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Party Should Not Be First

All that we hear or read about in the news today is “party” — whether it is Democrat or Republican. And, our problems will never be solved if we continue to think this way. When we are sick and go to the doctor or hospital, we are not asked...

 

Where Did All The Flowers Go?

Gillespie Cemetery on the Country Club Road has been stripped of all red flowers! Sunday, Feb. 19, I drove out to the cemetery to take a walk with my dog, as I often do. To me, it is a place of peace and remembrance of loved ones no longer with us....

 

Trump Is A Danger

In response to Mr. Brendle, as an independent-minded liberal American my greatest fear is that Trump will indeed succeed – succeed in turning the U.S. into a totalitarian dictatorship. This is exactly the track that his actions and his toxic...

 

Helping Animals

I am a big animal lover. It’s probably not a surprise to also learn that I have lots of company in Brevard. Like scores of people, I was horrified and sickened by the news that a beautiful, innocent Great Pyrenees dog was starved and tossed on the...

 

Christmas Child Exceeds Goals

Operation Christmas Child exceeded its 2016 collection goals: 9,121,799 boxes were collected in the United States, exceeding the goal of nine million. The Blue Ridge area (Transylvania, Madison, Henderson and Buncombe counties) collected 24,627...

 

We Are Americans

H.L. Mencken once said, “On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” Trump is no moron. While Trump is brusque, narcissistic and...

 

Streams Must Be Protected

As a citizen of North Carolina and the earth, I’m appalled with the 115th Congressional vote to roll back protection of our streams and rivers. We need to protect our resources: water, earth, air and trees. We can’t do without any of these. Even...

 

Not Happy With President

A recent letter writer to The Transylvania Times happily praised our new president for doing a good job. I am not happy. I cannot support a man who lies, who prefers “alternative facts” to the truth, and who appoints unfit and unqualified people...

 

Freedom Of Speech Belongs To All

Bob Youngerman, in his Feb. 16 letter to the Times about freedom of speech, refers to the Saturday Evening Post and its covers by Norman Rockwell. I too am old enough to remember the magazine (loved the “short, short” stories) and Rockwell’s...

 

Firings And Tax Returns

What a pleasant, and unexpected, surprise! Honesty and trust have become important to the Trump administration and General Flynn is fired, or retired. Imagine the utter shocking gall to not be forthright with the vice president. How terrible! Now,...

 

Freedom Of Speech

As a young boy at age 10, I sold the Saturday Evening Post door-to-door in my neighborhood in Chicago. The Post back in the 1940’s had the largest circulation of any magazine in the United States. I dare say there are few, if any millennials, and p...

 

Guardrails Needed

While replacing guard rails on Highway 276 may be good, may I suggest that guardrails be placed on the Asheville Highway to separate the walking - bike paths from the highway. They are especially needed in the area from Pisgah Heights to Hospital...

 

Trump Is Doing An Excellent Job

The Jan. 30 issue of The Transylvania Times had two letters which were very critical of our new president without being very specific. I would just like to say that there are some of us who see things differently. President Trump first showed some le...

 

Examine Ties To Russia

Why is it the deeper we get in the Trump administration the closer we get to Russia and its leading KGB thug? Ethics, especially truth, seems to be a foreign concept from the White House to the cabinet to the lackeys surrounding the president. It is...

 

Mickey Mouse Lamp Post

I was very disappointed on the morning of Feb. 10 when I realized that someone had stolen my Mickey Mouse Lamp post that was tied to two trees out in my yard. I decorate my yard so people can enjoy the lights of the different seasons. Many look...

 

Defunding Public Schools

Both of our N.C. Senators voted for a Secretary of Education nominee who wants to take federal money away from our public schools to provide vouchers for private schools. Neither of these men represent the people who voted for them. People who have...

 

Transylvania Has Heart!

Nestled off U.S. 64 in Lake Toxaway is a home-like, cage free, 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable animal sanctuary called the Friends for Life Forever Farm. It shows love, compassion and hope for senior and special needs animals of all kinds. On their...

 

Trump Is Doing A Good Job

A couple weeks ago I penned a letter about the hypocrisy being spewed by liberals. But, I ultimately made a decision to write about the job that our president is doing. I will admit up front that his tactics are, at times, questionable and the pace...

 

Change, Not Repeal, ACA

More than eight of 10 primary care doctors want Congress to make changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rather than outright repeal. Two-thirds of health care executives do not want the ACA repealed. These results are from surveys conducted in...

 

Regulations Protect Us

We have been bombarded by right-wing tirades against “big government” and “regulations.” President Trump decrees dropping two regulations for every new one enacted. Assuming he makes this executive order stick, the probable result is no new...

 

Faith Calls Us To Help Refugees

“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall not afflict any widow or orphan” (Exodus 22:21-22). “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained...

 

Selective Outrage

I remember how disturbed Mr. Charles Brendle was by the frequency with which President Obama issued executive orders. He complained Obama was acting like a king. I wonder how he likes the fact that our new president issued four executive orders in...

 

Senators Need To Explain DeVos Vote

Tuesday our North Carolina Senators both voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. DeVos is arguably the least qualified nominee in a proposed cabinet selection that breaks all norms. Did our senators vote to affirm her nomination because...

 

Talent Lost

In honor of Black History Month, a viewing of “Hidden Figures” would be well worthwhile. Three women who were designated as “computers” because of their outstanding mathematical skills were used by the NASA program during the 1960s. Their...

 

Blame Those Who Didn't Vote

Would you have protested if Hillary had won the election? Burn up cars? Would you have been satisfied if Trump or Clinton either had not won their party’s nomination? A non-violent protest is OK. I was disappointed in the elections of 2008 and...

 

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