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Jones: A True Representative

When Walter Jones, the Republican Congressman representing North Carolina’s 3rd District died Sunday, this state and nation lost a true representative. Jones believed his vote should be based in accordance with his conscience, his constituents and...

 

'Time Out' For Congress

All indications from recent events in Washington point to absolutely nothing of substance will be accomplished during the next two years to solve the many problems our country now faces. Those we have sent there on both sides of the aisle have...

 

Immigration

What has happened to our immigration system? We were all immigrants at one time in this country, except the Indians, and I think they might have been from Bible times. Some of us are several generations down from the original immigrants in our...

 

Why Not Me?

Sometimes in traffic I see the person I could have been. Mental illness, the bleakness. Families do not understand. Worn brown backpack, tread-bare wool cap. Shoes with soles coming loose. Maybe a dog for companionship. A sign on cardboard...

 

Great Employees

Thanks to all the employees who braved a cold and rainy night to repair a broken waterline main on Gallimore Street on Sunday night, Feb. 10. You are wonderful. Thank you from Maple Street and all other affected areas. Bill Harger...

 

We Need Gentle Men, Not Bullies

Growing up in Wyoming, we felt safe because bullies were taunted with “Pick on somebody your own size!” And then somebody their size would offer themselves. Men who beat up women were scorned and considered cowardly. This seemed to be the Code...

 

DMV System Is Broken

Most of us do not have regular contact with government agencies in our daily lives. Recently, I had to experience the operations of the Department of Motor Vehicles as part of an effort to get the new NC REAL ID driver’s license. My personal... Full story

 

All Under Same Flag

Thanks to our Transylvania Times editor, for the two-part editorial, “Only One Flag.” It was very thought provoking and a solemn reminder that we cannot change the past, but, thank God, we now all live under the same flag, that of the U.S.A....

 

Walls: Smart Or Physical?

During his State of the Union address, President Trump claimed that El Paso, Texas, was one of the most dangerous cities in the country until a “powerful barrier” was built to reduce illegal immigration and crime. That statement is false accordin...

 

Totally Unfair Badgering

I have just watched a good part of the hearing in which acting AG Whitaker is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee. It is not a confirmation hearing but is supposed to be a function of oversight of the Justice Department. That committee...

 

No Public Celebration Of Confederate Flag

First, I wish to compliment the T-Times for its recent editorial titled “Only One Flag” and its straightforward clarification of “facts” set forth in an accompanying letter to the editor submitted by retired USMC Col. Larry Chapman. I think t...

 

No Rush To Judgment

Before there is a “Rush to Judgment” and a trial in the press concerning Rep. Cody Henson’s domestic violence order, it would behoove all those who are ready to “string him up” based on information in a news story to wait until his hearing...

 

Guest Column: Transylvania Regional Hospital Lowers Risk For Heart Disease

We associate February with love, and this year I ask you to love yourself by learning about how to take care of your heart. February is National Heart Month, which makes it the ideal time to remind everyone that Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH)...

 

Guest Column: Mark Harris Should Take A Seat And Wait

Hurry up and wait. That’s the message for Republican candidate, Baptist minister and aspiring track star Mark Harris this week, who asked a Superior Court judge to do what North Carolina’s election honchos won’t – suspend disbelief and...

 

Guest Column: What Great Legislators Have In Common

Each of the great politicians and legislators I’ve known over the course of my career in Congress was very different. They were masters of the rules, or unassailably knowledgeable about a given issue, or supremely watchable orators or consummate...

 

Guest Column: Learning to Practice Politics At A High Level

Over a lifetime in politics, I’ve met a lot of interesting, impressive politicians. But those I truly admired were men and women who were adept at the arts both of politics and legislating — a rarer combination of talents than you’d hope for...

 

Only One Flag

(Editor’s Note: The following is the second part of a two-part editorial.) Post-war reconciliation is not unusual. On Dec. 8, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln presented his plan for reconstruction, including terms of amnesty for former...

 

Appreciates Honor Guard

In the Jan. 28 edition, the commander of the Transylvania County Honor Guard, Howard Thiele, wrote a beautiful tribute to the excellent job the Honor Guard did at the funeral service for LCDR Thomas Henry Gainer Jr. My husband and I have always been...

 

New System Of Health Care Needed

This is in response to the letter from Henry Erti in the Jan. 31 paper. It was very helpful that he shared a personal story about the challenges of his mother’s care for cancer in Finland. When we can share stories, it is easier to understand...

 

Only One Flag

(Editor’s Note: The following is the first of a two-part editorial.) Even though the Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, there are few things that engender more passion and divisiveness than the Confederate flag. In today’s paper, readers...

 

'Rough Rider' Sought Universal Health Insurance

In 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt put forth a series of progressive ideas to protect the health and well-being of the American people. At the top of his list stood universal health insurance. Not for the first time was the “Rough...

 

Dishonor To All Veterans

Last year at the American Legion sponsored Memorial Day Parade members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Camp #15 were invited to participate in the parade to honor their veteran ancestors along with all organizations wishing to honor...

 

Shutdown Impacts Sharing House

The way Transylvanians continue to give food and resources to help neighbors in need is heartwarming. So many people care. Truly this is a snapshot of a caring community! At Sharing House we regularly help the “working poor,” minimum wage...

 

Guest Column: Finding Common Ground On The Confederate Flag

The following is the Transylvania NAACP’s response to the Brevard City Council and City Attorney Michael Pratt on the issue of the public display of the Confederate flag during public events: We are profoundly disappointed that the Brevard City...

 

Filling The Insurance Gap

Thousands of people in North Carolina who live below the federal poverty level are receiving no assistance when it comes to health insurance. When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, proponents of the plan assumed states would agree to expand...

 

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