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No Surprise On Changes

The commissioners who changed horses in mid-stream doesn’t surprise me. One was a long time Democrat and the other two always voted in favor of Democrats. Hopefully they will be turned out next election. All who praised them surely didn’t vote...

 

Party Affiliation Means Little

As an independent, I have voted for all three of the county commissioners who recently changed their party affiliations, and I plan on continuing to do so. I respect courage, conviction and character, whereas party affiliation means very little to...

 

Protect County Residents

Transylvania County is called the “Land of Waterfalls.” We average 75 inches of rain a year. We flood a lot. Becky Mountain Road has been under water at least three times in the last year. Filling in two acres that routinely flood in between...

 

Disgust Grows

I have waited several weeks to submit my personal opinion on the hypocritical behavior in Washington. It took another opinion writer referring to Will Rogers alluding to those defenders of the current president as being idiots. I am definitely not...

 

Keep Current Courthouse

In a recent letter, Faye Yeager wrote in support of retaining the county courthouse in its present prominent location. I vigorously join her in requesting that the Board of County Commissioners put aside the consideration of alternatives and...

 

Changing Political Parties

The recent decision by three of our commissioners to change their registration from Republican to Unaffiliated generated a number of letters from readers who praised their decision and their integrity for doing so. I know that most of these letter...

 

Districts Still Problematic

Earlier this year, a three-judge panel ruled the U.S. Congressional districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Under those unconstitutional districts, Republicans held 10 of North Carolina’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives while...

 

Two Points To Consider

I fully understand and concur with the editorial of Thursday, Dec. 12, regarding the Dollar General store on Greenville Highway. However, two relevant points were left out of consideration. One was the inconsistency of floodplain construction...

 

Not Again

Parking meters in Brevard, again? We went through that phase of parking meters some years ago, and I sincerely hope the city leaders will not do it again. Although other factors played a role, I am convinced that the meters helped drive many of us...

 

The Three Commissioners Should Have Resigned

As I read the letters of praise for the three commissioners who bailed on the Republican Party recently, I have quite a different response. I am very disappointed in Lemel, Hawkins and Guice as they chose not to recognize my vote. My vote helped...

 

Thankful For The Gift Of TRH's Stellar Volunteers

As we enter the season of giving, I want to acknowledge a very special group of community members who make a difference at Transylvania Regional Hospital: our dedicated volunteers. They give freely of their time, energy and kindness, and it makes a...

 

Teaching Second Languages

  The state of North Carolina did a disservice to the students and residents of this state when it decided to eliminate funding for teaching English-speaking students a second language in elementary school. For several years, elementary school...

 

Importance Of Integrity

I am a Democrat. I have my beliefs about the role of government. I have my beliefs about the importance of integrity. Speaker Black, a Democrat, was dishonored when in office and ended up serving jail time. As a Democrat, I am not proud of his...

 

Committed To Ethical Behavior

I wish to add my voice to those who support and admire the recent decision of county Commissioners Page Lemel, Mike Hawkins and David Guice to leave the Republican Party and declare themselves as Independent. By leaving the party of Trump — no...

 

Replacing Presidency With A Monarchy

As I have watched the Republican members of Congress pounding the table, blustering and lying with reckless abandon during the impeachment hearings, I have been tempted to update a Will Rogers quote: “Suppose you are an idiot. And suppose you are...

 

A New Low Or Bullying

Just when one might think that our president couldn’t possibly sink any lower in his daily bullying of someone he considers a threat to his self-perceived image, The Donald brings us back to earth with a childish, churlish, mocking Twitter attack...

 

People We Don't Need

This is a disgrace with what our country is going through right now. Look at the stock market. How high! If we change presidents we may end up with a depression. If you get one check a month, you might end up with nothing. How do you pay your bills?...

 

Nonpartisan Is The Best

I am so proud of David Guice, Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel. All three have been exemplary commissioners. Their records reflect their decisions based upon what is good for our citizenry. I am a Democrat who voted for all three of them because of their...

 

Kudos To TRH

I have just returned home from having hernia surgery at Transylvania Regional Hospital. What amazing service and care provided by Dr. Chavarria and his team. From the time of my arrival to discharge, there was great attention to my care and service,...

 

Festival Of Trees A Success

This Festival of Trees was another success this year due to the massive numbers of volunteers that supported the project — a big thanks to all. The Peoples Choice award this year again went to College Walker for the Peppermint Tree, second place...

 

Dollar General Dilemma

The possibility of the construction of a Dollar General store on the Greenville Highway in front of the Carr’s Hill Baptist Church represents the conflict between the fundamentals of our economic system with our sense of community, heritage and...

 

RHS Band Was Premier Attraction

Parades are a wonderful part of the Christmas holiday tradition. A Christmas parade with a band is even more special as was the case when the Highlands Christmas parade of Dec. 7 was honored to have two bands. The immensely talented bands from...

 

Courage, Integrity And Civility

I am writing in response to the announcement in the Dec. 5 edition of this newspaper that David Guice, Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel had decided to depart from the Republican Party. The story was striking in its content, and I imagine many people were...

 

Courageous Decision

After reading the front page article “Three County Commissioners Leave GOP,” I wanted to write to thank David Guice, Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel for the courageous decision made to change their affiliation status from Republican to Unaffiliated....

 

Christmas Parade

We were so pleased to learn that this year’s parade theme was to honor our veterans. Many know that I am the proud wife of a U.S. Marine, Jim Bohn, who was awarded a Purple Heart in Vietnam. When the Korean/Vietnam War era jeep driven by USMC...

 

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