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Donate An Organ

Recently I have seen signs on cars where people in desperate need of a kidney for themselves or a loved one are riding around with them on their cars. I recently saw one on a car at the hospital that read “Seven year old needs kidney. O+ blood...

 

Celebrate Local Library

This week is National Library Week and there is no better to time to become acquainted with all the Transylvania County Library and all that it has to offer. This week the library is offering three special events. Monday night, author Paul Bogard...

 

Ignorance

In today’s paper readers can find a column from John Hood about the interest in sheriffs’ races. While the column focuses on why sheriffs’ races gather a great deal of interest, it also states some very disturbing facts, facts that undermine...

 

Highly Suspect Decision

Previous letter writers have mentioned the legal problems encountered over the years by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Not mentioned were various indicators showing HCA’s lack of commitment to the communities the company served. For...

 

Help Unaffiliated Candidate

As some of you know, Transylvania County Board of Education elections are partisan. That means if you are a Democrat or Republican all you have to do is pay your fee and file. But if you are an unaffiliated candidate, you must get 1,008 registered...

 

When Is Enough, Enough?

As I watched President Trump’s April 5 unhinged rant in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., I could only think: Is there no point at which Trump loyalists (and the Republican Party) will recognize that his behavior is neither normal nor acceptable? Most...

 

The Indispensable Craft Of The Politician

For the most part, we Americans value expertise. We want our physicians to possess knowledge and experience. We want our lawyers to know the law inside out. We want our clergymen, our engineers, our farmers to bring the kind of proficiency and skill...

 

Participate In Forest Plans

The U.S. Forest Service will soon release the first draft of its plans for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. These plans will guide forest activites, from wildlife management and timber sales to all forms of recreational activities, such as...

 

Nix The HCA Deal

Has anyone reviewed the number of lawsuits that HCA Healthcare has paid out? It’s staggering! Surely someone with business abilities will nix this sale and keep this cut throat company from stripping our hospital. Don Greene Bre...

 

Recommends Elevate

Last year I moved here from California but soon realized I had a painful knee which needed attention. My physician recommended Elevate at 4 Market St. in Brevard. I had great success with Mark, Kevin and the entire staff at Elevate. I highly...

 

Visit Local Museums

Brevard has numerous tourists, be it family, friends or new to our area visitors. We have a hidden jewel to share here in Brevard. Adjacent to the courthouse, near the gazebo is our WNC Military Museum. Even if you are a local without visitors, take...

 

Vicious Attacks

Civility, compassion, reason and humanity are words missing from the vocabulary of the right-wing/conservative media and internet trolls. Their sole purpose is to foster lies and create a toxic climate of bigotry and hatred against anyone who dares...

 

Or Perhaps It's Vice Versa

In a recent letter (April 2 issue) Mike Badger touted Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s article in the Wall Street Journal (March 23) in which New York City’s cardinal archbishop accused the Democratic Party of banning pro-life candidates from party...

 

Leave VA Alone

In December of 2016, soon after Donald Trump was elected president, we published an editorial entitled “Keep Eye On Public Purse.” The editorial focused on the transfer of public funds to private coffers in two distinct areas – infrastructure...

 

HCA Has Committed Fraud

As a comment on the article on HCA and Mission Health, consider the following section of the Becker Review of Hospitals with HCA mentioned with Medicare fraud, kickbacks and procedural problems. What a partner for Mission Heath! “A company as...

 

Appreciates Tucker And Inmates Help

When I schedule the Little River roadside cleanup, I also contact Officer Doug Tucker inmate work crew supervisor, who has always been most cooperative in having his inmates clean from the Recycling Center at Davidson River down the old 64...

 

Democrats Abandon Catholics

I hope every Catholic in Transylvania County has a chance to read Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal of March 23. It is titled “The Democrats Abandon Catholics.” He describes how Democrats have basically...

 

Privatization Would Hurt The VA

As a veteran and someone who uses a very good Asheville VA, I would like to make a few comments. The VA system is large and complicated. I submit to the readers that a good physician without a business background, without a full knowledge of...

 

Guest Column: Mission Health Joining HCA Is Not 'Great News'

The announcement that Mission Health is considering joining the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) as reported in your lead article and the Guest Column by Michele Pilon in the March 26 Transylvania Times has me greatly concerned. Unlike the views...

 

Give Schools Tax Authority

With the arrival of spring comes the planning of budgets for the upcoming 2018-19 fiscal year. With that planning comes the negotiations between the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners and the Transylvania County Board of Education as to how...

 

Clean Roads

Driving on the Old Hendersonville Highway between Ecusta Road and Crab Creek Road at least twice daily, I’ve observed as abandoned cans, bottles, plastic, styrofoam cups and various other trash, including a rotting animal carcass, have accumulated...

 

Vote Out All Commissioners

I must address the courthouse issue again. It’s my opinion that if we can’t afford to pay our firefighters who risk their lives for us, then what business do the county commissioners have holding meetings to put this county in debt to the tune...

 

Fact Check On Hemlock Chemical Treatments

The picture caption for the March 26 “Hope for Hemlocks” article, stating that neonicotinoids used for hemlock woolly adelgid treatments work because “the adelgid apparently do not like” them, is so misinformed as to put county landowners...

 

Shooters Are Angry, Not Mentally Ill

I would like to provide some food for thought to the frequent comments that are made with respect to “mental health” in the prevention of mass shootings. I would advise those who keep repeating this mantra to give it some more deeper thought. I...

 

Uniting And Dividing Communities

So many factors work together to provide a sense of community. And then there are the factors that have the opposite effect, like seeing trash or litter scattered by the sides of the road, or reading letters to the editor supporting a president who,...

 

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