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Support Doggie Day Out

I read with great interest the letter about Doggie Day Out, a new program being considered for the county shelter. As a volunteer, I know firsthand that in the last year, close to 1,000 animals were given food, shelter and affection in order to help...

 

To Whom Much Is Given

The United States is a nation that is referred to as being a “Christian Nation.” In our Pledge of Allegiance we solemnly repeat with hand over heart “under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” We place our hand reverently on...

 

Loud Noises Scare Pets

Regarding The Transylvania Times headline article of July 4—“What Does Independence Day Mean to You?” Our response is fear! To all persons exploding loud fireworks and shooting guns in neighborhoods in “celebration” of our country’s...

 

Hands Of Robbers

The parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37, refers to the love of God and love of our neighbors. What we, as a nation, are doing at the border with Mexico, is a human rights travesty. This treating men, women and children as if they are...

 

Trump Is True Patriot

Sally MacMillan’s letter touched on a lot of “talking points,” but she missed the real point of patriotism. Patriotism comes from within and not from politicians. Politicians work for us although they might think otherwise. Patriotism is not...

 

No Water

There is one toilet. There are 18 women who share one toilet. There is no way to open the reservoir tank. In fact, the toilet has a unique construction. The top of the reservoir tank is a sink. The sink is broken. The only way to get a drink of...

 

TRH Staff Were Professionals

I would like to commend Dr. Angus Graham and his surgical team for their professionalism on Tuesday, July 2, at Transylvania Regional Hospital. The nurses who took care of me were upbeat, caring, professional and tender throughout the day. Karen,...

 

Military Celebrations And Speeches

Remembering John Adams who said, “Facts are stubborn things,” this is for critics of our Celebration of America on July 4. The following presidents gave major Fourth of July speeches, most at patriotic monuments along with Armed Forces...

 

Supporting Schenck Matters

I am writing this huge thank you note to celebrate the decision to keep Schenck Job Corps “just as it is” as the editor expressed it. “Don’t Privatize Schenck” was another headline, this one by B.J. Winchester. My own letter to the editor...

 

Patriotism Ebbs

I was saddened on July 4, of all days, to read a USA Today article “Pride in U.S. hits new low, poll shows.” I quote: “American Patriotism is ebbing ahead of the Fourth of July, according to a Gallup poll that showed fewer than half of U.S....

 

Dr. Brooks Will Be Greatly Missed

Last week, Brevard lost Dr. Clyde Brooks after a severe stroke. He was a true Brevard personality who practiced veterinary medicine here for over 40 years. He was also a gifted writer publishing a children’s book about a three-legged dog called...

 

Still Grasping

The beat goes on, and on, and on. The Democrats continue to grasp at straws and dig their hole deeper. The debates were a joke. There’s no way around that. When every candidate raised their hand after being asked who would provide free health care...

 

Is Brevard's Water Safe To Drink?

Recently, I witnessed digging and probing at the closed firing range at the Brevard water treatment plant in the Cathey’s Creek area. I believe this is part of a Division of Water Quality investigation of the lead left in the ground from the range...

 

A Matter Of Patriotism And Respect

I have never been so dismayed as when I read about the city manager’s recent actions and firings. What kind of leadership do we have running our town as one who has such blatant disrespect for military uniform? I served in the United States Navy...

 

Samuel's Haven Needs Help

Since I have a love for second-hand stores, I have gone to Samuel’s Haven several times in the past few months. As a new resident, I found a few things I needed and the low cost has helped since I have a limited income. As I began to get to know th...

 

Dogs Need A Day Out

At a County Commissioners meeting last fall, one of the agenda topics was “Doggy Day Out,” a program whereby trained volunteers take shelter dogs out for a few hours. Speakers explained how the program can increase dogs’ chances of being...

 

Women Are Not Expendable

Anti-abortion advocates claim to be “pro-life,” yet they have no regard for the life of the woman carrying the fetus. To them, the woman is expendable. Forget the fact that she is someone who is loved by family and friends. Dismiss the fact that...

 

Trivializing Reparations

Jack Matthews trivializes the matter of reparations for descendants of slaves in the United States. He understands the matter is complex, but he raises so many false flags that one begins to suspect that he has motivations other than complexity....

 

Veterans Should Not Demean Another Veteran

I had presumed that the tempest in a thimble over Jim Fatland’s uniform fiasco was behind us, but yesterday’s paper (June 20) proved otherwise. I would like to present a perception that the tempest has sadly distorted reality. The facts seem...

 

Slavery Reparations

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee is now holding Congressional hearings on slavery reparations. I did a bit of research and have concluded that creating formulas for selecting payment locations and the beneficiaries of compensation will be, to put...

 

My Two Cents Worth

I just want to add my opinion to the current scandalous behavior. As a retired U.S. Army veteran and current Commander of the Transylvania County Honor Guard, I too, am appalled at the conduct of a Coast Guard veteran during the Memorial Day Parade....

 

Use Schenck As A Model

On June 13, eight students from Schenck Job Corps loaded 30,000 books onto trucks to be moved from storage into the Brevard College gym for the AAUW Book Sale. In 3.5 hours the job was done — 3,700 books per student. These hard-working, responsible...

 

Flag Is Not A Decoration

When is the flag only a decoration? I am speaking of course of the American flag, the one that inspired our national anthem because it did not fall during the fierce fighting at Ft. McHenry. So, was our flag just decoration that night with the...

 

Firefighters Deserve Better

The recent dismissal of two Brevard firefighters over remarks related to Memorial Day and the city manager is nothing short of outrageous. It could be their constitutional right to free speech has been violated. I have heard many people say it is a...

 

Habitat Showhouse 2019

We are grateful! Transylvania Habitat for Humanity has just completed its 4th Designer Showhouse and Sale and have raised almost $18,000 (our largest amount to date) to go toward helping local families in need to be able to afford decent housing....

 

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