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Democracy Needs Constant Care

Reading the remarks of international leaders, after the events of last week, one stood out for me. Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran, our adversary, stated, “Above all, this shows how fragile and vulnerable Western democracy... — Updated 1/13/2021



Ruminations on the violent events of Jan. 6, 2021: So much for “Law and Order.” So much for “Standing With the Thin Blue Line.” So much for “States Rights.” So much for “Defending the Constitution.” Will those who... — Updated 1/13/2021


Cawthorn Is New Target

I was concerned after the recent election that many of my Trump-hating neighbors would no longer be able to regularly vent their spleen. I shouldn’t have worried. It appears Rep. Madison Cawthorn now has their target pinned on... — Updated 1/13/2021


Meadows, Cawthorn Are A Disgrace

As the national soul searching continues in the wake of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, I write to encourage my N.C. 11 neighbors to do some reflection on the role they played. If you voted for Rep. Mark Meadows,... — Updated 1/13/2021


Timely Vaccine Information Could Be Medicine Itself

Mid-afternoon on Monday, Transylvania Public Health department posted information on its website and social media about moving into Phase 1b which offers vaccinations to people 75 and older. I was told by several people who tried... — Updated 1/13/2021


Answering The Rigged Vote Question

N.C. State Senator Jeff Jackson’s email of Jan. 12, 2021, is titled “But Was The Election Rigged?” He asks those in doubt to look at 44 different and diverse sites and to consider the possibilities presented. It is a... — Updated 1/13/2021


Ethical Leaders Needed

We are living during a time when the president does not respect the Constitution, rules of law or the certification of a fair election. He will not heed the advice of military, intelligence or medical professionals. He surrounds... — Updated 1/11/2021


Representative Cawthorn Celebrates Sedition

Sadly, we are represented in Congress by a young and impetuous neophyte, who seems to be given to speaking before thinking, craving the spotlight without consideration that it might be an oncoming train and celebrates sedition... — Updated 1/11/2021


No Free Pass, No Sympathy For Homegrown Terrorists

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was working in my office located a few blocks from the White House. I worked in the communications shop of a government affairs operation and I had a television in my office that was usually on in the a.m. to... — Updated 1/11/2021


Amazing Election

For four years I have read hate letter after hate letter aimed at President Trump week after week. Now that we have had an election and the candidate from the opposite party won, the same haters now want us all to get together,... — Updated 1/11/2021


Good News On Broadband

The current pandemic has shown the importance of widespread broadband access in rural communities and the inequalities that result when that access is not available. Transylvania County Schools estimates that at least 10 percent... — Updated 1/6/2021


No Precedent For Trump's Attempted Coup

I’ve spent my life studying, teaching and writing about American history, but there is no historical precedent for what we are now witnessing. Hours after its release, I listened to the audio tape of President Donald Trump as he... — Updated 1/6/2021


Good Leadership

I was disappointed but not surprised by the results of the Transylvania County Commissioners election. I had really hoped that Page Lemel and Mike Hawkins would be elected. Both of them had been lifelong Republicans but had the... — Updated 1/6/2021


CDC Plan Is Is Repugnant

For anyone who has not yet reviewed the updated CDC guidance, it is beyond repugnant and possibly dangerous. For clarity: we all need to get vaccinated. It is the rollout plan we need to address. The updated guidance from the CDC... — Updated 1/6/2021



First of all, I didn’t know that the last time you did something you really like or enjoy would be the last time. But then, I deeply miss my volunteer gigs and I miss hugging. If we all behave and wear our masks and... — Updated 1/6/2021


Local Transit Options Are Lacking

I live in a house with one car among three adults, and sometimes we need a transit service to Asheville. However, upon calling the Transylvania County Transportation Department, they told us there is no transit service to Asheville... — Updated 1/4/2021


Cawthorn Ignores Courts, People

Madison Cawthorn, even before being sworn in, has indicated he will vote to overturn the election results. The results have been challenged in court over 50 times, but since there is no evidence of either error or fraud, all the... — Updated 1/4/2021


Trump Is Trying To Steal The Election

Well, well, well. We have finally found compelling evidence of election fraud and a blatant effort to steal the election. Trump was right, it is happening in Georgia but it isn’t the Democrats. Now we know beyond a shadow of... — Updated 1/4/2021


Get Vaccinated

I am a physician with 50-plus years of experience (over 35 years in Brevard). I am writing to encourage everyone to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as the vaccine is available. COVID-19 is a virus; understanding and trying to... — Updated 1/4/2021


Shop Of St. Philip's To Close Temporarily

The Shop of St. Philip’s has made the decision to close for the month of January, in hopes that the spike in COVID-19 cases will ease by the end of the month. We thank our customers, donors and volunteers for their support in... — Updated 1/4/2021


Get Together

When thinking of my wish for the New Year, the following lyrics come to mind from the 1967 hit “Get Together” by The Youngbloods: Come on, people now Smile on your brother Everybody get together Try to love one another right... — Updated 12/30/2020


The Vaccine

As a physician I wish to offer my thoughts on the Corona vaccine. I think we all should both take the vaccine and encourage others to take it. The most important reason is not to protect ourselves (although it will do that) but to... — Updated 12/30/2020


The 4-F Party

The men who are trying to take over our government in Washington are the same men, or the sons of the men, who flunked out to fight in Viet Nam. Yes. This is the 4-F Party. They had flat feet or some physical or mental flaw that... — Updated 12/28/2020


A Vision For The Future

What will the New Year bring? Who knows? “Que Sera Sera, whatever, will be, will be, the future’s not our to see.” The future may not be ours to see but it is ours to build. We don’t have to be passive victims of the... — Updated 12/28/2020



I am puzzled by the insistence of a rather large minority of the population, which I assume is reflected in this county, which refuses to wear masks and seems to be resistant to vaccinations, all as an expression of their personal... — Updated 12/28/2020


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