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DAR Provided Spruce Tree

Many have read the front page article in Thursday’s (April 12, 2018) Transylvania Times regarding the possible fate of the large Norwegian Spruce tree that stands majestically in front of the county courthouse. What readers may not know is that...

 

Baggy Pants Demand Response

Your front page article in the Thursday, April 12, paper “Town Rejects Baggy Pants Ban” begs a response. How dare the Rosman Board of Aldermen reject summarily the honest request of one of their citizens to make life in Rosman more beautiful by...

 

Stand With Students

This Friday marks 19 years since the Columbine school shooting. Nineteen years, and what have we adults done? Led by the students in Florida, some students at Brevard High and Brevard Middle schools are taking matters into their own hands. These...

 

Remember, We're A Tree City USA

When I moved here more than two decades ago, one thing that attracted me was that Brevard had been named a Tree City USA, a designation that has been the case for the past 37 years. But as I look around now, I see that day by day Brevard is becoming...

 

Celebrate Earth Day At Supermarket

April 22 marks the 50th observance of Earth Day. Each of us can celebrate by reducing our driving, use of electric energy and consumption of animals. That’s right! Last Fall Oxford University’s prestigious Food Climate Research Network and...

 

Edney For NC House District 113

Recently I wrote a letter to The Transylvania Times about organ donation. At the time I was thinking about writing the letter, I received a call from Sam Edney. I was not at home and called his cell phone back. I didn’t know him well but knew he...

 

Stop NCDOT From Destroying Nature

Great wisdom can be found in ancient legends like “The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg.” She kept laying a golden egg every once in a while until the farmer who owned her got greedier and greedier and decided to open her up to get at all the gold...

 

Kristi Brown For Superior Court Clerk

Actual court clerk experience really does matter. Kristi Brown has 18 years of hands-on dedicated work experience in the Superior Court clerk’s office, clearly making her the only candidate truly qualified to continue to provide department...

 

Ashe Supports Successor

As the former Clerk of Superior Court, I would like to let everyone know what a great person Kristi B. Brown is. I worked with Kristi for 16 years, first as a co-worker and then with me serving as Clerk of Superior Court. She is a caring, giving...

 

Time To Restrict Bicyclists

On an almost daily basis, I witness the good people of Transylvania County and forced to make evasive maneuvers to avoid a road bicyclist out for a leisurely ride while locals are attempting to get children to school and themselves to their places...

 

SHIIP Remains Afloat

Good news. Congress did not eliminate funding for the nationwide SHIIP programs. It only made sense that the federal government, which created this complicated Medicare system, would continue to pay for a proven program that helps senior citizens...

 

Fix Ongoing Immigration Crisis

I have some experiences with the immigration problem, both legal and illegal. Years ago I was part owner of a 40-acre wholesale nursery. To work the farm, we hired migrant workers who came from Ireland. They came in the spring time and went back to...

 

Don't Fell Courthouse Norway Spruce

We have been hearing a rumor that the large Norway Spruce in front of our courthouse is going to be cut down in order to do some work on the courthouse. This tree has served as Brevard’s Christmas trees for many, many years. It is majestic at any...

 

Investigations: The Latest

When I first learned that the U.S. attorney in Little Rock, Ark., had a sitting criminal grand jury investigating the alleged “pay for play” Clinton Foundation, this ol’ judge thought, “Whoa!” I told my frustrated wife to relax, that someth...

 

Donate An Organ

Recently I have seen signs on cars where people in desperate need of a kidney for themselves or a loved one are riding around with them on their cars. I recently saw one on a car at the hospital that read “Seven year old needs kidney. O+ blood...

 

Highly Suspect Decision

Previous letter writers have mentioned the legal problems encountered over the years by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Not mentioned were various indicators showing HCA’s lack of commitment to the communities the company served. For...

 

Help Unaffiliated Candidate

As some of you know, Transylvania County Board of Education elections are partisan. That means if you are a Democrat or Republican all you have to do is pay your fee and file. But if you are an unaffiliated candidate, you must get 1,008 registered...

 

When Is Enough, Enough?

As I watched President Trump’s April 5 unhinged rant in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., I could only think: Is there no point at which Trump loyalists (and the Republican Party) will recognize that his behavior is neither normal nor acceptable? Most...

 

Nix The HCA Deal

Has anyone reviewed the number of lawsuits that HCA Healthcare has paid out? It’s staggering! Surely someone with business abilities will nix this sale and keep this cut throat company from stripping our hospital. Don Greene Bre...

 

Recommends Elevate

Last year I moved here from California but soon realized I had a painful knee which needed attention. My physician recommended Elevate at 4 Market St. in Brevard. I had great success with Mark, Kevin and the entire staff at Elevate. I highly...

 

Visit Local Museums

Brevard has numerous tourists, be it family, friends or new to our area visitors. We have a hidden jewel to share here in Brevard. Adjacent to the courthouse, near the gazebo is our WNC Military Museum. Even if you are a local without visitors, take...

 

Vicious Attacks

Civility, compassion, reason and humanity are words missing from the vocabulary of the right-wing/conservative media and internet trolls. Their sole purpose is to foster lies and create a toxic climate of bigotry and hatred against anyone who dares...

 

Or Perhaps It's Vice Versa

In a recent letter (April 2 issue) Mike Badger touted Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s article in the Wall Street Journal (March 23) in which New York City’s cardinal archbishop accused the Democratic Party of banning pro-life candidates from party...

 

HCA Has Committed Fraud

As a comment on the article on HCA and Mission Health, consider the following section of the Becker Review of Hospitals with HCA mentioned with Medicare fraud, kickbacks and procedural problems. What a partner for Mission Heath! “A company as...

 

Appreciates Tucker And Inmates Help

When I schedule the Little River roadside cleanup, I also contact Officer Doug Tucker inmate work crew supervisor, who has always been most cooperative in having his inmates clean from the Recycling Center at Davidson River down the old 64...

 

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