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Invest Early In Children

For a plant to achieve optimal growth, the seed must germinate in the correct soil type at a certain depth. The soil must reach a specific temperature and the seed must receive the appropriate amount of water and sunlight. Without all of the proper...

 

Suicide

I met Ike (not his real name) at a NAMI meeting. He had just been released from prison. I never found out why he had been there. His quiet, sweet manner belied any violence. He was a “bear” of a young man who had shown great promise and was highl...

 

Support Castro

Joe Castro is seeking to get on the ballot for the upcoming Transylvania County Board of Education election. As an unaffiliated candidate, he must first secure the signatures of 1,008 registered voters on a petition created and approved by the Board...

 

Trump And Comey

James Comey, fired FBI director, appears on the national stage in a dark suit of sanctimony. His book, “A Higher Loyalty,” is an act of political courage and personal revenge. He makes a powerful case that Donald Trump is morally unfit to be pres...

 

Mission Explanation Unsatisfactory

I found the article about non-profit Mission Health wanting to be acquired by for-profit HCA Healthcare to be highly unsatisfactory in explaining just why the deal is a good idea. TRH president Michele Pilon mentioned several items, but none are...

 

Haven Residents Are Polite And Grateful

I want to praise Jill Beach for the thoroughness of her article “The Haven Provides a Much Needed Service,” which appeared in Section B of The Transylvania Times of Thursday, April 12. What strikes me most about Haven board member Beach’s...

 

Important Primaries

For each election cycle, The Transylvania Times allows local and state candidates a press release announcing their candidacy, their qualifications, their reasons for seeking office, their positions on certain issues, etc. On the first day of...

 

Gracious Lady

“Gracious” is not a term that can be applied to many people in today’s hyper-partisan, venomous and often self-congratulatory political realm. But former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away Tuesday, was gracious. Mrs. Bush was a...

 

DAR Provided Spruce Tree

Many have read the front page article in Thursday’s (April 12, 2018) Transylvania Times regarding the possible fate of the large Norwegian Spruce tree that stands majestically in front of the county courthouse. What readers may not know is that...

 

Baggy Pants Demand Response

Your front page article in the Thursday, April 12, paper “Town Rejects Baggy Pants Ban” begs a response. How dare the Rosman Board of Aldermen reject summarily the honest request of one of their citizens to make life in Rosman more beautiful by...

 

Stand With Students

This Friday marks 19 years since the Columbine school shooting. Nineteen years, and what have we adults done? Led by the students in Florida, some students at Brevard High and Brevard Middle schools are taking matters into their own hands. These...

 

Remember, We're A Tree City USA

When I moved here more than two decades ago, one thing that attracted me was that Brevard had been named a Tree City USA, a designation that has been the case for the past 37 years. But as I look around now, I see that day by day Brevard is becoming...

 

Celebrate Earth Day At Supermarket

April 22 marks the 50th observance of Earth Day. Each of us can celebrate by reducing our driving, use of electric energy and consumption of animals. That’s right! Last Fall Oxford University’s prestigious Food Climate Research Network and... Full story

 

Edney For NC House District 113

Recently I wrote a letter to The Transylvania Times about organ donation. At the time I was thinking about writing the letter, I received a call from Sam Edney. I was not at home and called his cell phone back. I didn’t know him well but knew he...

 

Stop NCDOT From Destroying Nature

Great wisdom can be found in ancient legends like “The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg.” She kept laying a golden egg every once in a while until the farmer who owned her got greedier and greedier and decided to open her up to get at all the gold...

 

Real Battle For Survival

Thirty-two years. That is not very long, particularly in the life of mankind. But that is how long it is before mankind’s population approaches 10 billion, the ultimate number of people the earth can support as it is presently used. What happens...

 

Kristi Brown For Superior Court Clerk

Actual court clerk experience really does matter. Kristi Brown has 18 years of hands-on dedicated work experience in the Superior Court clerk’s office, clearly making her the only candidate truly qualified to continue to provide department...

 

Ashe Supports Successor

As the former Clerk of Superior Court, I would like to let everyone know what a great person Kristi B. Brown is. I worked with Kristi for 16 years, first as a co-worker and then with me serving as Clerk of Superior Court. She is a caring, giving...

 

Time To Restrict Bicyclists

On an almost daily basis, I witness the good people of Transylvania County and forced to make evasive maneuvers to avoid a road bicyclist out for a leisurely ride while locals are attempting to get children to school and themselves to their places...

 

SHIIP Remains Afloat

Good news. Congress did not eliminate funding for the nationwide SHIIP programs. It only made sense that the federal government, which created this complicated Medicare system, would continue to pay for a proven program that helps senior citizens...

 

Guest Column: Pending Hospital Move Is A Cause For Sincere Concern

By Robert W. Purcell The recent announcement that Mission Health intends to pursue joining HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) comes in a relatively short time following the merger of our local hospital into the Mission Health system along with...

 

Breaking Point?

Earlier this year, teachers in West Virginia went on a successful nine-day strike for better salaries. In recent weeks, teachers in Oklahoma have gone on strike and in Kentucky have protested in mass at their state capitols. Teacher strikes and prote...

 

Fix Ongoing Immigration Crisis

I have some experiences with the immigration problem, both legal and illegal. Years ago I was part owner of a 40-acre wholesale nursery. To work the farm, we hired migrant workers who came from Ireland. They came in the spring time and went back to...

 

Don't Fell Courthouse Norway Spruce

We have been hearing a rumor that the large Norway Spruce in front of our courthouse is going to be cut down in order to do some work on the courthouse. This tree has served as Brevard’s Christmas trees for many, many years. It is majestic at any...

 

Investigations: The Latest

When I first learned that the U.S. attorney in Little Rock, Ark., had a sitting criminal grand jury investigating the alleged “pay for play” Clinton Foundation, this ol’ judge thought, “Whoa!” I told my frustrated wife to relax, that someth...

 

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