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Incentives Are Not A Panacea

In the past several years, numerous states, including North Carolina, have offered incentives ranging from hundreds of millions of dollars to billions of dollars in order to lure large corporations. While free market purists denounce incentives as...

 

How Prepared Are We?

Out of curiosity, after hearing about the false alarm regarding an incoming nuclear missile aimed at Hawaii, I checked out the Transylvania County Emergency Management website. Maybe I missed it, but I did not see anything regarding surviving a...

 

Sick Over President's Comments

I have been feeling sick at heart over the comments made by the president in the meeting on immigration last week. I have watched with growing alarm over this past year as President Trump has seemed to divide us rather than to be the president of...

 

Contempt Has No Place In White House

During a meeting with senators last week, Donald Trump demanded to know why he should accept immigrants from “———— countries” like Haiti and certain African countries rather than people from places like Norway. This is not the first time...

 

Merge Police And Sheriff's Departments

Mayor Harris recently sent a plea for donations to fund the rebuilding of the old depot on Railroad Avenue. (Sounds like a good idea but of a questionable priority with all of the other funding needs of the city.) The possibility for a fairly...

 

Trails Are Heavily Used

Jason Harwood clearly does not hike the various trails originating in and around Brevard. If he did, he would never have made such an unfounded claim: “Brevard is already full of hiking trails that nobody uses.” Any hike on any of the Bracken...

 

Faith In Children

Last August, I became aware of the existence of the Brevard Augustine Literacy Project, and learned about their two-week training session scheduled for early September. I had been volunteering as a tutor at El Centro and felt the need to be better pr...

 

Sharing Power Is Possible

Thank you for printing the guest column by Rev. Carter Heyward, “Time to Address Patriarchal Power Relations,” on Dec 7. It is very true that the root problem of sexual harassment, abuse and violence is patriarchy, not individual “evil” men....

 

America's Ethos

Today we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There will be marches, speeches, dinners and other events to honor King, a man who pursued the dream first espoused by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, that “…all...

 

Grodnik Disinforms Readers On Climate Change

Jim Grodnik’s recent (Jan. 1, 2018) letter is a dishonest smear against scientists and science. Essentially every statement in the letter is false, untruthful or misleading, In calling the “Hockey Stick” a “theory,” Grodnik demonstrates a...

 

Counting Blessings

The New Year is a traditional time for resolutions, many of which will fall by the wayside. Therefore, I have once again decided to count my blessings instead of making resolutions. Those blessings are many, with being a resident at College Walk, a...

 

Train Depot Is Waste Of Money

This is a letter of complaint. How much did it cost taxpayers for Mayor Harris to send all Brevard residents a letter asking for contributions to rebuild the train depot? One hundred bucks to purchase a brick with your name on it and no telling what...

 

Courthouse And Pension Obligations

The Christmas day letter from a Transylvania County employee cast doubt on the affordability of a new courthouse. The “wage freeze” precedent set when the Morris Road Facility was completed is key to the argument to rethink the Commissioners’...

 

Time To Remove Trump

A blatant racist and liar has no place in The People’s House. He lost the presidential election by almost 3 million votes, so he needs to leave or be removed. Sally MacMillan Brevard...

 

Another Orwell Quote

For Jim Grodnik (Transylvania Times, Jan. 11), who not only mocks the notion of climate change but uses a quote from George Orwell to mock intellectuals as well, here’s another Orwell quote: “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more...

 

Economics Of Climate Change

A study cited by the National Geographic Society on the economic cost of climate change was most revealing. The study said extreme weather made worse by climate change and health impacts of burning fossil fuels has cost the U.S. economy $240 billion...

 

What About Washington And Lincoln?

The Jan. 11 issue of The Transylvania Times contained a front page notice, “MLK Events Planned.” It will be interesting to see in February if any events will be planned for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12 and George Washington’s...

 

Ignorant Comments

I thought that I had already heard all the most ignorant comments on climate change. Now having read Jim Grodnik’s recent letter, I stand corrected. Marc Schneider Brevard...

 

Immigration Is Our Strength

I am a Jew, a Semite, the exact same race as the children of Ishmael. I have six grandchildren. One has a mother from Columbia; five have a mother born in Algeria; one of my sons has no children, but his wife is African-American. When we sit down at...

 

Increase Flu Research Funds

The flu season is now upon us and this year epidemiologists are classifying the outbreak as “moderately severe” at this point. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the last week of December the number of states...

 

Right-Wing Propaganda

The Jan. 4 issue of The Transylvania Times included a guest editorial from Dan Way of the Carolina-Journal News Service. In his article, Way painted a glowing picture of the recently passed GOP tax bill, insisting that this “reform” bill...

 

Cold Snap Causes Brain Freeze

The global warming Chicken Littles — oh, wait, they changed the name to “climate change” when global warming wasn’t panning out — have been having a hard time lately, what with all this cold weather. But fear not. As you might expect, they...

 

Farmers' Market Looks To 2018

The Transylvania Farmers’ Market is proud to have another amazing year behind us and we’d like to thank everyone who supported us in 2017. Our year-round market included a wide variety of vendors offering wonderful local products, live music and...

 

Roadside Is A Mess

One of this region’s greatest assets is its natural beauty. It’s what draws tens of thousands of visitors to the Brevard area each year and what greatly contributes to both our city and county’s revenue stream. It’s also why many of us...

 

Truth About The White House

Wolff’s new book has created quite a stir in the media because he dared do what other reporters have failed to do, namely to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth — and recorded it. Now come the denials by the president, his...

 

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