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Leaders Who Listen, Care

One Friday evening several weeks ago, an unauthorized message from the school system was sent to high school seniors stating this year’s graduation ceremonies would be a drive-through type of service. That following Monday at... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion 

Why Representative Democracy Is Best Option

Over the last few years, the health of American democracy has come under great scrutiny. Polling routinely shows that Americans are concerned that democratic institutions aren’t working as well as they ought to. Inevitably, this... — Updated 6/3/2020


A Broken Heart

Sunday afternoon, as I drove by our courthouse, I saw a small group of young men, with signs, engaged in a peaceful demonstration for justice for George Floyd. Some people walking by waved, some people driving by honked and waved,... — Updated 6/3/2020


What If It Was Your Child Who Died ?

I have been following, with interest, The Transylvania Times’ reporting on the local protests in conjunction with the national and international outcry over the brutal killing of George Floyd. I’m shocked by the sheer number... — Updated 6/3/2020


Same Results

I believe we will get the same results from putting the sick and elderly in a coma through intubation and putting businesses in a coma through gubernatorial orders; it is extremely expensive and the survival rate is extremely low.... — Updated 6/3/2020


What Is Normal?

There is a lot of talk these days about returning to normalcy. It seems we would all feel more secure if things were normal again. Yet, it is entirely possible that this “normal” was nothing short of insane and self- destructiv... — Updated 6/3/2020



I was surprised and disappointed by the appointment of Mr. J. Dalton to fill the vacant seat on the Board of County Commissioners. Dalton has recently reopened his gym in Rosman, in contradiction of Gov. Cooper’s executive order... — Updated 6/3/2020


Racism Is Systemic

The outrageous killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville are just two of the countless murders of black people by white law enforcement officers in American history. In this dreadful situation, we... — Updated 6/3/2020


Masks Are A Small Sacrifice

It has become apparent in the past few weeks, particularly since the opening of Phase Two in North Carolina, that many people no longer believe it is necessary to wear masks in public nor adhere to staying 6 feet away from... — Updated 6/1/2020


Man's Inhumanity

Never have I seen “Man’s inhumanity to man” better personified than in Minneapolis. The news photo of the white policeman pressing his knee on the neck of a black man until he died is an affront to all the dedicated and... — Updated 6/1/2020


More Traffic At Deerlake Is Untenable

A recent guest editorial in The Transylvania Times identified logical and cogent reasons for Mr. Borhaug to comply with existing restrictions, regulations and zoning requirements for development within the city limits. My emphasis... — Updated 6/1/2020


Where's The American Spirit?

I don’t like being housebound for this long. None of us do. But big deal! Let’s think about it a little. I am repulsed by the whiney crybabies who can’t bear the fact that they can’t be at the beach. Your vacation plans... — Updated 6/1/2020


Just Asking

On the front page of The Transylvania Times published on May 25, there was an article related to how a few gyms in our county have opened despite the governor’s orders not to. As I continued to read the article on page 12A, I fou... — Updated 6/1/2020


Great Library Staff

I would like to express my appreciation to all the Transylvania County Library staff who have kept the community supplied with good reading through curbside service during this stay at home time. There’s nothing like a good book... — Updated 6/1/2020


Clarifying Lighthouse Story

After my article and photos about the Clarke lighthouse were published on May 21, I got some feedback and wanted to clarify a few things. I was not fully responsible for the construction of the lighthouse, nor did I have any... — Updated 6/1/2020


Love Our People And Wear A Mask

(Editor’s Note: The following letter was submitted by the 47 local physicians of The Physicians Roundtable who work with the Pisgah Health Foundation.) To the people of Transylvania County and visitors who come here, please be... — Updated 6/1/2020


We Need Responsible Growth

I lived on the west coast of Florida in the early ‘70s. Back then, the road bordered a white sand beach that stretched for miles with unlimited access and an unobstructed view of the Gulf of Mexico. Small locally owned motels... — Updated 6/1/2020


'J'accuse!' Not So!

A recent letter writer (‘J’accuse!’, May 25) cited the Captain Alfred Dreyfus case as an example of judicial injustice that he suggests is similar to that of Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former National Security... — Updated 6/1/2020


Anarchy And Chaos

David Mahoney and Jake Dalton are adding to widespread anxiety, stress and uncertainty. While citizens are looking for calm and steady leadership into an uncertain future, Dalton puts his personal interest before the interest of... — Updated 6/1/2020


To Mask Or Not To Mask

You cannot make a mistake by masking. You can make a serious mistake by not masking. To mask or not to mask...that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous COVID Or to take... — Updated 5/27/2020


Blue Skies And Better Wages

Like many crises, COVID-19 has clarified some issues that may have been murky to some. It should be crystal clear that we have had a negative impact on air quality. Hundreds of pictures floating around the internet, on TV and in... — Updated 5/27/2020


The Wild, Wild West

Our newly appointed county commissioner has decided to violate the governor’s order prohibiting gyms to reopen. Our sheriff is not going to enforce this order. Pure politics have come into play, endangering the public at large.... — Updated 5/27/2020


Rejecting Gullibility

We were delighted to meet new neighbors and their young children on the street yesterday. When we said we were surprised they were going to town without masks, they asked if we had heard that Bill Gates was engaged in global popula... — Updated 5/27/2020


The Church Is People

The church is not brick and mortar. It’s not a building that can be locked down or opened up. The church is not material. The church is people. The church is in the heart of every soul who gives their lives to Jesus Christ and... — Updated 5/27/2020


Bryan Clanton Was Lighthouse Genius

The owners of the lighthouse on Williamson Creek Road, Bill and Marianna Clarke, would like to properly identify the genius behind the construction of the lighthouse. The article in the May 21, 2020, issue of The Transylvania... — Updated 5/27/2020


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