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Thanks For Saving My Dog

I want to give a great big heartfelt thank you to Tommy Justus who saved my elderly dog on the morning of Election Day from what would most likely have been a tragic outcome. I know he saved her life. I will be forever grateful to... — Updated 11/9/2020


Republicans Win

Congratulations to the Republicans who won the county elections. It reminds me of a bumper sticker we used to see around here, “A Republican cannot enjoy his dinner unless he knows that somebody somewhere is going hungry.” Let... — Updated 11/9/2020


Local Races Should Be Nonpartisan

In looking at the results of the past election, I can’t help but note a disappointing feature of our local elections. Every other state and county I’ve ever lived in has 100 percent nonpartisan candidates for races ranging from... — Updated 11/9/2020


Justice, Law And Order

“Without justice there can be no peace.” These words of Martin Luther King Jr., remind us that justice should be the guiding principle behind our efforts to create peace. King also said “we want peace without justice.” In... — Updated 11/5/2020


Challenges Lie Ahead

Congratulations to Jason Chappell, Larry Chapman, Jake Dalton and Teresa McCall on their election to the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners and Tawny McCoy, Richard “Kimzey” Jackson and Ron Kiviniemi to the Transylvania... — Updated 11/5/2020


General Infrastructure Neglect

Why is the situation with Wilson Road being neglected? Years have passed with numerous discussions on improving it. Most of the conversations focus on widening options, which certainly needs attention, but the most obvious problem... — Updated 11/2/2020


What's Happening To Our Town

I just learned that Popeye’s, Jersey Mikes and a Mexican franchise restaurant are coming to Brevard. What has happened to our dear town? When we moved here 28 years ago, this is not what we moved here for. The corridor on... — Updated 11/2/2020


Voting And Patience

Although tomorrow is Election Day, the majority of Transylvania’s registered voters have cast their ballots. That is a good thing. Despite expectations for an overall high voter turnout, most polling venues could see smaller... — Updated 11/2/2020


A Special Birthday For Dottie

Thank you to the newspaper for allowing me to use this forum to invite the friends of Dottie Tinsley to participate in a car parade on her 94th birthday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. It will be held at her house on 44 Miner Street. Cars will... — Updated 11/2/2020


Thanksgiving Thoughts

Though weeks away, Thanksgiving already provides a good reminder of how so many of us have benefitted from the kindness and consideration of others. When I shop in our markets and the shelf stockers are careful about their masks an... — Updated 11/2/2020


Library Is The Antidote

We recently returned to Florida after our 29th summer in Lake Toxaway. It was another season of beautiful weather, but, due to the pandemic, absent many of our favorite activities. We greatly missed Friday night country music at... — Updated 10/29/2020


Courthouse Thoughts

The commissioners have presented 4 options for locating and building a new courthouse. Option 1: $45.126,778 including a parking deck. Construct a new courthouse on the existing courthouse site. I believe they should also consider... — Updated 10/29/2020


GOP Thinks Voters Are Stupid

Just a friendly reminder that the Republican Party thinks voters are stupid and won’t do any of their own research. I’ve never been a Republican. I’ve spent most of my adult life as a registered Independent, Green or... — Updated 10/29/2020


Unaffiliated For Davis

I don’t typically write letters of support for political candidates, but this one time I am writing to my fellow unaffiliated voters to urge support for Col. Moe Davis as our next congressman in NC-11. My reason can be... — Updated 10/29/2020


Vote Sam Edney For N.C. House

My name is Brady Odell and I’m a ninth grade student at BHS. I have paid attention to politics ever since the 2016 election, and I’ve seen so many people running for office, both locally and nationally, who don’t understand... — Updated 10/29/2020


Obvious Question

You may not have noticed, but as the anti-Trumpers continue to rant and rave with the same old talking points about the president, there have been very few letters supporting Biden. I can remember only two or three. To me, that... — Updated 10/29/2020


Obama Did More Good Than Trump

This is one response to those who say, “Trump accomplished more in 4 years than Obama did in 8.” When asked, “What did he accomplish?” Crickets. I have no problem noting what President Obama did. He saved the auto... — Updated 10/29/2020


Overstating Trump's Successes

In his recent letter, Mr. Poad asserts that the Veterans Choice Program is an accomplishment of the current president. This program arose from the passage of the bipartisan Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014... — Updated 10/29/2020


Look At The Faces

Coming out of the final 2020 debate, it is the faces that remain with me. While words may lie, faces usually confess the truth. What I see in Trump’s face is a kind of snide meanness and pouting and petulance and anger, lots of... — Updated 10/29/2020


Excellent Voting Experience

I voted on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 17. From registering to casting my ballot took 12 minutes. I commend all the dedicated poll workers who have devoted so much time and energy to creating a safe and efficient voting station. We,... — Updated 10/29/2020


Military, Medical Leaders Support Biden

I hear the word “unprecedented” a lot. What is unprecedented is the number of former military and intelligence leaders, as well as current medical professionals, who realize what a danger Donald Trump is to the United States... — Updated 10/29/2020


Last Letters

In an editorial we ran on Monday, Oct. 12, we stated that after Monday, Oct. 26, “no political letters will be printed unless those letters were received before the deadline and we have run out of room to print the letters by... — Updated 10/29/2020


ACA Affects Medicare

In a recent interview with “60 Minutes,” President Donald Trump expressed his desire for the U.S. Supreme Court to find the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. “I hope that they end it. It’ll be so good if they end it,... — Updated 10/29/2020


Wrong Time For Concert

Last week we expressed our concern that the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) is allowing too few spectators for fall sports. On the other end of the spectrum is a plan by Asheville Music Hall and Harmonia to... — Updated 10/26/2020


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