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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:30

Why is McCrory’s approval rating so high?

To the Editor: Governor Pat McCrory’s approval rating stands at 35 percent. Given the way he’s stuck it to the people of North Carolina, that seems high. Robert Michael Jones Sylva
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:28

Lawmakers in denial about plight of poor

By Dawn Gilchrist-Young Of the 120 or so 12th-graders I teach each year, about two-thirds have jobs outside of school. Of those two-thirds, there is a large number who work 30 to 40 hours a week. Their jobs range from…
To the Editor: This is an open letter to Rep Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers. Rep. Meadows, your actions have already denied food for children in my community. They are already going hungry because the Women Infants and Children’s program is no…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:16

More Medicaid lies from McCrory

To the Editor: In my business, I deal with many people who are at the bottom of the economic ladder. For them, one car breakdown or one illness can mean financial disaster. Often it means the loss of a job,…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:15

McCrory’s efforts paying off for state

To the Editor: In most of the Western Carolina newspapers’ letters to the editor section, we can count on one main topic — Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republicans are bad for North Carolina! But did you notice that last…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:15

Meadows, Maniscalco did not attend forum

To the Editor: I attended the Maggie Valley aldermen candidate forum and read with interest your coverage of this event. First, I would like to commend the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring a well-moderated forum for the community…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:13

Citizens should not tolerate shutdown

To the Editor: My name is David Monteith and I oppose the government shutdown. We Americans have given enough. When our federal government, including the president, House and Senate members, can not agree and dictate to us the U.S. citizen…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:12

Give chance a piece, or something like that

By John Beckman • Guest Columnist There’s a lot to be said for making careful plans in our lives, crafting a logical, well thought out path to get us from point A to point B without getting too lost in between.…
By Sarah Kucharski • Columnist The government shutdown went into effect on the first night I arrived in Yosemite National Park. There was no phone call at midnight, no note on the door in the morning. The birds still chirped,…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Let’s send Rep. Meadows home

To the Editor: On Tuesday, Oct. 15, I delivered to Rep. Meadows’ office in Hendersonville more than 32,000 signatures of people from all over the U. S. who were objecting to his role in trying to close down the government.…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Canton has had a lot of recent accomplishments

To the Editor: This is my first ever letter to the editor.  I feel I must respond to comments made in local papers by several candidates for Alderman for  the Town of Canton. One statement made was that there had…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Zeb sincere about helping Canton

To the Editor: Have you Canton folks taken a good look at the candidates for the four seats on the Canton Board of Aldermen? With the current board, in its entirety, choosing not to run for reelection, Canton is looking…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Let’s learn to live with black bears

To the Editor: As a better solution to the proposed “killing” of more black bears being advocated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, I am a strong advocate for providing more educational opportunities to better equip communities and individuals…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:00

The return of the sharecropper state

To the Editor: When Reconstruction came to the South after the Civil War, big plantations were worked by nearly destitute farmers for a share of what their labor produced. They got enough to live on — barely — but the…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:59

Replace Tea Party with rational Republicans

To the Editor: With the government shutdown fiasco, we have learned what TEA in Tea Party really stands for “Totally Egocentric Anarchists.” Tea Party legislators meet the definition of anarchist: a person who promotes disorder or excites revolt against any…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:58

Learning to compromise would restore hope

To the Editor: I would like Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, to realize that there was a time when opposing parties would come together and work for the good of our citizens. Though there are many examples, let me point to…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:58

Dependency is what leads to vulnerability

To the Editor: I once asked a gentleman why he placed so much reliance on government and he replied, “Because your life can turn on a dime.” To me, that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. A recent example can be…
I am writing this in my classroom on a Friday evening in the hours of quiet before the kickoff for our homecoming ball game. My students are all gone for the weekend, but it is still early enough that my…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:43

Turkey drive helps many needy families

To the Editor: It’s that time of year again. The Maggie Valley Lodging Association is making plans for its 16th annual Turkey Drive to benefit Haywood County’s disadvantaged residents.  When the Turkey Drive first started in 1997, we delivered turkey…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:42

Don’t let Cullowhee planning steal rights

To the Editor: Historically, the citizens of Jackson County have been overwhelmingly against zoning outside the city limits. After failing to get anywhere with county-wide zoning efforts for some 20 years, our county planners finally got the proposal of community-based…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:42

We are headed down the wrong path

To the Editor: What has been happening in Washington is more than a catastrophe. Congress is allowing unshared economic growth and prolonged economic insecurity for millions. One in five North Carolinians live in poverty. One in four children live in…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:41

