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Taking Care Of Animals

In today’s Opinions of the Readers are two letters praising Erica Erickson, Paws, and the Pisgah Paws Cat Café in response to an article published in The Transylvania Times last week. At the heart of the matter is whether or not cats were being...

 

Pisgah Paws Should Be Appreciated, Not Banned

I am not one to write letters to the editor, but I am so disgusted by the treatment of Pisgah Paws and Ms. Erickson by the police, animal shelter and government in this county that I could not hold back, especially after seeing the lies published in...

 

Cat Café Is A Wonderful Place

I am writing in response to the article about Pisgah Paws Cat Café and Emporium that ran in The Transylvania Times on Sept. 26, 2019. I am saddened that this article painted a negative picture of Pisgah Paws Cat Café and Emporium. I have visited...

 

Polls

Do you find it interesting, if not a startling waste of time, that so much air time is spent reporting on poll results? First of all, the election is over 13 months away. A lot of things can, and will, happen over that 13 months away. The economy...

 

City Streets

When will the abominable condition of our streets be addressed? The streets throughout the city continue to deteriorate daily and the patching that is being done compares to putting a Band-Aid on a gaping wound. With winter approaching, the...

 

Take A Stand

He has certainly demeaned his office by embracing dictators while slandering our closest democratic allies, by repeatedly lying on matters great and small (12,000 by the latest count), by encouraging violence on the part of his followers and by his...

 

How Refreshing

This is a reply to Renee Bruce’s article on Sept. 9, which stated that “Innovative Companies Love Israel” (by Soeren Kern). May I add to Renee’s remarks, letting the readers know that there are two DVD’s that also support “Innovative...

 

Rats On A Sinking Ship

A conversation between two rats aboard the American war ship, the U.S.S Presidency, is reported here in full. Rat #1: It’s time to get out. Rat #2: Not yet Rat #2: Not yet? If we leave now, we abandon all that food and garbage in the hold. Where...

 

Reduce Impact Of Climate Change

On Sept. 23, I asked the Transylvania County Commissioners to support an oversight committee on mitigation and adaptation measures that constructively affect climate change. The youth of the world are asking adults to support them in their work...

 

Do You Dare?

In spite of the mist of negativity hanging in the air, take pause; it is lifting. Because of two new brave warriors, Greta Thurnberg and Mahatma Ghandi’s grandson, we can take a breath of fresh air. A 16-year-old Greta Thurnberg gave a scathing...

 

Banned Books, Closed Minds

This week, Sept. 22-28, is Banned Books Week, an annual event that highlights efforts to ban books in public schools and libraries. Some of the books that people have attempted to ban – successfully or not – include some of the most important...

 

Greenhouse Gases Caused Earth's Warming

Perhaps we should dig a little deeper into Charles Blunt’s description of the cycles of climate change. There have been five mass extinctions on earth since life began. All but one was caused by the warming of the earth by greenhouse gases. The...

 

Ignoring Science  

So far this month, Hurricane Dorian, the fifth Category 5 hurricane in the last four years, obliterated part of the Bahamas. There have been only 34 Category 5 hurricanes in the Atlantic basin since such categorization began in 1924. In the Houston...

 

Futurists

On a red oak tree near Williamson Creek, a furry yellow tussock caterpillar sought a place to cocoon, striving to achieve his destiny as a moth. In a field bordering the French Broad River, thousands of dragonflies swarmed, darting and hovering,...

 

We, The People

Our Constitution begins with the words “We, the People, of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union.” With these words our forefathers created a roadmap for our country, but we, the people, are left with the responsibility of...

 

H.R. 86 Is An Anti-Gun Law

House Bill 86 will not prevent “violence.” This legislation is the first step to defining terms that will lead to firearm confiscation. Three devious provisions make this law dangerous and unacceptable. 1) It creates a new class of firearms,...

 

Toss The School Report Cards

On today’s front page, readers will find two stories about school report cards issued by the state. These report cards, however, are not necessarily an accurate assessment of the quality of a school. In fact, they are extremely flawed because they...

 

Vaping And Guns

In 1987, one child died by a lawn dart embedded in her brain. Very quickly the U.S. Government banned lawn darts. Just recently, in 2019, six people died from vaping e-cigarettes. President Trump tweeted, “New provisional data show that youth use...

 

Finding A Unicorn

Oh look, there is a unicorn sticking his head in the sand! I never would have believed it possible, but there it is. Marc Schneider Brevard...

 

Another Take On Climate Change

Ten years ago I read, “Unstoppable Global Warming,” a compendium of verifiable scientific studies. This is a must read for anyone concerned about rising sea levels and other predicted climate change occurrences. These studies strongly support...

 

Shameful

Republican leaders in the North Carolina House of Representatives displayed dishonesty and disregard for the foundations of democracy when they voted to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto last Wednesday, Sept. 11. For two months, the General...

 

Add More Crosswalks

I applaud the efforts to add more crosswalks with flashing beacons in Brevard. My husband and I frequently walk throughout the city, and we appreciate the crosswalks that are in place. In reading about future considerations for crosswalks with...

 

Gun Free Zones

I call them “soft targets,” locations that post themselves as gun free zones only advertise to any mentally sick person “target me” if you want to shoot unarmed folks; no guns here! We have recently been reminded of how fragile our lives are...

 

Mountain Song And Community

In his poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost wrote, “…knowing how way leads on to way.” So it often is in life that one decision influences future decisions and events, far beyond the realm of what one might have originally thought or int...

 

Logging Isn't Always Done Right

After reading Bob Twomey’s article on logging, I still am not convinced to just trust the Forest Service. Again, I agree that logging practices are much better. My grandfathers both worked for the logging industry and I use toilet paper like...

 

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