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Our First Crisis

This is the first major, nationwide crisis for the majority of Americans. Certainly there have been events since 1960 that have had a tremendous impact on this nation – the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, the seemingly... — Updated 4/1/2020

 
 By Micah Krempasky    Opinion 

Coping With Social Distancing, New Routines

I pride myself on routine. I wake in the wee hours of the mornings. My coffee is set to brew precisely 2 minutes before my alarm chimes. While I sip my hot brew, I turn on a single... — Updated 4/1/2020

 

Love Deeply And Be Cautious

In this time of fear, uncertainty and caution, we all hold dear our loved ones and our friends. Fear of being around others, uncertainty of what will come next and caution concerning where we can go or not go should not destroy our... — Updated 4/1/2020

 

Pleased With Pardee

At this time when our lives are being seriously affected by current medical concerns beyond our control, I want to express my personal thanks for the excellent medical care I received during a recent surgical procedure at Pardee... — Updated 4/1/2020

 

President Chaos Reigns Supreme

King of chaos and serial misleader Donald J. Trump reigns supreme and is in his element. Trump, his administration and the members of his tribe are reaping the rewards of their principles of leadership: Deny expert scientific... — Updated 4/1/2020

 

Keep Distance On Walks, Runs

My husband and I have so appreciated walking in the forest during this time when we are all sheltering at home. We have become conscious of how important it is to maintain social distancing in order to prevent the spread of this... — Updated 4/1/2020

 

Weathering The Storm

These are difficult times indeed. This virus was unexpected and has washed over the world like a tsunami. Everyone is feeling the effects no matter what race, creed or bank balance. Yet for those of us who manage to weather this st... — Updated 4/1/2020

 

COVID-19 And The Flu

A few months ago when the COVID-19 outbreak began, many Americans wondered why it was receiving so much attention when the regular flu killed approximately 32,000 Americans last year. It was a legitimate question. Since that time,... — Updated 3/31/2020

 

Can Congress Make Democratic Governance Work?

This is a time of great testing for Congress. As it considers responses to the nation’s health and economic crises, it faces close scrutiny by ordinary Americans, financial markets and businesses large and small across the... — Updated 3/30/2020

 

Not The Answer

Mr. Mandel suggests I am confusing socialism and communism. In his piece in the second paragraph, he says, “Communism, on the other hand, is a failed branch of socialism.” Could it be that socialism is in a category with... — Updated 3/30/2020

 

Trump's Actions Are Indefensible

Mr. Grodnik’s letter inspires me to ask: How can any Trump supporter continue to defend a president whose actions are indefensible? Trump’s ignorance, incompetence and narcissism defy all reason. Now – during the biggest... — Updated 3/30/2020

 

Bravo, Sheriff Mahoney

Every cloud has a silver lining, even our COVID-19 crisis. I read in Monday’s paper that Sheriff Mahoney wants to work with the community rather than against it. Speaking of limiting gatherings to certain sizes, he said, “I... — Updated 3/30/2020

 

A Windfall In The Mail?

It appears that many of us will be receiving relief checks of $1,200 sometime in the weeks or months ahead. For some of us it will be a godsend. For others of us it will be icing on an already substantial cake. If and when a check... — Updated 3/30/2020

 

Support Edney

I am writing to urge everyone to vote for Sam Edney to represent us in N.C. House District 113. These are trying times as we all do what we can to shield ourselves from the raging coronavirus, but it is also a time to contemplate... — Updated 3/30/2020

 

A Doctor's Advice

(Editor’s Note: At this time it is crucial for residents to listen to the advice of medical professionals. The following information is from local doctor Ray Dunkelberg.) Facts 1. COVID-19 is a new virus. No one on the planet... — Updated 3/26/2020

 

Peggy A. (Bowman) Nissen

Peggy A. (Bowman) Nissen, 86, of Appleton, Wis., former resident of Brevard, passed away at home March 17, 2020. The only daughter of Ernest and Anna Mae (Hall) Walker, she was born Feb. 17, 1934 in Sidney, Mont. She was raised by... — Updated 3/25/2020

 

Edney Gets It

As we’ve seen at our local stores and businesses, we’re navigating in uncharted health waters. For years, scientists warned us of a possible pandemic. And here in western North Carolina, it’s happening. While we watch as the... — Updated 3/25/2020

 

Stop Cutting Forests

At this point, Transylvania County has the potential to be the most beautiful place in the U.S.A. But like the proverbial lemmings (now extinct) running together over a cliff to die in the sea, humans keep cutting our forests, not... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

Support A Positive Role Model

The latest White House shake-up resulted in N.C.’s own Mark Meadows becoming Trump’s 4th Chief of Staff in just over 4 years. There was a time when one would take pride when your representative accepted a White House... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

Fishing Season In Question

The first day of trout season in Monday, April 6. Having participated in over 30 opening days, I have observed that around half the participating fishermen are from out of our county. Most of the visitors come from in or near... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

Scrambling For An Explanation

So, there really are occasions when politicians give credit to the media. North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, sold shares of stock worth $1.7 million after receiving several briefings... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

Burr Should Resign

Senator Richard Burr has disgraced his office and betrayed his constituents. The only honorable thing he can do is resign his position, and he should do so immediately. As head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr had inside... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

Time To Favor 'Made In America'

Globalization has been sold in America as a benign force to boost prosperity for all. For a while such model seemed to work without creating major imbalances. That is until the coronavirus appeared. With the arrival of COVID-19 we... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

Tourism Board Supports Trail

Thanks to the Tourism Board for its $100,000 donation to the Ecusta Trail. Our backward thinking county commissioners are still holding out, hoping some industry that requires rail service between Brevard and Hendersonville will... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

Impressive Response

When Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Saturday, March 14, that all K-12 schools in the state would be closed to students beginning March 16, it did not leave local school officials much time to make preparations. Prior to that... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

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