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Vitriolic Letter

I have lived in Brevard 52 years and read hundreds of opinion letters. Most letters express opinions in a very civil and reasonable manner with factual information. Now and then opinions become accusatory and come close to the... — Updated 9/28/2020


Tillis Is A Hypocrite

For four years, President Trump has promised to build a “great” wall along our southern border and make Mexico pay for it. Mexico hasn’t paid one cent. What has been accomplished? The U.S.-Mexico border is about 2,000 miles... — Updated 9/28/2020


President Encourages Deadly Behavior

I write this in the hope, slim that it is, that those who are considering a vote for Trump consider this. A Tuesday rally in Pittsburgh featured Trump pointing out to the crowd and encouraging cheers and boos to: 1. Reporter... — Updated 9/28/2020


Attacking Democracy's Foundation

Donald Trump’s refusal to say that he will accept a peaceful transition of power is disturbing. For months he has been stating that the election will be compromised by fraud. He and the Republican Party have been making... — Updated 9/28/2020


Re-elect Lemel, Hawkins

Listening to the Chamber’s candidates’ town hall and subsequent discussions with the candidates, it’s clear the county needs to re-elect Page Lemel and Mike Hawkins. There are several issues the commissioners will consider... — Updated 9/28/2020



The letter last Thursday entitled “Lacking Integrity” was written by Dan Carter of Pisgah Forest. His name and address were inadvertently cut off during the production process. We apologize for the omission.... — Updated 9/28/2020


Blatantly Unethical Behavior

For those supporting the Republican Party, I will submit to you that I have never seen such blatantly unethical behavior as that exhibited by Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham. The only person who can rival them is Trump himself.... — Updated 9/28/2020


Elderly Are 'Collateral Damage'

Our president has told us not to worry about the virus; mostly the elderly, who often have physical deficits, die. Being elderly, this is not good news. While I am ready to die in the natural course of things, I am in no hurry to... — Updated 9/28/2020


Appreciates Law Enforcement

There are not sufficient words in any language to express my admiration and appreciation for our law enforcement officers – city, county and state. I’m sure my sentiments are shared by many. Noreen Rutledge... — Updated 9/28/2020


Proudly Stands With Trump

Although I have never even considered writing a letter to a newspaper before, I feel that I cannot remain silent after reading Carter Heyward’s letter of Sept. 17. Her level of hatred and ugliness towards our president is... — Updated 9/28/2020


Lyda Was A Pioneer

The Sept. 20 edition of the Asheville Citizen Times had an article and headline, “Why are the majority of NC superintendents men?” N.C. has 115 school districts and only 31 have female superintendents. Transylvania County has... — Updated 9/28/2020


Lacking Integrity

Madison Cawthorn, the Republican nominee to replace Mark Meadows as the congressman from North Carolina’s 11th District, tells an inspirational story of his near death in an automobile accident, his recovery, and his new role as... — Updated 9/23/2020


Political Sign Law

In North Carolina, it is a Class 3 misdemeanor for a person to steal, deface, vandalize or unlawfully remove a political sign that is lawfully placed. There have been multiple examples of sign removal, always Biden/Harris, in the... — Updated 9/21/2020


Sociology 101

To all my friends who want to eliminate “socialism” from American society, as a trained sociologist I would like to clarify the term and show what it would mean to eliminate the American variety of it. In the simplest of... — Updated 9/21/2020


Doug Can Do It And Will

Talk about a breath of fresh air! I haven’t been this thrilled for a county commissioner candidate since I moved here in 2011. Not only is Doug Miller a down to earth, sensible candidate, with a strong technical background in... — Updated 9/21/2020


Promises Kept?

Friends who continue to support President Trump do so because they believe “he’s done what he said he would do.” I don’t see it. He promised to build 450-500 miles of fencing along the southern border. To date, 93 miles... — Updated 9/21/2020


Where Is The Truth? The Decency?

Where Is The Truth? The Decency? The following are only a few of the “untruths,” “alternative facts,” or “lies” which we have heard on a daily or hourly basis for several years: “Climate change is a hoax.” “Corona... — Updated 9/21/2020



When I think of cheerleaders during my lifetime who roused their people in the face of grave danger, I think of FDR, Gen. Eisenhower, and Churchill. FDR – When asking Congress to declare the U.S. entry into WWII, Roosevelt did... — Updated 9/21/2020


Your Life Depends On Your Vote

I have observed for months the cult of the Grifter in Chief. No matter how many laws he breaks or crooks he hires, his base defends him. His lies and his failures are overlooked in favor of cheering nonexistent accomplish-ments.... — Updated 9/16/2020


Very Real Concerns

Mr. Jeff Brewer provided his rationale for why he still supports President Trump and the Republican Party. I respect his position, but will offer my thoughts. A U.S. president should have absolute integrity and be a moral... — Updated 9/16/2020


Use Our God-Given Brains

Investigative journalists recently discovered that Trump’s maternal, great-grandmother’s maiden name was Zagovor. They also discovered that Zagovor was the surname of Obama’s great-great-uncle on his maternal side. But this... — Updated 9/16/2020


Trump Is Devious And Selfish

Donald Trump told Bob Woodward he withheld the truth about the deadly virus that would kill hundreds of thousands of us because he didn’t want to “panic” us. Really? This man, who is spending his every waking hour panicking... — Updated 9/16/2020


Why I Vote How I Vote

Jesus is my king, not the president. But I will cast my vote for the only choice available that aligns with my faith. I have read both the Democratic Party platform and the Republican Party platform, and I cannot reconcile the Demo... — Updated 9/16/2020


Plan B Makes Sense

During a recent City Council site visit to the property on Deerlake Road designated for a retiree and worker housing development, the developer submitted a plan option with many positive aspects. Plan B is a realistic recognition... — Updated 9/16/2020


Article Consistent With Trump's Behavior

I write with respect to the president’s comments as published in The Atlantic. I can guess that many supporters of President Trump, in order to justify their support of this man, will tell themselves that the story is untrue,... — Updated 9/14/2020 Full story


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