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Rats On A Sinking Ship

A conversation between two rats aboard the American war ship, the U.S.S Presidency, is reported here in full. Rat #1: It’s time to get out. Rat #2: Not yet Rat #2: Not yet? If we leave now, we abandon all that food and garbage in the hold. Where...

 

Reduce Impact Of Climate Change

On Sept. 23, I asked the Transylvania County Commissioners to support an oversight committee on mitigation and adaptation measures that constructively affect climate change. The youth of the world are asking adults to support them in their work...

 

Do You Dare?

In spite of the mist of negativity hanging in the air, take pause; it is lifting. Because of two new brave warriors, Greta Thurnberg and Mahatma Ghandi’s grandson, we can take a breath of fresh air. A 16-year-old Greta Thurnberg gave a scathing...

 

Greenhouse Gases Caused Earth's Warming

Perhaps we should dig a little deeper into Charles Blunt’s description of the cycles of climate change. There have been five mass extinctions on earth since life began. All but one was caused by the warming of the earth by greenhouse gases. The...

 

Futurists

On a red oak tree near Williamson Creek, a furry yellow tussock caterpillar sought a place to cocoon, striving to achieve his destiny as a moth. In a field bordering the French Broad River, thousands of dragonflies swarmed, darting and hovering,...

 

We, The People

Our Constitution begins with the words “We, the People, of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union.” With these words our forefathers created a roadmap for our country, but we, the people, are left with the responsibility of...

 

H.R. 86 Is An Anti-Gun Law

House Bill 86 will not prevent “violence.” This legislation is the first step to defining terms that will lead to firearm confiscation. Three devious provisions make this law dangerous and unacceptable. 1) It creates a new class of firearms,...

 

Vaping And Guns

In 1987, one child died by a lawn dart embedded in her brain. Very quickly the U.S. Government banned lawn darts. Just recently, in 2019, six people died from vaping e-cigarettes. President Trump tweeted, “New provisional data show that youth use...

 

Finding A Unicorn

Oh look, there is a unicorn sticking his head in the sand! I never would have believed it possible, but there it is. Marc Schneider Brevard...

 

Another Take On Climate Change

Ten years ago I read, “Unstoppable Global Warming,” a compendium of verifiable scientific studies. This is a must read for anyone concerned about rising sea levels and other predicted climate change occurrences. These studies strongly support...

 

Add More Crosswalks

I applaud the efforts to add more crosswalks with flashing beacons in Brevard. My husband and I frequently walk throughout the city, and we appreciate the crosswalks that are in place. In reading about future considerations for crosswalks with...

 

Gun Free Zones

I call them “soft targets,” locations that post themselves as gun free zones only advertise to any mentally sick person “target me” if you want to shoot unarmed folks; no guns here! We have recently been reminded of how fragile our lives are...

 

Logging Isn't Always Done Right

After reading Bob Twomey’s article on logging, I still am not convinced to just trust the Forest Service. Again, I agree that logging practices are much better. My grandfathers both worked for the logging industry and I use toilet paper like...

 

Failure Of BDS Movement

Despite the rhetoric and hatred spewed at Israel, the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement is a failure according to “Innovative Companies Love Israel,” by Soeren Kern. The Jewish state is flourishing because companies related to...

 

New Directions On Guns

“Sir. May I see your license and registration?” “What’s the problem officer?” “You have a broken tail light. License and registration, please.” The driver fished out the forms from his wallet. “By the way, sir, can you tell me why you...

 

First Choices

Currently, the large number of Democratic candidates for president can give my Republican family and friends an opportunity for reflection. Four years ago there were also a large number of Republican candidates with various ideas on many different...

 

Harry Corbin

The poet Maya Angelou has often been paraphrased as saying people are remembered not for what they said or what they did, but how they made you feel. Harry Corbin, former superintendent of Transylvania County Schools who passed away last week, made...

 

Courthouse Reflects Community

I have been visiting Brevard for approximately 30 years. I enjoy the quaintness, the mountains, the people and the real town feel of Brevard proper. During my last visit this past August, I had an opportunity to socialize with the local folks. The...

 

Grandstanding

Please tell me it’s a joke. I can’t believe the North Carolina Senate thinks the best thing to do with the $663 million budget surplus is to mail a refund of $125 or $250 to North Carolina residents. How much will it cost to research who merits...

 

Beautify Brevard's Gateway

Congratulations to the mayor and the city council for their support of the motion to hire a landscape architect for the landscaping of the proposed roundabout at the intersection of routes 64, 276 and 280. This is a good first step, however, there...

 

Help Save Our World

I am afraid of major things like nuclear war, climate change, population explosion, food availability for all, military-style guns and more. I’m afraid for my children, but most of all for my grandchildren. My fears are for the earth and all of...

 

Don't Take Our Future

A letter appeared in the Aug. 19 Transylvania Times with the title “Don’t Take Our Land.” The basis of this outcry is the Ecusta Trail, a proposed pedestrian trail for recreational use to built on a railroad right of way that has existed over...

 

Trump Worse Than Scrooge McDuck

When I first read that Donald Trump was interested in buying Greenland, I thought immediately of a 1957 Uncle Scrooge McDuck comic book. For those unfamiliar with Scrooge, he is the world’s wealthiest duck, who keeps all of his money in a giant...

 

Ecusta Trail Preserves The Corridor

The proposed purchase of the railroad corridor is nothing close to a “land grab.” In fact, the railroad company that owns the transportation corridor has a right to sell it to another entity. This transaction, in lieu of abandonment, preserves...

 

Cat Café Is Wonderful Addition

On a recent trip to Brevard, I had the chance to visit the Pisgah Paws Cat Café and Emporium. I could have stayed all day at the café visiting with and snuggling the cats and kittens. I’ve also visited other cat cafés, and I’m happy to report...

 

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