We should have seen ACA red flags

To the Editor: Red flag warnings that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, is a flawed bad law have been flying around from the get-go.  The bill was ramrodded through Congress during a Christmas Eve session in the Senate.…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:40

Meadows will be held accountable for vote

To the Editor: I read with great interest The Smoky Mountain News’ Oct. 23 Op Ed page and particularly the piece by Robert G. Fulbright of Waynesville. Fulbright’s piece was right on and I totally agree with him! As a…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:37

Legislative actions suck life from public schools

By Dawn Gilchrist-Young • Guest Columnist If I could create for you an apt metaphor for public education, it would be that of public schools as a sentient being. And, as such a being, it would have a body, much…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Improving patient care is priority

The last couple of weeks have been filled with a lot of news about Haywood Regional Medical Center and its potential partnership with Duke LifePoint Healthcare.  Understandably, many people in the communities served by this hospital have questions about the…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Cullowhee planning will help community

To the Editor: As a retort to the concerned citizen who wrote a letter to the editor about the intent of the Cullowhee planning committee to supposedly steal the property rights and money of the people of Cullowhee, I would…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Planning in Cullowhee is a community effort

To the Editor: I attended last week’s open forum sponsored by the newly formed Cullowhee community planning group where local citizens are discussing and considering our community’s growth. In the face of record university enrollment and multiple apartment construction, a…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Enough of unbridled growth in Cullowhee

To the Editor: Cullowhee is the fastest growing community in Jackson County. After several years of effort and well-attended community meetings sponsored by CuRvE (Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor), the Jackson County Commissioners wisely established the Cullowhee Community Planning Advisory Council. Mike…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Community help needed to save education

I’ve heard all the speeches and read all the legislative fantasies, and I’m still not satisfied with what I’ve heard about the state of the schools. The stories don’t match. One question I cannot get the answer to is this:…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Civility begins with us

By Doug Wingeier • Columnist  The cover story in the Oct. 30-Nov. 5 issue of The Smoky Mountain News described divisions in the Haywood County Republican Party caused partly by differences in ideology and partly by conflict over strategy and approach.
We had talked about going to Disney World for so long that it had become an abstraction, so distant and unreal that we might as well have been talking about taking a trip to Saturn. Still, the notion kept forcing…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:32

Gov. McCrory is leading a turnaround in N.C.

To the Editor: For the past few months some of the people in Western North Carolina who write letters to the editor want to blame Gov. Pat McCrory for the sorry state of affairs in the State. He knew what…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:32

Who are the real job creators?

To the Editor: As I write this, the stock market is hovering around record highs. The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates low to stimulate borrowing and investment. Corporate profits are generally high and many companies are sitting on record…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:32

Zoning advocates had predictable response

To the Editor: The response from zoning advocates — to my letter that was printed two weeks ago — was typical. There will always be people who place their aesthetic values over the rights of others. They will be supported by…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:31

Freedom versus limited government

To the Editor: Limited government was ridiculed in a recent Smoky Mountain News article. Most Americans are strong believers in limited government because we believe in our individual rights.  These rights (such as free speech) must be protected against a…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:30

Resilient living on a different planet

By Doug Wingeier • Columnist In early October we spent two weeks in our 150-year-old log cabin situated on a corner of our daughter Ruth and husband John’s 40 acres in central Minnesota, which has no electricity or running water.  While there…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:40

WestCare employees excited about changes

To the Editor: Recently, we the employees of WestCare learned of an exciting decision that we are entering into a  partnership with Duke LifePoint Healthcare that will provide resources to help our hospitals in Sylva and Bryson City and our…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:38

Righting what’s wrong means making changes

We are now — officially — barreling into the holidays. Thanksgiving is already a fading, drowsy memory of turkey carcasses and piles of dirty dishes. As we march onward toward Christmas and the new year, my mind always goes into…
I was trying to sell myself to my prospective new boss, Scott McLeod. I may not know anyone in the Haywood County area yet, I told him, but don’t worry — I’m a horse person. We have a network.  So…
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:00

Affordable Care Act a blessing for my family

To the Editor: Today I visited healthcare.gov on the internet, and thanks to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, I am now, at age 63, covered by healthcare insurance for the first time in my adult life. Throughout…
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:00

Libertarians alive and well in Haywood County

To the Editor: I would like to respond to the article in the Oct. 30 issue of The Smoky Mountain News discussing the “internal debate” which “divides Haywood GOP.”  In this article, some members of the Republican party of Haywood…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:10

