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Oppose Senate Bill 349

Some bills benefit the general public while others may benefit one group to the detriment of others, sometimes with devastating long-term effects. State Senate Bill 349 (SB 349) and its companion legislation, House Bill 401, fall... — Updated 5/10/2021

 By Richard Rogers    Opinion 

Digital Divide Hurts Elderly

When people were asked to shelter in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, it was taken for granted that modern broadband technology could serve as a bridge to normalcy. We quickly discovered that this wasn’t the case.... — Updated 5/10/2021


Frozen In The Negative Past

A recent letter to The Transylvania Times from Charles Brendle dared to question the assertion that our country is firmly in the grip of systemic racism. Predictably, a subsequent argumentative letter (“Another Example of Tone-De... — Updated 5/10/2021


A Humorous Inference

In the Monday, May 3, 2021, edition of The Transylvania Times, the county commissioners announced May as Older Americans Month and also as Historic Preservation Month in Transylvania County. Hmmm, the inference makes me giggle.... — Updated 5/10/2021


Money Shows Appreciation

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. The irony locally, as Transylvania County Board of Education member Courtney Domokur noted Monday evening, is that while teachers are being shown appreciation through comments and sometimes m... — Updated 5/6/2021


Do Not Resist Arrest

Question: Do you want to increase your chance of living and not incur an injury? Answer: Do not resist arrest. Explanation: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Do not resist arrest. At the moment of an arrest,... — Updated 5/6/2021


Guest Column - Looking At HCA's Compliance

(Editor’s Note. The following is an update from the independent monitor, Gibbins Advisors, LLC, by Ronald Winters.) As we begin year two of our monitoring and evaluation of HCA’s compliance with its 15 commitments at Mission He... — Updated 5/5/2021


Another Example Of Tone-Deaf Life In A Bubble

In an incredibly breathtaking example of the rejection of reality, a letter to The Times last week declared, “I totally reject the narrative and unending claims that this country has a systemic race problem.” For someone... — Updated 5/5/2021


Tore's Home Saved My Life

This is just a note to say goodbye - and to thank in part Tore’s Home for my return to health. Last summer I arrived at Tore’s Home unable to eat, sleep, walk or talk. I almost died of Lithium poisoning. But the staff of... — Updated 5/5/2021


$200 For 12 Bags Of Trash

Until I read it in The Transylvania Times of May 3, I was unaware of the proposed annual flat trash fee to replace bag tags. I agree wholeheartedly that this is an idea that will significantly affect those of us who live on a... — Updated 5/5/2021


A Look Back And Ahead

Let’s take a walk through the previous 100 days. I have watched our president destroy thousands of jobs; remove America’s energy independence; cancel the Keystone pipeline without coordinating with Canada; reinitiate the Paris... — Updated 5/5/2021


Double Standards

After reading Mr. Chaveas’ response to my letter, I thought I had made it abundantly clear that I was not casting stones in my “glass house” at Native Americans. My whole point was the double standards by which the... — Updated 5/5/2021


True Republican Heroes

It is about time we recognized the true heroes of the Republican Party. They are not the dopey louts who rampaged through our nation’s capital and the cowards who still cover for them. They are not the ranting demagogues... — Updated 5/5/2021


Sustaining A Democracy Takes Hard Work

It’s so easy, in the course of our day-to-day lives, to get caught up in the political preoccupations of the moment. What’s the Senate going to do about the filibuster? How should infrastructure money be spent? Is the country... — Updated 5/3/2021


Miracles Do Happen

A couple of weeks ago we were driving up Highway 276 to Brevard from Cedar Mountain when a bicyclist actually moved over and waved us by so I could pass safely. Hopefully, more cyclists could and should show the same courtesy.... — Updated 5/3/2021


Good Experience At TRH

A week ago I suffered an asthma attack that necessitated seeking emergency help. It was a scary experience, not being able to get my breath. Because I only live 5 minutes from Transylvania Regional Hospital, I drove myself over.... — Updated 5/3/2021


Why People Run From Police

When I was younger, I was fishing on private property and the police came. I ran, got on my bike and got away on a trail that the police car could not negotiate. I was scared. One time in eighth grade while riding our bikes behind... — Updated 5/3/2021


Ignoring Brevard's Most Famous Person

Mr. Charles Brendle totally rejects the concept of systemic racism in this country. He generally blames the news media for reporting negative events to sell newspapers and failing to properly research statistics – therefore... — Updated 5/3/2021


Raleigh Attempts Grab Of Local Decisions

N.C. State House Bill 401 and Senate Bill 349 (so-called “middle housing”), would remove decision-making by local municipalities and end single-family neighborhoods. This law would allow duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes in... — Updated 5/3/2021


More Boring Civil War Stuff

I’ve been following an interesting discussion here over the last month or so about the Civil War, and, more specifically, the actual cause of that war. I was thinking It would be so nice if we could somehow go back in time and... — Updated 5/3/2021


Help Save Brevard, Stop The Housing Bills

There’s a set of bills in Raleigh aiming to significantly reduce local influence in zoning decisions, replacing local control with a one-size-fits-all state-controlled mandate to build multi-family buildings and accessory units... — Updated 5/3/2021


Dropping Bag Fee Is Bad Idea

One of the proposals in the county budget is to abolish the $1.50 fee per garbage bag at the trash collection centers, referred to as “convenience sites,” across the county and replace it with an annual $200 fee on every owner... — Updated 5/3/2021


Resisting Arrest

The statistics herein were obtained from Justice Department, federal reports and major newspaper accounts. Sixty million Americans have encounters with the police annually; 10 million are arrested and 2 million episodes involve an... — Updated 4/28/2021


Bitter Legacy Of The Second Amendment

Is gun violence an inescapable fact of modern America? The answer comes straight from the list of subjects not taught in American History classes. What was the worst nightmare of the Virginia slave owners who drafted the U.S.... — Updated 4/28/2021


Too Late To Pause Projects

In Monday’s paper we reported that two county commissioners expressed the possibility of pausing the extensive renovations and additions at Brevard High and Rosman High/Middle schools. Commissioner David Guice suggested the... — Updated 4/28/2021


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