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A Duck Isn't An Alligator

For the last decade, The Transylvania Times has had a policy for its Opinions of the Readers submissions that limits letters to 350 words and states that “reliable sources must be cited.” Since the attack on the U.S. Capitol... — Updated 1/25/2021


Local Officials Working Hard

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccinations has been confusing and frustrating. As with the initial lack of PPE (personal protective equipment) and shortage of testing sites for COVID-19 last spring, there has been a lack of... — Updated 1/18/2021


Integrity And Empathy

The attack on the U.S. Capitol and members of Congress last week should cause all of us to engage in some deep self-reflection. In his column entitled “Trashed Capitol Should Be Revolting To All Of Us,” conservative John Hood... — Updated 1/13/2021


Not Surprising

No one should have been surprised by supporters of President Trump storming Capitol Hill last Wednesday in an attempt to block Congress from officially counting the Electoral College vote, the last step in certifying Joe Biden as... — Updated 1/11/2021


Growing With 'Infill'

When the North Carolina General Assembly basically nullified involuntary annexation, cities were forced to grow within their own boundaries. The only choices have been to build taller structures, renovate unusued spaces or fill in... — Updated 1/6/2021


Misinformation Costs Lives

One of the more discouraging aspects of 2020 was the willingness of millions of Americans to abdicate their ability to reason and accept, without question, false or misleading information. The widespread acceptance of... — Updated 1/4/2021


2020: The Year That Wasn't

In many ways, it would be accurate to say 2020 was the year that wasn’t. There were no spring sports. There were no high school graduations. There were none of the special events and festivals we enjoy – no Assault on the... — Updated 12/30/2020


Waiting To The Last Minute

Early last week Congress overwhelmingly passed a combined bill to fund the government ($1.4 trillion) and provide economic relief from the impacts of the coronavirus ($900 billion). Both portions of the bill needed to be passed... — Updated 12/28/2020


Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

Editor’s Note: In Sept. 1897, an eight-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Sun asking, “Is there a Santa Claus?” An editorial writer of the Sun Staff, Francis Pharcellus Church... — Updated 12/23/2020



For the last four decades if you heard someone in Transylvania County say, “I’m going to talk with Stella,” people knew exactly whom they were referring to, Stella Trapp, the longtime publisher and editor of The Transylvania... — Updated 12/22/2020


Make Athletics Competitive

For many high school students, athletics is an integral part of their lives. Playing on an athletic team is often the highlight of their day. The benefits of athletics, if done correctly, are multiple. With the exception of... — Updated 12/16/2020


Comparing Sacrifices

Seventy-nine years ago, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. A day later, President Franklin Roosevelt gave his “Day of Infamy” speech and the U.S. Congress declared war on Japan. When men were drafted into the service, it was... — Updated 12/7/2020


Kudos To Brevard College

Brevard College recently finished a successful first semester, something many colleges and universities cannot claim. Several large universities in this state closed down and sent students home back in August, forcing their... — Updated 12/7/2020


Now Is Time To Shop Local

2020 has been a year of paradoxes, and the economy has been no exception. With millions of Americans losing their jobs for several months and COVID-19 infections increasing across the U.S., there were concerns retail sales on... — Updated 12/2/2020


Good News On Ecusta Trail

The recent announcement that Conserving Carolina has purchased the railroad corridor between Hendersonville and Brevard is good news. If the railroad corridor does become the proposed Ecusta Trail, it could benefit county... — Updated 11/30/2020 Full story


Corralling COVID-19

If it seems like we are “beating a dead horse” when it come to COVID-19, that’s because the COVID-19 horse isn’t dead. It’s not even been corralled. In fact, it has once again has broken out, has multiplied and is... — Updated 11/16/2020


Invest More In Public Education

Earlier this month Transylvania County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris presented the Board of Education with information regarding college and career readiness in the county and state. That information came from... — Updated 11/12/2020 Full story


Veterans: Now And Tomorrow

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., many Transylvanians will gather in front of the county courthouse to honor our veterans. Similar scenes will take place across the nation. We should use this time not only to honor our veterans... — Updated 11/9/2020


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


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


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


Too Few Spectators

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) recently released its guidelines for the number of spectators who can attend high school sporting events this fall. While we understand the need to be extremely... — Updated 10/21/2020


A Dangerous Idea

Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s science advisor, has advocated the concept of “herd immunity” to defeat COVID-19. Earlier this month, a small number of medical professionals released the Great Barrington Declaration,... — Updated 10/19/2020


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