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“The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Made famous by Martin Luther King Jr., this prophetic declaration first was voiced by Theodore Parker, a Unitarian minister and abolitionist in 19th century Boston. Countless people of different faith traditions envision t…

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Dan Carter serves us all well by pointing out the dire state of our nation’s politics (Op-ed  Dec. 15).  Our democracy is under attack from a right-wing extremism that will go to any lengths to destroy it. Not only can it happen here, it is happening here. If we sleepwalk through this crisis…

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic over two years ago, inconsistent government guidance and reporting have made the pandemic a moving target. Moving targets are difficult to pin down, and the CDC and Dr. Fauci have persisted in reporting based on speculation, keeping the issue very…

A public forum where ideas are civilly discussed and debated no longer exists. From historical perspective intellectually inspiring places, such as the ancient Greek Agora or Roman Forum, have been replaced by virtual platforms where we hide behind protective cyber masks venting our looping …

I just read the Jan. 6 article in the Times. It should have been more of an Op-ed. An old expression goes, “If you can’t be a writer, be a journalist.”

I only had to read the first few paragraphs of two “CNHI News” hatchet-job Democratic-totalitarian propaganda pieces smearing Trump and his supporters and thus about thirds of the population of Transylvania County and most places outside of the big Blue cities to decide that henceforth I wil…

Thanks to all the volunteers who were candidates in the recent elections.  The difficult role is ahead for those elected.

What do I look forward to in 2022? Living in a country founded by the greatest men of the Age. A belief that this culture is better than so many others. That is not to say we are without fumbles, and some disastrous policies of the past, but we continually strive to improve. 

At a recent Brevard City Council meeting, Mayor Maureen Copelof introduced a new progressive tone for public participation in city affairs. She has set a path that the Brevard government is moving forward and, most importantly, open and responsive to all. An emphasis was recently placed on t…

Things seem to always be in flux, not only in our lives but also in our community and in our downtown. I had the privilege of serving as the executive director of the Heart of Brevard in the mid-1990s, and I am both thrilled and amazed at the changes that have occurred since that time. I gue…

I recently celebrated my 34th birthday with my dear wife who is 14 years older than I am. Quite the catch, I know. All married men understand the delicacy of choosing words carefully on such a day. It also helps not to do any comparative math. At least out loud. Why? Because for women age is…

 Just when I needed a dose of good news, the article on the Mountain Sun Community School appeared in The Transylvania Times of Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, written by Sara Schmidt. Featured on the front page of Section B, the article reports some of the school’s “Fall Adventures.” The photo of th…

The recent T.Times feature about SAFE’s Salley Stepp brought back memories. Eighteen years ago, my troubled daughter went to see her, and later I met with Salley to try to figure out how to help my daughter’s young child. While maintaining confidentiality, this remarkable woman was able to l…

Among the artifacts from my childhood is my grandmother’s ration book from the 1940s. (I have lived long enough now to justify calling them “artifacts.”) During the 1930s, the world watched as German Fascists took over Europe. Here in the United States, political parties were struggling over…

Look up the meaning of “hypocrisy.” Actually don’t because I’ll give it to you.

Recently I went to the Sharing House Christmas store for a disabled friend. She is living away from home in a facility and could not shop for her daughter.

Kyle Rittenhouse obtained an assault rifle and used it to kill two people (one of whom was armed with a skateboard) and injure a third.     For these actions he has become a celebrity in the Republican Party. Madison Cawthorn was so impressed he offered him a position as congressional intern…

During this holiday season, I’ve been thinking. While driving slowly into Brevard  through “Fast Food Alley” (love all those traffic lights every 10 yards), I’ve decided we don’t have enough choices. I mean, c’mon, look at all the national chains we’re missing:

I note that Ken Burns will soon have another documentary, “Being American,” which will be dealing with the history of our country, warts and all.

My wife actually gasped when she read Arthur Raynolds’ “Message to Democrats.”  “Do Americans really not know the difference between socialism and communism?” “Well, some of us do,” I said, and in that spirit of correcting ignorance, I would like to reply to Mr. Raynolds.