Healthcare is people, not logos

John Beckman • Columnist The discussions and debates regarding health care on both the local and national levels have been going on for years as people everywhere have tried to come to grips with rapidly rising costs, a huge number of…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Earth’s warming will harm wildlife

To the Editor: I love this time of year. Cold, crisp days remind me of the days I spent with my dad and our beagles chasing rabbits. Now it means it’s time to share a blind with a wet retriever…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Gov. McCrory, N.C. are moving forward

To the Editor: No doubt 2013 was a much better year for Western North Carolina than was the previous year.  The unemployment rate has dropped down to 7.4 percent in November from 8.9 percent when the year started.  Every county…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

My, how the universe has changed course

To the Editor: After the Clinton administrations’ efforts to get a universal health care bill passed back in the 90s, guess what group was next to propose sweeping health care legislation? No, not the Obama administration. It was the Heritage…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Why voter ID and not background checks?

To the Editor: I do not understand why so many Republican congressmen support voter I.D. laws when it has been proven over and over that voter fraud is extremely negligible and does not warrant the cost to implement and make voting…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Christmas ‘peace’ in the land of the Holy One

Doug Wingeier • Columnist Some years back I spent the Christmas season in the Land of the Holy One. (It is not the land that is holy, but the One who was born, lived, died, and rose there.) This was one…
To the Editor: This move by the state to “reward” 25 percent of the state’s teachers (and I’m not even focusing here on all of the far-from-minimal strings attached to those “rewards”) while at the same time dismissing 75 percent…
Each new year brings out the list-makers, pundits and critics who catalogue everything from the year’s best movies, books, and music to predictions regarding politics and the economy for the next 12 months. With the exception of composing my own…
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:50

Natural areas under assault from warming

To the Editor: I love this time of year. Cold, crisp days remind me of the days I spent with my dad and our beagles chasing rabbits. Now it means it’s time to share a blind with a wet retriever…
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:49

Lake J annexation issue not fairly represented

To the Editor: While I recognize that The Smoky Mountain News’ annual year in review awards are meant to be tongue-in-cheek, the “Longwinded Award,” which reflects on the proposed annexation of Lake Junaluska by the town of Waynesville, misses the…
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:48

Lots of problems with ‘Something Bruin’

In numerous newspapers in late November 2013, it was reported that six U.S. Forest Service (USFS) employees from Western North Carolina were awarded “Law Enforcement and Investigations Awards” by the USFS for their roles in “Operation Something Bruin,” a four-year,…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:56

Much of ACA came from conservatives

To the Editor: When Hillary Clinton proposed a government-run, single-payer system to solve our health care crisis, Republicans responded by proposing a private insurance system based on an individual mandate. Then-Gov. Mitt Romney then adopted this insurance proposal for Massachusetts with great…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:54

Columnist’s anti-Israel tirade distorts truth

David C. Friedman • Guest Columnist Doug Wingeier’s op-ed published in The Smoky Mountain News on Dec.  25, 2013, titled, “Christmas ‘peace’ in the land of the Holy One,” (www.smokymountainnews.com/archives/item/12259) is an impressionistic and factually distorted presentation of classic anti-Israel bias…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:50

Views on Israel based on life experiences

Doug Wingeier • Columnist My oh my! Looks like the long arm of Israeli surveillance has reached out to us way down here in the mountains of Western North Carolina (see column to the left). I hadn’t thought the experience…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:53

GOP leaders should provide emails

To the Editor: Everybody wants transparency in government — everybody except our Republican legislators in Raleigh. Last year, they passed the most repressive voter suppression law in the nation, arguing that it would eliminate the almost-nonexistent voter fraud in North…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:53

Keystone Pipeline could help economy

To the Editor: Are you concerned if you are in your 50s or late 40s that the Social Security fund could run out of money too soon?  In December, only 74,000 people found jobs, and some of those may have…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:52

On the way to an imperial presidency

To the Editor:  This is what President Barack Obama said this week: “Where I can act on my own without Congress, I’m going to do so.”  “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:52

Weaker slope law could lead to lawsuits

To the Editor: After reading the Jan. 15 edition and seeing continued plans to weaken the present Steep Slope Ordinance in Jackson County (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/12322), I am reminded of the letter below that I wrote last year. The facts and issues…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:51

Awards deserve a little more comment

To the Editor: I always look forward to the “Awards” issue of The Smoky Mountain News. May I make three short observations? The “It’s all fun and games until ...” award had one oversight. The unfortunate elk did not “have” to…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:50

