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Bipartisan Opposition

An extraordinary event happened Monday. North Carolina’s five former governors – two Republicans and three Democrats – joined forces to publicly announce their opposition to two proposed constitutional amendments. “The legislature should be...

 

Teacher Shortage

This month, public school teachers are returning to their classrooms, preparing their classrooms and lessons for the upcoming school year. However, many schools are facing a shortage of qualified teachers. Principals and administrators are...

 

Silvermont

Late last month, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on new site plans for Silvermont. The design proposal calls for the eventual elimination of the site’s basketball and tennis courts. Steven Lee Johnson of...

 

Share The Fliers

In the last three years, eight people have died at waterfalls in Transylvania County. Several more have died in other areas of western North Carolina. The Transylvania Times, in conjunction with the Transylania County Tourism Development Authority,...

 

Opening The 64 Corridor

At their meeting last Monday evening, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to seek a $300,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and provide nearly $400,000 in county matching funds in order to install a sewer...

 

Tariffs Are Not 'The Greatest'

On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted “Tariffs are the greatest!” Just hours later his administration announced that it would provide up to $12 billion in emergency relief to farmers to compensate for financial losses resulting from...

 

'Uncomfortable'

At the July 16 Board of Education meeting, board member Alice Wellborn said she was “uncomfortable” with having to spend money for quasi-battlefield trauma kits that supposedly will be paid for by the state. Her discomfort was based on having to...

 

No One Is Above The Law

Last week, President Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. While there are dozens of issues that could come before the court in the coming years ...

 

Supporting Fire/Rescue

Nearly every day during the summer, one can hear sirens somewhere in Transylvania County as members of our communities’ fire/rescue squads head out to extinguish a fire, extricate people from a vehicle involved in an accident or rescue a person in...

 

Deadly Waterfalls

Every summer, people slide over one of our many waterfalls to their death. Tragically, this summer has proven to be no different. The two fatalities thus far this summer have been at Rainbow Falls in the upper end of the county. On July 4,...

 

We Need Immigrants

Last month two immigration bills were brought before the U.S. House but neither one passed. Both of them would have significantly reduced legal immigration. Depending upon the bill and its analysis, the number of legal immigrants would have been...

 

Freedom For All

(This editorial is being reprinted from the July 2, 2015, issue of The Transylvania Times.) “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that...

 

What's Next For Courthouse?

Monday night the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners reversed course and decided to cease work on a new courthouse on Morris Road. It was certainly not an easy decision for the commissioners, who had spent time reviewing options and investing...

 

The Greater Crime

It’s a misdemeanor. Under federal statute, illegally entering the United States is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and/or a maximum of six months in prison. Yet, parents who are charged with this misdemeanor are being physically...

 

In Praise Of Tyrants

Criticism of President Trump for meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un last week in an attempt to resolve a potential nuclear conflict is somewhat misguided. Many prior presidents have made similar overtures: Richard Nixon talked with the...

 

Importance Of Fathers

Not that long ago, the perceived role of fathers in a family was primarily that of the breadwinner. The responsibility of taking care of and raising the children rested with mothers. When it came to relating to children, fathers often focused on...

 

Re-segregating Our Schools

It has been 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Swann vs. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education that school districts had to take steps to integrate their schools. Throughout the South, whites who refused to send their children to...

 

Taxes And The Courthouse

Last Thursday evening, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners agreed to increase the tax rate 2.5 cents to pay for a new county courthouse adjacent to the public safety complex on Morris Road. During the discussion, some highly questionable...

 

Teaching More Than Academics

On the front page of today’s B section, readers will find two stories about the senior class presidents and student body presidents at Brevard and Rosman high schools. While their stories reflect their self-confidence and academic preparation for...

 

Government: Good And Bad

In the past few weeks, the actions of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the state General Assembly have revealed two decidedly different ways in which government officials treat transparency and the concept of “We the Peop...

 

Europe Leads On Tech Privacy

Nearly 20 years ago, in January of 1999, Scott McNealy, the chief executive officer of Sun Microsystems, said consumer privacy issues are a “red herring.” “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it,” McNealy said. While many were aghast at...

 

The Reason For The Holiday

This Memorial Day weekend will offer a variety of activities for Transylvanians and visitors to the area. The festivities kick off Friday evening with Brevard’s Gallery Walk, as well as the first of three days of musical entertainment. The...

 

Bet On The House

Last Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law that banned 46 states from legalizing sports gambling, will have wide-ranging ramifications. Some of them seem pretty cle...

 

Muddy Sneakers

With the ubiquity of electronic devices– video games, cell phones, tablets, television, etc. – many youth rarely spend time outdoors. The prevalence and immoderate use of such devices and some of their negative impacts on children has been well...

 

Investigations Take Time

Last Thursday, May 10, Vice President Mike Pence implied that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian tampering in the U.S. elections has run its course, stating, “I think it’s time to wrap it up.” There are dozens of...

 

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