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State's Rights To Do What?

A recent letter emphatically proclaimed that America’s Civil War was fought over state’s rights, and not over slavery. Period. Sadly, that kind of overly simplistic explanation of what was an incredibly complex situation has... — Updated 4/7/2021


Slavery Was Legal

I applaud James Carli’s research on the true cause of the American Civil War, but he’s still wrong. Slavery, although immoral, was legal. For him to come to the conclusion that I am a racist hiding behind a myth of a Lost... — Updated 4/7/2021


Incinerator Concerns

In the last edition of The Transylvania Times, there was an article about a site just down the road from my home being considered for the construction of an Air Curtain Incinerator. Now knowing what is intended for this site, I hav... — Updated 4/5/2021



The article in the Thursday April 1 edition concerning a proposed air curtain incinerator in Pisgah Forest is a horrible idea. The air curtain is basically a 20 to 30 foot long leaf blower powered by a diesel engine. Can you... — Updated 4/5/2021


Equal Treatment

Due to the current media coverage of the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, I learned George Floyd was accused of using a fake $20 to pay for snacks. The cashier said he didn’t think Floyd may have known it was fake. I passed a fake... — Updated 4/5/2021


Confederate Sympathizers

To all Confederate sympathizers and enemies of the Union, let me make it clear: The Civil War was fought over slavery. You are right that it was fought over so-called States’ Rights… the states’ rights to what? To maintain... — Updated 4/5/2021


Not A Crisis

What’s going on at our southern border is not a crisis – it’s a disaster! How much evidence has to pile up before Biden will admit that his knee jerk executive orders to reverse the Trump actions are not working? Guess what... — Updated 4/5/2021


Gun Control

Would members of the House of Representatives and Senate react to passing sensible legislation if, God forbid, their family members were killed by a maniac with a weapon of mass destruction? Or do they not want to pass legislation... — Updated 4/1/2021


Let's Compare Apples And Oranges

Ronald Reagan told people “You can disagree, without being disagreeable” Apples! The Master has died and the Apprentice has been fired. 1987: Unfortunately, when Reagan relaxed the rules for objective journalism, Rush Limbaugh... — Updated 4/1/2021


The Rainbow People Of God

Benard was my bunkmate during Marine Corp training at Parris Island, S.C. We were together during infantry training at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and in the same barracks at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Benard was African-American but objected... — Updated 4/1/2021


Gun Violence

Now come the calls for “thoughts and prayers” for the victims of the latest mass slaughter from conservatives, along with claims that mental illness is the problem, not guns. (Studies show that only about 6-7 per cent of mass m... — Updated 4/1/2021


State's Rights

Gerry Kilpatrick recently stated in his letter to the Times that the Civil War was “a war that historians agree was about slavery.” Wrong. The South seceded from the Union because of state’s rights, period. For him to... — Updated 4/1/2021


Kimsey Jackson

I would like to respond to one of your reader’s letter to the editor. The letter, among other things, criticized Kimsey Jackson, newly elected to the Board of Education. The writer accused Jackson of lack of interest “who never... — Updated 4/1/2021


A New Party

I would like to propose a new political party. I call it “The Middle Party.” I understand that statistically most people would fit comfortably into this party, which would not be a home for extremes on the right or left and... — Updated 4/1/2021


Vaccine Development

Washington political figures of both the current and previous administrations would have us believe that they played a major role in the development and roll out of the COVID vaccines. We are all witness to partisan politicians tak... — Updated 3/31/2021


Remembering Kay

On Feb. 11, Kathryn (Kay) Speckman died of cancer. She was one of my “poet” friends and I already miss her. She and I shared many experiences in graduate schools, creative writing workshops and in classes teaching English liter... — Updated 3/31/2021


Family-to-Family Class

The Board of NAMI Transylvania County recently wrote an article for The Transylvania Times requesting space to hold our Family-to-Family class in July for 20 people, social distanced, and following other pandemic guidelines. I am... — Updated 3/31/2021


When Will They Know?

When will they know we are Christians? Matthew 25:37 – Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? The Georgia Republican... — Updated 3/31/2021


State Of The Union

Well folks, we are less than three months into our new administration and President Biden’s foreign policy is a mess with China, Russia and North Korea, all upset with us. Things at home aren’t much better with gasoline prices... — Updated 3/31/2021



Among all the overwhelming events in 2020, it’s easy to overlook that it was a census year; which means it is time once again for redistricting. Gerrymandering is the drawing of redistricting maps to unfairly aid one party over... — Updated 3/31/2021


All White Is Boring

The coward who dropped the nasty notes on Brevard High School property and writes such things, in any form, should sign it. If our beautiful country was all white, think about what we wouldn’t have: Barack Obama, Martin Luther... — Updated 3/29/2021


Hypocritical Letter Revealed Lack Of Humanity

I am compelled to write this in response to the vitriol expressed in Mr. Hyatt’s letter “Go Back to Where You Came From.” His words reflect hypocrisy and lack of humanity, qualities that have no place here or there. He calls... — Updated 3/29/2021


Silly Seussical

I want to commend the author of a recent letter with the decree (my thematic paraphrase), “Y’all Ain’t From Around Here and You Should All Head Out.” His reasoning to resolve the challenges in the county (with the usual... — Updated 3/29/2021


Truth Makes Us Free

Thank you so very much for your excellent editorial clarifying several issues related to some of the Rand statements, putting them in context and focusing on the urgent need for facts, truth and transparency. Our decades in Europe... — Updated 3/29/2021


A Good Samaritan

“A Good Samaritan spirit” is in Brevard. Throughout the years I have noticed this as I’ve read many “opinions” expressing the kindness of people in the Brevard area. This is the good-heartedness of the American people.... — Updated 3/29/2021


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