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Democrats Abandon Catholics

I hope every Catholic in Transylvania County has a chance to read Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal of March 23. It is titled “The Democrats Abandon Catholics.” He describes how Democrats have basically...

 

Privatization Would Hurt The VA

As a veteran and someone who uses a very good Asheville VA, I would like to make a few comments. The VA system is large and complicated. I submit to the readers that a good physician without a business background, without a full knowledge of...

 

Clean Roads

Driving on the Old Hendersonville Highway between Ecusta Road and Crab Creek Road at least twice daily, I’ve observed as abandoned cans, bottles, plastic, styrofoam cups and various other trash, including a rotting animal carcass, have accumulated...

 

Vote Out All Commissioners

I must address the courthouse issue again. It’s my opinion that if we can’t afford to pay our firefighters who risk their lives for us, then what business do the county commissioners have holding meetings to put this county in debt to the tune...

 

Fact Check On Hemlock Chemical Treatments

The picture caption for the March 26 “Hope for Hemlocks” article, stating that neonicotinoids used for hemlock woolly adelgid treatments work because “the adelgid apparently do not like” them, is so misinformed as to put county landowners...

 

Shooters Are Angry, Not Mentally Ill

I would like to provide some food for thought to the frequent comments that are made with respect to “mental health” in the prevention of mass shootings. I would advise those who keep repeating this mantra to give it some more deeper thought. I...

 

Uniting And Dividing Communities

So many factors work together to provide a sense of community. And then there are the factors that have the opposite effect, like seeing trash or litter scattered by the sides of the road, or reading letters to the editor supporting a president who,...

 

Sorry UDO Changes Were Passed

I am sorry the UDO Chapters 2, 7, 10 and 16 were passed by the Brevard City Council without further comment from the public. I understand the principle of not opening the procedural door, but remain surprised and upset at their vote. Here is some of...

 

Food Industry Plays Us For Fools

The coming April Fool's Day reminds us how the meat, egg and dairy industries play us for fools every day. The meat industry has developed a whole dictionary designed to fool unwary consumers. The flesh of pigs is called “pork” or “bacon” to...

 

Without Guns, England Will Conquer Us

The main argument to repeal the 2nd Amendment appears to be that it is no longer needed by the American people. It is my belief that this a vast conspiracy. If America gives up the right to own guns, the English will be back in a heartbeat. Tom...

 

Arm SROs, Not Teachers

The Transylvania County NAACP unanimously adopted the following statement on Guns and School Safety: We are strongly and absolutely opposed to arming teachers in our Transylvania County schools. We are not standing against guns; we are standing for p...

 

Immoral Acts Are Bi-partisan

Where were Risdon Wood and Gerald Kilpatrick when President Bill Clinton had a sexual encounter in the Oval Office of the White House? Did either of them write critical letters about moral compasses gone astray then? I do not intend to defend our...

 

Sister Jean

Thanks to Jeremiah Reed for his excellent write-up of the March Madness currently in progress. Wow! What unexpected upsets along with unexpected surprises, especially the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers winning over the Miami Hurricanes, one more ACC team...

 

Protect Mueller

I am, literally, thanking God that Senators Burr and Warren are still investigating foreign interference in our elections. But I have no confidence that Congress, even if presented with the most appalling truth, will act on it. The image of...

 

The High Road

After I read Dr. Kilpatrick’s letter about the president’s Cabinet, I had a great temptation to counterattack and I composed a rebuttal that was equally as accusatory and mean-spirited. But, as I pondered my reaction and slept on it, I came to a...

 

No Guns For Teachers

To arm teachers is a crazy project bound to create more harm than good! “Life Alert” and similar such systems have been used by senior citizens successfully for years. A simple button around the neck of the senior can be pushed at any time to...

 

Teach The Bible

Wake up America! Our nation is fast changing from what it was to what we don’t want it to be. This liberal system has brought in school shootings, killing by teenagers, political divisions and mayhem, which has come about since the Bible has been...

 

Losing Our Moral Compass

Stormy Daniels in her chosen profession and Donald Trump in his sordid relationships and sometimes “smutty” activities are both “trashy.” And the press participates, no, propagates, the sensationalism (once called yellow journalism). Trashy...

 

Replace Animal Foods

With three crippling Nor’easters battering our East Coast in quick succession, we all look forward to March 20, first day of spring, balmy weather and flowers in bloom. It’s also a superb occasion to replace animal foods on our menu with...

 

Supporting The Healing Community

Kudos to The Transylvania Times and Brevard College for their support of the just-concluded series “Healing Community Action Circles.” Over the past six months, a group of around 50 citizens of Transylvania County met monthly at Brevard College...

 

Remembering Margaret Kimzey

Recently I began subscribing to The Transylvania Times. Reading about my town and county has led me to remember many special people. Among them is my high school English teacher, Mrs. Margaret Kimzey. She was a superior English teacher who could make...

 

What Behavior Is Intolerable?

I am concerned that I am becoming an inveterate “Opinions of the Readers” writer. Our president and his defenders are responsible for this inclination. I have questions for these well known local letter writers. Are they among those who believe...

 

Do Research Before Making Assumptions

This is not a political letter; however, I cannot help but reply to the March 5 letter of Dr. Kilpatrick in Opinions of The Readers with regard to his criticisms of the president’s cabinet, in particular the paragraph about Dr. Ben Carson. I am...

 

Honor All Doctorates

At a recent school board meeting, two employees were congratulated for receiving their doctorates in education. My daughter has been an employee of TCS for over 15 years. She is currently a teacher of exceptional children at Rosman High School. In...

 

Five Steps Backward

As a member of the community that has a great interest in parks and recreation, it is really sad to see the organizational changes that our county commissioners approved by removing the staff from under the Parks and Recreation Department. My...

 

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