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Nothing New

I have been keeping up with the current political issues intently the last two years Trump has been our president, and often with absolute disbelief, how our federal legislators have become so polarized. Yet at the same time, I hear of continued talk...

 

Roundabouts Will Be Disastrous

I realize that nothing will induce the City Fathers to change their minds, but I can foresee disaster once the roundabouts are completed on 64. As a driver of 35 years in the U.K. and 10 years in the U.S., I find the system of traffic lights here...

 

Tired Of Shutdown

I am really tired of this whole government shutdown fiasco, where politics seems to trump reason. Border security should not be about building a monument to one man’s ego. We can’t afford it. Every day we add to the national debt, with no end in...

 

Two Words

I have two words in response to the letter by Gus Napier: Trump 2020. Mike Geremia Brevard...

 

Republicans Fully Agree With Trump

The Republican Party of Transylvania County stands in full agreement with President Trump in his efforts to secure our southern border. We also stand firm in our support of Congressman Mark Meadows in his positions to support the border protection...

 

The Distraction Plan

Have you noticed one underlying theme to the Democratic policies against Trump? Having never gotten over his election, the Democratic Party, either knowingly or not, has embarked on a campaign of obfuscation, the smothering and distraction of every...

 

'King Of Debt' Strikes Out

On Tuesday night, Jan. 8, President Trump’s flaming narcisstic ego of distractions, cons, lies and empty campaign promises finally flew off the rails of credibility, plunging into a mountain of burning tires in what was likely his worst public...

 

Thank You

The Red Cross and the Knights of Columbus thank all who donated blood at the Dec. 31, 2018, blood drive at Sacred Heart Church and all who worked at the drive. Fifty-four people presented to donate and 52 units were collected. Once again, you have...

 

Ellis Island Vs. The Border

My Jewish (Christian) wife’s Russian grandparents, fleeing the pogroms, came through the immigration gateway at Ellis Island, N.Y., as did my Irish grandmother and Bavarian grandfather. They complied with all the regulations, paperwork, medical exa...

 

Roads Need Better Clearing

After our recent winter storms, we’ve had a lot of trees fall on our public roads. I realize that it’s been a challenge for DOT road crews to keep our roads open and safe during and after these storms, and I appreciate the hard work and hours...

 

What's In Trump's Wall

Initially, Trump’s promise of a wall on the Mexican border seemed entirely symbolic — of his widely dispersed vitriol against all manner of perceived enemies — Muslims, darker-skinned people, the press, the poor, women, etc. And as a symbol of...

 

'Almost Cured' Now Available

My film, “Almost Cured,” about the 1963 integrated Brevard High football team coached by Cliff Brookshire, is now available online through my new website at www.tsdierolfstudios.com. You can also borrow a DVD copy from the Transylvania County...

 

Winner Appreciates Chamber

As one of the winners of the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce 2018 Holiday Giveaway, I would like to thank the chamber and the local businesses for promoting participation in local shopping. As a firm believer in shopping local, I had a...

 

Paid Parental Leave Is Affordable, Civilized

I had to smile – albeit briefly – when I read Henri Erti’s reference to the “radicalized Democratic Party” and its attempt to “lure voters” with their proposed “fiscally irresponsible” policies, in this case guaranteed paid...

 

Ignoring Trump's Offenses

Last this week, for the second time in a month, American troops fired tear gas across our border into a foreign country, Mexico. Their target? Defenseless civilians, including children. It is but the latest example of the depths into which our countr...

 

Meadows Is Hurting County

Like the shut-down that he orchestrated in 2013, Mark Meadows has no problem hurting the constituents of his district in order to support his far-right ideology. According to Saturday’s Washington Post, Meadows says that he was not aware that the...

 

My Guardian Angel

Prior to attending Mass on Christmas Eve, I had to stop at Ingles to pick up a few things. Upon taking off my coat at church, I realized that my ring was missing. A very simple band that belonged to my grandmother, the ring held great sentimental... Full story

 

Our Great Community

During the storm of the century or at least, we hope that was it, we needed help. Thanks to the Sheriff’s Department Fire and Rescue, the Police Department, the American Red Cross and good friends, we were helped better than we could have...

 

Unimpressed With Youth Vote

I am watching TV, which is summarizing the important impactful stories of 2018. One of these is about the students from the Marjory Douglas High School in Florida and their marching and organizing against gun violence. Those students raised our...

 

Tread Carefully With Paid Parent Leave

After regaining political leverage, the radicalized Democratic Party is bound to lure in voters with fiscally irresponsible policy proposals such as a guaranteed paid parent leave. As a Scandinavian immigrant, I urge Americans to examine the topic ra...

 

Christmas And The Border Wall

We have Congressman Mark Meadows to thank for the government shutdown. He led the charge against a compromise that had been reached which would have prevented the shutdown. Instead he supports his far right measure that would milk us, as taxpayers,...

 

Gratitude And Praise For EMS

I am compelled to express my gratitude and praise for the EMS personnel who retrieved me from my snowbound, very cold home, transporting me to safety and comfort. As I huddled inside my home on Dec. 9, hoping my extremely low oxygen supply would...

 

Fortunate To Have

Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16, we attended the Brevard Philharmonic’s Christmastime in Brevard. What a performance! Artistic director and conductor James Fellen-baum was absolutely outstanding and his conducting was light-hearted and fun. His “Cat... Full story

 

Be Careful On Turnpike

To those who may be driving down Turnpike Road and not really familiar with it, please allow me to offer some insights: Turnpike is very narrow, windy and a bit hilly. It is wise to drive at 25mph or slower and here’s one reason why: On Monday morn...

 

Outstanding Concert

Last Sunday’s “Christmastime in Brevard” concert by the Brevard Philharmonic at the Porter Center was a wonderful way of ushering in the holiday season. What a treasure we have in that superb mix of talented musicians, now led with verve and...

 

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