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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:23

Rep. Queen critical of GOP’s leadership, methods

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“I feel like a one-legged man at an ass kicking. They don’t care for me because I call them out.…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:23

New charters stir emotions, but time is a healer

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When we reported that Mountain Discovery Charter School and Swain County commissioners were working together to hopefully build a gymnasium,…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:18

Help build a community that fights child abuse

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By Julie Schroer • Guest Columnist As April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, I want you to hang in…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:50

Community involvement is the key

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To the Editor: I won’t be voting for Michele Presnell, but it seems silly for this newspaper and local elected…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:54

The arts thrive only if we support them

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“The arts are so incredibly vital to a quality of life, smart business and the health of a community. The…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:10

Let’s get the ‘dump Presnell’ train rolling

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Let the campaign to unseat Rep. Michele Presnell begin. During her two terms in office Presnell has been an obstructionist…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:46

Maggie Valley should make town center happen

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When small towns think and act big, amazing things can happen. Anyone who has traveled has come across communities that…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:41

Trump is leading somewhere I just won’t go

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With the North Carolina primary election just days away on March 15, Donald Trump continues his march toward the Republican…
Sometimes I forget why I love it so much. The truth is that newspaper work is partly satisfying, partly frustrating.…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:14

Apple or Uncle Sam? I don’t like my choices

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Who you going to trust, Apple or Uncle Sam? By deciding not to obey a court order to unlock the…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:31

No reason to believe N.C. will fix redistricting mess

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Maybe North Carolina will be a shining star of a state working to resolve petty partisanship, and maybe it won’t. …
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:14

Bottom line: State needs to do more for public schools

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It’s a fundamental question and voters will be the ultimate arbiters: is North Carolina spending adequately on education? The short…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:46

Let’s ease off the throttle on Central closing

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By John Sanderson • Guest Columnist I have hesitated to make a comment about this issue, because I know personally…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:57

Voters will ultimately decide if firing was a mistake

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Former county commissioner, mayor and longtime Haywood County political player/observer Mary Ann Enloe was dead on in her column last…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:08

It’s a great plan, just work on the free throws

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I was in my early twenties before I knew what I wanted to do with my life. My son, Jack,…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:57

And the 2015 award winners are ...

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The idea to start handing out annual spoof awards instead of the traditional year-in-review that most newspapers do was the…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:57

Haywood just not prepared for growth

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If there was ever a time in recent memory when Haywood County leaders and its citizens need reminding that they…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 16:08

I swear, it’s really much ado about nothing

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Sometimes in the world of journalism, the story becomes more about the reaction than the original news event. By my…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:13

It’s really OK to just let kids be kids

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“OK, everybody, huddle up, huddle up!” But nobody really seems to want to huddle up. Our point guard is standing…
I’m not running for office and never will, but as a citizen of Haywood County and Western North Carolina and…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:01

Investing in what’s best about WNC

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While I was living in Elizabethtown in southeastern North Carolina in 1988, Walmart opened a brand-new store. Most everyone was…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:13

A banquet table of issues, one bite at a time

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So much going on locally and around the world that it’s just a tough week to bear down on a…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:09

If it’s good vs. evil, only one outcome is tenable

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When terrorism strikes like it did this weekend in Paris, the first reaction to the horror is shock from the…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:50

In the end, Haywood leaders make the right call

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Hindsight is indeed 20-20, and this time Haywood County commissioners very likely saw things exactly as they should have. The…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:05

Pisgah High Millennials ready to voice their opinions

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Somewhere at this very moment, a political science major is writing a dissertation on why young people these days are…
Jackson County commissioners are going to pass a smart steep slope ordinance that will help as this region shakes off…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:16

Waynesville needs Mayor Gavin Brown back in office

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I sincerely hope Waynesville citizens support Mayor Gavin Brown for reelection. Municipal elections carry more import than most people realize.…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:01

In search of the uplifting and the ephemeral

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“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point,…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:26

America’s ‘culture of me’ has got to change

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If we are ever going to have any hope of stemming the bloody tide of mass shootings — which happens…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:03

Legislature pushes state into a freefall to the right

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Just a few more dollars, that’s all. When you get your car fixed or a new dishwasher installed, now you’ll…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:24

Valuing the process more than the outcome

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This is one tradition that could just die and I don’t think many will care. I’m talking about the recently…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:06

Canton can rebrand itself, but it won’t be easy

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With the right leadership, it can happen. If the national and regional economy continues chugging along for another few years…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:19

Friday night lights still shining bright

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“So, you’re a band parent, huh? Boy, is your life about to change.” My wife and I heard that a…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:54

Tourism figures point to a post-recession recovery

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Recently released figures on the impact of tourism in Western North Carolina are encouraging. More visitors are spending more money,…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:09

This is one ride I’m not gonna miss

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Some of them arrive four or five days early, packed up and just sitting there on the Haywood County Fairgrounds…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:16

My ‘year of lasts’ is officially underway

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I was watching my son’s soccer game last night and the old Al Stewart tune, “Time Passages,” kept running through…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:01

GOP’s Trump problem won’t be easily resolved

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I would wager that I despise politics just about as much as you do. Whatever your political affiliation, we would…
I’m sure the founders of Haywood County’s new charter school — Shining Rock Classical Academy — never imagined a week…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:56

Tribal council takes the wrong stand on openness

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The Tribal Council kicked us out again. Holly Kays, a reporter for The Smoky Mountain News, was told on July…
By Gibbs Knotts & Chris Cooper A longstanding social science finding holds that collective public opinion is fairly sticky on…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:49

Folkmoot is about more than dancing, watching

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By Hannah McLeod • Guest Columnist We all have those memories that lurk in the back of our brain, the hazy,…
The North Carolina Senate has become emboldened in its partisanship over the last couple of years, and there appears to…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:13

A story all about good people doing good things

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I should get over being astounded by the way the world works. And I’m talking about the good stuff, not…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:55

Symbols matter, and so does removing them

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Complicated. Ignorant. Entrenched. It’s easy to come up with words to describe the state of race relations in this country…
I remember someone once telling me that all the seemingly trivial, decidedly unimportant choices you make every day prepare you…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:30

Making the case for my future career

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By the time I was in the fifth grade, I knew I wanted to grow up to be a lawyer.…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:33

Reflections on ‘Sweet 16’ and the future

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What’s your dream job? Recent college graduates are perhaps honing in on the difficult task of searching for a satisfying…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:09

Finding a balance in Frog Level won’t be easy

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I don’t know if it reaches the magnitude of a moral dilemma, but I feel for the Frog Level merchants…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:52

Out of the headlines, but not out of the woods

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The rioting in Baltimore has settled down and we haven’t heard much out of Ferguson, Missouri, recently. The uproar and…
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