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I Hate A Thief

On Sunday, May 17, someone stole my wind spinner next to our driveway. For three years it’s been there and nobody bothered it. I hope the lowlife who stole it enjoys it. Karma will get them back; they can count on it. I hate a... — Updated 5/25/2020

 

'J'accuse!'

I have been following the saga of the General Flynn trial for some time. Many of its now-disclosed facts brought back the famous 1890’s Dreyfus Affair in France. A Jewish French Officer, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, was falsely... — Updated 5/25/2020

 

Let The World Know We Are United

We live in the United States of America. I believe that despite our political differences we are united in the level of concern for ourselves and others during this world pandemic with its horrific consequences. Locally, I can... — Updated 5/25/2020

 

What's The Problem?

I would like to know what’s the problem with the Dollar in the Hollar. It’s just a little store that would keep a person from going all the way in town for just a few things. It’s not taking away the beauty as people are... — Updated 5/25/2020

 

Disagrees With Dinkins

I was amazed and astounded reading Ms. Dinkins comments concerning the city of Brevard’s response to the COVID-19 virus. Personally, I found her comments distressing and I totally disagree with Dinkins’ comments concerning our... — Updated 5/25/2020

 

Science Vs. The Bible

Einstein told us that at the root of science, when the mind has gone as far as it can go, we will find God. Many of the scientific laws rephrase and confirm what the Bible tries to tell us in Elizabethan English. For example,... — Updated 5/25/2020

 

Dismayed Council Not Meeting

I was dismayed the mayor and Brevard City Council did not even discuss the suggestion to meet more than once a month and not at all in July. We are facing a crisis the likes of which I have never seen in my lifetime. The situation... — Updated 5/25/2020

 

County Officials And Choices

In late 2019 Transylvania County officials and staff learned of a proposed Dollar General Store on U.S. 276 and Becky Mountain Road. Public outcry was immediate and substantial, yet the county chose to disregard them, pleading “o... — Updated 5/25/2020

 

Trump Mustn't Have Second Term

Make America Great Again has turned into the biggest lie I have ever heard. We are among the top 10 countries worldwide with the highest COVID-19 mortality rate with over 1,500,000 cases and close to 100,000 deaths. When our first... — Updated 5/25/2020

 

Health Care Coverage Available For Unemployed

Do you know that if you lose your employer’s health coverage, you are eligible for a 60-day special enrollment opportunity to pick up a plan through the HealthCare.gov marketplace? And those 60 days can be before your current... — Updated 5/25/2020

 

Memorial Day

(Editor’s Note: The following is an abbreviated version of a Memorial Day speech by Bill Oxford, national commander of the American Legion.) Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders... — Updated 5/25/2020

 

Challenges To U.S. Leadership

The U.S. has been the world’s leader for decades in promoting democracy, political liberalization, free trade and collective security. For the most part, Americans support that role, but many are wondering about its costs and... — Updated 5/20/2020

 

Balancing Our Freedoms

When governors began issuing stay-at-home orders in March, nearly everyone complied with those orders. After a few weeks, however, small groups of people began to protest that these governors were denying them their rights as... — Updated 5/20/2020

 

Residents: Don't Be Snowed By Dollar General

Dollar General’s recent public relation statements are eager to convince the public they are doing right by our county and area Fish & Wildlife office. If only the project at 276 and Becky Mountain Road truly reflected this.... — Updated 5/20/2020

 

Do Not Patronize Store

I don’t like the “Dollar in the Hollar” store at all. I’m sorry it has been built. I will never set foot in the store or buy anything from it. If no one patronizes the store, it will be closed. Then it will become... — Updated 5/20/2020

 

Recommended Reading

It is vitally important that we gain and keep a perspective during this pandemic lest we think to ourselves that we are enduring tremendous hardship and unbearable isolation. I don’t mean to lessen the suffering of those who... — Updated 5/20/2020

 

Listen To Medical Experts

If you want to know if a mysterious spot is skin cancer, you visit a dermatologist. If your vision is becoming a little blurry, you see an optometrist or ophthalmologist. If you have heart problems, you visit a cardiologist. And... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Growth Is Inevitable

Dollar General is a business for profit, not a nonprofit charity. They received a permit. Since then they have had continued opposition from some, as they did when undertaking the Connestee Falls site, which many of the people who... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Glancing Back: Barry Bingham Signs To Play At Wofford

The following briefs are from Thursday, May 21, 1970, edition of The Transylvania Times. Lea Taylor, age 16, from Atlanta, Ga., was lost for four hours last Saturday near Mt. Pisgah. Taylor had become separated from Fletcher... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Congress Is More Partisan And Less Productive

If you feel like Congress has become less productive, less functional and more partisan, you’re right. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how it’s changed over the years since I served there in the ‘60s to the ‘90s,... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Biden Moving To The Left

Former Vice President Joe Biden was perceived by the majority of Democrats as a “moderate” who had a much better chance of winning in the general election than socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. What has occurred in the last couple... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

COVID-19 Trends Not Wonderful

As a local retired engineer, I analyzed the CDC COVID-19 new cases trend, and it’s not wonderful. I pulled up the CDC New Cases data page and used the same technique I did for years at Motorola to track and trend the data. Using... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Dollar General Compromises Beauty

The irreplaceable, precious beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is being compromised by the infectious Dollar Generals. Route 276 has always been a scenic treasure until a Dollar General appeared at See Off Road complete with... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Use Garbage Receptacles

While we’re all practicing our best sanitary actions, and without any snide remarks denigrating the careless among us, how about we remember that the ground, shopping cart, grocery shelves, or any place other than a garbage... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Respect And Appreciation

We are fortunate to live in a community in which most people are respectful of one another. People do not cut in line when waiting to get into the movies or a restaurant. There are no altercations when two drivers simultaneously... — Updated 5/13/2020

 

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