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Do We Need More Venues?

Numerous Brevard residents have expressed strong reservations about the revised plan to have the city spend more than $400,000 to construct an abbreviated facsimile of the old railroad depot. Many people supported the plan when originally presented b...

 

Will Council Consider Input?

What was the intent of the recent public input session on city projects? I read the public comments that were collected and posted online, but beyond compiling and uploading them, is there any plan to incorporate public opinion into project designs?...

 

Terrific Football Game

Friday night I attended the football game between the Brevard Blue Devils and Eastern Randolph. From the beginning it became apparent that the visitors had four backs who were fine athletes. The task to the Blue Devil team was to play their best...

 

American Made Christmas Cards

It’s so difficult to find cards made in America. We are fortunate to have Highland Books right here in Brevard that sells cards made in America. We bought ours today and it makes us feel patriotic that once again we did not support China, who in...

 

Are Commissioners Taking A Knee?

I just read the commission notes on their failure to renew the lease for the WNC Military Museum until 2021 while we seek funds to buy a new facility. The stated logic was to wait for the new commissioners to be seated. Translation: Wait so they can...

 

Brevard Is 'Above Average' Without The Depot Project

In early October, I asked that the Brevard City Council to subject the $530,000 depot project to a public hearing, despite the fact that the same council had already approved the project in a 4-1 vote a few weeks earlier. In my opinion, the project...

 

Call Planned Depot What It Is

Mayor Harris’s “Brevard’s Best Day’s Are Still Ahead Of Us” column in the Nov. 12 edition of the paper was very interesting and brought back many memories of the Brevard I met when I moved here in 1949. A favorite memory is of the trains...

 

Support WNC Military History Museum

I am humbled by the outpouring of support for our museum to remain at its present location, the courthouse annex building, for two more years, as we launch our capital campaign and unique vision to expand and to share history with all visitors who...

 

Why Do People Still Support Trump?

After all the lies and despicable things he has said and done, I’ve often been puzzled why so many otherwise good people still approve of Trump. The answer is now clear — it’s a cult. Political movements can be cults and people in cults...

 

Bluegrass Bash Was Incredible

Thanks to Carolina Blue for the Bluegrass Bash in Rosman on Nov. 3. The bands and music were incredible. The sounds in Rosman High School auditorium were to the note. We so much enjoyed ourselves and were very glad we went. They all were amazing! The...

 

Time To Seek Common Ground

While both political parties seem to be growing farther apart each day, there are actually quite a few topics on which most Americans agree: Political dissent. More than 90 percent of Americans believe people have the right to nonviolent protest and...

 

United Way Integral To Natural Play

First, I would like to commend The Transylvania Times for their coverage of the ongoing efforts by community organizations to increase early childhood educational opportunities through Get Set Transylvania. The collaborative programs emerging from th...

 

BC Concert Was Wonderful

I had the pleasure of attending a concert Friday night, Nov. 9, with our friends at the Porter Center at Brevard College. It was “A Salute to Our Veterans.” The students, as well as the staff, did a wonderful job displaying their talents with...

 

Asking A Lot Of A Few

Last Tuesday as millions of Americans cast their votes in this year’s midterm elections, the body of an American, Major Brent Taylor, arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, was killed during an insider...

 

Better Streets Should Be Top Priority

I cannot understand how our city leaders can possibly consider the proposed construction of a depot, dog park and skate park when our streets are in such deplorable condition. Certainly our streets should take priority that would benefit all our...

 

INTERACT Is Inspirational

Even the headline for the article about INTERACT in Section B of the Nov. 5 issue is true inspiration because it says program participants “won’t give up.” The INTERACT program is part of Transylvania Vocational Services (TVS). TVS strives to...

 

Attend Railroad Depot Public Hearing

At the recent city council planning department retreat held at the Cradle of Forestry, a topic of discussion was the Railroad Avenue depot project. Some of the reasons put forth in support of the depot are to provide an event space and public...

 

Smooth Elections

Thanks goes to Jeff Storey, his staff and the Transylvania County Board of Elections for a job well done in the past election cycle. Many thanks to all poll workers, whether inside or out, who braved the elements and kept our election process on...

 

Excusing Trump's Evils

G.K. Chesterton once noted, “Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.” Mr. Brendle, in his Transylvania Times letter of Nov. 8 “Things Are Getting Done,...

 

Brevard's Best Days Are Still Ahead Of Us

Many of you have heard that “if you are standing still then, in fact, you are getting passed up.” I believe that is true in many respects and certainly true if you are talking about the progress of our community. The Transylvania Times reported...

 

Chuck Evans Is Truly A Jack Of All Trades

Former Navy Lieutenant Chuck Evans, a jack of all trades, is now creating wood furniture in Brevard after flying the A-7 jet airplane and having a career as a broker at Merrill Lynch. "You remember...

 

It's Time To Tackle Issues

Now that the elections are over, the winners are being congratulated and the losers consoled. But in just a few short days, it will be time for the winners and those already in office to address several important issues facing our county, region and...

 

WNC Military History Museum Is A True Asset

Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. the county commissioners will consider extending the lease of the Courthouse Annex Building to the WNC Military History Museum. The museum opened in this facility in August 2017 and has been growing from the beginning....

 

Things Are Getting Done

As President Obama said, “elections have consequences.” The liberal Democrats are now experiencing the consequences. They rant and rave and call President Trump “a liar, a manipulator, and a conman” and call him “a deeply disturbed and...

 

Appreciates Quick Response

I write to commend the performance of our local animal control office of Transylvania County. I called today to request removal of a potentially rabid raccoon. Officer Searcy was here within the hour. He took care of the problem promptly, safely,...

 

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