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Love Deeply And Be Cautious

In this time of fear, uncertainty and caution, we all hold dear our loved ones and our friends. Fear of being around others, uncertainty of what will come next and caution concerning where we can go or not go should not destroy our... — Updated 4/1/2020


Pleased With Pardee

At this time when our lives are being seriously affected by current medical concerns beyond our control, I want to express my personal thanks for the excellent medical care I received during a recent surgical procedure at Pardee... — Updated 4/1/2020


President Chaos Reigns Supreme

King of chaos and serial misleader Donald J. Trump reigns supreme and is in his element. Trump, his administration and the members of his tribe are reaping the rewards of their principles of leadership: Deny expert scientific... — Updated 4/1/2020


Keep Distance On Walks, Runs

My husband and I have so appreciated walking in the forest during this time when we are all sheltering at home. We have become conscious of how important it is to maintain social distancing in order to prevent the spread of this... — Updated 4/1/2020


Weathering The Storm

These are difficult times indeed. This virus was unexpected and has washed over the world like a tsunami. Everyone is feeling the effects no matter what race, creed or bank balance. Yet for those of us who manage to weather this st... — Updated 4/1/2020


Not The Answer

Mr. Mandel suggests I am confusing socialism and communism. In his piece in the second paragraph, he says, “Communism, on the other hand, is a failed branch of socialism.” Could it be that socialism is in a category with... — Updated 3/30/2020


Trump's Actions Are Indefensible

Mr. Grodnik’s letter inspires me to ask: How can any Trump supporter continue to defend a president whose actions are indefensible? Trump’s ignorance, incompetence and narcissism defy all reason. Now – during the biggest... — Updated 3/30/2020


Bravo, Sheriff Mahoney

Every cloud has a silver lining, even our COVID-19 crisis. I read in Monday’s paper that Sheriff Mahoney wants to work with the community rather than against it. Speaking of limiting gatherings to certain sizes, he said, “I... — Updated 3/30/2020


A Windfall In The Mail?

It appears that many of us will be receiving relief checks of $1,200 sometime in the weeks or months ahead. For some of us it will be a godsend. For others of us it will be icing on an already substantial cake. If and when a check... — Updated 3/30/2020


Support Edney

I am writing to urge everyone to vote for Sam Edney to represent us in N.C. House District 113. These are trying times as we all do what we can to shield ourselves from the raging coronavirus, but it is also a time to contemplate... — Updated 3/30/2020


Edney Gets It

As we’ve seen at our local stores and businesses, we’re navigating in uncharted health waters. For years, scientists warned us of a possible pandemic. And here in western North Carolina, it’s happening. While we watch as the... — Updated 3/25/2020


Interesting News On Property

I found the article about the city of Brevard’s possible purchase of almost 3 acres in downtown Brevard very interesting. On June 27, 2018, I contacted every one of the county commissioners and expressed my feelings about the pot... — Updated 3/23/2020


Come Together

What words could describe the letter appearing in The Transylvania Times recently blaming President Trump for the COVID-19 virus, which is terrorizing the world right now? Sick and disgusting come to mind. In the well of the U. S.... — Updated 3/23/2020


Random Acts Of Kindness

Several weeks ago, some of us residents and staff members at College Walk handed out gift cards on Random Acts of Kindness Day. We drove around town, stopped at various places and gave cards to strangers who looked like they could... — Updated 3/23/2020


Stop Cutting Forests

At this point, Transylvania County has the potential to be the most beautiful place in the U.S.A. But like the proverbial lemmings (now extinct) running together over a cliff to die in the sea, humans keep cutting our forests, not... — Updated 3/23/2020


Support A Positive Role Model

The latest White House shake-up resulted in N.C.’s own Mark Meadows becoming Trump’s 4th Chief of Staff in just over 4 years. There was a time when one would take pride when your representative accepted a White House... — Updated 3/23/2020


Fishing Season In Question

The first day of trout season in Monday, April 6. Having participated in over 30 opening days, I have observed that around half the participating fishermen are from out of our county. Most of the visitors come from in or near... — Updated 3/23/2020


Scrambling For An Explanation

So, there really are occasions when politicians give credit to the media. North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, sold shares of stock worth $1.7 million after receiving several briefings... — Updated 3/23/2020


Burr Should Resign

Senator Richard Burr has disgraced his office and betrayed his constituents. The only honorable thing he can do is resign his position, and he should do so immediately. As head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr had inside... — Updated 3/23/2020


Time To Favor 'Made In America'

Globalization has been sold in America as a benign force to boost prosperity for all. For a while such model seemed to work without creating major imbalances. That is until the coronavirus appeared. With the arrival of COVID-19 we... — Updated 3/23/2020


Tourism Board Supports Trail

Thanks to the Tourism Board for its $100,000 donation to the Ecusta Trail. Our backward thinking county commissioners are still holding out, hoping some industry that requires rail service between Brevard and Hendersonville will... — Updated 3/23/2020


Choose Somewhere Else

I would like to know who is in charge in bringing new businesses into the county? Why don’t they look at the surrounding area. We have a very nice car wash right across the street where they are building the new one where... — Updated 3/18/2020


Practice Social Distancing Now

From all the evidence, it seems likely western North Carolina will be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic this spring. Our population of retirees is particularly at risk. Experience from the 1918 flu pandemic shows that, while most of us... — Updated 3/16/2020


Grateful For Tributes

I do not have the words in my vocabulary to express my gratitude for the awesome quilt presented to me last Saturday at a Quilts of Valor ceremony at the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas. The hours of hard work and... — Updated 3/16/2020


Trump Doesn't Take Responsibility

In April of 1961, an attempt to overthrow the Castro regime failed on the shores of the Bay of Pigs when the Cuban army easily defeated 1,400 Cuban émigrés, armed and trained by the CIA. John Kennedy, in office for only four... — Updated 3/16/2020


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