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Harming Small Schools

Sometimes seemingly small decisions can have major impacts. One such decision made by the North Carolina General Assembly this summer involves the way principal salaries are determined. North Carolina recently held the dubious distinction of ranking...

 

The Real Curse

Donald Trump wants his followers to believe that Bernie Sanders’ proposed universal health care plan is a “curse on the U.S. and its people.” Fine for Trump and Republicans like Mark Meadows and his so-called “Freedom Caucus” to be against...

 

Comparing Auschwitz And Statues

I recently saw a statement that puts all the monument and statue destruction into a thought-provoking corner. The statement pointed out that Auschwitz in Germany, where over 1 million Jews were killed, still stands as a reminder to not allow somethin...

 

Travel To Iona, Scotland

In your Sept. 14 issue of The Transylvania Times, you generously gave full page coverage to Pamela Blevins’ wonderful article on her travels to Iona, Scotland. Her description of that island captured for me the meditative spirit and ageless...

 

Navy Experience Irrelevant

Maureen Copelof is running again and already the letters are starting to flow to area newspapers carrying the same message as in her unsuccessful bid for N.C. House of Representatives. These letter writers all marvel at her 30 years in the Navy. She...

 

Why Have a History?

In our anxiety to negate our “bad” history; i.e., condemning slavery, profound religious principles and whatever suits your discourse at the moment, perhaps we unintentionally destroy the “good” that makes America who we were originally and...

 

Crack Down On Equifax

The behavior of credit reporting company Equifax over the past few years reeks of utter negligence and incompetence with a smack of criminality. At the beginning of this year, Equifax and fellow credit reporting agency Transunion were ordered to pay...

 

Guest Column: French Broad River: Conservation Perspective

For many years, I have heard discussions about the pros and cons of surrounding land uses and their impacts upon the French Broad River and the quality of water, the stability of the river, and how the river should be managed. These discussions...

 

Learn About Philip Price

I am encouraging all our people in Transylvania County to visit the website of Philip Price who is a Democrat challenging Mark Meadows. I am confident you will find Philip appealing to Republicans, Independents, and Democrats as well. Philip has...

 

Free County Of Kudzu

Let’s free Transylvania County of Kudzu before Pisgah National Forest becomes “Kudzu” National Forest. Kudzu hates to be cut, especially the roots (loppers work), or its runners broken or its stumps poisoned with concentrated chemicals, like...

 

No Profit In Peace

Has anybody had enough yet? Our government has become a cesspool of corruption. At some point in the last millennium people in positions of power discovered the profitability of conflict after which all wars became wars of economics, the excuses of...

 

A Folded Flag

The presence of the Honor Guard at a memorial service never fails to stir my emotions. Former service men, now too old for active service, dressed in the uniforms they wore on active duty, proudly march in perfect cadence carrying the flag of their...

 

Beauty Is Not Just Skin Deep!

I have just finished reading a review of the Miss America pageant by Fox News. They characterize the questions asked as coming from “nasty women,” although the questions were of contemporary interest: Russian interference, climate change,...

 

Gore Would Have Been Better

To anyone demeaning Al Gore: If he had been allowed to serve as president in 2001, as he should have been, 9/11 might have been averted due to a smoother executive transition and consumer protections against bank misconduct would definitely not have...

 

Copelof Is An Outstanding Choice

We were thrilled to hear that Maureen Copelof is running for city council. Her 30 years as a Naval officer has honed her skills as a leader as well as a team player. Her down-to-earth approach and ability to work well with people with divergent...

 

What Happened?

Hillary Clinton asked, “What happened?” “Let me count the ways”... Wisconsin, Michigan, middle America, et al; Willie and Loretta on the tarmac; Debbie and Donna of the DNC, Wall Street money. Lies ad nausea. The Munchkins, Bernie, the...

 

Lessons From Hurricanes

In addition to the lives lost and disrupted, the bill Americans will pay to recover from the devastation wreaked by hurricanes Harvey and Irma will register in the high billions. In order to mitigate the impact of such catastrophes in the future,...

 

America's Economic Crisis

Most reputable reports indicate that there is a widening gap between the rich and the poor. Most of these advocate for government to redistribute income. But is there another way to solve America’s economic crisis? In 1776 when our Declaration of I...

 

Egregious Claims

Jack Matthews, in a recent letter to the Transylvania Times, spoke to the controversy surrounding the monuments erected to commemorate and celebrate the men who fought on behalf of the seceding states. Matthews makes a particularly egregious false eq...

 

To My Grandchildren

The following is a letter to my grandchildren. May you always remember… 1.You are loved, limitlessly. 2. You can love each other, even when you disagree. 3. You can love people who speak a different language. (Better yet, you can learn someone...

 

Lee Owned Slaves

Jack Matthews wrote in a Sept. 4 letter that “Robert E. Lee owned no slaves.” Please fact check your letters to the editor before you publish. A cursory check of numerous popular and scholarly sources are clear — Lee did own slaves. Misstating...

 

BC Honors Diversity Of Thought

As a Brevard College international student alumnus, I’d like to thank the college and BC Campus Life for welcoming Turning Point USA to the annual Brevard College Student Club Fair held last Thursday. As a national youth conservative organization,...

 

The Complexity Of History

In today’s Opinion of the Readers are two letter writers responding to a previous letter stating that “Robert E. Lee owned no slaves.” We did check the aforementioned statement. Snopes.com, in a section debunking several Confederate myths and...

 

The DACA Decision

Decision Donald Trump’s rescinding of the DACA program last week represents a new low in his presidency. Like many, I had hoped that, once elected, the president would move away from his stream of inflammatory schoolyard rhetoric and become...

 

Guest Column: For BCBS, How Much Money Is Enough?

A barrage of negative advertising and misleading claims from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) have generated a common question: “How much is enough?” Since reporting more than half a billion dollars of profit ($542 million)...

 

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