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Stunning Ignorance

There was a letter in the paper a few weeks ago that blamed the pursuit of profits for all our problems. The words exhibited a major lack of understanding for the real world. The writer claimed that we “wage war” when it’s profitable. Really?...

 

Farmers' Market Seeks Residents' Input

As we look forward to some great new features at the market in 2020, The Transylvania Farmers’ Market would like to take a moment to thank everyone who supported us in 2019. Our year-round market included a wide variety of vendors offering...

 

King's Words

Martin Luther King Jr. died in 1968, 52 years ago, but his words still ring true today: “Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. I have a dream that one day a nation will rise up and live out the true...

 

Words Matter

We all know of the tragic, sometimes permanent damage that can be done to the solidarity of a family caused by emotionally-driven criticism of a loved one. Whether based on the actual factual circumstances or faulty understanding of a situation, the...

 

It's About Nothing

The TV show “Seinfeld,” once referred to itself as “a show about nothing.” Perhaps that’s where the Democrats got their inspiration for impeaching the president. Their claims of presidential wrongdoing are about nothing. The first article...

 

If I Were A County Commissioner

If I were a Transylvania County Commissioner, I would always treat all citizens of the county with the upmost respect in a non-partial way, listening to them if they agree or disagree with me on any topic. There would be no vote that would be cast...

 

Would Chamberlain's Approach Be Better?

The recent military operation in response to repeated and escalating attacks by Iran by eliminating the central leader of those outrages, an acknowledged terrorist and serial murderer, has elicited predictable criticism from those who oppose any and...

 

Real Enemies Are Here

Our real enemies are not in some distant land. They are not people whose names we don’t know and cultures we don’t understand. The enemy is people we know very well and people we can identify. The enemy is a system that wages war when it’s...

 

CarePartners Were Wonderful

There are many reasons to feel lucky to live in this area. Add this one to the long list: an extraordinary group of talented and caring nurses, social workers, therapists and others who provide help and comfort in life’s most painful time. During...

 

The Power Of Your Dollar

As we are in the midst of another struggle with the Dollar General conglomerate I want to remind people of our power. We are the ones who create our environment. If we do not want the Dollar General in our neighborhoods, then please stop giving them...

 

Reckless President

The problem with the assassination of Iranian General Soleimani is not that the world has lost a vicious, violent man, but that the world has probably become a more dangerous place for us all. This dreadful situation need not have been provoked, but...

 

Charity Navigator

A frequent writer suggests dark doings by the party he dislikes, to wit: “(those) reportedly investigating alleged improper Clinton Foundation and other related matters.” Politely, I suggest going to Charity Navigator, the gold star website for...

 

Where Is The Kindness?

My niece was sitting in waiting room at the Transylvania hospital Dec. 19 when an elderly gentleman with oxygen was trying to come in the doors. A volunteer rushed over to help him and another got a wheelchair for him. When the tech called his name...

 

America, We Can Do Better

Donald Trump’s ill-conceived decision to assassinate Iran’s top military figure has caused a fire-storm of criticism from both political rivals and the international community, as, once again, our president makes a move designed to provide more...

 

Good Riddance

Mark Meadow’s statement (The Transylvania Times Dec. 23 issue) advising of his decision not to run for re-election in 2020 was replete with self-serving aggrandizement. It is true that he has been blessed to have served the people of NC 11, who...

 

Kudos To Walgreens

I would like to thank the Walgreens pharmacy for their kindness when giving my elderly father his flu shot. They were very courteous and polite when I took my elderly father into the pharmacy and let me know they could have come out to the car,...

 

Return Contributions

I trust that the three county commissioners who resigned from the GOP will be returning the campaign contributions of all the people who donated to them as Republicans. Jim Grodnik Brevard...

 

The FISA Court Speaks

Several months ago I wrote a letter to the Times giving a mini-tutorial on the absolute legal necessity of complete candor in an application for a judicial warrant. I warned of the possible reaction of the FISA Court to any problems in the four FBI...

 

Death Shows Need For Light

On the afternoon of Dec. 7 there was a traffic accident at the intersection of Everett Road and Crab Creek. We have recently learned there was a fatality as a result of this accident. We have lived off of Everett Road for the past seven years and...

 

Silent Sam Was My Friend

Silent Sam was my best friend when I was a student at the University of North Carolina. I had silent conversations with Sam daily as I walked past him twice on most days for four years. He offered encouragement to me when I was having a difficult...

 

Quotes

The house has finally accomplished what it set out to do in November of 2016. In October, Nancy Pelosi decided to proceed with the impeachment. The “debates” in the house were a boring joke that probably got lower ratings than CNN and takes some...

 

Restricting Small Box Stores

I was in Brevard last week and became aware of the controversy regarding the proposed construction of the Dollar General store on the Greenville Highway. I found no one who favored it. I then read your editorial which explained why the owners had a...

 

No Surprise On Changes

The commissioners who changed horses in mid-stream doesn’t surprise me. One was a long time Democrat and the other two always voted in favor of Democrats. Hopefully they will be turned out next election. All who praised them surely didn’t vote...

 

Party Affiliation Means Little

As an independent, I have voted for all three of the county commissioners who recently changed their party affiliations, and I plan on continuing to do so. I respect courage, conviction and character, whereas party affiliation means very little to...

 

Protect County Residents

Transylvania County is called the “Land of Waterfalls.” We average 75 inches of rain a year. We flood a lot. Becky Mountain Road has been under water at least three times in the last year. Filling in two acres that routinely flood in between...

 

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