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Change Two Lives

When children think of summer, it is full of family trips, attending camp, sleeping late, play dates, swimming and just relaxing. Summer is also the time that children’s academic skills often regress, sometimes called the “summer slide.” If...

 

Regarding West Baltimore

The tired race card has been played again by some, this time in response to presidential comments concerning a city with which I am very familiar and in which I have friends - Baltimore, Md. Here’s what its leaders, newspaper, TV and others have...

 

Kudos To Hawkins, Lemel, Guice And Lanier

My respects to one of the best editorials I have read to date in the Monday, July 29, edition of The Transylvania Times. (If you missed that edition, go get it online or at The Transylvania Times office.) These people are what this country is about!...

 

Loves America, Horrified By Trump

I am writing in response to Larry Chapman’s criticism of recent letters to the editor in which he claims that those critical of Donald Trump hate America. Nothing could be further from the truth! It is because we love America that we are horrified...

 

An About Face

I am pleased that Mr. Chapman’s view of fiscal responsibility was very different when he was chair of the Transylvania County Commissioners than that of the president he praises. (The Left’s Assault on America, July 29). If he had implemented...

 

Preferred McCall As Representative

I read the biographies on the three individuals seeking the District 113 seat vacated by Rep. Cody Henson. Mr. Chapman’s statement that he has always been willing to listen to his constituents from all sides of the aisle sounds commendable....

 

Improved Streets Top Train Depot

Despite continued opposition from the public, city leaders have approved using more than a half million dollars in taxpayer money to build a train depot. This train depot idea was bad from the beginning and even worse now that it wins out over much...

 

Who's Minding The Money?

How many members of Congress are “overseeing” how many different committees? What does their “oversight” reveal? Does anyone know how many billions of dollars are being spent to “help” our citizens/territories? The money authorized and...

 

Too Easy On Virtual Charters

In the spirit of accountability, one would think virtual charter schools that have an exceedingly high withdrawal rate and are consistently low-performing would not be given more latitude than other charter or traditional public schools. But that...

 

City Manager Stays Silent

The chain of events that took place during the Memorial Day parade led to many veterans asking the city manager to reveal to whom he claims to have paid $119 for a copy of his DD-214. It is common knowledge that all veterans can obtain a copy at no...

 

Need More People Like Hawkins

I would like to thank Board of Commissioners Chair Mike Hawkins for his remarks at the last commissioners’ meeting; Commissioners Page Lemel and David Guice for supporting his remarks; and The Transylvania Times for reporting them in full in its...

 

Should Trump Be Impeached?

Of course Trump should be impeached. Evidence already in is compelling that the man is a crook, a pathological liar, a showman who boasts about being above the law, and a hateful, divisive president whose rhetoric and reckless behavior is putting...

 

We Can Do Better

Back in the days when I was in college (stone tablets and hieroglyphics), I took a course in philosophy. A section in that course dealt with rules of debate. I learned that debaters, when bereft of valid, supportive materials or facts, often...

 

Respect, Not Demagoguery

   County Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins is to be commended for his comments last Monday night denouncing the troubling statements made during President Trump’s campaign rally at East Carolina University. The support expressed by Commissioners...

 

Disturbing Headline

Your issue of The Transylvania Times of July 18, 2019 has a headline that is very disturbing to us. We are weavers. We weave. We will weave, have wove, (sic) have been weaving and have woven thousand of yards of fabric. Never have we weaved. Even my...

 

The Left's Assault On America

I read with interest the letter regarding “Patriotism Ebbs” in a recent paper. I did not have to read far to see that it was just another left-wing attack on Trump by the hate America crowd as identified by the leftist paper USA Today. Most...

 

I'm Offended Too

Remember the good old days when advertisers simply touted their products and stayed out of the culture wars? Not Nike. For reasons best known to its marketing department, the swoosh giant elevated washed-up quarterback Colin Kaepernick to hero status...

 

Sad, Tired And Hopeful

I’m sad and tired and hopeful... sad for an angry and hate filled country. I’m sad for the children who are being treated as pawns in a political war. I’m sad for the energy being wasted when it could be used for the positive. I’m sad for our...

 

Reporting Fire Violations

It is my understanding that the Brevard Fire Marshal is responsible for checking various public buildings such as restaurants for fire safety code violations. About two months ago I had lunch at Twin Dragons Restaurant. During my visit, I noticed an...

 

Thankful For Dog Park

Five years ago my wife, Katinka and I got together with our friends, Catherine and Kent Heuser, to form a small group called The Friends Of A Dog Park to see what we could do to get a dog park in Brevard. We went to many council meetings, both city...

 

Hate The Sin, Love The Sinner

We must embrace with love and understanding, our brothers and sisters of the Transylvania County Religious Affairs Committee of the NAACP for their recent well-intentioned letter entitled, “Moral Crisis.” The letter correctly calls attention to...

 

Lam Is Wonderful Conductor

I read with joy and interest your interview with Maestro Ken Lam. For many years I have watched his magic as he transforms disparate high school students into a polished symphony orchestra. He attributes much of his success to luck. Certainly that...

 

Thoughtful Representative Is Needed

I will keep Thursday’s edition of The Transylvania Times for its juxtaposition of the sad story of our recent state representative and his wife - may they come to know peace and happiness in their lives - and the thoughtful, unifying letter from...

 

Appreciates Hawkins' Comments

I would like to publicly thank Mike Hawkins for his eloquent comments at the commissioners’ meeting on Monday night which appeared in Thursday’s paper. It was a powerful reminder of who we are as a country and of how important it is for us to...

 

Board Right To Increase Salaries

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners are to be commended for voting unanimously to implement a new pay plan that would increase salaries for county employees. Implementation of the plan is estimated to cost $2.7 million, but the cost will...

 

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