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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:25

Taxpayers deserve easier access to voting

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To the Editor: My name is John Herrin and I am a registered voter in Swain County, and I wrote…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:24

Swain needs to keep one-stop voting site

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To the Editor: Ms. Sallie Smith Bradley will celebrate her 98th birthday on Saturday, March 3, at her residence in…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:43

Safer, smarter and nostalgic about a more reckless past

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In the 1960s and 70s, everybody smoked, everybody but my mother, who didn’t smoke, drink, or do anything that Ann…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:43

Alzheimer’s letter draws needed attention

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To the Editor: My heartfelt gratitude to John Corkran of Black Mountain for his letter (Asheville Citizen-Times, Feb. 6) titled…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:42

LTLT strives to be non-partisan, helpful

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To the Editor: A letter appearing in The Smoky Mountain News two weeks ago incorrectly characterized the mission, work, and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:42

Cherokee bear zoos need to be shut down

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To the Editor: How many times do the roadside zoos in Cherokee have to be cited for violations of federal…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:41

Planning board needs to be controlled

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To the Editor: One of the most memorable days of my life was Jan. 19, 2001. Macon County had tried…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:40

Can Macon County make a decision?

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To the Editor: At times when difficult decisions are being considered, leaders may seek the counsel of community-minded, experienced individuals…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:37

Earning the right to indulge myself

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I was recently among a group of friends who were discussing habits — what they are and why we have…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:19

Newspaper criticism was just off the mark

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To the Editor: I had to read “Shame on you, SMN, for poking fun” (Smoky Mountain News, Feb. 1 edition)…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:19

An old friend comes for what I hope is a short visit

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A good friend of old came to stay last week. A great respecter of proper etiquette, she provided ample warning…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:18

A citizens’ scroll should replace library plaque

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To the Editor: In a recent article in The Smoky Mountain News, Jackson County Commissioner Jack Debnam was quoted as…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:17

Who does Sen. Jim Davis really represent?

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To the Editor: State Sen. Jim Davis had an excellent idea. He suggested that anyone who wondered about contributions to…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:18

We need to stop the Great Outdoor Giveaway

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Over 100 years ago, Republican President Theodore Roosevelt said to the American people: Of all the questions which can come…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:17

Protesting against war remains important

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To the Editor: Thanks for the kind words you have for me and our peace vigilers in last week’s issue…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:16

WNC Alliance also a Needmore partner

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To the Editor: As Quintin Ellison notes in her article, “By Land and By Water— (Jan. 18 Smoky Mountain News)…
When the legendary — and former — Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno died on Sunday morning, the first…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:37

Selfish Me and Harried Woman

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“Why didn’t you tell me?” the woman — wild-eyed, disbelieving and somewhat hysterically — called over to where I was…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:22

The time is ripe for garden planning

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January is a time for new beginnings; nowhere is that more true than in the garden. A difficult task for…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:19

NCAE needs to work for schools, not Democrats

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In spite of Scott McLeod’s assertion that “it would be hard to argue otherwise” in his column (“Vote on NCAE…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:18

Locke Foundation critical of tactics

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To the Editor: It’s unclear where Justin Conley (“Vindictive measure should send message,” The Smoky Mountain News, Jan. 11 issue)…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:36

Unexpected pleasures from a trip across the state

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Sometimes what we expect to happen doesn’t: On vacation this week, I stopped in Raleigh and viewed the “Rembrandt in…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:36

Bothwell would be better than Shuler

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To the Editor: Cecil Bothwell is running for U.S. Congress in Western Northern Carolina. He is looking to unseat the…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:35

Whole tax system needs an overhaul

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To the Editor: We have been hearing much about taxing the rich more in order to help our debt problem,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:35

Vindictive measure should send message

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To the Editor: My grandmother always told me that, “nothing good happens after midnight.” I never quite grasped why until…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:10

Warm weather brings unseasonable activity

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Cutting collards this past weekend, I was surprised to find colonies of purplish-colored aphids under many of the leaves. That…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:09

Court ruling promises sleazy campaign season

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To the Editor: Are you sickened by the millions of dollars spent to elect politicians at a time when too…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:08

Medwest affiliation will benefit patients

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By Kate Queen • Guest Columnist At the beginning of December, Mountain Medical Associates, an established, multi-specialty internal medicine practice…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:57

Building community protects against calamity

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While reading the article “Getting ready: Growing number of preppers work to ensure survival in case of societal collapse” (Dec.…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:56

Does the right practice what it preaches?

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To the Editor: We find ourselves during the holidays celebrating the birth of a man whose teaching greatly affected our…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:56

99 percenters better pay attention to GOP

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To the Editor: To all 99 percenters. You had better be paying attention to what Newt Gingrich and his cronies…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:55

Why spend money moving art during tough times?

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To the Editor: As I bounce merrily along the potholes on the way into town, I often wonder if the…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:55

Cutting Russ Avenue trees was bad move

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To the Editor: I think that clear-cutting the slope on Russ Avenue across the road from Kmart was ridiculous. I…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:44

Navel oranges bring back memories of Dad, Christmas

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On Christmas Eve, my dad would always bring home a huge box of navel oranges and bags of pecans, walnuts,…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:30

The sage gardener won’t put off these chores

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If you haven’t covered your greens yet — and I’m among those who have not — it’s time. We’ve been…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:29

Marketing success depends on cooperation

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To the Editor: With reference to Quintin Ellison’s and Becky Johnson’s excellent reporting on the tourism marketing program for Jackson…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:28

Think before making a taxpayer-backed loan

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To the Editor: “When asked about the likelihood of the AM radio station surviving in today’s advertising landscape, Jackson County…
I normally veer from airing my opinion as a columnist in the editorial pages on issues that I cover as…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:14

People too gullible about Occupy movement

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To the Editor: After reading Carol Larivee’s letter noting the differences between the Tea Party and the Occupy movement, it…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:14

Tea Party faithful are decent Americans

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To the Editor: In the Nov. 23-29 issue of The Smoky Mountain News, Carole Larivee wrote a letter comparing the…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:06

Remember that it’s Democrats raising taxes

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To the Editor: So the Democrat North Carolina state senators have waived off the chance to cap the automatic 4…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:10

Poppies beneficial to VFW projects

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To the Editor: On behalf of Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5202 in Waynesville, I would like to thank…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:10

Serving up a heaping helping of internal turmoil

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I helped raise three turkeys this year. They were named Thanksgiving, Christmas and Extras. These turkeys were intended as the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:09

With rights come responsibilities

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To the Editor: I believe I can answer the question used as a headline for Quintin Ellison’s story in the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:08

Why the deficit supercommittee failed

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To the Editor: The deficit reduction supercommittee failed for two reasons. A deficit results when expenditures exceed revenues. The Republicans…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:34

The mad, mad world of Scroto Baggins

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Newspaper people are a special breed. As a type, these are individuals who tend toward the eccentric and are decidedly…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:33

Warm memories from a frozen scout – awesome

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During the winter, we met every Tuesday night in the conference room of the First Methodist Church, and on the…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:32

Enjoyed talking to mountain farmers

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To the Editor, I just want to express my sincere appreciation to the farmers of Haywood County, the members of…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:31

‘I hear the train a comin’ … to Dillsboro

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To the Editor: Every businessman and political and community leader in Jackson County should feel some gratitude this Thanksgiving and…