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Music On Christmas Day

I want to thank the owners and sponsors of WSQL, White Squirrel Radio, for broadcasting Christmas music on Christmas day. There were no commercials and no breaks for news. The music selected was tasteful and inspirational. On the hour, Mayor Jimmy...

 

Hospital Staff: Kind And Concerned

Dec. 28, 2017, I checked into Transylvania Regional Hospital for a routine out-patient operation. From the moment the automatic sliding glass doors closed behind me when I walked in until the same glass doors closed behind me as I walked out after...

 

A Great Place For The Courthouse

Save money and stop the effort to hide in the woods. Since the decision has been made to relocate the Transylvania Courthouse and its business, why not take advantage of an existing “big box” and locate the new courthouse in the former Kmart...

 

Immigration: Colonization Or Assimilation?

The U.S. has a long history of welcoming immigrants whose goal was to become Americans. To assimilate as Americans they learned English with many keeping the history, culture and language of their ancestors alive in their families but foremost was...

 

Appreciates Having Film Honored

I was pleasantly surprised and honored to see that the completion of my film, “Almost Cured,” on the 1963 BHS football team, was selected as a TTimes Top Ten sports story for 2017. My plan is to make the film freely available on the Internet...

 

A Frightening Statistic

The spate of letters and articles celebrating the electoral victory of Doug Jones over Roy Moore in Alabama, all justified in my view, overlook the disheartening fact that over 48 percent of the participating voters pulled the lever in favor of a...

 

Merry Christmas, America!

Even the most die-hard Donald Trump supporters must be questioning this man’s volatile, inconsistent, embarrassing, combative, Tweeting presidency. With the president having signed into law what is termed the most controversial tax bill in the...

 

Beware Of Increase In Homeowners Insurance

Thank you Transylvania Times for alerting your readers to the proposed rate hike in N.C. homeowners insurance. I think we all need to ask some questions in a public forum. Here are a few I have: 1. How much profit did N.C. insurance companies make...

 

Harassment Laws Need To Be Enforced

Charles Brendle thinks that “inappropriate behavior” (i.e. sexual harassment, abuse and assault) “should know no gender” and that we “need a definition of ‘sexual assault.’” What sort of “definition” is he looking for, I wonder?...

 

Please Do The Right Thing

Transylvania County is building a new courthouse. As a county employee, I would like to feel excited that the county to which I have chosen to devote my life is moving forward into a new era. Unfortunately, I am holding my breath and hoping the...

 

Good Samaritans

This letter comes to profoundly thank the two Good Samaritan ladies who responded to cries from a fall victim on Dec. 13 in the parking behind the humane society. Because of head injury, shock and bumps, I was unable to see my phone and they knew...

 

Remembering Cotton Mill Town

I was excited when I read about the railroad station in the paper. It brought back so many thoughts. I would tell you a few things from my memories. I was born and raised in what was called Cotton Mill town. That was where the workers lived that...

 

Sexual Harassment

What has happened to our society? It is based in the courts as guilty or not. These women who are making the allegations of harassment might be true or false. I do not know which. But allegations do not make you guilty of any crime. It’s for the...

 

Reduce Use Of Facebook

When the creators of Facebook don’t let their own children use or be on Facebook, that speaks volumes to me. They created a medium for social communication that is not in the best interest for its users. They send their own children to a special...

 

Regulate Mountain Development

People are buying land here, closely followed by bulldozers to carve slices out of these mountains. They are obviously working from a flat map instead of reality. These mountains are all their own, and they may not behave the way the white man from...

 

The Good Heart Of Rosman

On Dec. 12, I had the opportunity to attend the Rosman Aldermen meeting. The meeting was marked because of the concerns regarding manufactured housing in Rosman. Two of Rosman’s most sincere and good-hearted people stood opposite one another on...

 

Let's Be Honest - And Fair

I think we can all agree that the sexual assault issue is a very volatile and emotional one. As was predictable, the issue has spiraled into a maelstrom that has gained mind-boggling speed. Before I get a barrage of rebuttals to this piece, let me...

 

Selfishness Vs. Unselfishness

“There has never been a nation in the history of the world that has ever improved morally apart from revival. Nearly all great nations of the past have been destroyed by disintegration of moral character. That is now happening in the United...

 

An Angel At Ingles

God sent an angel to me the morning of Nov. 22. I was checking out my groceries at Brevard Ingles when I could not find my debit card. I was in a panic as that was the only way I could buy my Thanksgiving meal with that card. I didn’t know what to...

 

A Pet Is A Serious Responsibility

This is a reminder to people who are planning to buy “surprise” puppies or kitten for Christmas presents. Remember that a pet is not a stuffed toy, but a major responsibility which requires an emotional and financial commitment, which many...

 

The Arc Of Justice

Standing on the podium of history, Doug Jones, who defeated Roy Moore in the recent senatorial contest in Alabama, was beaming — not just with electoral victory, but also with the deep relief of being the bearer of moral justice, a force shining...

 

Disassembling: A Trump Specialty

It all started with the election of Donald Trump. He didn’t win the most votes, but he won the Electoral College votes. The usual standards of experience for elective office were also missing from Trump’s resumé. He’d never held elective offic...

 

This Year Give The Gift Of Reading

We all want the best for our children and want them to grow up to be happy, healthy, build good relationships and find success in life. Reading sets them up to better succeed in these areas. Reading improves concentration, vocabulary, language...

 

Promote War, Preserve Presidency

Is Donald Trump promoting war to distract from his unpopular, failing presidency? Perhaps! Consider: Trump’s ban on travel from various countries does not include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt or Lebanon. Yet, a total of 3,004...

 

Time To Stop Courthouse Relocation

It is beginning to sink in on some of us what the county commissioners, well intentioned leaders that they are, have just done to us in this action to move the courthouse and spend $31 million. I hope that at the very least we will raise these...

 

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