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In Pursuit Of Contentment

The Declaration of Independence states that everyone has the right to pursue happiness. But is happiness something worth pursuing? Happiness means different things to different people. What makes one person happy may make another... — Updated 7/28/2021


Who Is Being Gaslighted?

Duke Woodhull’s concerns about the dangers of the “criminal and terrorist get-aways” who may be illegally entering our southern border, and also about the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in our schools causes me to... — Updated 7/28/2021


Patients Right To Know

Because of the recent rise of the delta variation, I asked my dental hygienist if she was vaccinated and was stunned when I was told that she and her fellow employees were prohibited from disclosing their vaccination status by... — Updated 7/28/2021


How To Not Die

When you step out of your house into your front yard, do you expect to get struck by lightning? I certainly don’t. But it could happen. It is extremely unlikely, but not impossible. In fact, the chance is about 1 in 280,000... — Updated 7/26/2021 Full story


Litter At Recreation Center

I often take my dog to the ball fields at the Rec. Center to let him run. (Recently) we were there, and as we walked past the dugout areas there must have been a dozen or more plastic water bottles and assorted candy wrappers left... — Updated 7/26/2021


A View From The Ditch

When I joined the Air Force many decades ago, I learned a number of things. Foremost, drill instructors (DIs) taught “team.” Taught us we each had a duty to one another to do our best for one another. We only succeeded when... — Updated 7/26/2021


Nicotine Impact On Teen Brains

The human brain develops long past teenage years. Studies show that the brain does not finish developing fully until approximately age 25, leaving the teenage and young adult brain very susceptible to outside influences which can... — Updated 7/26/2021


Curbing Kudzu

The advocates of the Ecusta Trail might want to consider putting their muscle where their mouth is. The most beautiful part of the trail is being destroyed by kudzu. By now, we all understand that these mountains are being held... — Updated 7/21/2021


God's Gift

Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institute of Health, is an evangelical Christian who has written a best-selling book on the case for faith. He believes that science is worship, and that the COVID19 vaccines are... — Updated 7/21/2021


'Gaslighting' Defined

The term “gaslighting” originated in a 1938 stage play in which a husband attempted to convince his wife she is insane by manipulating small elements of their environment and repeatedly insisting that she was mistaken when she... — Updated 7/21/2021


Where Is My Value?

There are four basic responsibilities that property taxes are supposed to cover. Those are sanitation, law enforcement, fire protection and emergency services. Everything else is a wish list. I used to be able to throw away my... — Updated 7/19/2021


A Rebuttal To John Hood

I would like to offer a rebuttal to Mr. John Hood’s “What should you do when they’re not wrong?” in the July 5, 2021, edition. What should you do when they cherry pick information and use false logic to obfuscate and... — Updated 7/14/2021


CRT Editorial Was Wrong

The Transylvania Times editorial (June 28) says teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) helps children learn how to think. Wrong! Teaching CRT tells children what to think — and what they’re being told is poisonous. Impressionable... — Updated 7/12/2021


Praise For John Lanier

With this letter, I add my voice to the chorus of those singing the praises of John Lanier. During his tenure with The Transylvania Times he printed articles that I had written for at least five different organizations. Each time,... — Updated 7/12/2021


Thank You, City

Thank you city of Brevard for stepping up and taking the lead on the Ecusta Trail Project. It rekindles my hope that it will be completed for use during my lifetime. Also, some of the funds earmarked for the Estatoe Trail... — Updated 7/5/2021


Appreciate Article

Let me say I deeply appreciate the article entitled “A Timeless Sliding Rock Offers Rejuvenation” on the front page of Section B of The Transylvania Times of June 24. Written by staff writer Matt McGregor, the article shows the... — Updated 7/5/2021


Where Are Our Values?

Every state had an opportunity to accept Medicaid expansion to cover medical care for low-income workers – many of whom we praised at the height of COVID. North Carolina is one of only 12 states which has not done so. Where are o... — Updated 7/5/2021



Like Lee McMinn and other letter writers, I have been dismayed by the apparent unconcern by our county and its leaders for maximizing the life of our landfill. Our county went through a lot of heartburn to establish the current... — Updated 6/30/2021


John Lanier

The Land of Waterfalls Camera Club owes John Lanier a large debt of gratitude for his past support of our club, exhibitions and programs. We recognize his valuable contributions to the local community. But we are especially... — Updated 6/30/2021


Thank You, Mr. Lanier

“Long-time Newspaper Editor John Lanier Retires.” So reads the front-page headline of The Transylvania Times of Thursday, June 24, 2021. Mr. Lanier worked for that newspaper for 21 years, 14 of them as the principal editor. I,... — Updated 6/30/2021


True Story

Recently I went to the bank in Brevard and heard and saw the cutest little kitten grey with blue eyes crying and crying. I told him to move so I could leave without running him over. I guess he did, but I went to the grocery store... — Updated 6/28/2021


Vaccine Refusal

Vaccine refusal is not new. Some years ago, a group of anxious and conscientious parents picked up on the flimsy evidence, later discredited, that there was an association between childhood vaccination and the development of... — Updated 6/28/2021


One Can Only Wonder

I read the classics and mythologies because my grandmother put them in front of me. I would rather have been playing with friends. I ask questions because my grandmother asked me. So, in keeping, musings concerning the country... — Updated 6/28/2021


Another Study?

In 2000, the City’s Vision 2020 survey showed strong public support for a walk/bike trail system to connect our neighborhoods and schools. The city created a master plan for a greenway/multi-use path system that would make it... — Updated 6/28/2021


Labor Shortage Is Structural

I think I saw that the current unemployment rate in Transylvania County is 3.6%, as reported by this publication. Our labor shortages are the result of an aging population. There are more well-heeled retired people in the county... — Updated 6/28/2021


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