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America Is Under Attack

Recently Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio issued a general cyber warning and call to action. Sen. Nelson followed up with another warning for Florida, indicating that classified intelligence sources had detected a threat. Hackers have already...

 

Eat Plants To Save The Environment

With scorching heat, raging wildfires in the West and torrential downpours and massive flooding in the East, global warming is not just about a gentle sea rise any more. These tragic consequences of dumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere call...

 

Unbound Partisanship

Charlie Brendle’s partisanship apparently knows no bounds. Several issues ago, he excoriated the Democrats, in particular Senator Chuck Schumer, for opposing any nomination by David Dennison to fill the vacancy created on the Supreme Court by the...

 

CNN

I’m sure when Ted Turner founded CNN in 1978 he never intended for his network to morph into anything more than an attack dog with its only mission being to oust a sitting president. They got sucked into a firestorm with the president and could...

 

Separating Children Was Trump's Policy

“It’s not President Trump’s policy,” was written in a letter of July 16 regarding immigration. It’s always useful when stating an opinion to check one’s facts, lest one might be seen offering their own “fake news.” The letter stated...

 

'These People' Are Us

A July 30 opinion letter recounted a disrespectful comment made about an Ingles employee who was perceived to have a disability. The commenter used the term “these people,” indicating an ignorant belief that “these people” are so different...

 

Silvermont Plan

That draft plan for Silvermont? What happened to the one the Silvermont Centennial Committee headed up less than 5 years ago when they worked on “Plans for the Enhancement of Silvermont Park?” It had active stake holders at meetings, public...

 

Sacrificing For Justice

I admire Colin Kaepernick. He is pointing out the social injustice that black people endure day in and day out in this country. We only have to read the Asheville Citizen-Times in the last three weeks to appreciate the problem. The venue he has used...

 

Robin Hood He's Not

In a recent column in The Transylvania Times, John Hood complained about the budget deficit. His all too familiar solution to this problem was not to take away or reduce the tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, but was instead to take away...

 

Proper Flag Retirement

During a recent trip to our county recycling site on Old Hendersonville Highway I talked with two fellow veterans: John, who was in the Marine Corps, and Adam, a veteran of the U.S. Navy. We started talking about my service in the Marines and my...

 

Youth Offer Us Hope

The last time I wrote a letter to the editor of The Transylvania Times, I ended with the upbeat theme which said, “Perhaps we, too, will be saved by our young people.” The young man who prompted that thought was Devon Holmes, who was chosen by...

 

The Shooter

“He has a history of mental health issues,” said the TV reporter following another school shooting. She omitted the rest, that he had stopped taking his medicine given to him by his provider. His parents and the school counselor missed something...

 

Waterfall Safety

Thank you for your recent focus on waterfall safety, the facts surrounding the various fall tragedies, and what people can do to enjoy the falls safely. It is a conversation that we need to continue with each other and to have with visitors to the...

 

Brutality, Trickery, And Damage

From its inception, the Trump administration’s plan was to break up families attempting to cross our border with Mexico in order to frighten others who would attempt to come here. It has been a kind of U.S.-sponsored terrorism. Until a federal...

 

Thank You, Frank, For Sharing

We have listened and danced to Frank Kirkman’s Swingtime Program on WSQL on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon for many years, and we have thoroughly enjoyed the big band music of our lives, which he played. We also attended many of the dances at...

 

Artists Promote Justice

Just as we here in Transylvania are fortunate to draw such remarkable talent each summer to the Brevard Music Center, we’re lucky to be home to a vibrant community of musicians and actors as evidenced by the contributions of the Brevard Little...

 

Some People Need Manners

A customer in Ingles turned to a friend of mine and said, “I wish they wouldn’t use ‘these people,’” i.e. employees from TVS, “when the store is so busy.” I cannot fathom the idea that this person is so uncaring; so self-centered. I...

 

Support Doggy Day Out

As someone who has adopted pups (and kitties!) from shelters, I know firsthand the benefit of meaningful contact, enhancement and exercise for animals as opposed to 24 hours a day within a cage. I enthusiastically support Doggy Day Out and encourage...

 

On The Way

I ran on the Gallimore Road people path under blue skies and magnificent cumulus clouds yesterday. A smiling 11-year-old boy riding a bicycle said “Good morning” as he passed me, going forward. A 90-year-old lady smiles and said “Good...

 

Biggest Tax Increase In History

The Trump administration and Republican Congress love to boast about passing the “biggest tax decrease in history.” They don’t mention that their big tax decrease was quickly followed by the biggest tax increase in history. It is called import...

 

Mission Sale Will Cost Us In Money, Care

There has been a lot of press about how this merger of the Mission Heath Care System with HCA is going to be the best thing since “sliced bread.” The bottom line for any health care recipient is the quality and cost of care. If by HCA’s own...

 

Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Period

On your opinion page of July 26, Mr. Stinchcomb repeats a serious misconception that I have seen in various media over and over again, particularly since the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico was devastated by two hurricanes last year. There is no legal...

 

What Is A Good Neighbor?

We are lifetime residents of Brevard and have worked all our lives to make enough money to build our secluded dream home on top of a mountain overlooking Pisgah National Forest. Now our home and peace of mind are being taken away by the city of...

 

Trump Has Done Much For America

The Opinion of the Readers page of the July 19 issue of The Transylvania Times included a letter titled “Saturday Night Was Magical” by Carter Heyward. Much of the letter had to do with the movie “The West Side Story,” musically backed by a...

 

Support Bike Initiative

I am thrilled that the Transylvania County Planning and Community Development Department is spearheading a county bike plan initiative. This is fabulous news on so many fronts for our city and county! I want to express gratitude to the county...

 

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