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Saving Money And Resources

During the Great Depression, Americans practiced conservation out of economic necessity. They purchased only what they needed and used items repeatedly. When items could no longer be used for their original purpose, efforts were made to use them in...

 

Deception Characterizes Presidency

Disinformation, deception and financial sleight-of-hand characterize the presidency and America’s toxic politics today, threatening our institutions, democracy and the rule of law. President Trump reflects the corruption of the American political...

 

More Bikes

Drivers on the road all have somewhere to go. Be it a school bus, an ambulance, a delivery truck, a commuter or mom taking her kids to school, we all share the road. However, some bikers on our roads lack common courtesy. We drive because we have...

 

Kindness And Goodwill

I had occasion recently to experience the kindness and goodwill of the Brevard community. I was having a morning treat at Quotations Coffee Café, my favorite lunch place. I stood up quickly, and the rest is history. The next thing I knew, I was...

 

Trump Only President To Love America

If you are a citizen of these United States, then your president is Donald J. Trump. He is the only president in recent years who truly loves this country and has done a remarkable job of fixing problems with unemployment, the economy and border...

 

A Cathedral And A Courthouse

It’s a truism that people often do not appreciate something until it is gone. That concept was reinforced Monday evening when Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire. Millions of visitors from around the world who have visited the famous...

 

President Is Getting Worse

Our president’s behavior, it seems to me, has become more erratic and inconsistent as time goes on. Early on, some psychologists had suggested that he suffered from extreme narcissism, and that this would get worse with time. Other observers...

 

Courtesy Makes Roads Safer

Kudos to Judy Caldwell for her letter regarding bicycles. While it may be true that the North Carolina General Assembly makes the bicycle rules, I wonder how many of these folks have followed a bicycle down Highway 276? The signs say Share the Road...

 

Guest Column: TRH Rehab Services Help Patients Live Fully

We often associate emergency services, specialty care, or the latest and greatest new treatments on the horizon for such things as cancer and heart disease with the services that hospitals provide. One service area that can go unsung but is...

 

Guest Column: How Politics Have Changed

I became active in politics in the late 1950s, got elected to Congress in 1964 and have remained engaged in one way or another every year since then. I’ve had a ringside seat for a long time. So I suppose I should not be surprised that I get asked...

 

The Tax Cuts

Now that April 15 has arrived and Americans have filed their taxes, many are understanding firsthand the true impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in 2017. Some are learning what they were told was far from the truth. On Oct. 11, 2017,...

 

You Can Have A Peaceful Passing

My name is Cynthia Barclay. I served as chaplain for Care Partners Hospice in Transylvania County for several years. I also was a client of Transylvania County Hospice until my death on March 19. I dictated this letter to my husband, Morgan. How can...

 

Veteran Appreciates Support

Through years of collecting information and military artifacts and making such available to veterans, friends and family, Emmett Casciato, curator of the Veterans History Museum, has helped all of us veterans “come home,” appreciate each other,...

 

Financing For Bike Paths

Bicycling has become a popular pastime, as exemplified by the more than 1,000 riders who participated in last Saturday’s Assault on the Carolinas. It is a pastime we should encourage. Bicycling is healthy. It provides excellent aerobic exercise wit...

 

Share The Roads?

As a resident who lives off Greenville Highway (276 S.), I am generally appreciative of both the recreational and economic benefits of local bike riding. I also tend to drum my fingernails on the steering wheel when poking along about 7 mph behind th...

 

Kuddos To The USAF Heritage Of America Band

The USAF Heritage of America Band concert on Friday night at the Porter Center was outstanding. What a fine group of young and talented musicians. The 45 members of the band sent sounds and shivers throughout the great hall. It wasn’t just your...

 

Curses, Foiled Again!

Why is the tail of the donkey between his legs? Do you think Chuck and Nancy have their houses draped in black? Has Morning Joe jumped off a bridge? Has CNN considered that their ratings could go even lower? Yes, I know the Democrats are clinging to...

 

An Evening To Treasure

I would like to offer rave reviews for the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band! Their conductors, musicians and singers truly honored our wonderful veterans and our great country with their special and unique talent and song selections....

 

Civic Pride

Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who supported our semiannual Senior Games and SilverArts barbecue fundraiser this spring. It was a big success. We delivered 339 meals to local businesses and had 98 folks drop by the recreation center...

 

Barr Vs.The People

In just four pages and a few short paragraphs, without one complete sentence from the lengthy Mueller Report, Attorney General Barr threw out the findings and facts from Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation. Barr, who had written a...

 

Keep Christ In Christian Celebrations

I was in my local Dollar Tree the other day and was appalled to see that in their Easter sales section there was not one item to represent the true meaning of Easter. I am ashamed to say I too have become complacent when it comes to tolerating the...

 

Good Service, Bad Billing

I have lived in Transylvania County for 12 years and had numerous positive experiences at our local hospital and their exceptional medical staff. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the billing department at Mission and their new owner. My...

 

April Fool's

Thank you for your excellent April Fool’s Day edition! The articles were relevant, well written and delightfully humorous, especially the continuing contributions in the columns of the John Locke Foundation’s John Hood. James M. Kimzey...

 

Robbing Peter To Pay Paul

 For the past few decades, public school teachers in North Carolina, and across the nation, have been spending their own money to pay for classroom supplies, which have been cut in recent years, to meet the basic needs of their students. It was no...

 

You Decide: Can Economics Help With Basic Decisions?

Economics sometimes suffers from a bad image. Economists are famous for disagreeing over public policies. Economics has its own language which is almost impenetrable for those without a degree in the “dismal science.” And speaking of dismal,...

 

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