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Principles Before Party

The decision by Transylvania County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Hawkins, Vice Chair David Guice and former Vice Chair Page Lemel to leave the Republican Party and become Unaffiliated should lead all of us to some intensive reflection. As...

 

Parking Meters Will Bring Stress

As a native of Brevard, I totally agree with Barry Lewis on not installing parking meters in the city. Brevard has been viewed and rated as a quiet, quaint, mountain town with an air of peaceful existence in a beautiful setting. The mountains...

 

Good Players

Good Coaches, It has been another stellar season for three of Brevard High School’s sports teams. The Lady Blue Devils volleyball team made history by winning the Mountain Six Conference and advancing to the state semifinals before falling to...

 

Kudos To Hawkins

In today’s paper, readers will find an article about County Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins being named 2019 Rural Advocate of the Year. It is a honor that is well deserved. The NC Rural Center, which works to develop and implement economic...

 

Christmas Card Time

Most cards today are made in China and we think most people are fed up that so many of our purchases are made there. What’s even worse, is that China is a real threat to our country. Once again, Highland Books comes to the rescue with a great...

 

Profit Without Harmful Waste

We did not think Mr. Schenfield was criticizing capitalism in his recent letter about food packaging. Surely there is room in Brevard and the world for businesses to make a fair profit without creating harmful waste. We eat at places such as Sunrise...

 

Putin's Dupes

It must be the spirit of the holiday season, but I actually find myself agreeing with something that Charles Brendle wrote in these pages. In the Nov. 25 issue, he said, “I suspect Putin goes to bed each night saying “I have them right where I...

 

A Cedar Mountain Icon

After 25 years of living in Cedar Mountain, one of the most reassuring sights in my daily life is driving down “Mill Hill” and catching sight of the old Carr’s Hill Baptist Church, nestled against the hillside where Becky Mountain Road sweeps... Full story

 

Missing The Point

Richard Donoghue’s Nov. 25 opinion in The Transylvania Times completely missed the point of Jim Schenfield’s review of the new Cook Out restaurant in Brevard. While Donoghue is correct that “[a] critical issue for business is to minimize...

 

An Amazing Community

The Bread of Life Free community kitchen was witness to so many community members putting their differences aside to provide an amazing feast last Thursday. Almost 450 meals were prepared by the people of Transylvania County for the people of this gr...

 

Release The Funds

Recently, the General Assembly declined to negotiate with the governor regarding pay raises for school employees. Even though other state employees received a raise, the General Assembly adjourned for the year without giving most school personnel a...

 

Rebuilding The Jenkins Center

In 1952, when segregation was predominant in Brevard and Transylvania County, the Mary C. Jenkins Center opened in the Rosenwald community. For many years, the Mary C. Jenkins Center, with its meeting areas, outside space for children and swimming...

 

It's Over

There are many things to be thankful for in this season of Thanksgiving. I am thankful the impeachment hearings are over. Whew, was that a long, boring and fruitless exercise. I submit that the needle didn’t move in either direction as the...

 

President Is Pathological Liar

We must take exception to people who claim the Mueller report and impeachment inquiry have unearthed no wrong doings by the current White House resident. First, the Mueller report resulted in dozens of indictments, several guilty pleas and prison...

 

Don't Be Fooled By Enviva's Forest Conservation Fund

When I picked up the Nov. 11 issue of The Transylvania Times and saw the article in the Outdoors section entitled “Enviva Forest Conservation Fund Partners with DU,” I couldn’t help but cringe. For more than five years now, conservation...

 

Thankful For Farmers' Market

Over the past seven months, our local farmers’ market has collected fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, and other healthy foods to support the neighbors in need in our county. Many local residents bought a dozen eggs for themselves and an additional...

 

President's History Of Corruption

In medicine we are taught that the history generally gives or suggests the diagnosis. The laboratory and physical exam mostly serve to confirm the diagnosis. In considering the guilt of the president regarding his actions with respect to Ukraine,...

 

Stop Criticizing Capitalism

I read the opinion in Mondays’ paper where Mr. Schenfield complained that the new chain restaurant in town is not a “Friend to Environment.” It seems obvious to me that Schenfield never started, funded and ran a business. Businessmen and women...

 

First UMC Children's Weekday Program

There is a fabulous Children’s Program within the walls of the First United Methodist Church located in the heart of Brevard. We offer 2-day, 3-day and 5-day options full of instructional learning and fun. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The...

 

Watch Timing On Road Projects

The announcement last month that several major road projects in Transylvania County have been placed on the 2020 Build N.C. bond issuance list is good news. The three projects slated for construction are: the installation of roundabouts at the...

 

Paid Parking Would Hurt Downtown

I recently read about the Brevard City Council contemplating adding parking fees to the now free city parking. In my opinion, the fees generated by metered parking would dampen the vibrant downtown. The money generated by metered parking is a bit... Full story

 

Inconsistent Health Reporting

When there was an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease associated with the North Carolina Mountain State Fair in September, state and local government health officials quickly reported how many cases there were of Legionnaire’s disease. They also...

 

Questions On Paid Parking

  The information presented at a recent Brevard City Council retreat on implementing paid parking downtown raises a lot of questions that need to be answered before any such plan goes into effect. Why is the city considering charging for parking at...

 

Dancing At The Polls

Brevard voters prove issues, not dance schedule, are important to them. Jack Zerby Brevard...

 

Make Reasonable Upgrades

I’ve lived many years in Brevard, back before our own fast food nation, tour buses and sharing the road with two wheels. It was satisfying to find a town like Brevard to raise my children. We need to make a few adjustments to keep it a safe town,...

 

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