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Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:37

The tendency to follow greed off a cliff

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To the Editor: Various citizens have made comments about the rich versus the poor based on their ideological thinking, but…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:36

Macon needs steep slope ordinances

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To the Editor: Anyone who was living in this area at the time of the tragic Peeks Creek disaster off U.S.…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:36

Writers can’t write whatever they want

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To the Editor: In last week’s (Nov 24-30) Smoky Mountain News opinion piece by Quintin Ellison, she writes … ”I maintain…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:33

More effort need to combat underage drinking

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By Patti Tiberi • Guest Columnist “Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth. A higher…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:14

Middle class needs the tax break

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To the Editor: Regarding the Nov. 14 Associated Press article in the Asheville Citizen-Times, “GOP lawmakers stand tall for all…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:13

Honor Bob Zahner with a real wilderness area

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To the Editor: The proposal to make the Overlook Area in Blue Valley a wilderness area in honor of Bob Zahner…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:07

Ridding schools of bullying will require changing culture

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By Raymond Turpin • Guest Columnist Bullying, unfortunately, has always existed in the American school systems and it continues to…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:24

Congrats to winners of judge elections

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To the Editor: I thank everyone who supported me in the recent District Court judgeship election. Having never been a…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:24

Time to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

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By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist The craziness of this year’s mid-term elections has passed. The campaign advertisements and signs…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:23

Finding compromise takes real leadership

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To the Editor: Post-election letters to the editor continue the “take back our government” mantra, and I would ask the…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:22

Don’t rush on important landfill decision

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To the Editor: On Nov. 5 the Haywood commisioners were scheduled to accept bids from private corporations to run the…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:48

Wild South is no friend to mountain hunters

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To the Editor: I was surprised to see the letter from John Edwards of Wild South proposing the N.C. Wildlife…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:47

Thankful for support during sheriff election

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To the Editor: First, let me say that it has been an honor and privilege to meet, inform, and represent…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:47

Remember to honor the veterans

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To the Editor: Veteran’s Day may just seem to be any other day to some, or maybe an extra day…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:46

Good job, but real work has just started

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To the Editor: Thank you to the candidates, the many volunteers and the voters in the mid-term elections. Macon County…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:45

Sorry to see Sen. Snow lose in this way

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To the Editor: Sen. Snow, I am so sorry that people voted based on advertisements rather than on a candidate’s…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:43

Davis sold his soul to get to Raleigh

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To the Editor: Jim Davis, who beat Sen. John Snow in the election, ran one of the filthiest campaigns I’ve…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:42

Logging watershed is just a bad idea

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To the Editor: In the early 20th century, the Waynesville Town Board purchased the Allens Creek Watershed to assure that…
Once upon a time, in a previous incarnation as a musician, I developed a routine that allowed me to focus…
An unhappy reader this week took me to task for writing harsh words about my 17-year-old cat, Edgar, after the…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:05

Finding the right seat to sit on

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In a short while our weather will be a tad chilly for frequent riding of motorcycles. Ah, a sad time…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:22

Groups need to work together for wildlife

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To the Editor: In my conversations with responsible hunters, wildlife advocates, employees of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and organizations who value wild…
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…