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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…
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 13:19

Tough times lead to tough choices

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For its entire existence, this country’s leaders have wrestled with the slippery issue of power and how much is too…
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 15:18

WNC’s economic stimulus lies in tourism

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By David Huskins • Guest Columnist Much of the talk nationally, as well as locally, has been centered on how…
Wednesday, 05 May 2010 15:14

An engaged – and very angry – electorate

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The primary election is over now, but even before the vote tallies made winners and losers out of so many…
Wednesday, 05 May 2010 15:14

A package from home opens portal to a treasured past

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When I took my morning walk with our miniature dachshund to the mailbox to get the mail last Friday, I…
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 17:37

A 21st Century Strategy for America’s Great Outdoors

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By Mark Singleton • Guest Columnist Even in times of crisis, we’re called to take the long view to preserve…
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 17:37

X marks the spot

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I turned 35 years old on Tax Day. I’ve been stuck with that birth date from the beginning and have…
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 17:37

Time to tackle immigration reform

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Now that the health care debate is over, here’s what we have: a very middle-of-the-road health insurance reform package. Most…
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 17:37

Will cell phones rule the World??

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By John Beckman • Guest Columnist If Alexander Graham Bell were alive today he’d probably be carrying an iPhone. Based…
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 17:37

Life and death aboard a tin can

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By Dr. Robert H. Spiro Jr. • Guest Columnist Friday, April 6, 1945, is a day emblazoned in my memory.…
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 17:37

President Obama’s change brings debt and doubts

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By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Plunging public support for Obamacare accelerates presidential efforts to convince the nation that great…
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 17:37

Marking Easter with a community of three

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When I was young, Easter was a circumscribed affair. We woke up, hunted for painted eggs in the backyard, ate…
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 15:01

Politicians would be wise to read the Tea leaves

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By Bruce Gardner • Guest Columnist The Tea Party movement is sweeping the nation and has found its way through…
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 19:03

How we found the Wondermutt

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a news story about how animal rescue organizations are being inundated with unwanted…
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 18:34

The ‘loser’ case may not be all that it appears

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By Chris Cox I did not expect to, but I feel sorry for Enka Middle School teacher Rex Roland, who…
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 16:12

Evergreen’s fate is important to WNC

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Mix a strong environmental ethos, economic realism and strong community pride all together in the same brain (mine, in this…
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 17:50

‘Judge not,’ or so my mom always taught me

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“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and…
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 17:10

Watching sleazy 80s movies late at night

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“Don’t do it, Dan.” Michael Douglas is Dan Gallagher, and he is sitting across the table from Alex Forrest, played…
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 17:10

Making sure Swain County gets its due

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The cash settlement now signed and sealed for Swain County in lieu of building the North Shore Road is a…
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 17:04

‘Accidental note’ starts teen’s healing process

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By Buffy Queen • Guest Columnist As the middle school girls trailed out of the classroom one morning last spring,…
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 17:04

Rich Cove may be a portent of things to come

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Writing about the weather is usually about as exciting as a yawn. For 12 months, though, we in the mountains…
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 15:01

Fur clumps, scratches and other musings on store cat Kea

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By Chris Cooper Kea was a filthy, grease-covered little miscreant when she was found by In Your Ear Music Emporium…
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 15:01

A cold winter’s hike reminds me of the value of wild places

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Back in early January, I found myself waking early to pack for a day-long excursion into the backwoods of Chunky…
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:37

It’s a bum deal ... I resent the hell out of it

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By Joe Cowan • Guest Columnist Editor’s note: Jackson County Commissioner Joe Cowan made the following comments following a vote…
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 16:12

If you reform a reform, is it still reform?

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Michael Watson, assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, contends the state’s overhaul of its behavioral health…
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 16:12

National Guard soldiers deserve better

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The Smoky Mountain News cover story last week about the troubles faced by returning National Guard soldiers after deployments in…
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 16:12

Finding a WNC solution for ‘aging in place’

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With so many unknowns ahead, it’s comforting there are proven solutions to one big challenge — the aging of the…
Religion and its place in local government have once again arisen as issues in North Carolina. This means that many…
What to say about 2009? How about this: it ended on a high note for the overall economy, and that…
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 15:43

My year-end list obsessions won’t go away

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I have an irresistible urge to make a list. Apparently, it is what people must do at year’s end, especially…
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 15:54

We need good journalism; for now that means newspapers

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By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist I’ve spent most of my life minding my own business. I was raised by…
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 13:45

Yeah right, sure it’s gonna snow

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“Winter Storm Warning, Haywood County.” That’s what it said on television Thursday night, up in the top right corner of…
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 13:45

Fix the flaws, stay the course

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Waynesville’s land-use plan is an ambitious set of ideas adopted during a booming economic era and thus full of the…