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Mountain Song And Community

In his poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost wrote, “…knowing how way leads on to way.” So it often is in life that one decision influences future decisions and events, far beyond the realm of what one might have originally thought or int...

 

A Boost For Democracy

In a 357-page ruling issued last week, a panel of three North Carolina state judges ruled unanimously that the state legislative districts drawn in 2017 violate the North Carolina Constitution. The general ruling, as well as the justifications and...

 

Keep The Money

The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed the Taxpayer Refund Act, which would return more than $660 million to many taxpayers across North Carolina. Since the state has received more revenues than anticipated, Republican lawmakers have dec...

 

Our Anytown Corridor – Brevard, NC

Aesthetically, there are two commercial Brevard’s: downtown and the U.S. 64 corridor from Asheville. The downtown area is authentic and unique. Like many small southern towns, the downtown is anchored by the courthouse. Nearby are vibrant,...

 

Time To Talk About Bikes

This Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Brevard College’s Dunham Auditorium, Project Empathy will host “A Time To Talk About Bikes.” It is a timely topic the community needs to address. Bicycling has become a big business in Brevard and...

 

A Solution Or A Problem?

Next weekend college football hits full throttle and fans attending games at several North Carolina’s public universities will notice one significant difference – the availability of alcoholic beverages inside the stadiums. Earlier this year...

 

Trade War Is Hurting Us

"Trade wars are good, and easy to win." -President Donald Trump, March 1, 2018 Contrary to President’s Trump’s proclamation that trade wars are good and easy to win, the adversary plays a significant role in determining the outcome, and if the ad...

 

Milk And Guns

In the wake of mass shootings, those who refuse any measures that would restrict ownership of certain firearms generally make three arguments: any restrictions would lead down a “slippery slope” to abolition of the Second Amendment; if everyone...

 

Compromise On State Budget

It has now been more than a month since the state government was supposed to pass its budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, and it has been more than 30 days since Gov. Roy Cooper presented a counter-proposal to the General Assembly’s budget. The...

 

Red Flag Laws

“The time for condolences alone has long passed, and now it is time for action,” N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper said earlier this week. “The General Assembly should move quickly to debate the details of these bills so that we can end up with legislation...

 

Both Are Right And Wrong

More than 700,000 state employees could find themselves paying substantially more for health care in the next few months if the impasse between State Treasurer Dale Folwell and the majority of hospitals throughout the state is not resolved. Folwell c...

 

Too Easy On Virtual Charters

In the spirit of accountability, one would think virtual charter schools that have an exceedingly high withdrawal rate and are consistently low-performing would not be given more latitude than other charter or traditional public schools. But that...

 

Respect, Not Demagoguery

   County Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins is to be commended for his comments last Monday night denouncing the troubling statements made during President Trump’s campaign rally at East Carolina University. The support expressed by Commissioners...

 

Board Right To Increase Salaries

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners are to be commended for voting unanimously to implement a new pay plan that would increase salaries for county employees. Implementation of the plan is estimated to cost $2.7 million, but the cost will...

 

An Important Distinction

In today’s Opinions of the Readers, a contributor writes, “... the United States has ordained itself a Christian nation...” While Christians have played a prominent role in this country and 70 percent of Americans profess to be Christians,...

 

We Treat Dogs Better

It’s hard to find a word that accurately encompasses what has been occurring in some of the detainment centers along our southern border. “Abhorrent,” “abominable,” “inhumane,” and “cruel” are just a few that come to mind. Despite...

 

A Friend of Man and Animals - Save the Bees

A Friend Of Man And Animals In the life of every small community, there are individuals upon whom residents trust and depend upon for decades. When it came to veterinary services, Dr. Clyde Brooks was such a person. For more than three decades,...

 

Ignorance Kills Independence

Today, we proudly celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is truly a revolutionary and inspirational document. It is revolutionary in that it broke from the ages old belief that God had selected kings and queens, that monarchies...

 

Crippling Blow To Democracy

  The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision last Thursday that allows gerrymandering based on party affiliation is a crippling blow to our democracy. The court’s decision, as written by Chief Justice John Roberts, again breaks with precedence,...

 

Restricting Public Info

Sometimes relatively obscure decisions that are not front page news may have far greater longer-term implications than the hot news item of the day. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 vote, issued a ruling that could make it much harder for...

 

What's The Plan For Iran?

Last Thursday evening, President Trump halted plans to launch strikes against Iran for shooting down an unmanned drone. The president tweeted, “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 1...

 

Free Speech And Work

Based on several of the comments made in meetings, letters, phone calls and internet postings regarding City Manager Jim Fatland’s mismatched uniform in the Memorial Day Parade and Brevard Fire Chief Bobby Cooper’s subsequent dismissal of two par...

 

Keep Schenck As It Is

The old adage “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” applies to the Schenck Job Corps. In late May, the federal government announced plans to close nine Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across the country and have the oversight of 16...

 

Obfuscation

Obfuscate is defined as “to make so confusing or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand.” Within the last two weeks there have been several examples of government obfuscation. In today’s Opinion of the Readers, there is a letter...

 

Dispersing The Crowds

This past Memorial Day weekend, Pisgah National Forest was so crowded it took visitors up to an hour to exit the forest. The traffic was backed up from the forest entrance at the intersection of U.S. 276 and N.C. 280 past Avery Creek Road, a...

 

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