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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:00

The killer is among us, and she is Tuppence

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When I moved to Sylva from Bryson City, two dogs stayed and three cats came with me. These are Edgar…
A box of bulbs arrived Saturday, containing within the cardboard confines all the promises of fall work, winter waiting and…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:05

Student housing would benefit Forest Hills

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To the Editor: In response to the article written by Quintin Ellison published Oct. 5 regarding the developer request to…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:05

Cutting food aid right now is deplorable

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To the Editor: An elderly widow on a fixed-income already cannot afford a healthy diet and her medications, and now…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:03

Waynesville town board needs Mary Ann Enloe

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To the Editor: One of America’s greatest statesmen, Thomas Paine, wrote a book called Common Sense. Unfortunately, this trait is…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:02

General Assembly puts burden on locals

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To the Editor: It has become evident that the principle guideline being used by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and the…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:34

When is Frontier DSL arriving in outlying areas?

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To the Editor: While the good folks at Frontier (Everett, Wash., customer service call center) offered as a good faith…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:34

In my dreams, I am organized and efficient

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I am a great admirer of efficient people. In my enthusiasm for them I sometimes mistake myself for one of…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:33

Haire should support the people’s vote

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To the Editor: I’d like to address the letter three weeks ago by my representative to the General Assembly, The…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:33

Rep. Phil Haire wrong on gay marriage bill

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To the Editor: I found Rep. Phil Haire’s recent letter outlining and justifying his opposition to SB 514, the Defense…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:32

Some questions for progressives to answer

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To the Editor: These questions are directed to progressives, liberals or left-thinking people. • Why do you think it’s OK…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:32

Go ahead and do the Macon revaluation

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To the Editor: If property revaluation is postponed until 2015, the Macon County Commissioners are again gambling that property values…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:55

Slope rules could help protect Macon

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To the Editor: Wildflower is back, and a lot of people are worried, especially here in the northern part of…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:54

Lower corporate taxes won’t create jobs

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To the Editor: In the ongoing debate about job creation, much misinformation is being bandied about in an effort to…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:53

Legislators need some time in the desert

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To the Editor: After recently returning to North Carolina from three years in the Southwest, I am saddened to learn…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:53

Macon County needs to use landslide maps

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To the Editor: The North Carolina Geological Survey landslide hazard map prepared for Macon County is a valuable resource for…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:51

We don’t need Rep. Phil Haire in office

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To the Editor, Rep. Phil Haire’s recnt letter contains the pathetic non sequitur: “to place (the Defense of Marriage Bill)…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:49

Winter garden success come those who labor

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I cut my first fall salad this weekend: baby kale, tatsoi, mizuna, baby mustards and more. Following a summer of…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:46

Horn removal task best done early and well

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I have learned, yet again, the virtues of doing something right the first time. My sloppiness was a bloody and…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:51

CuRvE wants to build on WCU’s strengths

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The article about the Western Carolina University Strategic Planning Commission caught the attention of the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor (CuRvE), a…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:51

Attacks on Tea Party inaccurate

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To the Editor: The gangland-style, fist pounding threat to “take out the sons of b_____s shouted by union leader Jimmy…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:50

Do we really want leaders like this?

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To the Editor: At the Republican presidential debate on Sept. 12, the moderator posed a hypothetical question to Representative Ron…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:49

Bothwell supports health care for all

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To the Editor: Last March, I realized everyone’s worst nightmare when a doctor diagnosed my 44-year-old husband, Ben, with a…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:49

New Franklin Wal-Mart is a blight on landscape

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To the Editor: Last week I had the great misfortune of seeing first-hand the results of wanton destruction of acres…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:48

Is our region a threat or an opportunity?

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To the Editor: It was exciting last week to read of Western Carolina University’s move to re-open its strategic planning…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:48

Rep. Haire votes against same-sex ban

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To the Editor: Recently my office received more than 125 written requests from Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties requesting that…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:15

Haywood closes in on deal to privatize landfill

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Haywood County is inching closer to exiting the landfill business, with plans to hand over the county’s White Oak landfill…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:00

Farmers are almost always willing to lend a hand

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Tammara Talley, while gracious in her acknowledgments during the shower of verbal high-fives raining down upon her at Saturday’s farmers…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:59

Riding the Parkway for a cause

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Seconds after I heard the doorbell, my little feet hit the stone floor landing that served to separate the front…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:58

Tea Party wants to restore America

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To the Editor: In a Quinnipiac University polling (8/16-8/27), 29 percent of Americans responded that they couldn’t formulate an opinion…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:58

Let’s send Obama to unemployment line

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To the Editor: We need a plan that will help grow jobs in our district. The message to the world…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:57

Kudos to Haywood for landslide mapping

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To the Editor: It’s good to see Haywood County leaders talking sense about landslide hazard mapping instead of stoking the…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:57

Harrah’s should not have a monopoly

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To the Editor: Regarding the editor’s article, “It’s time to approve dealers at Harrah’s casino” (SMN, Sept. 7-13), I agree…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:32

It’s tough to grow your meat and slaughter it too

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I was pleased to see quite a few people selling meat this past Saturday at the local farmers market in…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:30

Protecting public lands protects quality of life

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To the Editor: Last week, North Carolinians joined citizens from all over the nation to celebrate Great Outdoors Week to…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:29

Third-party certification can help forest owners

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To the Editor: The best way to keep private forestlands in forests is to have an economic environment that makes…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:29

Social Security has been robbed by politicians

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To the Editor: For more than 25 years after the 1983 amendments to Social Security, the federal government collected more…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:27

Time to reduce our dependence on oil

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To the Editor: We traveled to Clayton, Ga., last week to attend a presentation featuring “The Transition Movement.” This movement…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:26

Hell hath no Fury like a guilty conscience

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One night last week, when I was watching what must have been the 500th recounting of the Casey Anthony trial,…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:45

That awful smell, yeah, that’s me. Seriously.

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There is nothing that smells quite as bad as a male goat in rut. During the mating season, excited billy…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:43

Beware of cardboard coyotes

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I consider it a good thing when you meet someone new from a very different background that provides a chance…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:43

Eichenbaum’s flip-flops can’t be ignored

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To the Editor: In response to Dr. Dan Eichenbaum’s announcement that he is running for Congress again in the 11th…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:42

Democratic Party opposes rate increase

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To the Editor: At the July meeting of the Jackson County Democratic Party Executive Committee, the executive committee voted to…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:41

Insurance mandate is not unconstitutional

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To the editor: If mandatory health insurance is unconstitutional, as the Republicans hope the Supreme Court will rule, what about…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:40

State GOP leaders following a script

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To the Editor: I found it curious that the slew of bills rushed through the first session of our new…
A number of readers have informed me that the agonizing sting I described in last week’s column was the work…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:16

Lake issue raises complex questions

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To the Editor: Thank you for the thoughtful, informative and balanced article on Lake Emory in Franklin. I would like…
If I overdose and you have to take me to the emergency room, I told a friend Friday night, please…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:29

Skateboarders treated unfairly, especially by police

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What if we treated all athletes like skateboarders? I ask this question because I am a skateboarder. I grew up…