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The Media's Bad Medicine

The reaction to President Trump’s endorsement of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) provides a textbook example of how the media automatically pushes back against anything the president says or does. The anti-Trump propaganda machine were... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Journal Is Credible

Ordinarily I do not reply to letter writers who are critical of one of my letters. However, Lauren Wise’s critique of my letter loses all credibility when she states that Heather McDonald (one of my sources) wrote her article... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Spend More On Law Enforcement

I don’t know all of the in’s and out’s of the budget process for Transylvania County and the city of Brevard, and I may be a voice in the wilderness, but I feel very, very strongly that we need to provide more, not less,... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Best Defense Is A Cloth Covering

Yesterday I enjoyed an éclair from the Blue Ridge Bakery. It was even more delicious than I remembered. It’s been awhile. I was glad to see the smiling and welcoming faces of the staff — even under their masks. In fact, I was... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

De Facto Racism

In the past few weeks we have received letters about whether or not there is systemic racism in this country. There is no doubt that racism has been systemic for the majority of American history. De jure racism, racism “by... — Updated 6/18/2020

 

You Decide: Can We Truly Have Both Health And Wealth?

In the five previous recessions I’ve lived through as a professional economist, the government did everything it could to encourage consumers to buy and businesses to sell. The more consumers bought and the more that businesses... — Updated 6/17/2020

 

Trump Election A Perfect Storm

I recently received a plaintive email from a British friend who lives in the Caribbean asking, “What, on earth, happened up there that led to Trump being elected?” My answer: Malcolm, as best I understand it, here’s what... — Updated 6/17/2020

 

Confirmation Bias

Bob Youngerman’s letter to the editor, “Statistics Don’t Support Police Bias,” is a prime example of confirmation bias, the tendency to interpret evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories. The... — Updated 6/17/2020

 

No One Is Born A Racist

No one is born a racist, but we are born with innate, natural fears. These innate fears are what kept our ancestors alive for eons. Fear of starvation was a prime motivator behind the development of agriculture and the rise of... — Updated 6/17/2020

 

Do Not Abolish The Police

I have a word for the now prevalent bias against the police: “policism,” the prejudicial negative feeling against all law enforcement officers based on the actions of a few. (Isn’t that the basis for “racism?”) To... — Updated 6/17/2020

 

Abuse Of Power

In the case of President Richard Nixon and Watergate, we had a Republican Party and Senate represented by people with real principles. The Republican Party and Congress today, with only a few exceptions, have no apparent limits to... — Updated 6/17/2020

 

DSS Highlights Beware The Risks Of Summer Living

National Safety Month June swept in like a breath of fresh air, with summer sun shining, soft rain soaking in and our social restrictions lifted. Our county is waking up from the pandemic spring to the new normal summer. For all of... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Deerlake Residents Fret And Worry

What’s the hubbub about Tore Borhaug’s rental-housing plan for acreage bordering Deerlake Road, behind 828FIT near Enmark on Asheville Highway? The answer: density and planning for 188 living units for police, firefighters,... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Brevard's 'Rabbit Joe' Clayton

I was intrigued by an item in a recent issue of The Times excerpted from the June 14, 1928, BrevardNews. It noted that Joe Clayton of Brevard was embarking on a professional baseball career. I did some research on Joe Clayton and... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

High-Density Housing Is No Solution

I write regarding the proposed housing development by Tore Borhaug, adjacent to the Deerlake Village community. Having previously been CEO of community mental health centers and constructed group homes and apartment buildings for... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Racism: Individual And Systemic

I feel called to speak to assertions that systemic racism doesn’t exist in our country. Our culture is riddled with racism, which means vastly more than individual acts against people of color. Racism is a complex,... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

A Time For Appreciation

I feel compelled to express my appreciation for all members of our police and sheriff’s departments. We are so blessed to be served by dedicated men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line to uphold the law and... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Racial Bias Exists

This is a wonderful community that we live in and I’m proud to be a part of it. Most of my life has been spent here because it is hard to get away from the natural beauty that surrounds us. It is deeply upsetting to hear my... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

China Is An Existential Threat

Anyone who doesn’t yet believe that China is an existential threat to the United States has not been paying attention. The evidence continues to build up. Our presidents over the last 30 years (both parties) have been blind to... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Mills' Letters Are Timely And Relevant

As a loyal reader of Opinions of the Readers of The Transylvania Times, I am delighted to read several letters by Rev. Ernie Mills. They are always beautifully written and they illustrate a timely focus. My favorite letter was... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Supporting Local Farms

With summer officially arriving on Saturday, a plethora of fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as eggs and meat, will be readily available in the next few months at local farms and the Transylvania County Farmers’ Market. We... — Updated 6/15/2020

 

Conspiracy Theories

I find it amazing there are people who believe the various conspiracy theories about Bill Gates. In a quote to reporters Gates stated that it was “almost hard to deny” the conspiracy theories surrounding him and vaccines “bec... — Updated 6/10/2020

 

No Exception For Convention

After the death of more than 100,000 Americans and more than 1,000 North Carolinians, it is astounding that some elected officials still do not understand how contagious the coronavirus is and an elementary school understanding... — Updated 6/10/2020

 

Not One Inch

We have read multiple celebratory articles and press releases in regards to the city of Brevard’s depot project and extension of the multi-use path system. Last week we got an update on landscaping. Way back in July 2019, this... — Updated 6/10/2020

 

Flawed Analysis

I feel compelled to answer Bob Youngerman’s letter, entitled “Statistics Do Not Support Police Bias.” His source of information, Heather MacDonald, is a secular conservative, fellow at the Manhattan Institute. She has said... — Updated 6/10/2020

 

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