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Cooperating On Projects

Two actions at the local level show encouraging signs of cooperation between different boards and people of different political affiliations. Last Tuesday, the members of the Transylvania County Board of Education made it clear they want to work...

 

Responding To Bad Weather

As of Wednesday morning, there were many people in this county without power or stranded at home because their roads are impassable. That, however, is not due to any lack of effort by local fire/rescue squads, law enforcement, emergency personnel,...

 

Incredible People

Late Saturday evening my home lost electricity. That was not unusual here in Transylvania County. Lots of our neighbors found themselves living back in the 19th century. We had to gather up snow to melt for doing the most mundane things… like flush...

 
 By Page Lemel    Opinion    December 13, 2018 

True Fulfillment: The Giving Of Ourselves To Others

Transylvania County is truly a special place to live. During this season from Thanksgiving to Hannukah, and then to Christmas, I have found myself reflecting on my gratitude for the uniqueness of our county. We take care of each other in Transylvania...

 

Stopping Real Voter Fraud

For the past decade or more, state Republicans have pressed for voters to be required to show some government-approved visual identification at the polls. Their rationale: to protect the integrity of the elections, to make sure only those people who...

 

Giving Voters A Choice

It seems only yesterday our general election took place. For me, that day was the culmination of nearly two years of hard campaigning, following a defeat in 2016 in which I got only 37.56 percent of the vote. It is well known that the 48th Senate...

 

Appreciates Radio Station

Thank you to WSQL Radio for “launching another new and innovative project, a live video-streaming TV production of Brevard’s 2018 Christmas Parade.” On a rainy day, it was great to view the parade on my iPad from the warmth of my home and...

 

Don't Put Lead In Our Water

Brevard water is better than bottled water! Yes! Bottled water can have up to 5 parts per billion (ppb) of lead in it, whereas our city water has none. The big reason is that our water supply, Cathey’s Creek, comes directly out of Pisgah National F...

 

An Overlooked President

Frequently, modest people who quietly do good work are often overlooked until they are gone. Then we realize their contributions, their subtle but steady work that has made life easier or better for us. That is the case of President George H.W....

 

President Makes Us Less Respected

I wish to commend The Transylvania Times editorial “Ceding the Moral Ground” (Nov. 26) to every reader who values America’s place of leadership in this world. I spent 40 years representing the United States to foreign governments and peoples, p...

 

Remembering George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush was probably the most decent, kind man ever to hold the office. According to historians, presidents Bush and John Adams were the most successful one-term presidents in U.S. history. But I’d like to focus not on Bush’s military...

 

America: We Can Do Much Better

The death of former President George H. W. Bush last week was a stark and brutal reminder to me of his presidency and personal life, as opposed to that being displayed by President Donald Trump. Bush: A decorated war veteran vs. Trump, who never...

 

TRH Grateful For Bonds With Patients, Community

The holidays are a time to reflect on the very many things we have to be grateful for. One of the privileges I have as president and CNO of Transylvania Regional Hospital is observing or hearing stories about how our team members touch the lives of o...

 

More Space For Manufacturing

After months of talking with local leaders and reviewing economic data, consultant Jeannette Goldsmith in February of 2013 released an “Economic Development Readiness Assessment for Transylvania County.” She wrote that one of the physical...

 

Probe Resulting In Guilty Pleas

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s 18 month long investigation has resulted in more than 100 criminal counts against 33 people and three companies, one conviction and several guilty pleas. These charges involve the most serious forms of criminal...

 

Do Not Speculate With Tax Money

We who live in Brevard have a lot to be thankful for. We have endless access to beautiful open space through national forest land and state parks. That said, I am troubled by actions being taken or considered by two separate governance bodies. I...

 

Off Base

It’s always somewhat disturbing to me when someone refers to somebody as “evil.” In Mr. Roger’s recent letter he refers to “Trump’s evils.” To me, calling someone evil implies intent in actions. Mr. Rogers voiced very strong criticisms...

 

Ridiculous Assertions

Mr. Van Antwerp’s recent opinion letter asks us to believe that Trump never spews hatred and vilification of minorities, to just ignore and forget the numerous, well recorded quotes/tweets where he called Mexicans “rapists,” Muslims...

 

More Profits, Fewer Jobs

General Motors announcement that it would be “idling” four American plants and one in Canada resulting in the loss of 14,000 jobs highlights the intrinsic problem of today’s corporate capitalism. The financial interests of shareholders and...

 

'Imperial' Presidents

I think it’s great that Charles Brendle helped get his fair-haired boy elected president and doesn’t have to put up with Obama’s “Imperial” presidency anymore. Evidently, Trump’s proclamations suit Brendle better than Obama’s did....

 

Visit ATOM Decorations

The acronym stands for ATOM (The Aluminum Tree and Aesthetically Challenged Seasonal Ornaments Museum and Research Center). ATOM is now on display at the Transylvania Heritage Museum, located at 189 W. Main St. in Brevard. Photos of ATOM graced...

 

Ceding The Moral Ground

One of our strongest attributes as a nation is that we usually take the high moral ground. It has allowed us to set a standard that numerous countries have attempted, many successfully, to emulate. Many countries have modeled their constitutions on...

 

Thankful For Caring People

Brevard Mayor Jimmy Harris is fond of saying Brevard is “an above average” city, and he is right. He even might be underselling the city and county. There is no place on the East Coast that has as many large, breathtaking waterfalls as there are...

 

Trump Is Not Evil

Don Rogers recently wrote an opinion letter proclaiming that he will not excuse Trump’s evils and that, “Republicans who do not reject and condemn Trump’s demagoguery are complicit in it and will share in history’s judgment.” President Trum...

 

Do We Need More Venues?

Numerous Brevard residents have expressed strong reservations about the revised plan to have the city spend more than $400,000 to construct an abbreviated facsimile of the old railroad depot. Many people supported the plan when originally presented b...

 

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