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Whose History?

In his recent letter, Bob Twomey expresses concern that there is “something sinister happening…to revise, rewrite and abolish our nation’s history.” Twomey is referring to the legacy of slavery and the Civil War. He... — Updated 7/6/2020


A Patriot, Not A Politician

Why does Trump do what he does ? Is it for power or money? He had that before he ran for office. No, he truly loves this country. He had wealth. He controlled many people and projects most couldn’t begin to accomplish. He could... — Updated 7/6/2020


This Is A Testing Time For All Of Us

By Lee H. Hamilton A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article noting that with the U.S. preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and massive unemployment, “its competitors are moving to fill... — Updated 7/6/2020



The number of new U.S. COVID-19 cases has surpassed 54,000 per day, more than 5 percent growth over last week. The worldwide number of deaths by COVID-19 surpasses the daily death incidence of all other pneumonias combined. Per... — Updated 7/6/2020


This Is A Testing Time For All Of Us

By Lee H. Hamilton A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article noting that with the U.S. preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and massive unemployment, “its competitors are moving to fill... — Updated 7/6/2020


College Walk

To be a resident of College Walk is an education in itself. I’ve been here 8 years and have not ceased to be amazed at the solid as a rock, built-in kindness of the staff. They are truly dedicated to the well being of all the... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By Dean Ridings    Opinion

The Founders' Views Of A Free Press

America’s Founders regarded a free press as so vital to the new nation that they took care to include that right in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Founders spoke glowingly about the press as a pillar of democracy and... — Updated 7/1/2020


Critical Thinking

As a retired American History teacher, I would like to comment on Bob Twomey’s letter “Do Not Rewrite History.” First, Twomey stated that it was good to see someone speaking the “real truth” in reference to Bob... — Updated 7/1/2020


You've Got To Be Taught

Rev. Ernie Mills’ letter of June 18, “No One is Born a Racist,” was a thoughtful look at our behavior and attitude toward others. As I read it, suddenly some words of the song “You’ve got to be Carefully Taught” from... — Updated 7/1/2020


No Right To Endanger Others

Went to Brevard PO to mail package with mask. First two people I encountered were not wearing masks, in spite of Governor Cooper’s mandate. Sheriff Mahoney in June 22 issue on COVID-19 Safety makes no mention of masks. The... — Updated 7/1/2020


Rewriting History

I very much approve Bob Twomey’s June 25 letter encouraging us not to rewrite history. But I also think history is both more and other than “a chronological documentation of all things that have occurred in our country’s... — Updated 7/1/2020


Dollars And A Sense Of Place

A sense of place is the sum of qualities and characteristics that provide meaning to a location for its inhabitants. Transylvania County has its own unique sense of place distinguished by its environments and the people who live... — Updated 7/1/2020


Support Wildlife In Southern Appalachian Forests

Forests in the Southern Appalachians are some of the most biologically diverse temperate forests in the world: however, these forests have departed from healthy conditions and many wildlife and plant species are in decline due to... — Updated 6/29/2020


Dispelling Some Myths About COVID-19

There is almost an infodemic of misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. What works: Pretty basic and largely unchanged from what you already learned: 1. Social Distancing – Stay 6 feet apart because when you breathe, talk or... — Updated 6/29/2020


HCA Profits From Bailout

According to a June 17 article in the Asheville Citizen Times, HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) has received about $1 billion in bailout funds through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act... — Updated 6/29/2020


Reducing Suffering

The reunion of two childhood friends and a march to reject racism graced the front page of the Monday, June 22, issue of The Transylvania Times. The march drew a large crowd, some of whom spoke of their experiences of racism. The... — Updated 6/29/2020


Hitting 'Pause' Is Responsible

When Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that North Carolina would not proceed to Phase Three of reopening the state until at least July 17, political opportunists wasted no time in criticizing the decision. Some Republicans claime... — Updated 6/29/2020

 By Gray Jernigan    Opinion

U.S. Forest Service Plans Fail To Protect Area Water Quality

The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are the headwaters of seven major river systems, providing drinking water for millions of people in four southeastern states and wildlife habitat for a bewildering array of native species,... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

TRH Recognized As Top Critical Access Hospital

As Transylvania Regional Hospital has navigated, along with all of you, a new way of life and care provision in the wake of COVID-19, we are still here delivering excellent care to our community. Transylvania Regional Hospital... — Updated 6/24/2020


Do Not Rewrite History

It was good to see Bob Youngerman's letter "Statistics Do Not Support Police Bias" in Monday's paper. Finally, someone spoke up about the real truth about what is going on in this country. But there is something even more sinister... — Updated 6/24/2020


Fill Out Form For Money

If most people were asked to just fill out a form to receive money, they would do so immediately. It’s a little odd, then, that residents do not fill out their U.S. Census forms. While participating in the census does not... — Updated 6/24/2020


Try For Balance

While the Wall Street Journal does not go to the extremes of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Breitbart News and other conservative media, it is not always to be trusted as the balanced news and editorial source that some would have us... — Updated 6/24/2020


Reactive Vs. Proactive

One of the things we hopefully will learn as a nation from the COVID-19 pandemic and racial inequality that have dominated recent headlines is that it is less costly in terms of money, health and happiness to be proactive instead... — Updated 6/22/2020


You Decide: Are We In For A Strong Economic Recovery?

My best friend at N.C. State University was a physicist. We had much in common. We were both transplants from the North. Our spouses taught elementary school. We were passionate baseball fans. He grew up in New England, so he... — Updated 6/22/2020


Keep Deerlake Residents Safe

The city of Brevard should be as proud of Deerlake Village as are its residents. Deerlake is a real community. For over 25 years, residents have volunteered throughout Brevard at the Veterans’ History and Heritage museums, at... — Updated 6/22/2020


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