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America, We Can Do Better Than This

No matter our individual political preferences, we Americans are now in a place unparalleled in the history of our republic. It is clear that we have a president who regularly lies without remorse or second thought. Donald Trump is someone who will...

 

Tillis Flip Flops

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), to his great credit, said repeatedly he’d put principle over party. In fact, he even went so far as to write a Feb. 25 op-ed for the Washington Post, explaining why he felt the need to oppose the president’s legally...

 

Beware Of 'Spoofing'

Regarding the article on “Frustrating Robocalls,” readers should be aware that another technique telemarketers use is “spoofing,” in which they disguise their phone numbers to increase the chances that people will answer their calls. A...

 

Trump

Trump, Trump, Trump. Everywhere I turn, everywhere I look — newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, there’s something about Trump! Fortunately for us, The Transylvania Times has served us Trump-lite coverage. Thank you! It feels like this man we call...

 

What's Free And Good For Business?

What if Brevard wasn’t only known for our waterfalls and white squirrels, but for the Cleanest Town In America? Really, we only have three blocks to tend to. Unfortunately, we have unattended flower pots, trash cans that are trashed, awnings black...

 

Voting Irregularities

Another thought provoking editorial in the March 4 Transylvania Times “Investigate Fully!” Unfortunately, the reader’s eye is too often drawn to the salacious activities of the rich and famous (owner of the New England Patriots) rather than...

 

If Animals Could Speak

Each day, as I go to and from work in Brevard, I see a dog tied out by a shed. It’s always there, alone. When it got so cold, I called Transylvania County Animal Services and asked if they would do a welfare check. The officer was very nice and...

 

Democratic Woes

I’m not even sure why I’m writing this letter because the many problems the Democrats face are on full display everyday. Consider: 1.A freshman congresswoman who is out of control and touting socialism. She is better known as “AOC....

 

Robber Barons

President Trump pledged to eliminate the national debt “over a period of eight years.” But instead, for the first time in history, the national debt has surpassed $21 trillion, going up $2 trillion since he took office. And, the deficit has...

 

Rice Furniture Rocks

Another local shopping experience goes well. I shopped at Rice Furniture and purchased a mattress. Later I had an issue with it and Ashley assisted me, with perseverance, to resolve the problem. I am so thankful for our local merchants who take such...

 

Rents Are Above 'Fair Market'

Ann Whitmire is exactly right that finding a two bedroom apartment available in the community at the federally set “fair market rent” would be exceedingly difficult, and I am glad she joins me seeing this as an issue worthy of discussion. If...

 

A Military Family

I was so pleased to see the article about my brother, Steven Salsburg, naval surgeon, published in The Times. I have lived in Transylvania for the last 19 years. I had taken my daughter and three grandchildren to visit the veteran’s museum on their...

 

Improved Streets Over Another Park

Just recently city leaders were trying to decide on spending a half million dollars of taxpayer money to build a train depot. Now the commissioners are looking at buying land on Gallimore Road to possibly make that a park. Hap Simpson Park is only a...

 

Stop Destroying Trees

We might need to warn potential homebuyers new to the area that our scenic beauty is subject to destruction at any time. When the DOT decides that we need to look at more asphalt instead or Duke Energy wants to establish dominance over all the land b...

 

Problems With The Confederate Flag

Thanks to The Transylvania Times for the recent editorial “Only One Flag.” The problem many people have with the Confederate flag is not primarily with the three or four years it was used as a battle flag by the brave Southern soldiers during...

 

Legitimizing Not Intended

In response to the article written by Mr. Jergensen in The Transylvania Times, I would like to clarify that I was in no way trying to legitimize slavery. The objective, once again, was to state that in my mind the Confederate flag is a symbolic...

 

Irish Were Mistreated Too

Larry Chapman’s Opinion of Reader letter — “Dishonor To All Vets” is right on. As a Vietnam-era Army veteran, I served as a patriot beside black Americans, would prefer to call them “Americans” to stop this constant division of races,...

 

Rent For $650?

I would like to offer a challenge to County Manager Jamie Laughter regarding the article “Commissioners Face Demographic Economic Realities.” After reading this article I want to challenge our county manager to please give examples of fair...

 

Nonprofits Help Save Animals

As a follow-up to the article written by The Transylvania Times last month regarding the live release rate at the animal shelter, I would like to draw special attention to two of the nonprofit organizations that partner with the shelter and who have...

 

Don't Jump To Conclusions

No one except the Hensons knows what is truly going on in their lives. Therefore, it should be up to them and/or the courts to decide what is factual and the resolutions. Until the matter is resolved, it is wrong for anyone to jump to conclusions....

 

Don't Legitimize Slavery

I’m not a social media person. I refuse to join the fray of the un or ill-informed, loudest mouths frequenting these platforms. Many topics are simply not worth “debating” (AKA anonymous slandering beat downs), though, I still choose to write...

 

The Importance Of Historical Accuracy

“History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.” — James F. Fenimore Kudos to Mr. Twomey from Cedar Mountain for his on-target letter in The Transylvania Times on the preservation and accuracy...

 

Good Paper

Thank you for at least two heartwarming letters, a TVS feature that spotlights artwork by challenged artists, a celebration of Jim and Gloria Sanders’ 67 years of marriage, and a humanitarian donor of a camper to a couple whose home was lost to...

 

Historic Toxaway

I read with much interest the article by Derek McKissock entitled “Communities Have Option To Plan” in the Feb. 4, edition of The Transylvania Times. I am writing to provide some clarification regarding the Historic Toxaway Foundation. McKissock...

 

Devil Never Does Good Things

The Feb. 11, 2019 edition of The Transylvania Times had an article “The Good Things Devils Do.” I realize it is only a film, but it does have much influence. Let me say the devil does not do good things, never has — never will. The devil is...

 

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