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Meadows Won't Lose His Coverage

In the July 10, 2017 article in The Transylvania Times, Congressman Meadows was quoted as saying, “I am actually on Obamacare. I will have it no different than the people I serve.” This statement was in response to concerns voiced during a...

 

Deputies Were Doing Their Jobs

This letter is an answer to Bill Livingston’s article in the July 17 “Opinions of the Readers” titled “Use of Taxpayer Money” regarding elected officials commitment to maximizing the efficiency of our tax dollars. He was concerned about...

 

Where Is The President's Plan?

The question is a simple one: Where is President Trump’s health care plan? In the past few weeks, the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate has failed twice to garner enough support to bring its health care plan to the floor even for...

 

Plenty Of Health Care Questions

In today’s paper there is an Opinion of the Readers’ letter from Jim Lorenz in which he states he had a full blood panel done in the Jackson County Health Department for $84. The same blood panel taken by Mission Health systems had cost him more...

 

Misguided Effort Going Nowhere

I left a message on Senator Burr’s phone this morning. Its nature was to encourage the senator to abandon his efforts on the Senate’s health care bill and begin to instead shore up the CSR’s necessary to stabilize insurance markets. This...

 

A Non-Partisan Partial Health Care Fix

Regardless of our political party affiliation most of us are in the same boat — over taxed and under insured and paying highly inflated insurance premiums. I was recently referred to the Jackson County Health Department by my health care provider...

 

Let Us Not Forget

Let us not forget that America began with protest. We have a long and rich history of protests, many of which are still celebrated. The Boston Tea Party comes to mind. In the mid-1700s one of my ancestors hanged a man named William Merrill for not...

 

The Cost Of Patriotism

Once again Mr. Charles Brendle confuses his belief that to protect our borders is patriotic (July 6, Transylvania Times) and suggests Sally McMillan add this to her list of what’s patriotic without considering the costs of such patriotism. So,...

 

A Sad Exception

I appreciated the follow-up articles on health care by Matt McGregor, triggered I presume by Meredith Brooks’ letter about high out-of-pocket costs at our Transylvania Regional Hospital. Unhappily, my head was left spinning, though I did gather...

 

Reconsidering Pharisaism

In five decades of ministry and college teaching I’ve observed the difficulties inherent in communication. For example, in addressing one truth other related truths are often seemingly ignored. Preach on the love of God, and one might ask,...

 

Freedom Of Speech

This is a response to Sally McMillan’s letter. I agree with some of what she wrote. She forgot freedom of religion and speech. I think with freedom of speech, there should be no bias – just the truth, no slander or lies. If we have freedom of...

 

Kudos To Isaac's

Kudos to Isaac’s Tree Service for prompt and skillful tree work. We had a dead tree limb overhanging our driveway and the road. Isaac’s was next door doing tree work for a neighbor and I asked if they could remove the limb. Two very nice young...

 

Use Of Taxpayer Money

As all of our elected officials claim to be committed to maximizing the efficiency of our tax dollars, can someone please report the purpose, tax dollar cost and who paid for the expense for the six-plus uniformed law enforcement officers who served...

 

The Budget As A Hostage

Monday afternoon Congressman Mark Meadows’ stated that he would lead an effort to shut down the federal government if funding for building a wall on the southwest U.S. border is not included in an upcoming appropriations bill. “My conversations... Full story

 

Science vs. Religion

In 1925, John Scopes, a substitute teacher in Dayton, Tenn., was charged with teaching evolution in violation of Tennessee’s Butler Act. William Jennings Bryan, a religious fundamentalist, prosecuted Scopes. Clarence Darrow, the leading member of... Full story

 

TRH Is Hurting Primary Care

The expansion of Transylvania Regional Hospital’s emergency room is disturbing for many reasons: that Mission (the corporate owner) assumes that hundreds of fellow Transylvania County residents will lose Medicaid and other forms of health care...

 

'Urinetown' Was Funny, Wonderful

“Urinetown, The Musical” was Brevard Little Theater’s most recent production. Yes, the title is unusual, but if you ask one of the many people who attended one of our eight performances, you will discover that the show was funny and the music...

 

Declaration Of Independence

For many years I looked forward to reading the Declaration Of Independence in the Transylvania Times on the Fourth of July. It provided an opportunity for reflection and appreciation. Over the years, it became a tradition in my household. I missed...

 

We Can Encourage Good Media

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to journalism, I’m a traditionalist. Old-fashioned, even. But I don’t think it’s a coincidence that even while confidence in the media drops to new lows and Time magazine feels moved to wonder “...

 

President Not In Control

To Members of The United States Congress: Please use the checks and balances of our government as well as all the legal aspects of our Constitution to control the powers of President of the United States. There are a large number of citizens in this...

 

Danger To America And World

Donald Trump’s most recent attacks on CNN and the hosts of Morning Joe are but the latest disturbing evidence of what most of informed Americans have known since he started running for office: Donald Trump is unfit to be the President of the...

 

Be Thankful

To live in a country with a Free Press is my most precious gift. So many have paid so much to give us this gift. My father use to say, “Quit complaining and be thankful to get to pay United States Income Tax.” Now, I understand what he was...

 

Patriotism Additions

Sally MacMillan’s list of what’s patriotic in the June 29 newspaper begs for a few additions that she left off. I might add that I agree with some of her requirements for being patriotic, however, I would add: It is patriotic to want to protect...

 

Wade, Legislative Bill Will Limit Public Access

The poor, elderly and rural citizens who don’t have access to Internet will no longer have access to public notices in Guilford County; however, if recent legislative action is any indication this is only the first step to remove public notices...

 

Forgotten Soldiers

According to a new study, every 20 days a veteran commits suicide. Many of them return from the battlefield with extreme physical and mental damage. Limbs are lost, and burns can be incompatible with life. PTSD can take over a soldier’s life,...

 

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