring in the Piedmont, particularly in the Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro and...

 

The Economy In Context

Based on several numbers, the U.S. economy is doing quite well right now. The stock market has risen to record highs and unemployment is the lowest since the turn of the century. But those positive numbers do not reflect how the U.S. is performing...

 

A Referendum For Courthouse

In the fall of 2015 the architectural firm Clark Nexsen, at the request of the Transylvania County Board of Education, presented its capital needs findings for the school system. The firm’s representatives estimated it would take $118 million to...

 

Overlooking Sexual Abuse

Last week, Dr. Larry Nassar, former Olympic women’s gymnastics team physician and sports physician at Michigan State University (MSU), was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually abusing seven girls, although ne...

 

Why Florida And Not N.C.?

On Jan. 4, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke announced the next steps for the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. Under that proposal, areas off the east and west coasts of the United States would be opened for oil and gas...

 

Correction

The first line in the editorial, “Generational Interdependence,” should have read “Board of Education,” not “Board of Elections.” We apologize for the error....

 

Generational Interdependence

At the Transylvania County Board of Education meeting last Tuesday evening, local resident Kimsey Jackson said he represented the school board’s “worst nightmare.” Jackson apparently was referring to the fact that he is an 83-year-old retiree...

 

Incentives Are Not A Panacea

In the past several years, numerous states, including North Carolina, have offered incentives ranging from hundreds of millions of dollars to billions of dollars in order to lure large corporations. While free market purists denounce incentives as...

 

America's Ethos

Today we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There will be marches, speeches, dinners and other events to honor King, a man who pursued the dream first espoused by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, that “…all...

 

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