Education is alternative to killing more bears

To the Editor: The changes in the five-year black bear management plan currently being proposed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission puts major emphasis on killing and relaxed hunting regulations of our valued bears with little or no options…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:49

Plan for teacher raises a bone of contention

The ramifications of one particularly disturbing directive passed in the last session of the General Assembly is unfolding right now in every county in North Carolina, and it promises to provide some spirited political drama that just about no one…
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:54

Climate change still an important issue

To the Editor: A critical skill for magicians is to be able to misdirect your attention while executing the deception. “Look at this hand while I fool you with the other one.”   Such is the current attack on climate…
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:54

We need to oppose fracking in WNC

To the Editor: James Womack, Chairman of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Mining and Energy Commission, would ask us to suspend disbelief when he states on a recent visit to the fracking fields of Bradford County, Penn.,…
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:53

Support Sen. Hagan, not Koch brothers

To the Editor: The billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch don’t live in North Carolina. One resides in New York City, the other in Kansas. So they can’t vote here. But what they’re doing to North Carolina has vastly more…
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:52

Wildlife officers did a good job for us

To the Editor: Thanks to the wildlife officers for catching the poacher who shot the mother bear on our private property. Well done!      Jerry Bevino Bryson City
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:50

Low-wage workers deserve a better deal

By Doug Wingeier • Columnist Debate is picking up these days on help for the unemployed and low-wage workers. Congress is balking on extending unemployment compensation. The media and public are going back and forth on raising the minimum wage. The…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:35

Background checks are government overreach

To the Editor: The Jackson County commissioners recently made a mistake — an honest, well-meaning, well-intentioned error, yet a mistake nonetheless. Imposing background checks on county volunteers is government intrusion and is wrong. These infringements to our freedoms are totally…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:35

How did county finance not catch on?

To the Editor: The alleged embezzlement of around $50,000 from Macon County taxpayers by a county employee highlights incompetency within the county’s “award winning” finance department. The allegations in Judge Letts’ search warrant for the Macon County Board of Elections…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:34

Teachers, public education get raw deal

To the Editor: If you have been following the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, you have recently learned that 85 individuals control more wealth than the less wealthy half of the world’s population …  that’s 3.5 billion people. It…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:33

Public Art Commission needs to speak up

To the Editor: I served on the Waynesville Public Art Commission from 2006 until March of 2011. Public art was a brand new commission at the time, tasked with not only starting a public art collection for the town of Waynesville…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:30

Vouchers are just bad education policy

The Smoky Mountain News published an excellent analysis of the controversy centered on the current legislation called the “Opportunity Scholarship Program” in the Jan. 29 issue (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/12377). SMN Staff Writer Holly Kays presented this material in exemplary form.  I was…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:01

Visualizing the options for growth

By Ben Brown • Guest Columnist Think of it as a starter kit for a comprehensive business plan for North Carolina’s seven westernmost counties.  That’s as good a way as any to understand the mission of the Opportunity Initiative for Southwestern…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:01

Democratic whining ignores progress

To the Editor: Some parts of Western North Carolina are loaded with socialist agenda people, especially in Asheville and Cullowhee.  They must envy the great progress the country of Russia has made. Is not Sochi a shining example of how…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:00

Article misstated my views on slope rewrite

To the Editor: I want to thank The Smoky Mountain News for the  article in the Feb 5 edition (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/12419) concerning the proposed Jackson County Mountain and Hillside Development Ordinance (MHDO). That subject needs public attention, thought and then response…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 16:54

Moral March is not a moment, but a movement

By Doug Wingeier • Columnist As I write this, I have just returned from a tiring but exhilarating day participating in the Moral March on Raleigh. My wife and I joined 18 others from Haywood County — friends both black and white — plus…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:58

Jackson TDA working hard for the county

Letter to the Editor: While I currently serve as chairperson of the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority, I wish to make clear that I am speaking as a private citizen and my comments may not reflect the collective opinion of…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:58

Haywood room tax hike just a bad idea

To the Editor: I see the notion to hike the Haywood County bed tax by 50 percent has risen again. Some bad ideas just never die.  The TDA leadership smells a way to boost their till, and like a kid…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:57

The TEA Party is who is making change

To the Editor: Recent elections in Haywood County have seen Republicans getting elected. Some of this activity is due in part to the Active TEA Party in Haywood County (www.912wnc.com). Nationally, the TEA Party gets a lot of media attention…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:56

Fracking firms don’t care about rights

To the Editor: Here are just a couple thoughts about fracking. My home water supply is spring fed, and I’ve not been too impressed with what I’m reading about local municipal water efforts. All my neighbors are either using spring…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:56

