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Freedom For All

(This editorial is being reprinted from the July 2, 2015, issue of The Transylvania Times.) “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that...

 

Time For Some Commissioners To Go

The commissioners’ decision last Monday to step back from the precipice of relocating our courthouse is welcome. However, less palatable was the spectacle of four of the five commissioners subjecting the public gallery to almost an hour of...

 

Thankful For Green's Return

A big thank you to Barbara Green, who returned from retirement to serve as the interim director of the Silvermont Opportunity Center. Interesting programs for senior citizens were scheduled, visitors were welcomed and potential issues were resolved...

 

Sentence Exacerbates Problem

Last Monday’s paper, June 25, carried a story about Marc Hayes Thompson being sentenced to serve a minimum of 10 years in prison for stealing drugs from Transylvania Regional Hospital. According to District Attorney Greg Newman, “This was a...

 

Better Patrol Of Rosman Highway Needed

From June 18-22 there were at least three accidents on Rosman Highway from the Marathon station to SavMor grocery store. Why is this section of highway not patrolled more? I live in this area and know full well the 45 mph speed limit is totally...

 

President Uses Hateful Speech

This is in response to the letter referring to “Trump haters.” I was raised to understand that I am expected to treat others the way I want to be treated. I was also raised to understand that when I came down to breakfast in a rotten mood and...

 

The 'End Times' Are Near

In all of my years, I never thought I would see so much disarray and discourse among so many people on so many issues in this county, state and country. It would be humorous if not so unbelievable. Things I thought I would never see: a time when law...

 

What's Next For Courthouse?

Monday night the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners reversed course and decided to cease work on a new courthouse on Morris Road. It was certainly not an easy decision for the commissioners, who had spent time reviewing options and investing...

 

Despicable

I’m not sure why anybody these days wants to be associated with the radical left-wing. In case you missed it, there have been two recent occasions where people associated with President Trump have been ask to leave restaurants just because of...

 

Separations

I note a reader’s “bleating lambkins” missive about minors being separated from their families and being “ripped from the mother’s arms.” Each day in the United States thousands of children are separated from their parents or from a...

 

Praise For Museum

I want to take this opportunity to commend the curator and directors of the Western North Carolina Military Museum for a job well done. I served in the Army for 24 years and have seen military museums all over the world and on each post I was assigne...

 

Coming Here Out Of Hope

What sacrifices would you make, and what risks would you take, to give your children the chance for a safe and hopeful future? I spent six years as a missionary in Honduras, working with families living in stark poverty. When I read about the...

 

Do You Shag Dance?

This past Friday evening, June 22, I was invited to a dance at the local VFW post. My invitation was from an active member of that organization. What an entertaining, pleasant surprise! The D.J. started the music. It was kind of what I would call...

 

Bar Members Want Courthouse Downtown

(Editor’s Note: This column was received by the paper Monday after publication and read at the county commission meeting Monday night.) The Transylvania County Bar consists of attorneys who live and practice in Transylvania County. We represent you...

 

Denying The Right To Vote

A decision made earlier this month by the U.S. Supreme Court could, in the future, deny hundreds of thousands of registered voters the right to vote. By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute that the state of O...

 

Southern Heritage

This letter is in response to the article titled “Offensive Symbols Should Not Be Paraded,” referring to the people who carried the Confederate flag in the Memorial Day parade. I am totally impressed with their amazing ability to be able to read...

 

WNC Military History Museum A Real Gem

I read with great interest the front-page story about the D-Day commemoration held at the WNC Military Museum on June 6, the 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by American and Allied forces. Whether a radio operator in the fuselage of a C-47 drop...

 

Families Are Still Separated

This is unbelievable — except that it’s true. Under Trump administration policy, our government is still holding more than 2,300 children, including infants and toddlers. They were taken from their parents and sent to detention centers all over o...

 

What Will Happen With Empty Offices?

Now that our county commissioners have ruled that we must have a new courthouse along with a tax increase, they have other decisions to make. The old library on one corner of Broad and Morgan streets and the old primary school building on the other...

 

No Integrity Without Love

Thank you for your timely editorial on Thursday, June 21, on separating families who have entered the United States illegally. Because people across the country who have spoken out, President Trump issued an executive order ending this egregious...

 

Where Are We Going In This Crazy Handbasket?

How much longer are those loose-cannon, fake preaching and political people going to use social and religious bigotry to promote themselves to high and mighty status? The weaker, shallow, insecure, misinformed, fearful people have always been sure...

 

We Should Be Ashamed

Republicans love to boast about saving babies, being pro-life and pro-family, yet they sit back and play political football with the lives of children and their parents in the current immigration crisis. They have allowed Donald Trump, their...

 

The Greater Crime

It’s a misdemeanor. Under federal statute, illegally entering the United States is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and/or a maximum of six months in prison. Yet, parents who are charged with this misdemeanor are being physically...

 

Don't Move Courthouse

The courthouse of many small towns is usually located in the center of town. Our courthouse is in a perfect location, the corner of Main and Broad, the center of attraction for our town. With our old inn being renovated as well as other buildings,...

 

A Whiff Of Fascism

Who says it can’t happen here? If you want a whiff of fascism American style, just walk outdoors, face south and breathe the air coming up from the border. You might even hear cries and screams in the distance as Homeland Security rips children...

 

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