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No One Is Above The Law

Last week, President Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. While there are dozens of issues that could come before the court in the coming years ...

 

Immigration

Why is today’s immigration policy so despised by the news media and by the people of our county that write so many hateful articles in The Transylvania Times? It’s not President Trump’s policy. It’s the law and presidents Bush and Obama had...

 

Media Tries To Take Trump Down

The New Yorker movie critic Pauline Kael once famously said, “I only know one person who voted for Nixon.” Substitute “Trump” for “Nixon” and you have the echo chamber inhabited by today’s media elite. Steady anti-Trump propaganda...

 

America Is Dying

Sprung from the seeds of all nations, populated by peoples of all nationalities, colors, religions and languages, and bound together by hope and a government of laws shaped by the votes of its citizens is the Great Grand Tree of America. It is...

 

Supporting Fire/Rescue

Nearly every day during the summer, one can hear sirens somewhere in Transylvania County as members of our communities’ fire/rescue squads head out to extinguish a fire, extricate people from a vehicle involved in an accident or rescue a person in...

 

Losing International Respect

As we look back upon the recent July 4 celebrations, we should reflect upon our Declaration of Independence. In calling for separation from Great Britain, our founding fathers did not argue that we should defer to other countries on all matters, but...

 

Pride In Southern Heritage

A recent writer’s attempt to make the Confederate flag a benign symbol of “Southern Heritage,” of which he offered no definition, yet, nonetheless, declared his pride therein, seemed to be an attempt at obfuscating the most important part of...

 

Deadly Waterfalls

Every summer, people slide over one of our many waterfalls to their death. Tragically, this summer has proven to be no different. The two fatalities thus far this summer have been at Rainbow Falls in the upper end of the county. On July 4,...

 

Glen Cannon Falls

I notice the small white wisp labeled Glen Cannon Falls on the mural at Asheville Airport. Seeing it makes me smile but also conjures sad frustration. Glen Cannon Falls is at the center of contention between the Glen Cannon Property Owners Associatio...

 

What Will Trump Give Putin?

Isn’t it a coincidence that NATO is having a summit on July 11 and 12 and President Trump is having a summit in Helsinki with Putin four days later. Do you think Putin will want to know what was discussed at that summit and do you think Trump will...

 

Southern Pride Depends On Ending Racism

As one southerner to another I respond to Stanley Jefferson’s June 25 letter. I grew up in Vicksburg, Miss., where public offices closed on Confederate Memorial Day but remained open on July 4 because Vicksburg surrendered to Grant on July 4 and...

 

What Happened To Cemetery Above Sav-Mor?

Being 85 years old and living alone, I have lots of time to think back over the years. Born at the top of Glazener Road, raised along Rosman Highway, I remember going with grandmother to the top of mountain behind Sav-Mor’s parking lot. We visited...

 

Time For Another Declaration

The following words rang out 242 years ago when America declared independence. “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the...

 

We Need Immigrants

Last month two immigration bills were brought before the U.S. House but neither one passed. Both of them would have significantly reduced legal immigration. Depending upon the bill and its analysis, the number of legal immigrants would have been...

 

Seek Positive Rhetoric

For weeks, I’ve been contemplating how to make a constructive comment to the increasingly anti-establishment letters given space for “Opinion of the Readers” in this newspaper. The tone firmly establishes many are to be categorized as liberal,...

 

Light In A Dark World

The article about Devon Holmes in the June 28th Transylvania Times was a light in a dark world. When Devon’s mother and his 3-year-old brother were killed by a drunk driver, Devon was comforted by the Boys & Girls Club. As he states, “Without...

 

Thoughts On The County Courthouse

The existing building is a landmark. The building is old and is past its useful life as a safe, efficient space for holding court or doing business. Expanding the courthouse and trying to continue to use the existing building in the expansion plan...

 

Trump's Style Is Dehumanizing

The writer of the June 28, 2018 letter entitled “Despicable” wondered why anyone would want to be associated with the radical left-wing after learning that Trump’s press secretary was asked privately to leave a restaurant, an apparently cringe...

 

Millions Are Still Enslaved

It would surprise most Americans to know that slavery still exists. It surprised me when I first started following the issue in 2005. According to IJM, the largest anti-slavery organization in the world, right now, more than 40 million people are som...

 

What Does The Pledge Of Allegiance Mean?

You know the Pledge of Allegiance, probably by heart. You may recite it only occasionally, or get the chance several times a week. Sometimes, I’m guessing, you say it mechanically, and other times filled with deep meaning. I hope it’s more often...

 

Freedom For All

(This editorial is being reprinted from the July 2, 2015, issue of The Transylvania Times.) “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that...

 

Time For Some Commissioners To Go

The commissioners’ decision last Monday to step back from the precipice of relocating our courthouse is welcome. However, less palatable was the spectacle of four of the five commissioners subjecting the public gallery to almost an hour of...

 

Thankful For Green's Return

A big thank you to Barbara Green, who returned from retirement to serve as the interim director of the Silvermont Opportunity Center. Interesting programs for senior citizens were scheduled, visitors were welcomed and potential issues were resolved...

 

Sentence Exacerbates Problem

Last Monday’s paper, June 25, carried a story about Marc Hayes Thompson being sentenced to serve a minimum of 10 years in prison for stealing drugs from Transylvania Regional Hospital. According to District Attorney Greg Newman, “This was a...

 

Better Patrol Of Rosman Highway Needed

From June 18-22 there were at least three accidents on Rosman Highway from the Marathon station to SavMor grocery store. Why is this section of highway not patrolled more? I live in this area and know full well the 45 mph speed limit is totally...

 

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