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Pandemic Response Calls For New President

In January the first report came of someone testing positive in the U.S. for COVID-19. On Feb. 14, Peter Navaro, White House director in the Office of Trade and Manufacturing sent a memo to the COVID 19 Task Force chaired by Vice... — Updated 7/9/2020

 

The Arc Of The Moral Universe

We inherit the moral ideals and values of the generations that have gone before us. Unfortunately we do not inherit the capacity, strength or courage to live out these ideals. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “…the arc of... — Updated 7/9/2020

 

COVID-19

The number of new U.S. COVID-19 cases has surpassed 54,000 per day, more than 5 percent growth over last week. The worldwide number of deaths by COVID-19 surpasses the daily death incidence of all other pneumonias combined. Per... — Updated 7/9/2020

 

A Patriot, Not A Politician

Why does Trump do what he does ? Is it for power or money? He had that before he ran for office. No, he truly loves this country. He had wealth. He controlled many people and projects most couldn’t begin to accomplish. He could... — Updated 7/9/2020

 

Whose History?

In his recent letter, Bob Twomey expresses concern that there is “something sinister happening…to revise, rewrite and abolish our nation’s history.” Twomey is referring to the legacy of slavery and the Civil War. He... — Updated 7/9/2020

 

Whose History?

In his recent letter, Bob Twomey expresses concern that there is “something sinister happening…to revise, rewrite and abolish our nation’s history.” Twomey is referring to the legacy of slavery and the Civil War. He... — Updated 7/6/2020

 

A Patriot, Not A Politician

Why does Trump do what he does ? Is it for power or money? He had that before he ran for office. No, he truly loves this country. He had wealth. He controlled many people and projects most couldn’t begin to accomplish. He could... — Updated 7/6/2020

 

COVID-19

The number of new U.S. COVID-19 cases has surpassed 54,000 per day, more than 5 percent growth over last week. The worldwide number of deaths by COVID-19 surpasses the daily death incidence of all other pneumonias combined. Per... — Updated 7/6/2020

 

College Walk

To be a resident of College Walk is an education in itself. I’ve been here 8 years and have not ceased to be amazed at the solid as a rock, built-in kindness of the staff. They are truly dedicated to the well being of all the... — Updated 7/2/2020

 

Critical Thinking

As a retired American History teacher, I would like to comment on Bob Twomey’s letter “Do Not Rewrite History.” First, Twomey stated that it was good to see someone speaking the “real truth” in reference to Bob... — Updated 7/1/2020

 

You've Got To Be Taught

Rev. Ernie Mills’ letter of June 18, “No One is Born a Racist,” was a thoughtful look at our behavior and attitude toward others. As I read it, suddenly some words of the song “You’ve got to be Carefully Taught” from... — Updated 7/1/2020

 

No Right To Endanger Others

Went to Brevard PO to mail package with mask. First two people I encountered were not wearing masks, in spite of Governor Cooper’s mandate. Sheriff Mahoney in June 22 issue on COVID-19 Safety makes no mention of masks. The... — Updated 7/1/2020

 

Rewriting History

I very much approve Bob Twomey’s June 25 letter encouraging us not to rewrite history. But I also think history is both more and other than “a chronological documentation of all things that have occurred in our country’s... — Updated 7/1/2020

 

Dollars And A Sense Of Place

A sense of place is the sum of qualities and characteristics that provide meaning to a location for its inhabitants. Transylvania County has its own unique sense of place distinguished by its environments and the people who live... — Updated 7/1/2020

 

HCA Profits From Bailout

According to a June 17 article in the Asheville Citizen Times, HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) has received about $1 billion in bailout funds through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act... — Updated 6/29/2020

 

Reducing Suffering

The reunion of two childhood friends and a march to reject racism graced the front page of the Monday, June 22, issue of The Transylvania Times. The march drew a large crowd, some of whom spoke of their experiences of racism. The... — Updated 6/29/2020

 

Do Not Rewrite History

It was good to see Bob Youngerman's letter "Statistics Do Not Support Police Bias" in Monday's paper. Finally, someone spoke up about the real truth about what is going on in this country. But there is something even more sinister... — Updated 6/24/2020

 

Try For Balance

While the Wall Street Journal does not go to the extremes of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Breitbart News and other conservative media, it is not always to be trusted as the balanced news and editorial source that some would have us... — Updated 6/24/2020

 

The Media's Bad Medicine

The reaction to President Trump’s endorsement of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) provides a textbook example of how the media automatically pushes back against anything the president says or does. The anti-Trump propaganda machine were... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Journal Is Credible

Ordinarily I do not reply to letter writers who are critical of one of my letters. However, Lauren Wise’s critique of my letter loses all credibility when she states that Heather McDonald (one of my sources) wrote her article... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Spend More On Law Enforcement

I don’t know all of the in’s and out’s of the budget process for Transylvania County and the city of Brevard, and I may be a voice in the wilderness, but I feel very, very strongly that we need to provide more, not less,... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Best Defense Is A Cloth Covering

Yesterday I enjoyed an éclair from the Blue Ridge Bakery. It was even more delicious than I remembered. It’s been awhile. I was glad to see the smiling and welcoming faces of the staff — even under their masks. In fact, I was... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Keep Deerlake Residents Safe

The city of Brevard should be as proud of Deerlake Village as are its residents. Deerlake is a real community. For over 25 years, residents have volunteered throughout Brevard at the Veterans’ History and Heritage museums, at... — Updated 6/22/2020

 

Do Not Abolish The Police

I have a word for the now prevalent bias against the police: “policism,” the prejudicial negative feeling against all law enforcement officers based on the actions of a few. (Isn’t that the basis for “racism?”) To... — Updated 6/17/2020

 

Abuse Of Power

In the case of President Richard Nixon and Watergate, we had a Republican Party and Senate represented by people with real principles. The Republican Party and Congress today, with only a few exceptions, have no apparent limits to... — Updated 6/17/2020

 

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