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An Important Distinction

In today’s Opinions of the Readers, a contributor writes, “... the United States has ordained itself a Christian nation...” While Christians have played a prominent role in this country and 70 percent of Americans profess to be Christians,...

 

Support Doggie Day Out

I read with great interest the letter about Doggie Day Out, a new program being considered for the county shelter. As a volunteer, I know firsthand that in the last year, close to 1,000 animals were given food, shelter and affection in order to help...

 

To Whom Much Is Given

The United States is a nation that is referred to as being a “Christian Nation.” In our Pledge of Allegiance we solemnly repeat with hand over heart “under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” We place our hand reverently on...

 

Loud Noises Scare Pets

Regarding The Transylvania Times headline article of July 4—“What Does Independence Day Mean to You?” Our response is fear! To all persons exploding loud fireworks and shooting guns in neighborhoods in “celebration” of our country’s...

 

Hands Of Robbers

The parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37, refers to the love of God and love of our neighbors. What we, as a nation, are doing at the border with Mexico, is a human rights travesty. This treating men, women and children as if they are...

 

Trump Is True Patriot

Sally MacMillan’s letter touched on a lot of “talking points,” but she missed the real point of patriotism. Patriotism comes from within and not from politicians. Politicians work for us although they might think otherwise. Patriotism is not...

 

No Water

There is one toilet. There are 18 women who share one toilet. There is no way to open the reservoir tank. In fact, the toilet has a unique construction. The top of the reservoir tank is a sink. The sink is broken. The only way to get a drink of...

 

TRH Staff Were Professionals

I would like to commend Dr. Angus Graham and his surgical team for their professionalism on Tuesday, July 2, at Transylvania Regional Hospital. The nurses who took care of me were upbeat, caring, professional and tender throughout the day. Karen,...

 

We Treat Dogs Better

It’s hard to find a word that accurately encompasses what has been occurring in some of the detainment centers along our southern border. “Abhorrent,” “abominable,” “inhumane,” and “cruel” are just a few that come to mind. Despite...

 

Military Celebrations And Speeches

Remembering John Adams who said, “Facts are stubborn things,” this is for critics of our Celebration of America on July 4. The following presidents gave major Fourth of July speeches, most at patriotic monuments along with Armed Forces...

 

A Friend of Man and Animals - Save the Bees

A Friend Of Man And Animals In the life of every small community, there are individuals upon whom residents trust and depend upon for decades. When it came to veterinary services, Dr. Clyde Brooks was such a person. For more than three decades,...

 

Supporting Schenck Matters

I am writing this huge thank you note to celebrate the decision to keep Schenck Job Corps “just as it is” as the editor expressed it. “Don’t Privatize Schenck” was another headline, this one by B.J. Winchester. My own letter to the editor...

 

Patriotism Ebbs

I was saddened on July 4, of all days, to read a USA Today article “Pride in U.S. hits new low, poll shows.” I quote: “American Patriotism is ebbing ahead of the Fourth of July, according to a Gallup poll that showed fewer than half of U.S....

 

Dr. Brooks Will Be Greatly Missed

Last week, Brevard lost Dr. Clyde Brooks after a severe stroke. He was a true Brevard personality who practiced veterinary medicine here for over 40 years. He was also a gifted writer publishing a children’s book about a three-legged dog called...

 

Ignorance Kills Independence

Today, we proudly celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is truly a revolutionary and inspirational document. It is revolutionary in that it broke from the ages old belief that God had selected kings and queens, that monarchies...

 

Still Grasping

The beat goes on, and on, and on. The Democrats continue to grasp at straws and dig their hole deeper. The debates were a joke. There’s no way around that. When every candidate raised their hand after being asked who would provide free health care...

 

Is Brevard's Water Safe To Drink?

Recently, I witnessed digging and probing at the closed firing range at the Brevard water treatment plant in the Cathey’s Creek area. I believe this is part of a Division of Water Quality investigation of the lead left in the ground from the range...

 

A Matter Of Patriotism And Respect

I have never been so dismayed as when I read about the city manager’s recent actions and firings. What kind of leadership do we have running our town as one who has such blatant disrespect for military uniform? I served in the United States Navy...

 

Crippling Blow To Democracy

  The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision last Thursday that allows gerrymandering based on party affiliation is a crippling blow to our democracy. The court’s decision, as written by Chief Justice John Roberts, again breaks with precedence,...

 

Samuel's Haven Needs Help

Since I have a love for second-hand stores, I have gone to Samuel’s Haven several times in the past few months. As a new resident, I found a few things I needed and the low cost has helped since I have a limited income. As I began to get to know th...

 

Dogs Need A Day Out

At a County Commissioners meeting last fall, one of the agenda topics was “Doggy Day Out,” a program whereby trained volunteers take shelter dogs out for a few hours. Speakers explained how the program can increase dogs’ chances of being...

 

Restricting Public Info

Sometimes relatively obscure decisions that are not front page news may have far greater longer-term implications than the hot news item of the day. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 vote, issued a ruling that could make it much harder for...

 

Women Are Not Expendable

Anti-abortion advocates claim to be “pro-life,” yet they have no regard for the life of the woman carrying the fetus. To them, the woman is expendable. Forget the fact that she is someone who is loved by family and friends. Dismiss the fact that...

 

Trivializing Reparations

Jack Matthews trivializes the matter of reparations for descendants of slaves in the United States. He understands the matter is complex, but he raises so many false flags that one begins to suspect that he has motivations other than complexity....

 

What's The Plan For Iran?

Last Thursday evening, President Trump halted plans to launch strikes against Iran for shooting down an unmanned drone. The president tweeted, “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 1...

 

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