Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed http://jeffersonpost.com/section/OPINION http://jeffersonpost.com/section/OPINION Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:47:19 EST 1800 Repairing election process, a debate worth watching http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion_columns/3593618/Repairing-election-process-a-debate-worth-watching I don't blame Thom Tillis for refusing to attend one of the three televised GOP Senate primary debates. The only mystery is why he (or any candidate) is bothering with any of them. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST ‘Southern Justice’ offers one aspect of county reality http://jeffersonpost.com/news/editorial-opinion_columns/3582030/Southern-Justice-offers-one-aspect-of-county-reality Let's be honest; when it was announced several months ago that a film crew representing the National Geographic Channel was in Ashe County filming the daily interactions between the public and the sheriff's department, did you really think... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Choice program deserves defense http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion_columns/3579810/Choice-program-deserves-defense Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Saying thanks is not enough http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion_columns/3574501/Saying-thanks-is-not-enough We say, “Thanks for your service,” when we met veterans of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq veterans. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST It appears winter is finally over http://jeffersonpost.com/news/editorial-opinion/3569118/It-appears-winter-is-finally-over At last, the long winter seems to be behind us.With several days of clear skies and warming temperatures, folks have ventured out in significant numbers over the last week. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST You Decide: Where is the growth? http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion_columns/3268842/You-Decide:-Where-is-the-growth Economists love numbers – some might call it an occupational hazard. Numbers are our window into the workings of the economy. Without numbers, we'd have a difficult time understanding how the economy is changing, both in positive and... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Bringing YMCA here will be an exciting challenge http://jeffersonpost.com/news/editorial-opinion-opinion_columns/3257579/Bringing-YMCA-here-will-be-an-exciting-challenge A significant, and very exciting, challenge awaits Ashe County over the next several months: an attempt to bring a YMCA into Jefferson Station in downtown West Jefferson. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST FCC should let markets work http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion_columns/3254710/FCC-should-let-markets-work In February, Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler declared that the N.C. General Assembly had no authority to determine telecommunications policy in North Carolina. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST From ash pond, to river, to your bloodstream http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion_columns/3254583/From-ash-pond-to-river-to-your-bloodstream When you have finished drinking this bottle of water, fill it with our tap water for liquid refreshment that tastes as good and is just as pure as what was in the bottle. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Upset by high school sports column http://jeffersonpost.com/news/letters-opinion_columns/3245696/Upset-by-high-school-sports-column Dear editor,Upon reading the article, “Travel teams impacting school sports” I was, and still am, very upset with how Mr. Nathan Ham degraded the youth that choose not to play a sport at ACHS. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Inconvenience is often the price of progress http://jeffersonpost.com/news/editorial-opinion-opinion_columns/3244038/Inconvenience-is-often-the-price-of-progress There will almost certainly be cross words and a wringing of hands from those folks in the Fleetwood Community over the next three months as the bridge over the Old Field Creek is replaced on Railroad Grade Road. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST For wont of the public trust http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion_columns/3240185/For-wont-of-the-public-trust The Duke Energy coal ash saga reminds us of the old poem, “For Wont of a Nail.” No doubt you remember that because of a missing horseshoe nail a horse, a rider, a message, a battle, a war and a kingdom were lost. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST McCrory is just plain wrong about jobs picture http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion_columns/3231341/McCrory-is-just-plain-wrong-about-jobs-picture Gov. Pat McCrory has been at it again lately — incorrectly claiming that his decision to dramatically cut unemployment benefits is responsible for turning around the state's job market. During a visit to Morganton last week, the Governor... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Lessons learned from tense situation http://jeffersonpost.com/news/editorial-opinion/3232238/Lessons-learned-from-tense-situation There was what can only be described as a tense situation earlier this week at the office of the Jefferson Post. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Be proud of the way you talk http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion_columns/3231395/Be-proud-of-the-way-you-talk You sure do talk funny.Has anybody ever told you that?If you grew up in North Carolina and moved somewhere else for a while, you surely got that kind of question from folks who just had to laugh when they heard you talk. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Start up the rural economy http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion_columns/3230529/Start-up-the-rural-economy During most of its history, North Carolina was a state of widely dispersed residents. There were no truly big cities, many small towns, and fewer sparsely populated counties than, say, Virginia or Georgia had. Particularly along the state's... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Liquor by the drink vote can be useful tool http://jeffersonpost.com/news/editorial-opinion_columns/3219923/Liquor-by-the-drink-vote-can-be-useful-tool Perhaps it's an idea whose time has arrived.The idea is holding a referendum on allowing liquor by the drink in the Town of Jefferson.And frankly, the timing couldn't be better. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST The growing fringe inside the GOP http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion_columns/3215212/The-growing-fringe-inside-the-GOP If you want to understand the troubling state of the current political debate in North Carolina, the recent Ashe County Republican Party Convention is a good place to start. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Local GOP’s priorities are misplaced http://jeffersonpost.com/news/letters-opinion_columns/3214918/Local-GOPs-priorities-are-misplaced Dear editor, Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Offering Ashe a new vision http://jeffersonpost.com/news/editorial-opinion/3207945/Offering-Ashe-a-new-vision It is often difficult to determine the level of support by county residents for their political leadership. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST