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Guest Column: What Great Legislators Have In Common

Each of the great politicians and legislators I’ve known over the course of my career in Congress was very different. They were masters of the rules, or unassailably knowledgeable about a given issue, or supremely watchable orators or consummate...

 

Guest Column: Learning to Practice Politics At A High Level

Over a lifetime in politics, I’ve met a lot of interesting, impressive politicians. But those I truly admired were men and women who were adept at the arts both of politics and legislating — a rarer combination of talents than you’d hope for...

 

Guest Column: Finding Common Ground On The Confederate Flag

The following is the Transylvania NAACP’s response to the Brevard City Council and City Attorney Michael Pratt on the issue of the public display of the Confederate flag during public events: We are profoundly disappointed that the Brevard City...

 

Guest Column: Residents: Know Why And When Permits Are Needed

Most of us, when we think about doing or having work done on our homes or businesses, we sometimes forget to see if a permit is needed or required. Some things don’t require or need a permit based on the scope and type of work that you may be plann...

 

Guest Column: Local Library Is A Great Place To Volunteer

January is the month of resolutions. It’s the month of setting off on a new path or of reviving an unmet resolution from the previous year. January can be a time of reflection that awakens in us something that had been teasing at our brain but...

 

Guest Column: Points Of Light Connect Rural, Urban Areas

Twenty years ago this month, I was just finishing up work with the “Rural Prosperity Task Force,” an intense, six-month investigation of rural North Carolina. The 25-member group, made up of people from the rural and urban parts of our state,...

 

Build Resilience In 2019 With Easy Health Shifts

Most everyone I know, myself included, creates a few New Year’s resolutions each year. Many have to do with taking better care of ourselves, with the end goal of improving our health. Unfortunately, after just a few months elapse, the resolutions...

 

State Squabbles For Two Years Only To Finish Where It Began

Here we are, two years later. We’ve taken many, arduous, often tedious steps. Only to return to where we began, having gone nowhere. In late 2016, as Gov. Roy Cooper was preparing to take office, the General Assembly decided it would change the...

 

True Fulfillment: The Giving Of Ourselves To Others

Transylvania County is truly a special place to live. During this season from Thanksgiving to Hannukah, and then to Christmas, I have found myself reflecting on my gratitude for the uniqueness of our county. We take care of each other in Transylvania...

 

Don't Put Lead In Our Water

Brevard water is better than bottled water! Yes! Bottled water can have up to 5 parts per billion (ppb) of lead in it, whereas our city water has none. The big reason is that our water supply, Cathey’s Creek, comes directly out of Pisgah National F...

 

TRH Grateful For Bonds With Patients, Community

The holidays are a time to reflect on the very many things we have to be grateful for. One of the privileges I have as president and CNO of Transylvania Regional Hospital is observing or hearing stories about how our team members touch the lives of o...

 

Brevard Is 'Above Average' Without The Depot Project

In early October, I asked that the Brevard City Council to subject the $530,000 depot project to a public hearing, despite the fact that the same council had already approved the project in a 4-1 vote a few weeks earlier. In my opinion, the project...

 

Brevard's Best Days Are Still Ahead Of Us

Many of you have heard that “if you are standing still then, in fact, you are getting passed up.” I believe that is true in many respects and certainly true if you are talking about the progress of our community. The Transylvania Times reported...

 

Chuck Evans Is Truly A Jack Of All Trades

Former Navy Lieutenant Chuck Evans, a jack of all trades, is now creating wood furniture in Brevard after flying the A-7 jet airplane and having a career as a broker at Merrill Lynch. "You remember...

 

Ex-Governors: Vote Against Two Amendments

The N.C. General Assembly has had its share of face-offs with the courts. Repeatedly, judges have ruled unconstitutional any laws that would give executive power to the legislature — most recently blocking a legislative raid on the appointment...

 

Guest Column: Why We Need A School Bond

We, the undersigned current and past members of the Transylvania County Board of Education, are appealing to our county commissioners and entire community to not only support the school bond referendum with a vote in favor, but to become actively...

 

TRH To Expand Cancer Services With New Center - Brevard NC

October has come to be associated with breast cancer awareness, but whether a patient is diagnosed with breast, lung, colon, prostate or another type of cancer, Transylvania Regional Hospital is here to help. We’re proud of our expansive services...

 

Living In A Polarized Time

We live in a divided country. And I don’t just mean politically. Our economy is creating winners and losers, with no clear way up the ladder for millions of Americans. The last few decades have produced great inequality of wealth and with it,...

 

City Proud To Replicate Old Railroad Depot - Brevard NC

At the Sept. 17, 2018 meeting of the Brevard City Council, a decision to proceed with the replication of the historic Railroad Depot was made after a presentation and discussion took place. For many, this is the news that has been anticipated for alm...

 

Hydration Is Still Important As Weather Cools - Brevard NC

Editor’s Note: The following article was submitted by the local office of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. The temperatures are still high, school sports are in full swing and lawn manicuring continues as leaves begin to fall. All of...

 

The Walls Between Us

Many years ago when we lived in Europe, I took this picture in the graveyard in Roermond in the southern part of the Netherlands. For centuries the town was ruled by French, Germans, Spanish and Dutch, as various peoples vied for power and control....

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    July 19, 2018

Get Involved

Back in 1883, Teddy Roosevelt wrote an essay on what it takes to be a true American citizen. He did not mince words. “The people who say that they have not time to attend to politics are simply saying that they are unfit to live in a free...

 

What Does The Pledge Of Allegiance Mean?

You know the Pledge of Allegiance, probably by heart. You may recite it only occasionally, or get the chance several times a week. Sometimes, I’m guessing, you say it mechanically, and other times filled with deep meaning. I hope it’s more often...

 

Bar Members Want Courthouse Downtown

(Editor’s Note: This column was received by the paper Monday after publication and read at the county commission meeting Monday night.) The Transylvania County Bar consists of attorneys who live and practice in Transylvania County. We represent you...

 

Should We Pay Amazon To Come To North Carolina?

The “final 4” is over; now it’s time for the “final 20.” What sport is this, you say? It’s for the “Amazon Cup” – the 50,000 job, multi-billion dollar investment for the cyber retail giant’s second headquarters. North Carolina...

 

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