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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


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


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


Will We Regret The Rescues From The Crisis?

The coronavirus crisis continues to be “the” story of our day. Few events have hit our lives and our economy with such force. We anxiously watch the daily data on cases and deaths, hoping to see the curves finally turn... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

TRH Staff Redesigns Policies And Practices For COVID-19

As we enter May, we are celebrating both National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and National Hospital Week (May 10-16), perfect opportunities to express thanks for our incredible nursing and staff teams at Transylvania Regional Hospital... — Updated 5/13/2020


Guest Column: Reopening North Carolina

During Phase 1 of the state’s reopening our DSS (Department of Social Services) building will remain closed to the public, but we are still busy working inside. If you have any questions or need assistance for any of the many... — Updated 5/13/2020


You Decide: How Does The Future Impact The Stock Market?

The world has been shocked by the coronavirus outbreak. One part of the economy clearly impacted has been the stock market. The stock market is now in – what experts term – a “bear market,” meaning losses from the last... — Updated 5/11/2020

 By Virginia Meyn    Opinion

Guest Column: One World At Home

Long ago and far away, the Bubonic Plague or Black Death, known simply as The Plague, unleashed a disaster in Europe of historic proportions, wiping out up to 60 percent of the population. The date was 1348. The simple version of t... — Updated 5/6/2020


Support Housing, But Don't Neglect Deerlake

Tore Borhaug is planning to build a major development next to the Deerlake Village community, one that he says will provide affordable housing for workers and retirees. Borhaug has asked the city of Brevard to treat his... — Updated 5/4/2020


Community Leaders Call For Medicaid Expansion

There has never been more urgency to provide health care to North Carolina’s working poor than today during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. Partisan bickering aside, Medicaid expansion is the most urgent and fiscally responsible... — Updated 4/29/2020

 By Mary Arnaudin    Opinion

Think Of Children Before Rushing To 'Normal'

By Mary Arnaudin During this “pause,” this “intermission,” before the rush to resume or sign up for all our normal activities, travels and commitments – what if there were a way to add back only those things that enrich... — Updated 4/27/2020

 By Jimmy Harris    Opinion

Guest Column: Don't Stop Giving To Others

I have heard of many great acts of support, compassion and genuine care during this difficult time we all try to listen, learn and act on news concerning the COVID-19 virus that is affecting everyone. From the people who are at... — Updated 4/15/2020


Guest Column: Three Things N.C. Must Do To Fight COVID-19

This moment is unprecedented. In North Carolina, COVID-19 will likely infect millions, kill thousands, leave thousands unemployed and devastate families financially. We can do three things now to protect the health and financial... — Updated 4/8/2020


April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April was proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983 and continues to be celebrated each April. The purpose of Child Abuse Prevention Month is to increase public awareness to help protect children and prevent maltreatment.... — Updated 4/6/2020


Guest Column: Rediscovering Practical Appalachian Traditions

In these days of a global pandemic and over a million infected around the world, one major issue for families comes up that is similar to what our ancestors faced a couple of generations ago: how to deal with the deceased and the... — Updated 4/6/2020


Coping With Social Distancing, New Routines

I pride myself on routine. I wake in the wee hours of the mornings. My coffee is set to brew precisely 2 minutes before my alarm chimes. While I sip my hot brew, I turn on a single... — Updated 4/1/2020


Can Congress Make Democratic Governance Work?

This is a time of great testing for Congress. As it considers responses to the nation’s health and economic crises, it faces close scrutiny by ordinary Americans, financial markets and businesses large and small across the... — Updated 3/30/2020

 By Mark Weinstein    Opinion

BMC Festival Still On Schedule

The Brevard Music Center continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 updates and guidance. Our first priority is always to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, patrons, staff and the Brevard community. We are fortunate that... — Updated 3/18/2020

 By Mike Hawkins    Opinion

COVID-19 Is County's Top Priority

COVID-19 is a serious health issue and deserves serious attention by Transylvania County citizens. While we have no reason to believe our county is unusually vulnerable, it is prudent to make all necessary preparations. By... — Updated 3/18/2020

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion

Congress Should Be Where 'The People Govern'

In one of the U.S. Capitol hallways that House members pass through regularly to get to the chambers, there’s an inscription of a comment by Alexander Hamilton. It comes from his 1788 remarks to the New York convention on... — Updated 3/16/2020

 By Jaime Laughter    Opinion

Choosing Kindness Is Right

(Editor’s Note: The following is the second of several guest columns by writers and community leaders encouraging residents to “Broaden Our Perspectives.” Future columns will appear on other pages besides the editorial... — Updated 3/12/2020


Let's Broaden Our Perspectives

(Editor’s Note: The following is the first of several guest columns by writers and community leaders encouraging residents to “Broaden Our Perspectives.”) “Tell me a story.” At a very early age, we discover the power and... — Updated 3/4/2020


Gibbins Updates Its Process

Our firm, Gibbins Advisors, is the independent monitor appointed in connection with HCA’s acquisition of the assets and health care operations of Mission Health. I am responsible for this engagement. I am writing this to further... — Updated 2/26/2020


Thankful For The Gift Of TRH's Stellar Volunteers

As we enter the season of giving, I want to acknowledge a very special group of community members who make a difference at Transylvania Regional Hospital: our dedicated volunteers. They give freely of their time, energy and... — Updated 12/18/2019

 By Keith Parker    Opinion

Local Historian Concerned About Proposed Dollar Store

The Transylvania Times article about a proposed new Dollar General Store off U.S. 276 at the intersection of Becky Mountain Road and Rich Mountain Road raises many serious questions for residents in south Transylvania County, not... — Updated 12/9/2019


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