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Interesting News On Property

I found the article about the city of Brevard’s possible purchase of almost 3 acres in downtown Brevard very interesting. On June 27, 2018, I contacted every one of the county commissioners and expressed my feelings about the pot... — Updated 3/23/2020


Come Together

What words could describe the letter appearing in The Transylvania Times recently blaming President Trump for the COVID-19 virus, which is terrorizing the world right now? Sick and disgusting come to mind. In the well of the U. S.... — Updated 3/23/2020


Random Acts Of Kindness

Several weeks ago, some of us residents and staff members at College Walk handed out gift cards on Random Acts of Kindness Day. We drove around town, stopped at various places and gave cards to strangers who looked like they could... — Updated 3/23/2020


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

 By Mark Weinstein    Opinion

BMC Festival Still On Schedule

The Brevard Music Center continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 updates and guidance. Our first priority is always to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, patrons, staff and the Brevard community. We are fortunate that... — Updated 3/18/2020

 By Mike Hawkins    Opinion

COVID-19 Is County's Top Priority

COVID-19 is a serious health issue and deserves serious attention by Transylvania County citizens. While we have no reason to believe our county is unusually vulnerable, it is prudent to make all necessary preparations. By... — Updated 3/18/2020


Choose Somewhere Else

I would like to know who is in charge in bringing new businesses into the county? Why don’t they look at the surrounding area. We have a very nice car wash right across the street where they are building the new one where... — Updated 3/18/2020


Erring On The Side Of Caution

The failure of the federal government to have enough kits to accurately test people for the coronavirus (COVID-19) has helped foster an air of uncertainty and, in some cases, panic. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National... — Updated 3/16/2020

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion

Congress Should Be Where 'The People Govern'

In one of the U.S. Capitol hallways that House members pass through regularly to get to the chambers, there’s an inscription of a comment by Alexander Hamilton. It comes from his 1788 remarks to the New York convention on... — Updated 3/16/2020


We Have Nothing

Yes, he has contempt for truth and creates his own reality, but look at the stock market. Yes, he distrusts science and scientific research, but look at the unemployment rate. Yes, he is vulnerable to absurd conspiracy theories,... — Updated 3/16/2020


Practice Social Distancing Now

From all the evidence, it seems likely western North Carolina will be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic this spring. Our population of retirees is particularly at risk. Experience from the 1918 flu pandemic shows that, while most of us... — Updated 3/16/2020


Grateful For Tributes

I do not have the words in my vocabulary to express my gratitude for the awesome quilt presented to me last Saturday at a Quilts of Valor ceremony at the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas. The hours of hard work and... — Updated 3/16/2020


Trump Doesn't Take Responsibility

In April of 1961, an attempt to overthrow the Castro regime failed on the shores of the Bay of Pigs when the Cuban army easily defeated 1,400 Cuban émigrés, armed and trained by the CIA. John Kennedy, in office for only four... — Updated 3/16/2020


Thank You

Thank you so much for making the 15th annual Empty Bowls Benefit such a big success. I can’t say enough about all the good-hearted people who came together Saturday to make it possible. Thank you Mary Kay, Phillip, Don and crew... — Updated 3/12/2020


Lowe's Letter Does Not Address Concerns

The HCA Healthcare full page banner headlined letter in The Transylvania Times March 5 issue concerning the transition from Mission Health should be of interest at least, and alarm at most, for Brevard residents uncomfortable with... — Updated 3/12/2020

 By Jaime Laughter    Opinion

Choosing Kindness Is Right

(Editor’s Note: The following is the second of several guest columns by writers and community leaders encouraging residents to “Broaden Our Perspectives.” Future columns will appear on other pages besides the editorial... — Updated 3/12/2020


State Has Funds For Mental Health

It’s becoming a recurrent theme: government agencies that are seeing an increase in services are receiving less funding. Last month we reported the U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina has fewer employees but the number of... — Updated 3/12/2020



“We can’t teach them if they’re not here,” more than one teacher has been known to say. Unfortunately, teachers in Transylvania County Schools are unable to teach many students because they are chronically absent. In the... — Updated 3/9/2020


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