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Sexual Assault Is A Men's Issue

Rodney Locks’ letter in the April 13 edition of this paper was right on. I often hear domestic violence and sexual assault referred to as “women’s issues.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Domestic violence and sexual assault are...

 

Protect Steel Creek

As Earth Day approaches once again, I want to give a shout-out to the Clean Water Act and its notable success since it was passed in 1972. Prime among its successes within living memory was the cleanup of the French Broad River. We now take it for...

 

President Has No Agenda

Surprisingly, I have discovered that Charles Brendle and I are in concurrence that the current president is successfully pursuing his agenda. Not so surprisingly, we clearly do not agree on the nature of the agenda the president is pursuing. Brendle...

 

Think About 'Choices'

We’re all going to die someday. Some old, some young, some rich, some poor, some good, some not so good. Now think about buying a house, new or used as the purchaser you will probably insist that the house you are buying have a “termite...

 

Where Do You Live?

How would you like to live in a country that is rich with diamonds, gold, and other metals? A country that has water resources sufficient for becoming a hub for hydroelectric power. A country that once was a major exporter of bananas, pineapples,...

 

We Must Look Within

I wish to point out that the United States of America used napalm and agent orange in Vietnam. One has to be careful when they are critical of others in the world concerning chemical warfare. Obviously, what has taken place in Syria is inexcusable....

 

Betrayal

The betrayal of the American people is underway. Trump’s promises to rejuvenate coal country, to create a health care system that is affordable and available for all, to create jobs by spending billions on infrastructure, to confront China and brin...

 

Celebrating Earth Day

As thousands across the U.S. get ready to protest environmental budget cuts, each of us can also help with our driving, our recycling and our diet. Yes, our diet. A 2010 United Nations report blames animal agriculture for 70 percent of global...

 

Worthy Of Losing Employment

So the DMV “may have released” personal information on customers was the headline on page 8B of a recent paper and the manager of the office is being disciplined. Maybe it’s me, but am I crazy to think that in this day and age of our privacy...

 

Superb Fire Department

I’m writing to publicly express my appreciation to the city of Brevard Fire Department for their rapid response and their thorough, professional and sensitive handling of my fire situation. They were wonderful! On the night of March 21 my house...

 

Mental Illness

Where is the appropriate care for mental illness? Often, people needing help either are in denial or are hiding their situation. One in five persons live with mental illness at a given time in the U.S. These people should be any target for...

 

Mark The Day

April 23 is the day that Congressional District 11 sends a message to Representative Mark Meadows: “The battle being fought over ‘repeal and replace’ will never be acceptable to your constituents, Congressman. We do not share that...

 

Calling Men To Stand Against Violence

This appeal letter is to well-meaning men who care about their communities and who will work with SAFE, Inc. to build healthy manhood, healthy families and thus a healthy community. Since 1985 SAFE, Inc. has taken the lead in Transylvania County to...

 

It's About Time

We finally have a president with a backbone! With Donald Trump we have a man who left a very lucrative and successful life to serve his country when his predecessor fell short on a number of issues. He saw the country sliding in the wrong direction a...

 

Remove The Hurdles

Does anyone think the fight over health care is over? Mr. Meadows and the Freedom Caucus want to resurrect Mr. Ryan’s failed attempt at reform to make it more repressive, taking health care away from more of us and making it more expensive for the...

 

Support ERA

Women, the majority of American citizens, do not have constitutionally guaranteed rights, except the right to vote. Some people claim that the 14th Amendment gives women those rights, but sex discrimination cases brought before the Supreme Court...

 

Do Not Cut NOAA Funds

Our National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been threatened with a $513 million drop to the nation’s weather satellite division, a 22 per cent budget cut. These particular satellites produce 90 per cent of the data that inform...

 

Elected Representatives MIA

It appears that our elected representatives are missing in action. Neither our elected representatives to Raleigh nor Washington appear to have any interest in hearing from constituents. Often phone calls to their offices will not go through. They...

 

Leder Should Pay

At the recent meeting regarding the Glen Cannon property, it is interesting that Mr. Leder referred to the Glen Cannon homeowners in attendance as “neighbors.” This is the same man who won’t let his “neighbors” walk their pets on the...

 

High-density Is Detrimental

High-rise and high-density apartments are not in character with our town, and could actually destroy the beautiful environment that we all love. And once it’s destroyed, it’s gone and there’s no getting it back. I’m speaking of the proposed...

 

Impressed By Educators

The eighth and final session of the “Talk About It” series sponsored by the NAACP was held at Brevard Elementary School on Thursday, March 23, to a capacity crowd. This final gathering was organized around the topic of “The Future of...

 

A War Memorial

War is a tragedy for all involved, at the front, at home. Those who fight in wars are incredibly brave, sometimes in spite of themselves. We are lucky some come home for us to honor, though we do not honor them fully enough, as evidence in the...

 

Time To Repeal And Replace Meadows

Rep. Mark Meadows’s rightwing politics are now so extreme that his own Republican Party has turned against him. For more than six years he railed against Obamacare, but folded when he had an opportunity to help kill it. Apparently the parsimonious...

 

Collecting Is Not Condoning

This early Cold War naval carrier veteran, a long-time collector of WWII memorabilia and military miniatures, and his Jewish wife wish to comment on Ms. Heywood and Barnes’ opposition to any display of the Swastika, historical or otherwise. In my...

 

Heath Care Train Wreck

Last week’s editorial, “Irresponsible,” properly called the Republican health care bill “heartless” and “irresponsible.” Too bad it said nothing of the coming train wreck, set in motion by an executive order from President Trump. After...

 

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