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School Board Receives Ideas, Not Final Plans

In today’s paper, readers will find a story and graphics of several options for the renovation and reconstruction of Brevard High School should the $68 million school bond referendum pass in November. A similar story about an option for Rosman...

 

Trump Has Done Good Things

The drumbeat of anti-Trump letters to the editor continue unabated week after week in The Transylvania Times. A few things to keep in mind. Even those of us who voted for Trump as the lesser of two evils understand that he is an amoral man. We had...

 

Don't Shortchange Hurricane Relief

During the aftermath of a natural disaster, the costs can easily overwhelm individual states. Hurri-cane Matthew did $4.8 billion worth of damage to North Carolina. In December 2016, the federal government appropriated $300 million for hurricane reli...

 

"Mature" Have Not Capitulated

Remember being a kid and wondering when you would be considered mature, full grown, or an adult? How would you know you had arrived? Would another adult confirm your arrival or would you just know? Today, sadly it appears some “adults” have...

 

Contrasting Views

While reading my copy of the Sept. 10 issue of The Transylvania Times, I was struck by a very interesting contrast of points of view. First, the impassioned essays on Opinions of the Readers, extolling the writer’s reasons to vote this fall for...

 

Fine Letters

I am delighted to read two fine letters to the editor in The Transylvania Times of Sept. 10, 2018. Pam Blevins is eloquent in “Scotland Has Humane Health Care” and Tom Mahan argues convincingly in “Pass Laws for the Common Good.” That phrase...

 

Dangerous Precedent

No matter which side of the aisle you are on, the actions of Omarosa recently should send shivers down our collective spine. In case you are not familiar with her actions I will describe them. After departing from the White House, she revealed that...

 

Contribute To Make A Change

Like most people who have some disposable income, I am inundated with daily pleas for money. Most of the organizations seeking it are worthy of support. With limited funds one cannot support all of them. The fundraisers play on our feelings of...

 

Poverty And Report Cards

The state of North Carolina has released its school report cards for last year, and once again the report cards reveal there is a direct link between poverty and academic growth and achievement. In fact, poverty is easily the single greatest...

 

U.S. Open Ladies Final

The young girl from a far away land outplayed the overwhelming favorite, Serena Williams, from the first point to the last in the ladies finals of the 2018 U.S. Tennis Open. The winner, only 20 years of age and in her first Grand Slam final, was...

 

Business Leaders: Past And Present

At the end of last month, Ray Simmons passed away. Many newcomers to the county may never have heard of Simmons, but he was an important business leader in this community for decades. After serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II, Simmons...

 

Scotland Has Humane Health Care

In a recent letter (Sept. 3), Charles Brendle reported on his visit to Scotland and made some comments on the (U.K.’s) government-managed National Health System (NHS) that has been in place there since 1948. When a tour guide mentioned that the...

 

Pass Laws For The Common Good

Labor Day is over, and we can expect the deluge of political posturing to descend upon us from now until Nov. 6 in what seems to me to be an unusually critical election. The fact is that for several years now our nation has slid into a dictatorship....

 

TRH Is Being Progressive In Battling Abuse Of Painkillers

September is National Pain Awareness Month, and I want our community to know that Transylvania Regional Hospital is committed to safely and responsibly alleviating pain for our patients – whether it’s temporary postsurgical pain or a chronic...

 

Unconstitutional Elections

One of my major campaign issues was free and fair elections—campaign finance reform and independent redistricting. I ran because I was as “mad as hell” and not going to take it anymore. Now it’s worse. A three-judge federal panel found this...

 

An Important Change To A Parable

The Sept. 6, 2018 edition of this paper had an interesting parable among the readers opinions. I interpreted it as an analogy to the asylum seekers at the southern border of our country. These are the people who are queuing for days for the...

 

Benefits Of Singing

Thank you for the informative article on the benefits of singing in the Lifestyles section of your Aug. 30 issue. As a member of the Transylvania Choral Society, I can attest that many in our choir sense improvements in mood, lung and memory function...

 

Trump-A-Phobia

This morning I woke-up early feeling especially frustrated and helpless. Why after 80 years should I feel this way? I have good health, good friends, a good marriage, and enough left to carry me to the great beyond. What was my problem? I tossed and...

 

Vote Democratic

In the quiet, stillness of the night, I hear children crying for their mothers, wanting only the comfort of her arms around them. I see agony on mothers’ faces, exhausted from the pain of being separated from their children, willing to forsake...

 

State Deserves Some Blame

On today’s front page, readers will find a story about the county commissioners expressing frustration over the school board waiting until literally the last day before approving an application for capital needs grants that amount to more than $19...

 

Silvermont Proposed Site Plan

I read with interest the Aug. 9, editor’s column and Kate Jocelyn’s opinion in the Aug. 27 Transylvania Times regarding the newly proposed site plan for Silvermont. I agree with both parties that a decision of this magnitude should not be based...

 

Graham Is On A Fool's Errand

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Sen. Lindsey Graham was one of Trump’s most outspoken critics, saying he would not vote for Trump, and that the Republican Party had been “conned.” He also tweeted that Trump “is not fit to be President...

 

Makes Sense?

When it became clear that drivers could kill people using automobiles, we educated, tested and licensed drivers. We required manufacturers to include seat belts, air bags, safety glass and control engine size. Car manufacturers are required to...

 

Meadows No Friend Of McCain

The leader of the Tea Party is trolling for your vote over the half-staff flag at the White House. He is “standing up” to the president. My, what a safe and benign way to come off as a great admirer of John McCain while enhancing your patriotic...

 

A Parable

Here is a parable: A man, on a journey, was down on his luck and needed money. He was carrying his two children and said to himself, “If I just had money things would be okay; I could care for the kids and be happy.” Then, he looked across the...

 

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