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The Greater Crime

It’s a misdemeanor. Under federal statute, illegally entering the United States is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and/or a maximum of six months in prison. Yet, parents who are charged with this misdemeanor are being physically...

 

Don't Move Courthouse

The courthouse of many small towns is usually located in the center of town. Our courthouse is in a perfect location, the corner of Main and Broad, the center of attraction for our town. With our old inn being renovated as well as other buildings,...

 

A Whiff Of Fascism

Who says it can’t happen here? If you want a whiff of fascism American style, just walk outdoors, face south and breathe the air coming up from the border. You might even hear cries and screams in the distance as Homeland Security rips children...

 

Dismantling Civilization

If it was hard to understand how civilized society in Germany was able to be slowly dismantled, we should understand what is happening here, now, under this administration. Marilyn Compton Brevard...

 

You've Heard Those Cries

Recently, my sister and brother-in-law visited us from Oregon. Our daughter and son-in-law joined us from Georgia, bringing along our beautiful 18-month-old grand baby. It was great having these family members all together, but clearly it was little...

 

Where Is The Outrage?

The current administration is slowly and methodically destroying our democracy. If we, as citizens, continue to remain silent, the United States as we know it will reach a point of no return. When Donald Trump stands on the White House lawn and...

 

In Praise Of Tyrants

Criticism of President Trump for meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un last week in an attempt to resolve a potential nuclear conflict is somewhat misguided. Many prior presidents have made similar overtures: Richard Nixon talked with the...

 

Questions About Shooting Range

I have a few questions for the mayor and the leaders of the city of Brevard regarding the proposed shooting range on Cathey’s Creek. 1) When were the citizens asked for any input? I must have missed it because, I am not aware of any opportunity...

 

'House Concert' An Outstanding Success

A “House Concert” and pre-season fundraiser to launch the 42nd year of the Brevard Philharmonic was held on June 7 in the home of John and Kristine Candler. Three outstanding musicians — violinists Paul Huang and Danbi Um and pianist Jessica...

 

While The World Looked East

While the world looked east to Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un, we may have expected theatrics, but instead we got smiles and handshakes. A signing of a document, short on details, followed by Trump’s fatuous reassurance that we could all sleep...

 

Proud Of President

I am very proud of our president. He has accomplished so much in the year-and-a-half he has been in office. Unemployment is down, the stock market is up and now the summit with North Korea. He may not be perfect, but if there is a perfect man living...

 

They Are God's Children

Can we not hear their cries even at this great distance? These are the pitiful cries of young migrant children who have been cruelly ripped from their parents’ arms by ICE at the U.S. border. The parents are arrested while the children are sent...

 

Importance Of Fathers

Not that long ago, the perceived role of fathers in a family was primarily that of the breadwinner. The responsibility of taking care of and raising the children rested with mothers. When it came to relating to children, fathers often focused on...

 

Not All Milkweed Spreads

Allow me to discuss milkweed in our gardens a bit more. Common milkweed, Asclepias syricaca, does spread by rhizomes and needs space to do that. It is drought tolerant, and the blooms are pinkish and have a lovely fragrance reminiscent of lilacs....

 

Re-segregating Our Schools

It has been 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Swann vs. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education that school districts had to take steps to integrate their schools. Throughout the South, whites who refused to send their children to...

 

No One Is Above The Law

I was stunned to hear that the president was considering pardoning himself for some alleged offense for which he has stated again and again that he is not guilty of. How can someone be pardoned for something for which he has not even been convicted?...

 

New Courthouse: A Waste Of Money

I recently read that Mr. Chapman stated that he has received one letter and two or three emails objecting to the building of a new courthouse. As part of his due diligence, I would suggest that he and his fellow commissioners go door-to-door in...

 

RHS Alumni Hall Of Fame

Over the past several years, it has been a true honor to help select inductees into the Rosman High School Alumni Hall of Fame. Initially founded by RHS students, it is the intent to recognize well-deserving alumni and others who speak of the spirit...

 

More Information Needed On HCA

I have enjoyed reading the letters, articles, viewpoints, annual report 2015 (latest?), etc. concerning the proposed absorption, buy out, etc. by HCA of our Mission area hospital health system in western North Carolina. What has not been put forward...

 

Taxes And The Courthouse

Last Thursday evening, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners agreed to increase the tax rate 2.5 cents to pay for a new county courthouse adjacent to the public safety complex on Morris Road. During the discussion, some highly questionable...

 

Democracy

What is democracy? In its simplest form, it is a government by the people and for the people. It is not a fascist type of government. Fascism, in my opinion, is the type of government we have in Brevard as ruled by the county commissioners. The...

 

Why Block Roads To Churches?

I would like to know why any direct access to two of our large churches, St. Philip’s Episcopal and Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian, was denied. They were several blocks from any of the vendors and activities of the White Squirrel event on...

 

Offensive Symbols Should Not Be Paraded

It was with shock that we witnessed a group, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, carrying Confederate flags – a symbol of hatred to many of our citizens — in our White Squirrel parade this past weekend. We assume that the carrying of this flag was...

 

Teaching More Than Academics

On the front page of today’s B section, readers will find two stories about the senior class presidents and student body presidents at Brevard and Rosman high schools. While their stories reflect their self-confidence and academic preparation for...

 

The Beat Goes On

As good things continue to happen (he is signing a bill that will allow terminally ill patients to be administered experimental drugs not approved by the FDA. I look at that as positive and I’m sure many families will as well) and president Trump...

 

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