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Save Schenck

I would like to comment on the front page article entitled “Schenck Job Corps’ Future Remains Unclear,” published in The Transylvania Times on June 6. Perhaps I can add to the ongoing conversation launched by the U.S. Forest Service when it sai...

 

City Hides $530,000 For Railroad Depot

Monday, June 17, the Brevard City Council will adopt the city’s 2020 budget. When they do so, they green-light all capital projects within this document. In his budget summary, Brevard City Manager Jim Fatland talks about the $800,000 set aside...

 

America, We Can Do Better

Watching Donald Trump wrap himself in the American flag in Europe last week was a near sickening experience, one that soiled the names and heroics of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the bloody beaches of Normandy in 1944. This...

 

DD-214 Form Is Free

I was looking at the article about Mr. Fatland’s Memorial Day uniform and, more specifically, his attempt to obtain a copy of his DD-214. He stated he paid $119 to get a copy of his DD-214. The Transylvania County Veterans Service Office processes...

 

Thoughts On D-Day

Watching the D-Day ceremonies at Normandy this morning (Thursday, June 6) and viewing the almost 10,000 graves of our fallen servicemen who gave their lives to preserve freedom, liberty, and democracy was enough to bring tears to my eyes. Seeing the...

 

Spirited Concert

What an experience last Thursday! World-class cellist Amit Peled filled the air with sounds that brought an audience jumping to its feet at the end. It was the spring fundraiser for the Brevard Philharmonic, held in the beautiful home of Kristine...

 

Wear Uniform Properly

On May 25, 2019, The Transylvania Times posted several photos to its Facebook page of the annual Memorial Day parade that took place that morning. One of those photos shows a gentleman in uniform walking in the parade and carrying a banner. Upon clos...

 

Another Diatribe

It’s impossible to respond to the recent letter from Ms. Rokotnitz because of the inaccuracies. It was just another diatribe against the president and this time it is from a European. The diatribes have become boring and meaningless. She needs to...

 

Overhaul Fire Districts

Our current fire district taxing policy is both inequitable to our taxpayers and has the potential to present a safety issue. The existing system has fire tax districts that have evolved over the years with little adjustment for changes in population...

 

American Cars Made Overseas

I’m just a simple person and I have a few questions for the letter to the editor crowd. Why does a Trump supporter buy an imported car, beer and wine when domestically produced equivalents are easily available? Would we need tariffs if Americans...

 

What's The Difference?

It seems that every year during the Memorial Day weekend many people don’t understand the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. I cringe when people who recognize me as a veteran say, “Happy Memorial Day,” for this is a very somber...

 

Leave Dogs At Home

This letter is to all of the festival and dog lovers of our community, If you love your dogs, and I know you do, please leave them at home when you come to our festivals in 90 degree weather. It is way too hot on that pavement for their little paws....

 

K.I.S.S.

Not the good kiss, just the Keep It Simple Stupid – KISS. I’ve just read three letters to the editor regarding pro-abortion. I’m tired of hearing about termination of pregnancy, etc. Now we should all call this termination of a baby. How many...

 

Blatant Misogyny

As an American woman and a Christian minister, it’s been clear to me for most of my 73 years that the anti-abortion movement is rooted not in any serious respect for life but in a deep disrespect for women’s lives, bodies and ability to make mora...

 

The Abortion Debate

It has been evident in the movement toward strict anti-abortion laws being passed in several states, that the issue seems to be the anti-abortion proponents deny the privacy rights as defined in Rowe vs. Wade, which set the current law allowing...

 

Trump Is Pathological Liar

The letter in the edition of April 29 from Don Stinchcomb was impossible to ignore. The blanket acceptance of “all that Trump has done” is exactly what his so called president wants. NATO “is starting to pay up” (it always has) and “a...

 

How Dare They

In my 30 years in pediatrics it was unusual to see the father come into the office with the child for a “well child visit” much less a sick visit. It was usually mom. Then there was the mother depressed, trying to breast feed, exhausted,...

 

What Will Johnson Do?

I read in the May 2 edition that Jake Johnson is seeking the Republican nomination for State House District 113. Several of his statements are interesting beginning with the statement “conservative values that make North Carolina the greatest state...

 

Fake Economics

A specter is haunting the American political landscape, specter of Modern Monetary Theory or MMT for short. I’m nearly 60 years old, and as far back as I can remember, Democratic and Republican leaders have agreed that the “boogeyman” national...

 

Screaming Children Ruin Show

It’s too bad that people seated on the hillside lawn for the otherwise excellent Songsmith Gathering were negatively impacted by the screaming children running wild throughout the area. Don’t take me for a cranky old lady. I volunteer with small...

 

Make Your Event 'Zero Waste'

I recently participated in the Rise & Shine’s Motown fundraiser as one of the Moving to Conservers volunteers who helped make the event “zero waste.” I want to recognize Kim Coram for her huge effort in organizing this part of the event. She...

 

Engaging Performance

Brevard High School’s play featured outstanding singing, acting, choreo-graphy and sets. The students in the play and orchestra gave an engaging performance. It was nice to see such talent. Thanks also to the advisors. Carole Deddy...

 

Support Nurses, SAVE ACT

Thank you for the recent article about nurses. Nurses are often a lifeline and more important than one realizes, particularly if a hospital closes in an area. Kathleen Balogh recently spoke in Buncombe County from the NC Council for Women. There was...

 

A Convenient Forgetfulness

In the 1950s and 1960s, Southern whites faced a moral test after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation in “Brown v. Board of Education” (1954). Most failed. Driven by fear and anger, the majority of white Southerners remained silent or...

 

Biden And China

The latest addition to the list of Democratic presidential candidates recently made an amazing statement that once again proves how out of touch he is. He believes that China is no competition for the United States. He must have been living in a...

 

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