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A Warmer World

Last Wednesday, Jan. 18, the temperature hit 70 degrees in Brevard. People were out in short sleeves riding bicycles and working outside. That same day the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space...

 

City Traffic

The article “Caldwell Street Work To Kick Into Gear” in this newspaper reminded me of the dysfunctional workings of the city of Brevard traffic planning for downtown. It reminds that about 10 years ago when the NCDOT was developing a plan for...

 

What We Were Marching For

More than 1 million people rallied at women’s marches in this nation and around the world Saturday. Although I spend most of the year in Brevard, along with four friends from the Coachella Valley in California, I participated in the march in Los...

 

How Trump Will Rule

If the last few weeks are any indication, I think we can already see that Trump intends to rule, not govern. That should come as a great shock to our Founding Fathers. I think we can also see how he will go about it, as in one “self-promoting,...

 

Replacing The ACA

Ever since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, Republicans have repeatedly trashed it as a health and fiscal nightmare. Calling for its repeal was a staple of their campaigns. Now that they are in control of Congress and the presidency, they...

 

Concerned About ACA Changes

This letter lists some concerns that my wife, Deborah Parrish, and I, Rod Parrish, have about changes to the ACA. We are in our mid-70s and retired, but we are parents to three grown children and three grandchildren who must be considered. We urge ou...

 

It Is An Honor

As a member of the Transylvania County Honor Guard, I think I can speak for all of our members in saying that it is a privilege and an honor to be a part of funeral service for our fallen veterans. We may not always know them personally or have...

 

Don't Give Up Hope

This Friday Donald Trump will take the oath of office for the presidency of these United States. Some say he is not our president. Well, in fact, he will be. Others threaten to leave the country. That is running away. We all must remember that we...

 

Amazing Care

My mother has lived at Cedar Mountain House for nearly two years. I visit each day, and have never heard an employee use an unkind word. Employees interact with residents enthusiastically and patiently, smiling the whole time. The level of care...

 

Lest We Forget

While the political nightmare from which we hope to awaken spreads around us — it will get much worse, and America may lose its ethical standing in the world, all the restraints on environmental damage, many of the programs that support the poor...

 

Respect, Not Taxes, Is The Answer

Margaret Williams’ letter in the Jan. 12 Transylvania Times, “Tax The Bicyclists,” opines that roads are meant for cars, and that House Bill 959 requiring motorists to safely pass bicyclists using the adjacent lane is putting motorist lives at...

 

Coastal Urban Elites Donate To Democrats

One of the more interesting columns I have read recently was by Michael Barone in the Wall Street Journal of Jan. 11 of this year. Barone completed a study in collaboration with the Capital Research Center that tries to answer the question of who do...

 

Letter From Birmingham Jail

While most people are familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, what has been historically referred to as his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” written in April of 1963 offers his insight into political activisim....

 

President Deserves Thanks

As President Obama leaves office I believe it is time to give him a heartfelt thank you. I would like to thank him for serving eight years as president of the United States in a manner that has made so many if us proud. I would like to thank him for...

 

Death Penalty Short Sighted

As someone who has defended in a death penalty trial, I believe that the apparently universal joy in the imposition of the death penalty on Dylann Roof is misplaced. That result was foreordained when the trial judge, as he was required to, allowed...

 

What Congress Should Do

Congressman Mark Meadows recently sent an “Official Legislative Survey” to constituents asking what issues we think Congress should focus upon. I checked those that I feel are important and added a few of my own. Then I thought: “Why bother...

 

Debate, Not Call Names

A Jan. 9 letter-writer invokes the often-heard claim that “97 percent of scientists studying climate change agree that climate warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities.” First of all, scientific...

 

Fix, Don't Break

My sons are still in their 40s, too young to be vested in whatever Republicans have in store for them but old enough to be vested in things like Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. Both of these programs are at risk of disappearing for my...

 

About That Wall

We’ve all heard and remember Trump’s promises to build a wall along the Mexican borders, to keep illegal Mexicans from crossing into America and ruining our economy, taking jobs from American citizens, molesting our women folk, and increasing...

 

Criminal Justice Reform

“Though only 5 percent of the world’s population lives in the United States, it is home to 25 percent of the world’s prison population. … Not only does the current overpopulated, underfunded system hurt those incarcerated, it also digs...

 

ACA Enrollment Is Still Open

Despite post-election news, the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is still the law. People can enroll in Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance between now and the Jan. 31 deadline. I volunteer as one of the many in-person assisters...

 

Back To The Dark Ages

I wish to second, endorse and compliment the letter of Lackey Rowe in the Jan. 5 edition of The Transylvania Times. Rowe has devoted his retirement years to hitting nails on their proverbial heads and has done it again. Friends as far away as...

 

Letter Is On Target

Dan Carter’s letter in The Transylvania Times Jan. 2 gave a good outline of the Trump machine. Considering the record and character of each cabinet choice — it shows that our next president has already built the wall he will need later on to...

 

Tax The Bicyclists

House Bill 959 states that that we drivers have to go into the other on-coming lane to pass bicyclists, risking our lives as drivers. They have the run of the roads, the privileges that cars and trucks have, so they need to buy insurance to be on...

 

New Year, Same Challenges

As 2017 rolls in and new administrations take office at both the federal and state level, there are questions as to what will happen to the economy in 2017. As always, accurately forecasting the economic future, even for one year, is difficult...

 

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