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Numbness To Suicide

A “tipping point” with just a few more suicides, these tragedies could become commonplace even in Transylvania County. We are not immune here. In our small and seemingly quiet environment, suicide is possible. The figures for 2007 are not exact...

 

Parties Have Changed

Either Michael Badger’s memory banks quit working in the mid 1960s or he has not bothered to keep abreast of the news since then. In either case, he cannot be a history buff, as he claims. Badger is absolutely correct when he claims that Democrats...

 

Are Democrats A 'Hate Group?'

I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) this morning. They reported that the Southern Poverty Law Center had labeled the group that organized the “anti-sharia” law demonstration around the country recently a “hate group.” As a history...

 

Support Group Is Not Judgmental

I would like to share an experience that should be of help to folks who suffer from bipolar disorder. Last Tuesday, June 13, I attended a support group called Connection. It meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Behavioral Health Room in the...

 

Dueling Rules Change

Way to go America. Another hateful, political, blood shedding induced, assassination attempt. Might I add that Washington, D.C., Congressional politicians and White House occupants when verbally challenged, abide by the most recent and appropriate...

 

Fair And Impartial?

It has been revealed that three of the five lawyers on the Mueller special counsel team have been major contributors to the Democrats over the years. And, one of the lawyers was a special counsel to Eric Holder. And, this was all reported by CNN no...

 

Blame, Blame, Blame

Blame My feelings are hurt, and I’m very disappointed in the Hillary blame campaign. She has laid the loss of her bid for the ultimate power on everybody and group in sight: The DNC, the GOP, the FBI, the NFL, the NBA, CBS, NBC, the Russians,...

 

Not The Usual Back Channel

It was good of the gentleman from Osprey, Fla., to explain to us folks how back channels have been used to good effect in much of our history in a recent letter to the editor. Who would have known? On the other hand, it might be more instructive if...

 

What's Up With This Guy?

As a staunch Democrat, I have looked high and low trying to figure out President Donald Trump. How do you explain him? He seems to have baffled his own party, which seems content to explain his behavior, as he’s just new and doesn’t have...

 

Gun But Not Forgotten

The front-page article on the return of a stolen gun after 30 years was not only a nice human interest story, but it illustrated that, in a gun crazy country where any regulation is resisted, more information rather than less, helps. If you have to...

 

Anticipation

Summer is nearly upon us and I am looking forward to two important and rare events. The first is the total solar eclipse which will occur on Aug. 21; the second is a chance to meet in person with my state representative, Cody Henson, when he is back...

 

Living With Mental Illness

Positives can spring from the negatives of a severe mental illness. I have been catapulted into a life I could never imagine. I showed signs of bipolar disorder, or manic depression, in my early 20s, but I was not accurately diagnosed and treated...

 

'Back Channels' In History

Some people are in a snit over the alleged use of a “back channel” for discussions with Russia. “Back channels” with adversaries have been used by world leaders in solving issues for over a century. During the Japanese-Russian War, President...

 

Kushner

Well, well, well, the “golden haired” Boy Wonder, the Ivy League son of a millionaire, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who came from rich parents, a man who’s never held an elective office in his life, but now rules the White House...

 

Russians Are Not Our Allies

Ordinarily, I tend to agree with Charles Brendle’s letters. However, I am disappointed that Mr. Brendle believes the investigation into the Trump team’s alleged connections with various segments of the Russian government is a “witch hunt.”...

 

It's Not A Bikeway

Stephen Jackson’s letter to The Times of May 22 is critical of efforts to make what he calls “the bikeway” from McLean Road to the forest entrance attractive to children. He is concerned that a cyclist going 20 mph or speeding around a blind...

 

Support The Sheriff's Request

I wonder if Commissioner Larry Chapman would ever send his troops into harm’s way knowing that they do not have the necessary equipment to support them? Then why did he deny the sheriff’s department the necessary equipment to support them? It...

 

Patriotism And Skepticism

When I was in Germany a few years ago I chanced upon a pretty city park which was typically German, neat and clean with lovely flowers. The main feature of the park was a monument, and when I got close I saw that it was dedicated to soldiers who had...

 

Remembering JFK

May 29, 2017 would have been the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy. How well I remember that November day in 1963 when the principal of Brevard High School called the student body and staff to the auditorium and announced, “The president...

 

Wake Up And Smell The Steak

The May 25 opinion writer prescribes shutting down the meat industry. He thinks we all should become vegans and eliminate all meat and dairy products from our diets and get used to vegetable substitutes. In other words, every industry that raises,...

 

Trump's View Of People

Donald Trump has a brutally simple way of categorizing people — into winners and losers. Winners are wealthy and famous people, certain dictators (the Saudi royal family), those in the limelight. Trump wants to help the winners, who do not need...

 

Pathway Belongs To All

I have a different opinion on the pathway through Brevard than Stephan Jackson. I understand the path to be a linear park for all to enjoy. I am a cyclist. I use that path as a pleasant safe way to do errands, go to the forest or just as exercise....

 

Tired Of Hearing About Russia

Are you as tired of hearing about Russia as I am? I was even thinking of giving up Vodka, but I reconsidered that pretty quickly. Maybe you saw where, in jest, a reporter said that someone had seen Trump eating Russian dressing on his salad. Boy, it...

 

We Need Clean Air, Water

Do you remember Love Canal or the day the river caught fire in Cleveland? If not, look them up. They are examples of what can happen when companies are left to regulate themselves. They are part of the reason the Environmental Protection Agency...

 

Appreciate Western Culture

According to the most recent United Nations estimates there are 7.5 billion people in this world. They all have mothers and fathers and families and friends that they hold dear. But they have been born into a world where there are vastly different...

 

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