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We Can't Eat Asphalt

Sure, we can cram a lot of city folks and flatlanders in here, but they are going to try to boss us around.. They will bring bulldozers to mow down the rain forests and ruin the rain part, the hydrologic ecosystem that have kept... — Updated 9/14/2020


Decency And Competence

Decency, honor, integrity, truthfulness, even competence – is that really too much to ask of our highest elected officials? Has the winning of elections become, like war, more important than the welfare of the people and nation,... — Updated 9/14/2020


Fixating On The Past Corrupts The Future

That institutional racism has tragically been a part of our national landscape during extended periods in our history is a sad, well-established fact. Yet obsessive reminders of that negative fact and blindness to the positive... — Updated 9/14/2020


More Courthouse Drama

Here we go again with the courthouse drama. Have the county commissioners forgotten what happened at the last commissioners’ hearing concerning moving the courthouse? Not one lawyer in town was for it and hundreds of people showe... — Updated 9/14/2020


Poor Choice Of Reason To Leave

D.G. Martin’s column of Sept. 10 focuses on Mike Hawkins, Page Lemel and David Guice, the three Transylvania County Commissioners who resigned from the Republican Party, and changed their registration to Unaffiliated. I had no... — Updated 9/14/2020


Forefathers Were Good

America is under attack by those who want to turn our republic into a socialist nation. When I attended school in the sixties, I was taught our great nation’s history. We honored men like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I... — Updated 9/9/2020


Hawkins, Lemel Maintain Values

Last year, Transylvania County Commissioners Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel left the Republican Party, fully aware that it could affect their reelection chances. Nevertheless, they did so because they put their conscience and... — Updated 9/9/2020


Living Lies

Remaining silent can imply acceptance. I am writing this letter as I will no longer remain silent about systemic racism and white supremacy. In my reality and in my truth, both of these issues are quite obvious. I believe systemic... — Updated 9/9/2020


Vote For McKeller

Judge Mack McKeller is running for re-election to District 29B, which encompasses Polk, Henderson and Transylvania counties, in November. I have known Mack for over 21 years, and have always known him to be a man of integrity and... — Updated 9/9/2020


Check Your Bills

People do indeed need to check their bills from Transylvania County Hospital. I had a bill for $13. When I checked with my supplemental insurers, they confirmed that their payment had been received and cashed. Janet Cross... — Updated 9/9/2020


Remember Febb E. Burn

If you are ever tempted to think that your single vote couldn’t possibly matter, remember Febb Burn. Who, you might ask, was Febb Burn? Febb Burn of Moose Creek, Tenn., was college educated and had taught school, but in 1920 she... — Updated 9/9/2020


Missing From National Anthem's History

In the Sept. 3 issue, Mr. Brendle provided important facts about the “Star Spangled Banner,” including being first sung at a baseball game in 1918 in remembrance of U.S. soldiers recently killed. What Mr. Brendle did not... — Updated 9/9/2020


A Patriot, Not A Loser

In the early morning of Feb. 6, 1944, my father, 1st Lt. Clarence H. Parkhurst, took off in a B-25 bomber from a U.S. Army Air Force base in Yang Kai, China. My father was the pilot of one of three planes, and their mission was to... — Updated 9/9/2020


Some Schools Control Virus

In the past week, East Carolina University reported it had surpassed 1,000 COVID-19 cases. UNC-Chapel Hill sent students home shortly after it had opened for in-person classes last month due to COVID-19 clusters. While these... — Updated 9/9/2020


Comporium Article Misleading

I was excited to read the article regarding all the upgrades Comporium has completed and are still in the works. I thought, “Wow, finally I will get higher internet speeds like the rest of the county does.” Well, that is not... — Updated 9/7/2020


Page Lemel And Mike Hawkins

Voting for the county commissioners is coming up, along with the rest of the people we have to vote for. Page Lemel and Mike Hawkins I don’t mind being inconvenienced for. They have both served our county extremely well. Their... — Updated 9/7/2020


China Is A Location

In response to Kathleen Logsdon’s letter, China is a location; it is not a race. There was no reference to race in David Morrow’s letter. Jeff Duvall Brevard... — Updated 9/7/2020


Make A Decision

County commissioners should make a decision on the county courthouse. They should stop kicking the can down the road. They are wasting time and taxpayer money. Based on the information I see, the Morris Road location is optimal.... — Updated 9/7/2020


A Clear Vision For Development

A proposal for a development containing high density housing on a parcel of land adjoining Deerlake Road was presented and discussed during a recent meeting of the Brevard City Council. This project offers an opportunity for the ci... — Updated 9/7/2020


Because We Are Not Angels

In your Aug. 27 edition, Art Cole (a friend and neighbor) argues that good people with common sense and concern for the welfare of their neighbors will willingly accept abridgements to their personal freedoms (e.g., mask wearing) w... — Updated 9/7/2020


Truth Matters

What would it be like to live in a world in which lying was regularly greeted with a shrug? Not white lies, or inconsequential evasions, but flat-out, undeniable, objectively untrue lies. We don’t usually ask politicians to serve... — Updated 9/7/2020


Don't Fix What's Not Broken

Elected Brevard officials are confronted with a proposal to change the zoning for a large parcel of property adjoining the Dear Lake Community to allow for higher density housing and mix use business. In this case doing what is... — Updated 9/7/2020


President's Failed Promise

In his convention speech in 2016, then candidate Trump promised “The crime and violence that today affects our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on Jan. 20, 2017, safety will be restored.” Now it is 2020 and has been... — Updated 9/7/2020


Where Is Joe?

Sightings of Joe have been as rare as seeing a Siberian tiger in downtown Brevard. We know they exist, but where are they and where is Joe? It has been reported that there was a sighting of Joe riding his bicycle. This was like... — Updated 9/7/2020


Message To N.C. Voters

(The following is a message to North Carolina voters from Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections) It is illegal to vote twice in an election. N.C.G.S. § 163-275(7) makes it a Class I... — Updated 9/7/2020


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