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Guest Column: TRH Rehab Services Help Patients Live Fully

We often associate emergency services, specialty care, or the latest and greatest new treatments on the horizon for such things as cancer and heart disease with the services that hospitals provide. One service area that can go unsung but is...

 

Guest Column: How Politics Have Changed

I became active in politics in the late 1950s, got elected to Congress in 1964 and have remained engaged in one way or another every year since then. I’ve had a ringside seat for a long time. So I suppose I should not be surprised that I get asked...

 

You Decide: Can Economics Help With Basic Decisions?

Economics sometimes suffers from a bad image. Economists are famous for disagreeing over public policies. Economics has its own language which is almost impenetrable for those without a degree in the “dismal science.” And speaking of dismal,...

 
 By BJ Winchester    Opinion    April 8, 2019

Guest Column: Officials Are Verbally Abused, Threatened

In the Jan. 17, 2019 edition you printed an article called “Saving the Zebras” by Jeremiah Reed. The article reports on the struggle to land high school officials and to keep them. He stated in his four-and-one-half years of reporting his...

 

Guest Column: Political And Policy Skills Starting To Merge

Here’s a surprise: the skills that can be used to win in politics are increasingly the skills needed to produce good policy. I know. You look at the policy stalemates in Washington and wonder how this could be. The people who arrived there by...

 

Guest Column: Take It From Us: Politicians Shouldn't Draw Electoral Maps

(Editor’s Note. The following opinion piece by Roy Cooper and Larry Hogan originally appeared in The Washington Post but was released to other papers, including The Transylvania Times, on March 25. Cooper, a Democrat, is governor of North...

 
 By Billy Ball    Opinion    March 25, 2019

Guest Column: What Was Missing From Education Summit?

There was much talk about state Superintendent Mark Johnson’s February’s big education summit, the “big” announcement you might have missed because you, like most of North Carolina, were not invited. Public education advocates buzzed with...

 

Guest Column: In Politics, You Need To Establish Priorities

It’s been many decades now, but I still remember a piece of advice I got not long after entering Congress. It came in passing from a prominent journalist as we were talking about the bewildering array of issues Congress faced. Every day, he told me...

 

Guest Column: Time To Address Stigma

I didn’t grow up in North Carolina. Instead, I spent an important part of my formative years in Georgia, where I heard about Milledgeville, the former state mental hospital. Today, it stands as a stark reminder of its role as a warehouse for the...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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