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An Overlooked President

Frequently, modest people who quietly do good work are often overlooked until they are gone. Then we realize their contributions, their subtle but steady work that has made life easier or better for us. That is the case of President George H.W....

 

President Makes Us Less Respected

I wish to commend The Transylvania Times editorial “Ceding the Moral Ground” (Nov. 26) to every reader who values America’s place of leadership in this world. I spent 40 years representing the United States to foreign governments and peoples, p...

 

Remembering George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush was probably the most decent, kind man ever to hold the office. According to historians, presidents Bush and John Adams were the most successful one-term presidents in U.S. history. But I’d like to focus not on Bush’s military...

 

America: We Can Do Much Better

The death of former President George H. W. Bush last week was a stark and brutal reminder to me of his presidency and personal life, as opposed to that being displayed by President Donald Trump. Bush: A decorated war veteran vs. Trump, who never...

 
 By Michele Pilon    Opinion    December 6, 2018 

TRH Grateful For Bonds With Patients, Community

The holidays are a time to reflect on the very many things we have to be grateful for. One of the privileges I have as president and CNO of Transylvania Regional Hospital is observing or hearing stories about how our team members touch the lives of o...

 

More Space For Manufacturing

After months of talking with local leaders and reviewing economic data, consultant Jeannette Goldsmith in February of 2013 released an “Economic Development Readiness Assessment for Transylvania County.” She wrote that one of the physical...

 

Probe Resulting In Guilty Pleas

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s 18 month long investigation has resulted in more than 100 criminal counts against 33 people and three companies, one conviction and several guilty pleas. These charges involve the most serious forms of criminal... Full story

 

Do Not Speculate With Tax Money

We who live in Brevard have a lot to be thankful for. We have endless access to beautiful open space through national forest land and state parks. That said, I am troubled by actions being taken or considered by two separate governance bodies. I...

 

Off Base

It’s always somewhat disturbing to me when someone refers to somebody as “evil.” In Mr. Roger’s recent letter he refers to “Trump’s evils.” To me, calling someone evil implies intent in actions. Mr. Rogers voiced very strong criticisms...

 

Ridiculous Assertions

Mr. Van Antwerp’s recent opinion letter asks us to believe that Trump never spews hatred and vilification of minorities, to just ignore and forget the numerous, well recorded quotes/tweets where he called Mexicans “rapists,” Muslims...

 

More Profits, Fewer Jobs

General Motors announcement that it would be “idling” four American plants and one in Canada resulting in the loss of 14,000 jobs highlights the intrinsic problem of today’s corporate capitalism. The financial interests of shareholders and...

 

'Imperial' Presidents

I think it’s great that Charles Brendle helped get his fair-haired boy elected president and doesn’t have to put up with Obama’s “Imperial” presidency anymore. Evidently, Trump’s proclamations suit Brendle better than Obama’s did....

 

Visit ATOM Decorations

The acronym stands for ATOM (The Aluminum Tree and Aesthetically Challenged Seasonal Ornaments Museum and Research Center). ATOM is now on display at the Transylvania Heritage Museum, located at 189 W. Main St. in Brevard. Photos of ATOM graced...

 

Ceding The Moral Ground

One of our strongest attributes as a nation is that we usually take the high moral ground. It has allowed us to set a standard that numerous countries have attempted, many successfully, to emulate. Many countries have modeled their constitutions on...

 

Thankful For Caring People

Brevard Mayor Jimmy Harris is fond of saying Brevard is “an above average” city, and he is right. He even might be underselling the city and county. There is no place on the East Coast that has as many large, breathtaking waterfalls as there are... Full story

 

Trump Is Not Evil

Don Rogers recently wrote an opinion letter proclaiming that he will not excuse Trump’s evils and that, “Republicans who do not reject and condemn Trump’s demagoguery are complicit in it and will share in history’s judgment.” President Trum...

 

Do We Need More Venues?

Numerous Brevard residents have expressed strong reservations about the revised plan to have the city spend more than $400,000 to construct an abbreviated facsimile of the old railroad depot. Many people supported the plan when originally presented b...

 

Will Council Consider Input?

What was the intent of the recent public input session on city projects? I read the public comments that were collected and posted online, but beyond compiling and uploading them, is there any plan to incorporate public opinion into project designs?...

 

Terrific Football Game

Friday night I attended the football game between the Brevard Blue Devils and Eastern Randolph. From the beginning it became apparent that the visitors had four backs who were fine athletes. The task to the Blue Devil team was to play their best...

 

American Made Christmas Cards

It’s so difficult to find cards made in America. We are fortunate to have Highland Books right here in Brevard that sells cards made in America. We bought ours today and it makes us feel patriotic that once again we did not support China, who in...

 

Are Commissioners Taking A Knee?

I just read the commission notes on their failure to renew the lease for the WNC Military Museum until 2021 while we seek funds to buy a new facility. The stated logic was to wait for the new commissioners to be seated. Translation: Wait so they can...

 

Brevard Is 'Above Average' Without The Depot Project

In early October, I asked that the Brevard City Council to subject the $530,000 depot project to a public hearing, despite the fact that the same council had already approved the project in a 4-1 vote a few weeks earlier. In my opinion, the project...

 

Call Planned Depot What It Is

Mayor Harris’s “Brevard’s Best Day’s Are Still Ahead Of Us” column in the Nov. 12 edition of the paper was very interesting and brought back many memories of the Brevard I met when I moved here in 1949. A favorite memory is of the trains...

 

Support WNC Military History Museum

I am humbled by the outpouring of support for our museum to remain at its present location, the courthouse annex building, for two more years, as we launch our capital campaign and unique vision to expand and to share history with all visitors who...

 

Why Do People Still Support Trump?

After all the lies and despicable things he has said and done, I’ve often been puzzled why so many otherwise good people still approve of Trump. The answer is now clear — it’s a cult. Political movements can be cults and people in cults... Full story

 

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