Pat the polluter is helping old friends

To the Editor: The old cliché of follow the money continues to be true, and now it’s close to home. Let’s connect the dots. • Pat McCrory elected governor of North Carolina in 2012. • McCrory was an employee of…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:55

GOP pulls a fast one on ‘tax cuts’

To the Editor: I hate paying taxes. So when someone promises to lower my taxes, they have my attention. Most people feel the same way. In 2010, every Republican running for office in N.C. promised to lower my tax bill.…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:55

Don’t fix what isn’t broken

To the Editor: We have heard much from GOP Gov. Pat McCrory and some leaders in the state legislature about our “failed” Medicaid program. This “fix” is despite the fact that Community Care of NC (CNCC), which manages care for…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:54

Nothing wrong with teacher pay plan

To the Editor: Regarding the plan to give some teaches a pay raise: I cannot for the life of me see anything wrong with this plan. Good teachers get a raise and the others are encouraged to do better. Teachers…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:51

My family will miss the Shoney’s on the hill

If someone had told me 30 years ago that someday I’d be sentimental about a Shoney’s restaurant closing down, I would have laughed out loud and accused them of being delusional. I guess I’ve always had a soft spot for…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:24

We are doomed to repeat history

To the Editor: We repeat our mistakes because we never seem to learn the lessons of history and, in our case, we have an arrogant group of liberal elites who are attempting to do away with not only our way…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:23

Just look at what the Tea Party is doing

To the Editor: The letter saying the Tea Party is making changes is correct, but let’s look at the changes the Tea Party legislators have made. The legislators supported by the Tea Party have shifted taxes from the rich to…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:23

Foundation should aid Good Samaritan Clinic

To the Editor: The Haywood Regional Hospital Foundation need look no further than The Good Samaritan Clinic. The support of the foundation would be a lifesaver for our wonderful yet financially strapped clinic. Dr. Gruner, Nurse Flo and a dedicated…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:22

Everyone wants to protect the mountains

To the Editor: Everyone in Jackson County needs to know there was an overflow crowd at the public hearing on steep slope issues on Feb. 20. During the three-hour hearing, everyone who spoke — without exception — wanted to protect…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:22

Our schools deserve better than this

To the Editor: Sixty-nine school boards across this state joined with the State Board of Education in challenging the constitutionality of the school voucher program passed by our Legislature, which initially takes $100 million out of public school systems and…
By Clark Lipkin • Guest Columnist I am the vice chairman of the Jackson County Planning Board. I presided over the public meeting to discuss the proposed revisions to the Mountain and Hillside Development Ordinance (MHDO) at last week’s Jackson…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 02:37

Ron Robinson supports education for all

To the Editor: Ron Robinson, a Democrat and Sylva businessman, has launched his campaign to become the next senator from District 50, attempting to replace incumbent Republican Sen. Jim Davis of Franklin. Ron recognizes that the ill-advised attack on the…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 02:36

Do not encroach on our freedoms

To the Editor: Our basic freedoms in the Bill of Rights are encroached on almost daily by some branch of government, political organization or social group. The latest is the attempt by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to monitor media…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 02:36

N.C. 107 is a plain disaster

To the Editor: Jackson County's main business corridor, Highway 107 South, is a disaster.   By allowing all the main businesses and an (expanding) high school and elementary school, and now a Verizon Store/Cook Out restaurant, in a place where…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 02:35

Local tourism leaders aren’t qualified

To the Editor: In response to Mr. Robert Jumper's letter in the Feb. 19 edition and the Jackson County TDA, I’m wondering how many of those who serve on that board even have a clue as to the big picture…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 02:35

Ridgetop houses are too common

To the Editor: Regarding Clark Lipkin's guest opinion column in the Feb. 26 opinion, I find it incredulous that he states [ridgetop houses] "tend to be hard to find". All he needs to do is take a short drive through…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 02:29

Tools to help cope with an uncertain future

“The less you know, the more you believe.” – Bono Quality journalism is a powerful force. I’ve been fortunate to be able to witness that truth often during my career in the newspaper business. I’ve seen stories that helped the…
By John Beckman • Columnist After the hard winter of sub-zero temperatures, heavy snows and power outages our region and much of the nation has seen in 2014, I'm pretty sure that there are a lot of people desperately hoping for…
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:11

It’s not really about Obamacare

To the Editor: The drumbeat of complaints about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) from the political right wing leave me a bit mystified. The cries of creeping socialism and government takeover of medical care either mark the duplicity of those…