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Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:22

Evil cat proves you get what you pay for

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Every column should have a point, and here’s mine, right in the first paragraph (this to save you from having…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:21

We need independent political leaders

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To the Editor: If ever there was a need for common sense and independent thinking among our nation’s leaders, that…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:06

Very disturbing trends beset this country

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To the Editor: Here are some disturbing trends. The top 20 percent of the wealthiest individuals own 93 percent of…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:06

Ellis is worthy of judgeship

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To the Editor: Some of us may be confused about the many judicial contests. However, the name of one candidate is…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:05

Ron Robinson must just know it all

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To the Editor: Who is Ron Robinson? He must be someone who has powers beyond those of the mortals he wants…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:04

Spending your money where it helps the most

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I was sorry to hear that Spring Street Café in Sylva had closed. Emily Elders opened the restaurant about a…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:29

Jackson challengers don’t have good ideas

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To the Editor: Over the course of the past year or so our Jackson County commissioner have been faced with…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:29

Jackson commissioners responsive to veterans

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To the Editor: In a few days, Jackson County voters will be choosing the leadership of the county for the…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:16

The resurrection will arrive, sayeth the gardeners

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There is a story about Katharine White — an editor and writer for The New Yorker magazine — that I…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:14

Give Obama more time to succeed

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To the Editor: I am going to the dentist in the coming week. As a self-employed artist and educator, I…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:13

What happened to driver courtesy?

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By David Redman • Guest Columnist When did we, as a nation, transition from courteous and abiding by the ”…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:39

Sediment at Lake J part of larger problem

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To the Editor: Sediment in our streams is our biggest water quality threat. Everyone takes notice when more than $150,000…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:37

Jackson’s financial position has slipped

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To the Editor: Last week, Mr. Ron Robinson of Jackson County quoted a statistic in support of re-electing our county…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:32

Barnyard wisdom arrives, but at its own speed

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I am learning to move at the speed each task demands. This is a lesson the barnyard teaches. It is…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:36

Excuses, excuses – don’t give me that

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I remember my outrage bubbling up as she spoke. “Mrs. Langley,” my fellow first-grade classmate and yellow-bellied, snitch-of-a-former friend said…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:33

Miller is choice in 11th District

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To the Editor: If you are unfamiliar with Jeff Miller, the Republican candidate for the 11th Congressional District, or if…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:32

Don’t muzzle public input in Haywood

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To the Editor: As citizens of Haywood County, we would like to call your attention to some proposals that the…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:31

Incumbents are best for commissioner seats

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To the Editor: The race is on now that Labor Day has come and gone. For a while we will…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:29

Democrats are the problem solvers

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To the Editor: I am a proud Democrat. An intelligent, articulate Democrat became President and he brought back America’s honor…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:28

Why we need a public forum in Jackson County

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To the Editor: Why did the Jackson County Home Builders Association organize the upcoming Jackson County Town Hall Forum at…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:10

Incumbents are best to represent Jackson

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To the Editor: This year we have three county commissioners running for re-election in Jackson County. Brian McMahan is running…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:09

Understanding others is the way to peace

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To the Editor: We write with deep concern over recent attacks on Muslims and Muslim communities in our country. One…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:08

Forest Hills needs to look before it leaps

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To the Editor: Having been involved when Forest Hills sought to impose an ETJ on surrounding communities several years ago…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:07

Forest Hills should consider its future

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To the Editor: I have several concerns about the Forest Hills annexation after attending the second extended meeting between Forest Hills and Western…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:05

Scotts Creek still has its pollution problems

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To the Editor: The article titled “Creeks now flow clean through Waynesville and Sylva” (Sept. 8 Smoky Mountain News) described…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:59

Missed forum was bad timing, not apathy

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To the Editor: I would like to respond to the Cindy Solesbee letter to the editor in the Sept. 8…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:54

Sometimes you just know when it’s right

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I felt sure this morning the thermometer was telling lies. It read 48 degrees, but the chill in the air…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:53

Independent candidates might deserve a look

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To the Editor: With the occurrence of each election cycle, more and more Americans are choosing to support and vote…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:52

Good ideas can’t get past Democratic leadership

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To the Editor: Congressman Heath Shuler just sent out an email talking once again about the wisdom of his “S.A.V.E.…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:51

GOP was blamed for good reason

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To the Editor: I want to thank the League of Women Voters in Franklin for holding candidate forums for our…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:43

What’s the game, living longer or looking better?

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“Pssst!” I was just finishing up my lat pull-down exercise when I heard it, but I was too busy thinking…
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 19:38

Incumbents were not very open-minded

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To the Editor: The League of Women Voters is to be commended for conducting a forum in Franklin on Aug.…
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 19:38

Green building is the right choice

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To the Editor: The move towards sustainability is of paramount importance for the future of our local communities, our nation…
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 19:37

The most important thing to have

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By Natalie Smith • Guest Columnist One of the most commonly asked questions in life is “Where are you from?”…
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 19:18

Bucks, does, pullets and cockerels ... huh?

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Auctioneer Mike Cagle’s patter mingles with the crows of roosters, quacking of ducks and chatter of the crowd. “These homer…
I admit to being slightly irked when I initially thought about writing this column. It has been about a year…
“Do I want to dictate what the college does? That is not my job. As county commissioners, it is my…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:22

Wheels Through Time is a great place to visit

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To the Editor: I recently had occasion to take a 10-day camping and motorcycling trip. Maggie Valley was selected as…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:21

Nothing good about another Wal-Mart

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To the Editor: The dollar signs twinkling in the aldermen’s eyes were glaringly visible at the town of Franklin meeting…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:21

Honor suffragists by voting in November

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To the Editor: In a column dated Aug. 13, Gail Collins of The New York Times reminds us that August…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:20

Shuler vote keeps public servants at their jobs

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To the Editor: I commend Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., for his support of H.R. 1586, the “Education, Jobs, and Medicaid…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:19

Our thanks to the Haywood health board

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To the Editor: Tuesday night (Aug. 10) the Haywood County health board voted to table the amendment (for 90 days)…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:19

Kituwah was the wrong place for development

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To the Editor: Some locations just aren’t suitable for development, let alone to be utilized by a major utility project.…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:15

On this vacation, we were definitely packing heat

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Edisto, SC – Heat like this has a relentlessness that is unnerving. You try giving it the slip, it follows…
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 20:27

HCC’s green dream requires money and faith

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By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Haywood County Commissioners on Aug. 16 will conduct a public hearing on a $12…
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 20:27

Misguided leaders tout benefits of new Wal-Mart

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To the Editor: The standing-room-only Aug. 2 public hearing of the Franklin Town Board of Alderman regarding the development of…
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 20:26

Jackson salary hikes just plain wrong

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To the Editor: In response to Jim McCarthy’s Aug. 3 letter, “County pay raises gone afoul,” I want to thank…
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 20:25

A great place to run a bookstore

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Editor’s note: Margaret Osondu’s bookstore was bought out by a competitor, Blue Ridge Books and News. Osondu remained on staff…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:07

County pay raises gone afoul

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To the Editor: In early 2008, Jackson County commissioners approved a study to be done of comparative public sector employees’…