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Guest Column: Recalling Virginia Tillotson's Last Concert

Fewer than 20 of us attended, but it was a joyous occasion! On Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, a pianist friend and I drove the nine miles from College Walk, where we live, to Cedar Mountain House on Highway 276, just past the entrance to Sherwood Forest...

 

Fund Or Halt Class Size Mandate

For the past year, school superintendents and school boards around the state have been concerned about the mandatory reduction of students per class in kindergarten through third grade. The goal of having smaller classes in those first four grades...

 

Correction

In the Dec. 28 editorial entitled “2017: Not Your Typical Year,” we noted that Liam Baer and Cam Wilson captured the first men’s state doubles championship in tennis for Brevard High. That is incorrect. In 1990, Chris Whatley and Paul Stroup...

 

Tillotson Was A Great Person

It is with both sadness and gratitude that I note the passing of Virginia Tillotson on Dec. 12, 2017. Ginny was the first woman conductor in the state of North Carolina and known as “Ginny,” “Tillie,” and “Miss Tillie.” Ginny was a woman...

 

No New Courthouse

We do not need a new courthouse. What will happen to our little town? Our County Commissioners need to consider this. Who is going to pay $31 million for this? We need to pave the roads in the city. We need more jobs in our county. Our leaders need...

 

Fact Check Required

With all due respect, which is more than Ms. Blevins gave me, she needs to be much better informed before quoting out of context. She needs to read my letter again to see that I mentioned early on that I was not defending men at all. As to the...

 

Technology's 'Dark Side'

For years many people have suspected that our newest technologies, in particular smartphones, social media and mobile applications, may have, in Star Wars terminology, a “dark side.” But those concerns often were drowned out by proponents...

 

Music On Christmas Day

I want to thank the owners and sponsors of WSQL, White Squirrel Radio, for broadcasting Christmas music on Christmas day. There were no commercials and no breaks for news. The music selected was tasteful and inspirational. On the hour, Mayor Jimmy...

 

Hospital Staff: Kind And Concerned

Dec. 28, 2017, I checked into Transylvania Regional Hospital for a routine out-patient operation. From the moment the automatic sliding glass doors closed behind me when I walked in until the same glass doors closed behind me as I walked out after...

 

In 2018 Address Major Problems

A delicious dessert is quite pleasing, but only has a detrimental effect on one’s long-term health. Like a tantalizing dessert, the recent tax cuts may provide a little more money in Americans’ pockets for the short-term, but Congress and the...

 

A Great Place For The Courthouse

Save money and stop the effort to hide in the woods. Since the decision has been made to relocate the Transylvania Courthouse and its business, why not take advantage of an existing “big box” and locate the new courthouse in the former Kmart...

 

Immigration: Colonization Or Assimilation?

The U.S. has a long history of welcoming immigrants whose goal was to become Americans. To assimilate as Americans they learned English with many keeping the history, culture and language of their ancestors alive in their families but foremost was...

 

Appreciates Having Film Honored

I was pleasantly surprised and honored to see that the completion of my film, “Almost Cured,” on the 1963 BHS football team, was selected as a TTimes Top Ten sports story for 2017. My plan is to make the film freely available on the Internet...

 

2017: Not Your Typical Year

Locally, some years just seem to be an extension of the previous one with minor changes one would expect. However, 2017 was somewhat atypical. One series of highly atypical events occurred during a short span in July. One evening a Brevard youth was...

 

A Frightening Statistic

The spate of letters and articles celebrating the electoral victory of Doug Jones over Roy Moore in Alabama, all justified in my view, overlook the disheartening fact that over 48 percent of the participating voters pulled the lever in favor of a...

 

Merry Christmas, America!

Even the most die-hard Donald Trump supporters must be questioning this man’s volatile, inconsistent, embarrassing, combative, Tweeting presidency. With the president having signed into law what is termed the most controversial tax bill in the...

 

Beware Of Increase In Homeowners Insurance

Thank you Transylvania Times for alerting your readers to the proposed rate hike in N.C. homeowners insurance. I think we all need to ask some questions in a public forum. Here are a few I have: 1. How much profit did N.C. insurance companies make...

 

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

Editor’s Note: In Sept. 1897, an eight-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Sun asking, “Is there a Santa Claus?” An editorial writer of the Sun Staff, Francis Pharcellus Church, wrote a response...

 

Harassment Laws Need To Be Enforced

Charles Brendle thinks that “inappropriate behavior” (i.e. sexual harassment, abuse and assault) “should know no gender” and that we “need a definition of ‘sexual assault.’” What sort of “definition” is he looking for, I wonder?... Full story

 

Please Do The Right Thing

Transylvania County is building a new courthouse. As a county employee, I would like to feel excited that the county to which I have chosen to devote my life is moving forward into a new era. Unfortunately, I am holding my breath and hoping the... Full story

 

Good Samaritans

This letter comes to profoundly thank the two Good Samaritan ladies who responded to cries from a fall victim on Dec. 13 in the parking behind the humane society. Because of head injury, shock and bumps, I was unable to see my phone and they knew...

 

Remembering Cotton Mill Town

I was excited when I read about the railroad station in the paper. It brought back so many thoughts. I would tell you a few things from my memories. I was born and raised in what was called Cotton Mill town. That was where the workers lived that...

 

Oligarchs, Not America, First

When Donald Trump campaigned for president, he ran on an “America First” platform. It resonated with millions of voters for good reason. Many Americans believed then, and now, that past politicians had looked out only for their own interests, oft...

 

Sexual Harassment

What has happened to our society? It is based in the courts as guilty or not. These women who are making the allegations of harassment might be true or false. I do not know which. But allegations do not make you guilty of any crime. It’s for the...

 

Reduce Use Of Facebook

When the creators of Facebook don’t let their own children use or be on Facebook, that speaks volumes to me. They created a medium for social communication that is not in the best interest for its users. They send their own children to a special...

 

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