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College Walk

To be a resident of College Walk is an education in itself. I’ve been here 8 years and have not ceased to be amazed at the solid as a rock, built-in kindness of the staff. They are truly dedicated to the well being of all the... — Updated 7/2/2020


Critical Thinking

As a retired American History teacher, I would like to comment on Bob Twomey’s letter “Do Not Rewrite History.” First, Twomey stated that it was good to see someone speaking the “real truth” in reference to Bob... — Updated 7/1/2020


You've Got To Be Taught

Rev. Ernie Mills’ letter of June 18, “No One is Born a Racist,” was a thoughtful look at our behavior and attitude toward others. As I read it, suddenly some words of the song “You’ve got to be Carefully Taught” from... — Updated 7/1/2020


No Right To Endanger Others

Went to Brevard PO to mail package with mask. First two people I encountered were not wearing masks, in spite of Governor Cooper’s mandate. Sheriff Mahoney in June 22 issue on COVID-19 Safety makes no mention of masks. The... — Updated 7/1/2020


Rewriting History

I very much approve Bob Twomey’s June 25 letter encouraging us not to rewrite history. But I also think history is both more and other than “a chronological documentation of all things that have occurred in our country’s... — Updated 7/1/2020


Dollars And A Sense Of Place

A sense of place is the sum of qualities and characteristics that provide meaning to a location for its inhabitants. Transylvania County has its own unique sense of place distinguished by its environments and the people who live... — Updated 7/1/2020


HCA Profits From Bailout

According to a June 17 article in the Asheville Citizen Times, HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) has received about $1 billion in bailout funds through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act... — Updated 6/29/2020


Reducing Suffering

The reunion of two childhood friends and a march to reject racism graced the front page of the Monday, June 22, issue of The Transylvania Times. The march drew a large crowd, some of whom spoke of their experiences of racism. The... — Updated 6/29/2020


Do Not Rewrite History

It was good to see Bob Youngerman's letter "Statistics Do Not Support Police Bias" in Monday's paper. Finally, someone spoke up about the real truth about what is going on in this country. But there is something even more sinister... — Updated 6/24/2020


Try For Balance

While the Wall Street Journal does not go to the extremes of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Breitbart News and other conservative media, it is not always to be trusted as the balanced news and editorial source that some would have us... — Updated 6/24/2020


The Media's Bad Medicine

The reaction to President Trump’s endorsement of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) provides a textbook example of how the media automatically pushes back against anything the president says or does. The anti-Trump propaganda machine were... — Updated 6/22/2020


Journal Is Credible

Ordinarily I do not reply to letter writers who are critical of one of my letters. However, Lauren Wise’s critique of my letter loses all credibility when she states that Heather McDonald (one of my sources) wrote her article... — Updated 6/22/2020


Spend More On Law Enforcement

I don’t know all of the in’s and out’s of the budget process for Transylvania County and the city of Brevard, and I may be a voice in the wilderness, but I feel very, very strongly that we need to provide more, not less,... — Updated 6/22/2020


Best Defense Is A Cloth Covering

Yesterday I enjoyed an éclair from the Blue Ridge Bakery. It was even more delicious than I remembered. It’s been awhile. I was glad to see the smiling and welcoming faces of the staff — even under their masks. In fact, I was... — Updated 6/22/2020


Keep Deerlake Residents Safe

The city of Brevard should be as proud of Deerlake Village as are its residents. Deerlake is a real community. For over 25 years, residents have volunteered throughout Brevard at the Veterans’ History and Heritage museums, at... — Updated 6/22/2020


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


Do Not Abolish The Police

I have a word for the now prevalent bias against the police: “policism,” the prejudicial negative feeling against all law enforcement officers based on the actions of a few. (Isn’t that the basis for “racism?”) To... — Updated 6/17/2020


Abuse Of Power

In the case of President Richard Nixon and Watergate, we had a Republican Party and Senate represented by people with real principles. The Republican Party and Congress today, with only a few exceptions, have no apparent limits to... — Updated 6/17/2020


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


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


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