Category: Opinion

Offering individual opinions on the state and its politics

Coming Soon — to a Highway Near You?

I lived for 13 years in the state of Vermont, where billboards along roadways are not allowed. There is signage available — discreet but thoroughly visible directional signs along exit approaches that lead you to various businesses or landmarks — but there are no billboards. This form of advertising was banned in 1968 (yes, you read that right) in order to preserve the natural beauty of the landscape in the Green Mountain State. I have always contended that the happy tourists who travel around the…   Continue Reading »

The High Price We Pay for Marketing

By Mark Jamison, Guest Columnist I recently had an exchange with a local official that explains a fundamental misconception about journalists and journalism and in doing so gets at the heart of a creeping cynicism that threatens the very fabric of our society. The official (I’m being nonspecific because I’m not interested in embarrassing or singling out an individual) referred to the Sylva Herald, my local paper in Jackson County, as a “media partner”. The political philosopher Michael Sandel has written about our shift from…   Continue Reading »

Coaching the Lawmakers

UNC champion basketball coach Roy Williams scored a classy three-pointer when he spoke before the NC General Assembly recently, as reported in The Herald-Sun on May 5. The reprint of a Fayetteville Observer editorial noted that Williams, at a joint session of the Legislature held to honor his NCAA championship team, took the microphone to talk for a moment about sacrifices “toward a common goal.” “What you do to help our state is the most important thing going on,” Williams was quoted as explaining to the august elected body….   Continue Reading »

Gun-Totin’ Debate Debate in Cherokee County

Cherokee County must have some rip-roaring commissioners’ meetings, at least based on a recent article in the Cherokee Scout that discussed state Sen. Jim Davis’s efforts to right an apparent wrong in state law Cherokee County commissioners can’t carry concealed weapons during commission meetings or in the combined courthouse/administrative facility that serves the county. I mean, over the years, Jackson County has had its share of gadflies and disputers, folks who would interrupt, hold-up signs and make a general huzzah and nuisance of themselves, while…   Continue Reading »

A Discussion of Tradition: “Business Progressivism and Social Conservatism”

It might help to understand the politics of this state if one reads this column by Rob Christensen, appropriately (ruefully so) appearing in the April 1 edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer: “Business Drive for Compromise on HB2 Follows An NC Tradition.”

What’s Not to Love/Hate About HB2 Repeal?

As the state of North Carolina plunges into HB2’s emotional repeal repercussions, it is essential to look closely at exactly what just happened in the North Carolina Statehouse. A “compromise” bill (HB 142, now Session Law 2017-4) entitled “An Act to Reset S.L. 2016-3” was ratified by a vote of 32 to 16 in the NC Senate (with 2 excused absences), and a vote of 70 to 48 in the NC House (2 excused absences), with a mix of Republicans and Democrats on either side…   Continue Reading »

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