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Sarah Tell Morum

Editor’s note: The following guest column was written by Michael Collins, the Bread of Life executive director. I once knew a girl named Sarah Tell Morum. It’s a sad but a memorable tale. Though she was 3-and-a-half and the... — Updated 12/1/2021

 

The Wall Of Silence

Editor’s note: The following guest column was written by Jim Hardy. I read with a mixture of sadness and hope a recent Transylvania Times story on Brevard High School students asking for mental health help from the school. A... — Updated 11/30/2021

 

Thanksgiving To The Rescue Again

Editor’s note: The following guest column was written by D.G. Martin. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I explained why in a column many years ago. One reason is that it is one of the very few days we have saved just for... — Updated 11/24/2021

 

Hospital Workers Grateful For Support

Editor’s note: The following guest column was written by Michele Pilon, chief executive officer and chief nursing officer of Transylvania Regional Hospital. We have experienced some profound challenges in the last nearly two year... — Updated 11/22/2021

 

Time Not On Our Side

Editor’s Note: The following guest opinion was written by Lee Hamilton. “Time is not on our side.” That was the secretary-general of the UN’s World Meteorological Organization, Petteri Taalas, speaking early in October... — Updated 11/18/2021

 

Count Your Blessings

Editor’s note: The following guest column was written by Mike Hawkins, a former chairman of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners. Hawkins may be reached at [email protected] Every year as we enter the holiday... — Updated 11/15/2021

 

The Tragedy Of The Commons

Editor’s Note: The following guest opinion was written by Alice Wellborn, a former educator and member of the Transylvania County Board of Education The Tragedy of the Commons illustrates how individuals, acting rationally in the... — Updated 11/11/2021

 
 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

Wound Care Services Expanded At Transylvania Hospital

I often use my monthly columns to highlight the advanced care and expansive services that Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) offers, because I believe that it’s important to understand the care that’s available right here in... — Updated 11/8/2021

 

Celebrating The Role Of Advanced Practice Providers

In the last several years, there has been tremendous growth in the field of advanced practice providers. The advanced practice providers (APPs) that you might be the most familiar with are nurse practitioners (NP) or physician... — Updated 11/8/2021

 

Documents On Which Our Democracy Rests

Editor’s note: the following guest opinion column was written by Lee Hamilton As Americans, we tend – understandably – to focus on the Constitution as the source for our representative democracy. It is, after all, our... — Updated 11/4/2021

 

Voting Rights Once Had Bipartisan Support

Editor’s note: The following guest column was written by Kelly Hawes, with CNHI news. A recent Facebook post from an affiliate of the conservative Heritage Foundation accuses Senate Democrats of mounting a crusade against... — Updated 11/1/2021

 

Biden Could Have Used Frank Porter Graham

The following guest opinion was written by D.G. Martin. Could the legendary president of the University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham, have helped Joe Biden recently get an agreement among the warring factions of the... — Updated 10/28/2021

 

Commission Misses The Boat

Editor’s note: The following guest opinion was submitted by the Transylvania County chapter of the NAACP. By refusing to support the expansion of Medicaid to working families in North Carolina and encourage the N.C. State... — Updated 10/25/2021

 

Don't Be Wasteful

The following guest opinion was written by Bart Renner, the agriculture agent at the Transylvania County Cooperative Extension Office and AmeriCorps member Matty Alpert. Each autumn homeowners are faced with a daunting task:... — Updated 10/20/2021

 

Outage Tells Us A Lot

Editor’s note: The following guest editorial comes from CNHI newspaper, Traverse City Record-Eagle. For some, Facebook’s hours-long outage last week felt like the world grinding to a halt. The platform that sprouted from roots... — Updated 10/13/2021

 

Condition Of N.C. Schools Needs To Be Addressed

Editor’s note: The following guest column was written by educators John deVille and Kenya Donaldson. Complaints ranged from undrinkable water, termites, and even sewer flies. There was extreme overcrowding near a world class... — Updated 10/11/2021

 

Supporting Long-Term Solutions

Editor’s Note: The following guest opinion was written by Alice Wellborn, a former educator and member of the Transylvania County Board of Education There is an old story, called The Parable of the River or Babies in the River,... — Updated 10/6/2021

 

Texas Case Accents Death Penalty's Inhumanity

Editor’s note: North Carolina is one of 27 states that currently authorizes capital punishment, though the state has not executed someone on death row in nearly 15 years. The following guest editorial originated with the CNHI... — Updated 10/4/2021

 

Are We There Yet?

Editor’s Note: The following guest opinion was written by Jim Hardy, a retired teacher living in Pisgah Forest. He is treasurer of the 400-member Blue Ridge EV Club and is available to speak to groups on EVs. Contact him at... — Updated 9/29/2021

 

Off To College

Editor’s Note: The following guest column was written by D.G. Martin, who hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” Sunday at 3:30 p.m., and Tuesday at 5 p.m., on PBS North Carolina. In some North Carolina houses, this is a time of... — Updated 9/27/2021

 

Lack Of Housing Must Be Addressed

Editor’s Note: The following guest opinion was written by Mike Hawkins, a former Transylvania County commissioner and executive board member of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. In recent years much has... — Updated 9/23/2021

 

Hospital Board Members Resign

The following guest column was submitted by Parker Platt and Mark Weinstein. Both of us have decided to resign from the Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) Board. Together, we have taken some time to reflect on our time on the... — Updated 9/20/2021

 
 By Richard Rogers    Opinion

Digital Divide Hurts Elderly

When people were asked to shelter in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, it was taken for granted that modern broadband technology could serve as a bridge to normalcy. We quickly discovered that this wasn’t the case.... — Updated 5/10/2021

 

Guest Column - Looking At HCA's Compliance

(Editor’s Note. The following is an update from the independent monitor, Gibbins Advisors, LLC, by Ronald Winters.) As we begin year two of our monitoring and evaluation of HCA’s compliance with its 15 commitments at Mission He... — Updated 5/5/2021

 

Sustaining A Democracy Takes Hard Work

It’s so easy, in the course of our day-to-day lives, to get caught up in the political preoccupations of the moment. What’s the Senate going to do about the filibuster? How should infrastructure money be spent? Is the country... — Updated 5/3/2021

 

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