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The People Deserve Better

Republicans are charging down a path of change; change to replace government of the people, by the people, for the people with government of the wealthy, by the wealthy, for the wealthy. As for the people, we don’t matter. We are a liability in...

 

Jesus Had It Right

The current Republican health care plan is, like the Affordable Care Act, a complicated piece of legislation. But the most critical element of the GOP plan is this simple equation: 24 million Americans lose their insurance in order to give more than...

 

A Closed Mind

In reading The Transylvania Times report of Senator Edwards’ comments to the Republican County Convention, I cannot say I was surprised by his many right wing comments about our Governor. Senator Edwards has his conservative views as I have my...

 

Surrender Is Not Cooperation

Senator Edwards’ condemnation of the person that the legislature has done its best to make the almost governor betrays his lack of a basic understanding of the language. Cooperation is defined by the Second Edition of the American College...

 

Government Action With Naïve Expectations

As a BC graduate I can remember how in Introduction to Economics course we learned about market failure theory: an outcome where the market system fails to produce optimal outcomes, requiring government intervention. Yet, very little attention was...

 

Challenges Chappell

I would like to comment on Commissioner Jason Chappell’s response to Commissioner Mike Hawkins’ comments on the ACA in last week’s paper. Commissioner Chappell failed to offer any analysis of the effects of the repeal of the ACA and failed to...

 

What To Expect

Donald Trump has become president and filled his Cabinet and staff with people of dubious political backgrounds. Based on comments, past history, bill proposals and funding allocations, here a few of the things we can expect from the people in the...

 

You've Got To Have Friends

In advance of National Library Week (April 9-15), I thought now might be a good time to promote the local Friends of the Library (FOL). Just like you and me, libraries need friends – people who support the many services of their library and...

 

Deflecting The Russia Question

What a surprise! As soon as ties to Russia began to raise eyebrows even in his own party, President Trump tweeted a new conspiracy theory accusing former President Obama of treasonous wiretapping. The lazy news media went wild on this and Russia was...

 

America's Scrooge

I see Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the coming year is designed to make America great again. It may do that, but it will be done on the backs of the poor and defenseless. Among his proposed cuts is $3 billion to help poor Americans heat their...

 

Impending Train Wreck

At a recent commissioners’ meeting, Mr. Chappell took issue with Mr. Hawkins referring to our U.S. Representative as an “extreme conservative.” Then Mr. Chappell challenged Mr. Hawkins’ misgivings about “repeal and replace” Obamacare....

 

Good People

I was on my way to Pisgah Memorial Gardens for another military funeral. I was dressed in my Honor Guard Army uniform. On the way I decided to stop at UPS to pick up a picture I had mounted there. When I walked in and asked for the picture, the...

 

Bring Our Troops Home

I heard on the news that we are sending more American troops to fight ISIS. Why? We can never make any headway over there. This war traces all the way back to two half-brothers in the Bible: Abraham’s sons, Isaac, a Jew, and Ishmael, an Egyptian....

 

Grateful To Hawkins

I am grateful to Commissioner Hawkins for addressing the impact the repeal of the ACA will have on this county. Why Mark Meadows wants to hurt the thousands of people in his district who will be far worse off than before the ACA is beyond me....

 

Against What?

We have a constant barrage these days from the Democrats against anything that the Trump administration puts forward. They are not willing to engage in reasonable debate and seem intent on bringing the president down at any cost. My conclusion can...

 

Off The Rails Again!

Well, it’s happened again! The president of the United States has told the American voters and public a baldfaced lie. President Trump has said that former President Obama had his telephone lines tapped. This baseless allegation follows on the...

 

Awesome Brevard Students

As curator of the WNC Military History Museum in Brevard, myself and our board have been so impressed by the wonderful students and staff members we have encountered. As we visit area schools to impart the importance of military history, it is so...

 

Good Job, Mr. Hawkins

I want to thank Mike Hawkins, a member of our county commission, for his informed and useful analysis of the health insurance changes being considered by Congress. It was a factual and locally focused analysis of a vital issue, done with the goal of...

 

Good Job By Police

Tonight (last Wednesday) on Facebook it was brought up about a serious safety issue involving buses in the middle of town. Instantly citizens chimed in, and our own assistant Police Chief was commenting within minutes as to promising to have...

 

Sen. Burr's Alleged Breach Of Trust

We read with alarm an article in the Feb. 24 Washington Post. It asserts that Sen. Richard Burr acknowledged doing the Trump administration’s bidding by contacting news organizations to dispute New York Times and CNN articles concerning its...

 

Types Of Logic

There are many descriptors that are used in combination with the word logic, including deductive, inductive and convoluted. We can now add the descriptor “Trumpian.” Let’s examine how it works. A person of power and influence is under...

 

Health Care Is A Moral Issue

Seven years ago, in March 2010, Josh Holmes, adviser to Senator Mitch McConnell, and other Republican functionaries came up with the phrase “repeal and replace.” The House Republicans have since voted 52 different times either to repeal (and repl...

 

Latinos Receive Support

First, let us say how much we appreciate Matt McGregor’s article in March 6 Transylvania Times about the uncertainty and fear that exists among Latino immigrants in our community. The article was based on careful listening to a variety of people,...

 

Remember The Pledge

I am truly dismayed to read in The Transylvania Times of Feb. 23 that some Republican lawmakers have proposed two controversial and — potentially destructive — bills. One measure would amend the North Carolina Constitution to permit the state to...

 

Heritage Museum Is A Great Asset

Area residents and visitors to our historic community might not realize we have a goldmine of memorabilia and information easily within reach at the Transylvania Heritage Museum, located at 189 W. Main St. This nonprofit, tax-exempt museum boasts a...

 

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