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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:46

Romney’s plan will benefit wealthy

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To the Editor: Mitt Romney is saying his experience in the private sector means he can do a better job…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:59

Fight back against Alzheimer’s

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To the Editor: Ask yourself, for just one day, can I match the passion and dedication of Alzheimer’s caregivers and…
I found Booger at the Coffee Shop some 15 years ago – a tiny kitten with only one eye open,…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:01

Corporations are not people

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To the Editor: This letter is in direct response to Ginny Jahrmarkt’s May 30 letter titled, “Jones made wrong vote…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:00

Commissioner’s actions were disappointing

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To the Editor: It was disappointing to read that Commissioner Mark Jones representing District 4 voted to support a resolution…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:00

Arrogant is the word for Sheriff Ashe

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To the Editor: When I think of the word arrogant, I usually think of someone who is so intelligent or…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:59

Both sides scratching their own backs

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To the Editor: The word austerity seems to have saturated world and national news of late, sometimes used in a…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:55

Time to take out the long knives

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Suppose this was your household budget: • Annual family income………………....$23,400 • Money family spends annually….....$35,900 • New debt added to…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:02

Jones made wrong vote at last Jackson meeting

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To the Editor: At the most recent Jackson County commissioner meeting at the Balsam-Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Commissioner Mark…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:02

Left changes it’s tune when it loses

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To the Editor: According to recent letters to the editor, Christians, or anyone else, should not be allowed to vote…
Some time back I wrote that at a future date I’d print seed-starting dates for the remainder of the growing…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:57

Misunderstanding should not nix resolution

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To the Editor: Sometimes misunderstandings can get completely out of hand. Such was the case at the last meeting of…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:57

North Shore Road money should not be held up

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To the Editor: I commend Becky Johnson and The Smoky Mountain News for providing the facts to its readers regarding…
I’ll admit that I have never been much of a cat person. It’s because I am a little selfish, I…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:38

Redefining marriage is always defeated

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To the Editor: According to recent letters to the editor, Christians, or anyone else, should not be allowed to vote…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:36

Recognizing the enemies within

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest columnist In July of 1861, Major Sullivan Ballou of Rhode Island composed a letter to…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:33

Welfare state has destroyed California

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To the Editor: California is back in the news. Two Saturdays ago, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that the state’s budget deficit…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:32

A majority did not support Amendment One

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To the Editor: Three letters in the May 16-22 edition of the Smoky Mountain News reflect differing views about what…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:29

A festival for the unassuming goat

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Every small town needs a street festival, and what better excuse for one could there be than goats? This past…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:49

A GOP perspective on leadership

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To the Editor: The recent letter authored by the new chairman of the Macon County Democratic Party seemed to be…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:48

Someone is having problems with memory

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“No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.” – Abraham Lincoln To the Editor: I am…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:47

Thanks for taking a strong stand

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To the Editor: I live in Albuquerque currently, but I grew up in North Carolina and spent summers at Lake…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:46

Romney will sacrifice all to blind ambition

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To the Editor: No president serves for more than eight years but his influence on the Supreme Court lasts far…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:45

Don’t tell me about hurt feelings

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To the Editor: Oh I am so distraught; and Chief Hicks is “appalled.” The Franklin maintenance crew has killed the…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:43

My other family just lost one of its own

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Here in the South, if you are of a certain age, you have two families at least. The first is…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:34

A few lessons on getting the garden started

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With our average last frost date of May 10 or so it’s time to start planting the main garden. Corn…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:32

Vote “No” on marriage amendment proposal

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To the Editor: Please go to the poles on May 8 and vote “No” to amend the N.C. Constitution, an…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:32

Davis ready to defend, clarify his positions

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To the Editor: In his April 25 letter to the editor, “Let me tell you why I'm a Democrat,” Ed…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:31

Staying put and doing my best for WestCare

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To the Editor: I am writing to clarify my position on the recent events that have occurred within the Med-West…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:30

Tuckaseigee Baptists oppose Jackson alcohol

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To the Editor: Considering the tremendous harm that alcohol continues to cause our society, the churches of the Tuckaseigee Baptist…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:29

Is this really what this state wants?

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To the Editor: Amendment One sounds innocent enough. The wording is very precise and is carefully phrased to make approval…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:17

Full-color plates still not a sure thing

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By Holly Demuth What does your car believe in? Here in Western North Carolina, many people choose to express their…
This being a Sunday, the day on which I generally take care of household chores that have gone unheeded during…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:02

Sweepstakes cafeterias good for tourism

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To the Editor: I agree with the opinion expressed by several of those interviewed for a recent article that the…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:01

Does Bothwell realize Shuler is not running?

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To The Editor: I find Cecil Bothwell’s preoccupation with Heath Shuler odd and slightly disturbing. Although Shuler announced months ago…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:00

Hanging chads and voter suppression

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To the Editor: Do you remember “hanging-chads? Those were the tiny little punch-out holes on Florida ballots that gave George Bush…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:59

Let me tell you why I’m a Democrat

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To the Editor: I want to share with you three times in my life that made me appreciate how important…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:58

Working at C.J. Harris is an honor

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To the Editor: In 1993, I knew I wanted to be a registered nurse (RN) and my health occupations teacher,…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:57

Those staying believe in this hospital

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To the Editor: To us, this is more than just a hospital because it is part of our community, and…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:57

It is time to look ahead, not behind

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To the Editor: The Physician Leadership Council, the governing body of the employed physicians of MedWest Health System, is saddened…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:48

Call them statesmen, not “republicrats”

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To the Editor: There has been too much name-calling in the media lately criticizing the way in which some of…
To the Editor: One of the more interesting races in the May 8 Democratic primary is the race for U.S.…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:47

Dilapidated mobile homes should be illegal

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To the Editor: Old Cullowhee Road in Cullowhee is a beautiful route for viewing land, homes, water and sky. Lately…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:46

The new world of political advertising

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To the Editor: I’m going to be as “tacky” in my public response to Mr. Swanson as he was in…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:45

Women should make their voice heard on Election Day

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To the Editor: Recently there were two letters to the editor locally by Shirley Ches and Marge Abel which expressed…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:45

Don’t tax the hand that feeds us

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To the Editor: I have been reading the news regarding the Jackson County Occupancy Tax and the discussion around the…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:41

Trayvon Martin just went too far

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To the Editor: Norman Hoffman has his facts wrong about the Trayvon Martin shooting.   Based on my experience, and…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:41

Jackson should join Franklin on this one

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To the Editor: I write to urge the Jackson County commissioners to follow the lead of the Franklin Town Board…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:40

Franklin leaders say corporations not people

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To the Editor: Kudos to the Franklin Board of Aldermen for unanimously passing a resolution calling on the North Carolina…