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Guest Column: Community Colleges Play A Vital Role In Education

As the “largest college admissions cheating case” prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, dozens of people were recently charged with allegedly trying to ensure their children’s admittance to elite universities through bribery. On behalf...

 
 By Lee H. Hamilton    Opinion    March 18, 2019 

Guest Column: Accountability Required For Good Government

As various House committees gear up for a season of investigations and hearings on President Trump and his administration, a lot of people are worried that progress on the nation’s challenges will grind to a halt. I would argue just the opposite:...

 

Guest Column: How Hospital Care Changes Help Patients

The health care industry has gone through sweeping changes during the last 20 years: value-based care has replaced traditional fee-for-service billing, patients have become much more active participants in their own care and the teams who deliver...

 

Guest Column: Salvation Army Appreciates Community Support

Reflecting on 2018 and the ministry of The Salvation Army in Transylvania County, I realize how blessed we are to live and work in such a generous community. You have cared for your neighbors through your support of The Salvation Army. As a result...

 

Guest Column: What Is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome And Its Risks To Pregnant Women, Children

As the obesity crisis continues to escalate in America, there is another emerging threat to women's health and their ability to have children. The threat is called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)....

 
 By Robert Broome    Opinion    March 4, 2019

Guest Column: Put Patients Ahead Of Hospital Executives

How much are you paying for health care? You may say too much, you may even cite the cost of a recent procedure you’ve had, but do you know what the actual cost of care is? More importantly, do you know if it’s fair? Many North Carolina families...

 

Another Hero

I am writing in regards to your Vietnam Veterans article that is published every two weeks. I really enjoy reading about our soldiers that, to some have been forgotten but to others remain heroes. One of the heroes is my grandfather, Sgt. 1st Class...

 

Guest Column: Like Washington's Mount Vernon In 1797, N.C. Is Now Primed For Distillery Growth

Father of his nation. Our first president. The new Cincinnatus. First in whiskey. President’s Day started out to celebrate the man behind those titles, George Washington, on his birthday, Feb. 22. Wait — first in whiskey? Yes. When Washington...

 

Guest Column: Understanding How To Have A Healthy Heart

Think of the heart as a pump, specifically, an electro-mechanical pump that pumps blood through the lungs and throughout the whole body. It actually has electrical wiring that generates electricity. That electric current causes the heart muscles of...

 

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: Closing Gun Sales Loopholes

Gun violence is considered a public health crisis in the U.S. The good news is that gun laws, when enforced, save lives. Currently there is a gap in federal law that allows gun sales without background checks when purchased from unlicensed sellers...

 

Guest Column: Transylvania Regional Hospital Lowers Risk For Heart Disease

We associate February with love, and this year I ask you to love yourself by learning about how to take care of your heart. February is National Heart Month, which makes it the ideal time to remind everyone that Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH)...

 

Guest Column: Mark Harris Should Take A Seat And Wait

Hurry up and wait. That’s the message for Republican candidate, Baptist minister and aspiring track star Mark Harris this week, who asked a Superior Court judge to do what North Carolina’s election honchos won’t – suspend disbelief and...

 

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...

 

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