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Another Dollar General?

There has been a lot of discussion around the planned Dollar General in Transylvania County at U.S. 276 and Becky Mountain Road. Without rehashing the important issues of floodplain development risks, trout stream pollution, the spoiling of...

 

Delighted With Article

I was surprised and delighted to see the recent Picturing the Past article featuring the Colcock/ Austin house on Probart Street. My sister, Pat Austin, and I were born there, and we and our siblings, Bill and Jeanette, enjoyed many wonderful years...

 

Commends Letter

I write to commend Velma Owen and her wonderful letter to the editor in the Feb. 13 paper. Velma, totally made my day! Yes, I am sick of it all too. Thank you for your bodacious honesty. What a refreshing change. Phyllis D. Marcum...

 

We All Can Do Better

As I read the editorial page of the Monday Feb. 10 issue, I was struck by the walls we have erected in our minds that blind us to the avenues of collaboration and problem solving. On one side of the page stands a call to “Pay Attention to Mental...

 

Store Site Is In A Flood Plain

The proposed Dollar General site is a cornfield in a flood plain in front of a historic country church on a designated scenic byway. Two objections come to mind. First, scenic byways draw visitors who spend money local shopkeepers, restaurants and in...

 

SCORE Is Ready To Help

Take any activity you enjoy doing every day, and finding out there is someone you could meet, for free, who has already done what you’re doing successfully. That is SCORE, which would be happy to share some ideas to help you and your business or...

 

Speaker Of The House Is A Dictator

In his letter to the editor entitled “Shocked America,” Mike Di Rocco discusses Nancy Pelosi’s “hateful, disgusting anti-American act” and says her “twisted facial expressions brought to the surface...her obvious unwillingness to even...

 

Blame NFL Not Performers

I am trying to understand why the blame is being placed on J-Lo and Shakira for putting on a performance not appropriate for the viewers. These performers were hired and vetted by the NFL organization. Why is the criticism not placed on the NFL? Do...

 

A Vote For Anarchy

My name is Velma Owen. I’m an 84-year-old grandmother of seven. I’ve lived in Transylvania County my whole life, and I’m thinking about running a write-in campaign for president of the United States. I read letters in this paper all the time...

 

Saving A Community Center

Congratulations to Lakin Jones and her crew for all their work in sprucing up the Williamson Creek Community Center. The WCCC was set to close, and there was a deadline with the Board of Elections needing a polling place in the Williamson Creek...

 

Shocked America

Truly the most divisive action by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s hateful, disgusting anti-American act last night was when she tore in half president Trump’s State of the Union speech before the eyes of shocked American television viewers....

 

Protesting Too Much

I have just read Mr. Kicklighter’s self-aggrandizing letter to the editor in which he takes pains to tell us how nonpartial and objective he would be as a commissioner or a juror. I only know Kicklighter as one who wears his politics on his sleeve...

 

Not Necessary On Valentine's

Roses Are Years ago, I attended a talk given by a native of Colombia, South America, who was touring the U.S. with a translator for the sole purpose of raising awareness about the plight of those people in her country adversely affected by the...

 

Trump's Drawbacks

Leaving aside economic and foreign policy debates, there are major factors that ought to give a thoughtful citizen pause about President Trump before deciding to vote for him: 1. Climate change is the greatest and most imminent threat to our planet....

 

Absolutely Ashamed

Tonight, while watching the President’s State of the Union address, I was absolutely ashamed, as an American, to witness the actions of the Democrats. It wouldn’t matter to me which party was involved in absolute disrespect shown tonight,...

 

Take Our Country Back

I don’t appreciate the vote in the House right before Christmas. It is supposed to be a happy time. It might have been for Trump haters. This vote has separated families, separated parties and destroyed friendships. You could have prevented this...

 

Sell Our Children To Pay Our Debts

I have an idea that would solve our national debt problem. Why not sell our children into slavery? It’s not a novel idea and there is even a legal precedent for it in the Bible: “When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she shall not go out as...

 

Questionable Billing

This letter is in response to Mission Hospital article on Jan. 27. Medicare and Medicare Advantage claims are being billed as Asheville Anesthesiology so senior citizens are having to pay speciality doctor co-pays instead of primary care doctor...

 

Shaken By Trump's Question

I’m shaken by the release of a tape recording where Donald Trump asks “How long would Ukraine last under attack by Russia?” Trump’s agenda was not limited to removal of the United States sitting ambassador to Ukraine. It likely included...

 

Tillis Is Embarrassing

What is Senator Tillis’s opinion of Donald Trump? Does he trust him? I don’t. The impeachment trial is just another confirmation of his dishonesty and his commitment to himself, not our country. As my representative in Washington, I urged Tillis...

 

Food For Thought

Health often needs statistical sophistication to see why people are not as healthy as we’d like. People make choices that don’t line up with expectations worldwide, and it’s not an excuse to be more careful about our opinions and statistical ex...

 

As I Write

In Cedar Mountain, a heavy snow blankets our beloved hills. In Washington, there is much scurrying about and political agitation. It appears that the Republican leadership of the Senate will prevail in blocking any further testimony about Donald...

 

One More Ring, A 'Golden Ring'

I read with interest the article “Teaching: A Circus With No Time For Clowns,” written by Josh Tinsley, that so accurately described the day in the life of a teacher. I would like to add one more ring to the daily school experience, a “golden...

 

Now Congress Can Get Some Things Done

After five long months of impeachment hearings and millions of wasted taxpayer dollars later, the Democrats attempts to remove our 45th president appears to finally be coming to a close. For over three years, Democrats have made the most vicious...

 

Little Theatre's 'Virtually In Love' Is A Treat

Sunday I spent one of my most relaxing, buoyant afternoons in a long while enjoying “Virtually in Love” at Brevard Little Theater. The script was contemporary and delightful, the acting energetic and engaging, the music fitting and the set...

 

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