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Concerns About National Security

Two events last week revealed some serious transgressions of national security protocol. The first involved Omarosa Manigault Newman, who actually produced a tape of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her. She made the recording while in...

 

Bipartisan Opposition

An extraordinary event happened Monday. North Carolina’s five former governors – two Republicans and three Democrats – joined forces to publicly announce their opposition to two proposed constitutional amendments. “The legislature should be...

 

Remembering Victor G. McCall

In “Glancing Back” to Jan. 23, 1964 an item referred to Victor G. McCall’s deployment on Jan. 3 on a mine sweeper with the Seventh Fleet to the Far East. “Glancing Back” to Aug. 8, 1968 published on Monday describes his participating in...

 

What Are We To Do?

Being a baby boomer and only understanding fascism through its definition and historical examples of such prior to my birth following WWII, I feel compelled to speak out as I witness the atrocities of this fascist, treasonous president. This is my ca...

 

Signs Up Too Early

I believe there must be an ordinance or something that political signs were not to be put out five months prior to election. The signs William Hemphill has all over the area are intrusive on our landscape and should not be displayed so far ahead of...

 

Don't Cut Social Security, Medicare

Recently we’ve been hearing a lot out of Washington, D.C. about balancing the budget through cuts to Social Security and Medicare, a devastating prospect to many. These are the two most popular government programs and are crucial to people,...

 

Be A Good Neighbor

As an outside observer to the legal issues carried on the front page of this newspaper developing between Josh Leder and the Glenn Cannon Property Association, Inc., I make one simple recommendation: Leder should get back to being who he purported...

 

What's The Real Reason To Sell Mission?

We have yet to have an article in this paper explaining the real reasons for the obvious desire of our hospital system to be acquired by HCA. The most recent article did suggest that access to financing for new facilities/projects would be more...

 

Teacher Shortage

This month, public school teachers are returning to their classrooms, preparing their classrooms and lessons for the upcoming school year. However, many schools are facing a shortage of qualified teachers. Principals and administrators are...

 

America Is Under Attack

Recently Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio issued a general cyber warning and call to action. Sen. Nelson followed up with another warning for Florida, indicating that classified intelligence sources had detected a threat. Hackers have already...

 

Eat Plants To Save The Environment

With scorching heat, raging wildfires in the West and torrential downpours and massive flooding in the East, global warming is not just about a gentle sea rise any more. These tragic consequences of dumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere call...

 

Unbound Partisanship

Charlie Brendle’s partisanship apparently knows no bounds. Several issues ago, he excoriated the Democrats, in particular Senator Chuck Schumer, for opposing any nomination by David Dennison to fill the vacancy created on the Supreme Court by the...

 

Silvermont

Late last month, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on new site plans for Silvermont. The design proposal calls for the eventual elimination of the site’s basketball and tennis courts. Steven Lee Johnson of...

 

CNN

I’m sure when Ted Turner founded CNN in 1978 he never intended for his network to morph into anything more than an attack dog with its only mission being to oust a sitting president. They got sucked into a firestorm with the president and could...

 

Separating Children Was Trump's Policy

“It’s not President Trump’s policy,” was written in a letter of July 16 regarding immigration. It’s always useful when stating an opinion to check one’s facts, lest one might be seen offering their own “fake news.” The letter stated...

 

'These People' Are Us

A July 30 opinion letter recounted a disrespectful comment made about an Ingles employee who was perceived to have a disability. The commenter used the term “these people,” indicating an ignorant belief that “these people” are so different...

 

Silvermont Plan

That draft plan for Silvermont? What happened to the one the Silvermont Centennial Committee headed up less than 5 years ago when they worked on “Plans for the Enhancement of Silvermont Park?” It had active stake holders at meetings, public...

 

Sacrificing For Justice

I admire Colin Kaepernick. He is pointing out the social injustice that black people endure day in and day out in this country. We only have to read the Asheville Citizen-Times in the last three weeks to appreciate the problem. The venue he has used...

 

Robin Hood He's Not

In a recent column in The Transylvania Times, John Hood complained about the budget deficit. His all too familiar solution to this problem was not to take away or reduce the tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, but was instead to take away...

 

Proper Flag Retirement

During a recent trip to our county recycling site on Old Hendersonville Highway I talked with two fellow veterans: John, who was in the Marine Corps, and Adam, a veteran of the U.S. Navy. We started talking about my service in the Marines and my...

 

Youth Offer Us Hope

The last time I wrote a letter to the editor of The Transylvania Times, I ended with the upbeat theme which said, “Perhaps we, too, will be saved by our young people.” The young man who prompted that thought was Devon Holmes, who was chosen by...

 

The Shooter

“He has a history of mental health issues,” said the TV reporter following another school shooting. She omitted the rest, that he had stopped taking his medicine given to him by his provider. His parents and the school counselor missed something...

 

Waterfall Safety

Thank you for your recent focus on waterfall safety, the facts surrounding the various fall tragedies, and what people can do to enjoy the falls safely. It is a conversation that we need to continue with each other and to have with visitors to the...

 

Brutality, Trickery, And Damage

From its inception, the Trump administration’s plan was to break up families attempting to cross our border with Mexico in order to frighten others who would attempt to come here. It has been a kind of U.S.-sponsored terrorism. Until a federal...

 

Share The Fliers

In the last three years, eight people have died at waterfalls in Transylvania County. Several more have died in other areas of western North Carolina. The Transylvania Times, in conjunction with the Transylania County Tourism Development Authority,...

 

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