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City Traffic

The article “Caldwell Street Work To Kick Into Gear” in this newspaper reminded me of the dysfunctional workings of the city of Brevard traffic planning for downtown. It reminds that about 10 years ago when the NCDOT was developing a plan for...

 

What We Were Marching For

More than 1 million people rallied at women’s marches in this nation and around the world Saturday. Although I spend most of the year in Brevard, along with four friends from the Coachella Valley in California, I participated in the march in Los...

 

How Trump Will Rule

If the last few weeks are any indication, I think we can already see that Trump intends to rule, not govern. That should come as a great shock to our Founding Fathers. I think we can also see how he will go about it, as in one “self-promoting,...

 

Concerned About ACA Changes

This letter lists some concerns that my wife, Deborah Parrish, and I, Rod Parrish, have about changes to the ACA. We are in our mid-70s and retired, but we are parents to three grown children and three grandchildren who must be considered. We urge ou...

 

It Is An Honor

As a member of the Transylvania County Honor Guard, I think I can speak for all of our members in saying that it is a privilege and an honor to be a part of funeral service for our fallen veterans. We may not always know them personally or have...

 

Don't Give Up Hope

This Friday Donald Trump will take the oath of office for the presidency of these United States. Some say he is not our president. Well, in fact, he will be. Others threaten to leave the country. That is running away. We all must remember that we...

 

Amazing Care

My mother has lived at Cedar Mountain House for nearly two years. I visit each day, and have never heard an employee use an unkind word. Employees interact with residents enthusiastically and patiently, smiling the whole time. The level of care...

 

Lest We Forget

While the political nightmare from which we hope to awaken spreads around us — it will get much worse, and America may lose its ethical standing in the world, all the restraints on environmental damage, many of the programs that support the poor...

 

Respect, Not Taxes, Is The Answer

Margaret Williams’ letter in the Jan. 12 Transylvania Times, “Tax The Bicyclists,” opines that roads are meant for cars, and that House Bill 959 requiring motorists to safely pass bicyclists using the adjacent lane is putting motorist lives at...

 

Coastal Urban Elites Donate To Democrats

One of the more interesting columns I have read recently was by Michael Barone in the Wall Street Journal of Jan. 11 of this year. Barone completed a study in collaboration with the Capital Research Center that tries to answer the question of who do...

 

President Deserves Thanks

As President Obama leaves office I believe it is time to give him a heartfelt thank you. I would like to thank him for serving eight years as president of the United States in a manner that has made so many if us proud. I would like to thank him for...

 

Death Penalty Short Sighted

As someone who has defended in a death penalty trial, I believe that the apparently universal joy in the imposition of the death penalty on Dylann Roof is misplaced. That result was foreordained when the trial judge, as he was required to, allowed...

 

What Congress Should Do

Congressman Mark Meadows recently sent an “Official Legislative Survey” to constituents asking what issues we think Congress should focus upon. I checked those that I feel are important and added a few of my own. Then I thought: “Why bother...

 

Fix, Don't Break

My sons are still in their 40s, too young to be vested in whatever Republicans have in store for them but old enough to be vested in things like Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. Both of these programs are at risk of disappearing for my...

 

About That Wall

We’ve all heard and remember Trump’s promises to build a wall along the Mexican borders, to keep illegal Mexicans from crossing into America and ruining our economy, taking jobs from American citizens, molesting our women folk, and increasing...

 

ACA Enrollment Is Still Open

Despite post-election news, the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is still the law. People can enroll in Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance between now and the Jan. 31 deadline. I volunteer as one of the many in-person assisters...

 

Back To The Dark Ages

I wish to second, endorse and compliment the letter of Lackey Rowe in the Jan. 5 edition of The Transylvania Times. Rowe has devoted his retirement years to hitting nails on their proverbial heads and has done it again. Friends as far away as...

 

Letter Is On Target

Dan Carter’s letter in The Transylvania Times Jan. 2 gave a good outline of the Trump machine. Considering the record and character of each cabinet choice — it shows that our next president has already built the wall he will need later on to...

 

Tax The Bicyclists

House Bill 959 states that that we drivers have to go into the other on-coming lane to pass bicyclists, risking our lives as drivers. They have the run of the roads, the privileges that cars and trucks have, so they need to buy insurance to be on...

 

Deny And Deflect: The American Way

I am really having a problem living in a fact-free world. Others must also be so affected. Take climate change denial. “Ninety-seven percent of scientists studying climate change agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely...

 

True To Form

It continues to amaze me that the Democrats are claiming the sky is falling before the new president has even been inaugurated. On second thought, it doesn’t amaze me. The prejudgments, the innuendo, the statements out-of-context, and the negative...

 

Acting Like Children

I wish that the DNC will stop acting like children! Everyone in the DNC seems to have an ego problem and not concern with the American people. Grow up and act like an American. - Ron Ratkowski, Brevard...

 

Brevard: City Of Angels

This is a follow-up letter concerning the theft of my grandson’s bike. We could not believe, and still cannot, the response we got to the letter. We are in awe of the generosity we encountered because of the letter. We did not expect anyone to do...

 

Fortunate To Have Coed

Transylvanians enjoyed a very special Christmas gift during the month of December. The owner of the Coed Theater showed complimentary Christmas movies every Friday and Saturday nights during the month. Many thanks to the owner for her...

 

Rocky's Went Above And Beyond

I want to acknowledge a kindness on the part of a local restaurant, even though the business, Rocky’s Soda Shop, was crowded with tourists beginning the New Year’s Eve festivities. Adam Perkins, Dee Dee’s son and business partner, proved to be...

 

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