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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,...

 

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...

 

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