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A Shout Out To Our Local Library

Servant leadership is exemplified by consistently noticing a problem at hand and then rising to the occasion in whatever way possible to be part of the solution, never seeking self-aggrandizement in the process. Our very own local... — Updated 1/18/2021


Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

In light of recent events and the trying and difficult times we the people of America are facing, it is vitally important that we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and call to mind what he stood and died for to move our... — Updated 1/18/2021


Disorder Marks Vaccine Distribution

From what I can see, distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is off to a perilous start. There is no apparent orderly process in place. Instead, we see a website for appointments that is telling us there are no vaccines remaining and to... — Updated 1/18/2021


Vaccine Distribution Disappointing

The current vaccine distribution plan for COVID-19 has been both frustrating and a major disappointment. No sooner had the vaccine been made available to seniors 75 and older, which required them to continuously call and check... — Updated 1/18/2021


The Power Of Words

I’ve been there; have you? There are times I’ve said something I either instantly regretted or soon came to. An apology and expression of regret surely came when I made such a transgression. I, like most people, learn from... — Updated 1/18/2021


Hold Extremists Accountable

The assault on the Capitol was a brazen act of right-wing political violence, led by insurrectionists bent on mob rule. What took place there last week looked like a scene from a Third World dictatorship. It should not cause us to... — Updated 1/18/2021


Rebuilding Institutional Trust Is Greatest Challenge

In a recent letter in The Transylvania Times, I said I had no sympathy for those who were caught up in the lies about a “stolen election” promoted by Donald Trump and his enablers. But as I followed the media summaries of the... — Updated 1/18/2021


Musings From One Of Older Age

Over the course of the last decade or more, I’ve observed a very disturbing trend. To wit, an intrusion upon the First Amendment’s enumerated freedoms: the Establishment Clause, speech and press, and the ability to peacefully... — Updated 1/18/2021


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


Judge People Individually, Not Collectively

There is only one rational way to judge another human being, and that is by the worth of each individual person with whom you come in contact. No person should be judged by the racial or ethnic group that he/she is a member of,... — 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


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


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