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Legalized Addiction

Drug addiction, paticularly addiction to opioids, has become widespread in the United States. According to Nick Szubiak of the National Council for Behavioral Health, drug overdoses were the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. in 2016. An...

 

Courthouse Back on Agenda

As a taxpayer I am questioning who is the individual who would like to shut down the courthouse in downtown Brevard. Why? Why would any citizen of Transylvania County want to move the courthouse out of downtown. The economics does not work. It is...

 

City Council Needs Copelof

As we start early voting I urge you to vote for Maureen Copelof for Brevard City Council. I have known and worked with Maureen on a number of projects over the past seven years and have been impressed with the professionalism, enthusiasm and...

 

Report Cards Are Failing

Years ago the North Carolina General Assembly, decided that public schools needed to be held more accountable. Thus, for the past several years, public schools in North Carolina have received their own report cards from the state. While some of the...

 

Difficult Choices Prepare Leaders

When you vote for city council, please choose the candidates who have had to make difficult choices in their lives. Deciding how to spend our tax money is an overwhelming responsibility and improved by life experience. Maelen “Pinkie” Byrd...

 

A Southern Gentleman

With the passing of Brevard native Don Moore Jr. last week, our community lost one of its staunchest, most able, and most active supporters. So much has been said in praise of Don that my adding to that torrent seems almost redundant. While I was...

 

Signing A Blank Check On Our Lives

I wish to remind those on the left and the never Trumpers over this latest flap with President Trump that while his words may have needed some polishing, he made a call of condolence to the wife of a serviceman who just lost his life serving our...

 

The Rage Of The Very Rich

It is going to happen, by narrow vote margins: legislation so patently dishonest, so cleverly packaged as a benefit to the middle class, but by a huge extent is really for the very rich—a tax cut. Republicans know that Trump is incompetent and dang...

 

Goodbye To Student-Athletes

The recent decision by the NCAA not to levy any sanctions on the University of North Carolina for providing bogus academic classes so that football and basketball players could remain eligible should put to rest the myth of the student-athlete in...

 

A Positive Note

In this time of civil complaints and protests I would offer the following: Today, my wife and I went to the state’s office for driver’s licenses on Commerce Street in Brevard for a photo ID and had the experience of being served by the most...

 

Have You Seen It?

The new brochure offering Volunteer Opportunities is available. It brings good people and good causes together. Find a good fit for what you care about, be it arts, animals, education, health, seniors, food, shelter, retail and more. Each nonprofit...

 

Appreciates Editorial

The editorial, “The Most Serious Matter,” which appeared in The Transylvania Times of Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, was one of the finest articles on the potential of nuclear war that haunts our planet. The editor is correct in saying there are many...

 

Feeling Better About Voting

Voting is a serious responsibility. This season I started out being complacent, listening to others and taking the easy way out. I did not do my due diligence or thoroughly research all of the candidates. Now that it is time to cast my vote I remind...

 

Danger Of Right Wing Populism

I just returned from a trip to Berlin and Dresden. My days in Germany led to reflections on what is happening in the West. We are seeing two uprisings of right wing populism. In Europe the immediate trigger has been the recent immigration caused by...

 

Fortunate To Have Copelof

Those of us who live here are very fortunate that Maureen Copelof chose Brevard as her permanent home after a successful career of leadership in the U.S. Navy. In her years here Maureen has made significant contributions to the community in roles...

 

Follow Fire Protocols

Some of the photos of the wildfires that have been raging through northern California this past week have an eerie similarity with those taken around Gatlinburg, Tenn., and parts of western North Carolina last fall. There are photos of exhausted...

 

Candidate Questions

In today’s paper readers will find question-amd-answer stories about the three candidates – Maureen Copelof, Jessica Gallagher and Mac Morrow – running for the two open seats on the Brevard City Council. We hope the articles provide some...

 

Maureen Copelof Is An Excellent Choice

I would like to lend my support to Maureen Copelof in her bid for city council. I am a friend of several former and current council members. I have learned from observing and talking with them that one of the key attributes of a responsible and...

 

Grateful

Would you want a doctor who has lost most of his patients to give you medical advice? Would you want a quarterback who has thrown 40 interceptions and has a 0-15 record advising you on how to be a better quarterback? Would you want a landscape guy...

 

Common Sense Gun Reform

As I sit here watching details of the deadliest mass shooting in U. S. history unfold, I feel helpless that, as of the latest count, 58 have died and over 500 are wounded. Congress refuses to take action to curb gun violence in our society, despite...

 

Copelof Listens

One of the current city council members told Maureen Copelof that instead of going out campaigning door-to-door and listening to what people have to say in her bid to win a seat on the Brevard City Council, she would be better off mailing her...

 

Taking A Knee

Have you been watching Ken Burns’ excellent 20-part series on the Vietnam War? It highlights the role of protest in our democracy. Protest played a role in bringing an end to what now, sadly, appears to be a war that we should never have entered...

 

Copelof Is Committed To Brevard

Of great importance to city council candidate Maureen Copelof is her commitment to maintaining a strong community in Brevard for its residents, visitors and businesses. Maureen brings three qualifications to honor that pledge, especially to city...

 

The Most Serious Matter

By far the most worrisome and serious issue facing America is the brinksmanship and possible nuclear conflict with North Korea. Many other issues – health care, tax reform, immigration, etc. – are important but they all become moot if the...

 

Printing

In 868 a Chinese monk created a book called the Diamond Sutra. The British Library calls this “the earliest complete survival of a dated printed book.” In 1440, 600 years later, a German, Johannes Gutenberg, invented the printing press. It was a...

 

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