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Wishing "45" Was Back

Donald Trump was often his own worst enemy. Is Joe Biden ours? Many of us listened to those “much smarter than we” and also actually believed what Joe was telling us. That he was a “moderate.” That he would bring unity to... — Updated 8/4/2021


Too Much Of A Good Thing

Stop the marketing. Not all tourism is terrible, but too much of a good thing is terrible. I understand businesses need tourism, but we have got too many visitors coming here. In the past, Asheville was the magnet, but now... — Updated 8/4/2021


Protect The Unvaccinated

When you see me wearing a mask in the grocery store or any other indoor facility, where there are a lot of people, remember that I’m wearing it to protect people who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine. That group... — Updated 8/4/2021


Local Elected Officials Are Our Neighbors

Editor’s Note: The following guest editorial was written by Alice Wellborn, a former educator and member of the Transylvania County Board of Education, and is endorsed by The Transylvania Times. Local elected officials are... — Updated 8/4/2021


Disappointed By Article

I was extremely disappointed when I read the article “Schools Wait To Hear From State On Masks” in the July 22 issue of The Transylvania Times. I attended the school board meeting on July 19 with a group of parents to show our... — Updated 8/2/2021


Raise The Minmum Wage

Low-wage capitalism takes advantage of desperate people. Until last year, minimum wage workers in Transylvania County, nor the rest of America, couldn’t pay rent. They couldn’t afford their medicines. They couldn’t pay for a... — Updated 8/2/2021


Attend BOA Meeting

As a long time resident of Brevard, I care deeply about transparency in the approval process of subdivisions within the city of Brevard. As such, I am appealing a subdivision that was granted approval in April 2021 at 705 Probart... — Updated 8/2/2021


Complacency: A Dangerous Trend

As every day goes by and we see or hear about another shooting, another riot or another road rage incident, I see us becoming more complacent about such things. When bad things happen and we become more and more immune to the we... — Updated 8/2/2021


Dissappointed In Pardee CEO

James M. Kirby II, CEO of Pardee UNC Health Care, had the chance to do what Duke hospital, UNC, Wake, N.C. State, the Veterans Administration and countless others have decided: require their health care workers to be vaccinated.... — Updated 8/2/2021


Recall Election

A few years ago, I visited my bank to discuss a loan in order to build a house. I was required to bring plans, material lists, a list of contractors, cost estimates for materials and labor, along with various other information to... — Updated 8/2/2021


Do The Safe Thing

We may be tired of COVID-19, but it shows no signs of being tired of us. The fact is the new Delta variant cases are beginning to surge around the country starting a new wave of hospitalizations and deaths. During the last week of... — Updated 8/2/2021


In Pursuit Of Contentment

The Declaration of Independence states that everyone has the right to pursue happiness. But is happiness something worth pursuing? Happiness means different things to different people. What makes one person happy may make another... — Updated 7/28/2021


Who Is Being Gaslighted?

Duke Woodhull’s concerns about the dangers of the “criminal and terrorist get-aways” who may be illegally entering our southern border, and also about the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in our schools causes me to... — Updated 7/28/2021


Patients Right To Know

Because of the recent rise of the delta variation, I asked my dental hygienist if she was vaccinated and was stunned when I was told that she and her fellow employees were prohibited from disclosing their vaccination status by... — Updated 7/28/2021


Work Cut Out For Us

Editor’s Note: The following guest editorial was written by former Congressman Lee Hamilton and is endorsed by The Transylvania Times. Call me naïve, but I’ve never quite gotten why some politicians want to limit voters’ abi... — Updated 7/28/2021


Get The Shot

Editor’s Note: The following guest editorial appeared in a fellow CNHI newspaper, Mankato (Minnesota) Free Press, and is endorsed by The Transylvania Times. Spread the word. Tell your coworkers, neighbors and family members... — Updated 7/26/2021


How To Not Die

When you step out of your house into your front yard, do you expect to get struck by lightning? I certainly don’t. But it could happen. It is extremely unlikely, but not impossible. In fact, the chance is about 1 in 280,000... — Updated 7/26/2021


Litter At Recreation Center

I often take my dog to the ball fields at the Rec. Center to let him run. (Recently) we were there, and as we walked past the dugout areas there must have been a dozen or more plastic water bottles and assorted candy wrappers left... — Updated 7/26/2021


A View From The Ditch

When I joined the Air Force many decades ago, I learned a number of things. Foremost, drill instructors (DIs) taught “team.” Taught us we each had a duty to one another to do our best for one another. We only succeeded when... — Updated 7/26/2021


Nicotine Impact On Teen Brains

The human brain develops long past teenage years. Studies show that the brain does not finish developing fully until approximately age 25, leaving the teenage and young adult brain very susceptible to outside influences which can... — Updated 7/26/2021


Curbing Kudzu

The advocates of the Ecusta Trail might want to consider putting their muscle where their mouth is. The most beautiful part of the trail is being destroyed by kudzu. By now, we all understand that these mountains are being held... — Updated 7/21/2021


God's Gift

Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institute of Health, is an evangelical Christian who has written a best-selling book on the case for faith. He believes that science is worship, and that the COVID19 vaccines are... — Updated 7/21/2021


'Gaslighting' Defined

The term “gaslighting” originated in a 1938 stage play in which a husband attempted to convince his wife she is insane by manipulating small elements of their environment and repeatedly insisting that she was mistaken when she... — Updated 7/21/2021


Time To Close The Coverage Gap

Editor’s Note: The following guest editorial was written by Mike Hawkins, the former chairman of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners, and is endorsed by The Transylvania Times. Possibly no North Carolina policy item... — Updated 7/21/2021


Thank You, Candidates

The filing period for November’s municipal elections in Brevard and Rosman is over, and we would like to thank the candidates for putting their names forward for these important roles in our community. In a previous editorial,... — Updated 7/19/2021


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