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Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:17

New state abortion rules seek to coerce women

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To the editor: I am writing to thank NC Representative Phil Haire for his courage and integrity in voting against…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:05

Living the good life includes the arts

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Art is aesthetic; crafts are practical. That’s the difference between the two, at least in theory. The distinction between arts…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:04

Put blame for budget woes where it belongs

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To the Editor: The ad from Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS organization, funded by anonymous sources, about “no more blank checks”…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:03

New state abortion law slaps of irony

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To the editor: I have just received a notice from Sen. Jim Davis that the N.C. Senate passed a bill…
To the editor: I urge conservation-minded residents of Western North Carolina and all those hikers, birders, campers, anglers, hunters, nature photographers,…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:06

A few notes on habits and change

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In her teachings, Buddhist nun Pema Chodron often relates a story about a great spiritual teacher, Atisha, who planned a…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:05

A chink in the good ol’ boys’ armor

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I remember both my grandfathers very well.  Both served in the military during WWI, and their grandfathers fought in the…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:04

Liberals will take this country down

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To The Editor: Before Shirley Ches graced us with her commentary on the state of the universe in her recent…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:03

Is Duke a for-profit business or a utility?

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To the Editor: Bob Scott, alderman, town of Franklin, wrote a pointed letter to the editor titled, “Rate increase should…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:19

HART production just as good as Broadway

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To the Editor: Have you ever wanted to go to Manhattan and see a Broadway musical? Well, you don’t have…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:18

General Assembly was fair with education

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To the Editor: When funds are limited and cuts need to be made, wise decisions are imperative. As a former…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:17

SCC worked for years to fund road

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The basic issue is safety. That’s it, plain and simple. While one Jackson County commissioner has questioned the need for…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:13

Sometimes a little wildness is a good thing

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Out running early this morning, I was struck by the colors of summer found in the fields along Fairview Road…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:12

Duke rate hike request all about profits

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If you read the information Duke Energy is spreading throughout the news media in its vast public relations campaign, you’d…
With the weather so hot and sticky, it’s hard to grasp that now is the time to start preparing the…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:22

Let’s give all candidates a U.S. history test

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To the Editor: American students still aren’t learning their country’s history. In the latest National Assessment of Educational Programs, only…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:21

Social Security is a great success

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To the Editor: As the saying goes, “if you repeat a lie often enough people will begin to believe it.”…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:18

Article on pastor was clearly biased

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To the Editor: Some contrarian commentary is in order about Colby Dunn’s news and opinion piece (and it was both)…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:17

Duke’s rate hike request is perfectly justified

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To the Editor: Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) ignited a firestorm over its request to the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC)…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:16

Jackson library should be dedicated to citizens

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To the Editor: In response to “Strange at best – tacky at worst” (Smoky Mountain News, June 22 edition), I…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:50

Taking Asheville out of 11th makes no sense

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To carve Asheville out of the 11th Congressional District is completely irrational. My campaign will work with all Western North…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:48

Date change caused absence at forum

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To the Editor: A question has been asked as to why I was not at the Cherokee County “Meet the…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:46

‘Tang-ing’ to the flight of the honey bee

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There is much myth and lore connected with beekeeping, such as telling the bees when the master has died so…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:45

Lorenzo dunk makes HOZE Squad history

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For most people, Lorenzo Charles, who died last week in a bus accident at the age of 47, is little…
Most of the business being done at Perry’s Water Garden these days is selling plants through the wholesale market. But…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:54

Roads all about money, power and ethics

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To the Editor: The patronage politics of roads, money, power, and ethics in North Carolina is a strange creature. Individual…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:53

Safety is primary concern for SCC

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To the Editor: It is with astonishment that I have been following the flurry of recent articles in the newspapers…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:52

GOP-led legislature did some good work

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To the Editor, We North Carolinians are very fortunate people. Our Republican majority state legislature had the courage to make…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:12

Voter ID bill is needed

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“The American people are losing confidence in the system and they want electoral reform ....” What American political leader, a…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:11

Life lessons from the world of beekeeping

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The blossoms on the sourwood trees are opening. This is exciting for mountain beekeepers, though in their enthusiasm for the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:11

Haywood needs to hold line on taxes

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To the Editor: The past few months have been filled with letters to the editors, editorials and presentations to the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:10

Tsunami sweeps over North Carolina

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To the Editor: The State of North Carolina has been blessed in many ways.  One of her blessings, in spite…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:46

Republicans run roughshod in Raleigh

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To the Editor: A new federal study confirms what many people have sensed — news coverage of state and local…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:46

Reid Brown is nothing less than a saint

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To the Editor: My name is Brian Strum and I live in Clyde. Just prior to my move to Haywood County…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:45

Hahn’s criticism of story missed the mark

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To the Editor: Carrie Hahn’s June 8 letter to the editor criticizing The Smoky Mountain News and Reporter Quintin Ellison…
I have not put the time into my garden this year that I usually do. Between a lack of rain…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:15

SMN showed great support for library

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To the Editor: As the opening of the new Jackson County Library Complex draws near, it brings to mind the…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:14

Article was like those found in tabloids

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To the Editor: It was shocking to read the article entitled “Crossing the Line” published June 1 in The Smoky…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:14

Minick’s reviews are a great part of paper

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To the Editor: Jeff Minick has always provided informative and insightful book reviews. His review of Till We Have Faces…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:12

Of mice, Ming and my seed stash

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When planting season is upon us, gardeners and farmers of all stripes are making plans and counting seeds. As long-time…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:09

Rooster 1, Farmer 1 – a first-round draw

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There are two puncture wounds decorating my left leg, courtesy of a rooster who has taken an inexplicable but pronounced…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:06

Really, we just have to get out more often

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(Atlanta, GA) — We don’t get out much. Unless “getting out” means running out to Taco Bell because the fish…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:50

Protect wilderness before legislation makes it too late

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When Congress passed the Wilderness Act back in 1964, it immediately became one of the most important pieces of conservation…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:49

Education cuts will harm student, schools

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To the Editor: Republicans are cutting off education from beginning to end in North Carolina. The new cuts will take…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:49

Profit motive should not be driving education

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To the Editor: It appears that the radical Republicans in control of the N.C. legislature are starving funding for public…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:49

Radical Senate budget crippling NC’s future

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To the Editor: The fact that Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, refers to the radical budget being proposed down in Raleigh…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:48

Junaluska garden is indeed a gem

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To the Editor: This letter is further comment on Quintin Ellison’s column about the Corneille Bryan Native Garden at Lake…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:47

Commissioner right to question SCC road

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To the Editor: Jackson County Commissioner Jack Debnam’s recent comments on the proposed SCC spur road are valid and show…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:47

Just where are all the promised jobs?

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To the Editor: Republican Sens. Ralph Hise, R-Spruce Pine, and Jim Davis, R-Franklin, promised “jobs, jobs, jobs” and “better times”…