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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’…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:07

Some are stealing from animal shelter

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To the Editor: First, I’d like to thank all the folks who support PAWS, Swain County’s privately run no-kill animal…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:06

HCC needs first-rate, enlarged arts building

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To the Editor: HandMade in America fully supports Haywood Community College’s new Creative Arts Center to expand a program that…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:04

Health care in Swain is top notch

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To the Editor: Your article “County health rankings yield mixed results” in the July 14 issue was well-researched, well-written and…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 12:59

Shuler’s TVA lies show he can’t be trusted

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To the Editor: Since November, the whole district has known that Shuler told us all an endless stack of lies…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 12:59

Sen. Burr is not a fiscal conservative

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To the Editor: North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, a self-defined fiscal conservative, has a lot of explaining to do. He…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 12:58

Tailgate Market has been around for 25 years

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To the Editor: The Waynesville Tailgate Market is celebrating 25 years of serving Haywood County. The longevity of the market…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 12:58

Visitors are here, but who’s getting them?

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To the Editor: Something is terribly wrong when the region has a “ready-made” audience of an estimated 18 million visitors…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 12:57

Tourism data simply not that hard to obtain

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To the Editor: I read with great interest your recent column about the tourism industry in Western North Carolina. As…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 12:56

Evergreen should not get to keep tax dollars

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To the Editor: Taxpayers should be infuriated about any tax dollars going to such an organization as the Evergreen Foundation. …
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:00

Energy industry is not all bad

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To the Editor: I wish the article written by Thomas Crowe (“The terrorists are right here among us,” July 23…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:59

Poll improper, but results will be revealed

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To the Editor: Last week I announced that I would be conducting an online poll seeking input about public sentiment…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:56

Haywood Garden Tour was a great success

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To the Editor: We are writing to express our gratitude for your excellent coverage of the 2010 Haywood County Garden…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:55

Thanks to all who helped with July 4 in Franklin

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To the Editor: On behalf of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank those who helped to…
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 18:34

Poll reveals discontent among the populace

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To the Editor: The Smoky Mountain News and Western Carolina University’s Gibb Knotts and Chris Cooper are to be commended…
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 18:33

The real problem with the economy

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To the Editor: Let’s look at what truly stimulates an economy, creates jobs, drives markets and produces tax revenue to…
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 18:31

Feds listening to our outdoors agenda

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By Ken MurphyWestern North Carolina is a special place, a region with awe-inspiring scenic vistas, waterways and forested watersheds that…
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 15:26

State must do better job at Allens Creek quarry

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Finding the sweet spot in government regulation, like on a wooden baseball bat, is often difficult. It’s the place where…
Wednesday, 23 June 2010 14:46

Perhaps the real terrorists are here among us

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By Thomas Crowe • Guest Columnist With the recent rash of mining disasters, oil and gas spills here in the…
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 14:20

Watching the world’s game

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Every four years the World Cup interrupts business as usual for a month in countries that have nothing else in…
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 13:58

Main Street grant doesn’t help economy, it hurts it

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By Lynda Bennett • Guest Columnist Protestors in Waynesville recently dismissed Gov. Beverly Perdue’s stimulus grants as simply “baking up”…
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 13:24

Economic development that works for the region

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A couple of stories we’ve covered in the last two weeks illustrate better than any data the new face of…
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 16:19

Williams’ world is one of blues, ghouls and Budweiser

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By Brent MartinI went down to the water but he left me in the mud; I wanted me some wine…