Some Life Lessons Need to Be Hard

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has called on the NC General Assembly to make the Biden Administration’s student loan forgiveness exempt from state income tax. For those unfamiliar with student loan forgiveness, the Biden Administration has said anyone making less than $125,000 for individuals and $250,000 for married couples can get up to $20,000 in […]

Councilman Addressing Removal of Invocation by Quoting Jesus

Last week, the Tribune offered Woodfin Councilman Jim McAllister a guest commentary spot to back up his statement at the August council meeting, which he used to justify removing the meeting’s invocation. The invocation had been part of the meeting since the town was formed in 1971. McAllister said at the meeting he was “surprised […]

A Decision King Soloman Might Find Difficult

The Weaverville Town Council is about to make a tough decision next month. One I would not look forward to if I was in their shoes. One that will make them “put their money where their mouth is,” so to speak. I’m talking about whether or not to provide water to a low-income housing project […]

Woodfin: A Rewriting of Town’s History and Erasing Traditions

This week I have two opinion pieces for our readers. Both stem from the Town of Woodfin’s monthly meeting of what is now their town council. Here they are: Rewriting the Town’s History For the second time in two years, Woodfin’s main governing body has changed its name. For the full story, see the article […]

Group Wants To Abolish the Death Penalty in NC

“It has been sixteen years since the last execution in North Carolina, yet the death penalty remains on the books.” So begins a public service announcement sent to our newspaper promoting a film and discussion opposed to the death penalty. It goes on to say, “To honor this anniversary, please join the NC Coalition for […]

If a Tree Falls in the Forest, Does it Make a Sound?

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it fall, does it make a sound? I think we all know the answer to this question. Just because no one is there to hear it doesn’t change the characteristics of the falling tree. The same goes for Weaverville Town Councilwoman […]

City and County Suing Mission Hospital

Litigation filed by high-power attorneys working on behalf of the City of Asheville and Buncombe County against HCA Mission reads rather light-weight and undirected.

Should Voters Vote ‘Yes’ on $70M in Bond as Recession Looms?

Buncombe County has two bond referendums on the ballot for this November. One is for the taxpayers to borrow $30 million in support of open space conservation, which includes farmland, natural landscapes, water quality, trails, and greenways. Another $40 million bond will go to increase the number of housing units for people of low to […]

Resident Thankful to Senator Chuck Edwards and Mark Pless

Barnardsville resident singles out North Carolina Senator and State Representatives for their diligence addressing a local bridge.

Like Throwing a Lit Match onto a Pool of Gas

Michele Wood's Facebook post prompts a discussion regarding the evolutionary nature of our constitution.