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Trump Election A Perfect Storm

I recently received a plaintive email from a British friend who lives in the Caribbean asking, “What, on earth, happened up there that led to Trump being elected?” My answer: Malcolm, as best I understand it, here’s what... — Updated 6/17/2020


Confirmation Bias

Bob Youngerman’s letter to the editor, “Statistics Don’t Support Police Bias,” is a prime example of confirmation bias, the tendency to interpret evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories. The... — Updated 6/17/2020


No One Is Born A Racist

No one is born a racist, but we are born with innate, natural fears. These innate fears are what kept our ancestors alive for eons. Fear of starvation was a prime motivator behind the development of agriculture and the rise of... — Updated 6/17/2020


Deerlake Residents Fret And Worry

What’s the hubbub about Tore Borhaug’s rental-housing plan for acreage bordering Deerlake Road, behind 828FIT near Enmark on Asheville Highway? The answer: density and planning for 188 living units for police, firefighters,... — Updated 6/15/2020


Brevard's 'Rabbit Joe' Clayton

I was intrigued by an item in a recent issue of The Times excerpted from the June 14, 1928, BrevardNews. It noted that Joe Clayton of Brevard was embarking on a professional baseball career. I did some research on Joe Clayton and... — Updated 6/15/2020


High-Density Housing Is No Solution

I write regarding the proposed housing development by Tore Borhaug, adjacent to the Deerlake Village community. Having previously been CEO of community mental health centers and constructed group homes and apartment buildings for... — Updated 6/15/2020


Racism: Individual And Systemic

I feel called to speak to assertions that systemic racism doesn’t exist in our country. Our culture is riddled with racism, which means vastly more than individual acts against people of color. Racism is a complex,... — Updated 6/15/2020


A Time For Appreciation

I feel compelled to express my appreciation for all members of our police and sheriff’s departments. We are so blessed to be served by dedicated men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line to uphold the law and... — Updated 6/15/2020


Racial Bias Exists

This is a wonderful community that we live in and I’m proud to be a part of it. Most of my life has been spent here because it is hard to get away from the natural beauty that surrounds us. It is deeply upsetting to hear my... — Updated 6/15/2020


China Is An Existential Threat

Anyone who doesn’t yet believe that China is an existential threat to the United States has not been paying attention. The evidence continues to build up. Our presidents over the last 30 years (both parties) have been blind to... — Updated 6/15/2020


Mills' Letters Are Timely And Relevant

As a loyal reader of Opinions of the Readers of The Transylvania Times, I am delighted to read several letters by Rev. Ernie Mills. They are always beautifully written and they illustrate a timely focus. My favorite letter was... — Updated 6/15/2020


Maintain The 'Blue Line'

As many readers know, The “Thin Blue Line” is used to describe our total of law enforcement officers throughout the U.S. (Statista has the number at 686,000 as of 2018). This “Blue Line” was starting to slowly shrink even... — Updated 6/10/2020


Systemic Racism Doesn't Exist

The now popular notion that systemic, institutional racism pervades the American culture is categorically false, and it becomes dangerous to assume in its implications. Granted, the horrific murder of black man Floyd by four white... — Updated 6/10/2020


How Should You Vote In 2020?

If you can’t decide which candidate to vote for in the coming 2020 election, ask yourself the following question. It should help you decide. During the past week, did you enjoy watching the riots, the looting and the burning... — Updated 6/10/2020


Conspiracy Theories

I find it amazing there are people who believe the various conspiracy theories about Bill Gates. In a quote to reporters Gates stated that it was “almost hard to deny” the conspiracy theories surrounding him and vaccines “bec... — Updated 6/10/2020


Looting Is Not The Story

When officers stand idle – allowing a colleague to suffocate a Black man to death as he pleads for breath – looting is not the story. When generational impediments to health care make Black communities more vulnerable to a... — Updated 6/10/2020


Kneeling Is A Sign Of Respect, Humility

Religious traditions carry their own sets of symbols. Some are images (the cross, the Star of David, the baptismal pool or font, the prayer rug). Some are physical gestures employed in corporate worship or in private prayer. These... — Updated 6/10/2020


Not One Inch

We have read multiple celebratory articles and press releases in regards to the city of Brevard’s depot project and extension of the multi-use path system. Last week we got an update on landscaping. Way back in July 2019, this... — Updated 6/10/2020


Flawed Analysis

I feel compelled to answer Bob Youngerman’s letter, entitled “Statistics Do Not Support Police Bias.” His source of information, Heather MacDonald, is a secular conservative, fellow at the Manhattan Institute. She has said... — Updated 6/10/2020


Statistics Don't Support Police Bias

Carter Heyward’s letter in the June 4 issue of The Times deserves a reply. Heather MacDonald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, authored an op-ed piece in the June 5 issue of the Wall St. Journal entitled “The Myth of... — Updated 6/8/2020


President Is A Fraud

Under our current President, Donald Trump, I’m disgusted and ashamed to be an American. Trump is a liar, a cheat, a fraud, and also a racist. He does not care for the American people. He cares for himself first and always will.... — Updated 6/8/2020


The Anguish Of A People

As a family therapist, I had long experience in trying to develop empathy for the couples and families who were my clients. Empathy requires imagination — what are the life circumstances of these people? Can I translate from my... — Updated 6/8/2020


Proud Of Caring Community

A big thank you to all our emergency services, especially during this pandemic. This also includes the essential businesses that have kept us going and those that are now opening back up. And when we think it cannot get any worse,... — Updated 6/8/2020


Local Leaders Need To Make Statement

I was disappointed to read that our newly appointed county commissioner and our duly elected county sheriff will be selectively interpreting and enforcing the governor’s executive orders regarding the COVID pandemic. I am... — Updated 6/8/2020


Racism Is Systemic

The outrageous killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville are just two of the countless murders of black people by white law enforcement officers in American history. In this dreadful situation, we... — Updated 6/3/2020


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