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Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:37

Just look around, and cultural pursuits abound

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After high school, I moved downstate to attend music school. I lived for a number of years in Greensboro and…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:36

Turn down the global warming, I’m freezing

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By George Ivey • Guest Columnist Many years ago on Capitol Hill, a politician said to me, “George, as you…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:57

Vindication for HEP, a little satisfaction here

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This is a very odd business, the telling of the news. It’s even more odd as part of an independent…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:46

This epiphany is shiny, new and has all-wheel drive

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My epiphany occurred on a bitter cold Sunday afternoon, the snow having momentarily given way to a stray and fleeting…
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 19:18

A place where two worlds collide head-on

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By Scott Muirhead • Guest ColumnistFrog Level is what remains of the golden age of the railroads, the age when…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:50

Words have a power we often forget

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Just as I was sitting down to write my column on the controversy surrounding a new edition of Mark Twain’s…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:29

Mistake is a reminder to tell it like it is

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“… but a belief in hard work and treating others fairly was ingrained from a very early age in my…
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:11

Property values affected election and are a looming problem

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By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist During the recent election for county commissioner in Jackson County, both sides made reference…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:34

Hagan, Senate wrong on DREAM Act

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Few things are as maddening to me as when politics gets in the way of doing the right thing. That’s…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:38

Jackson’s new leaders have room for improvement

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A bit of a stumble out of the gate can be forgiven among newcomers in any endeavor, but that stumble…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:47

Remembering Terry … and not too fondly

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When I was in the fourth grade, some dirtbag stole my hat. But it wasn’t any old dirtbag, and it…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:31

Shuler is making the most of his opportunities

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I don’t particularly remember U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, from our days growing up in Swain County. He is younger…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:08

Kephart, transplants and the debate over legitimacy

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You can be excused for perhaps having overlooked the recent fireworks, but a minor war has erupted over one of…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:17

Striking a balance between objectivity and truth

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There is an interesting disconnect in how some people perceive my job and how I perceive my job. This was…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:41

All of it – glory, honor, M&Ms – just one hit away

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It was a perfect day for baseball: blue sky, a crisp breeze, the sun still hanging like a pop fly…
It’s Election Day (or very early morning, actually) as I sit to finish this, and the theme of the day…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:15

Thirty years later, partying like it’s 1979

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James looks at me, briefly averts his eyes, then looks at me again, this time with a purpose and a…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:02

Sometimes public comment just muddies the water

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When Haywood county commissioners decided a few weeks ago to adopt new rules guiding public comment at their meetings, some…
I’ve been thinking recently about what makes Sylva so cool. In my view, it has only been in the last…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:07

The truth still matters, even in politics

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Just tell the truth. That’s what we teach our children, it’s what we need from our loved ones, and it’s…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:25

Obama’s stumbles open door for conservatives

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By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Two years ago, America’s newest political superstar, Barack Obama, walked across campaign stages to…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:27

I go to carnivals, therefore I love my children

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Part of becoming a parent is making peace with the proposition that virtually everyone in the world except you knows…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:58

Judging a society by what it values

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A lot of ink has been spilled over the new $10.3 million crafts education building at Haywood Community College, and…
In this business of covering the news, we often bear witness as apathy wins the day. Citizens sit back and…
A meeting that could lead to a completely new personality for the Cullowhee area will be finished by the time…
The federal government, the nation’s largest land manager, has a responsibility ... to help develop a conservation agenda worthy of…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:42

Small is not only beautiful, but necessary

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There are books that get your attention, and then there are books that GRAB your attention. The new book by…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:51

Taking the pulse of a region

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We in the news business provide historians with some of the crucial data necessary to write the story of any…
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 20:39

Tourism industry has to market a moving target

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Tourism leaders in the mountains agree they’ve got to re-invent their marketing tactics over the next decade to stay competitive.…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 16:28

Glad to live in a republic and not a democracy

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To the Editor: Thank you for publishing The Smoky Mountain News. We enjoy reading it every week. I would like…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 16:26

A community that is truly stronger together

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Don’t worry. This column isn’t about the election. There’s plenty of that going on elsewhere. With that being said, I…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 16:15

The GOP has the ball, so let’s see what they do

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I needed nearly a full day after the election before I could formulate a response to the election of Donald…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 16:13

Haywood needs a voice at the table

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To the Editor: On a personal level, I am quite unhappy with last Tuesday’s election results. As a “community leader,”…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:01

Sorry, but Bob Dylan did deserve the Nobel

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I’d like to take a few minutes to say a few words about the column by Jeff Minick two weeks…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:00

Wildfire Response in Western NC

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To the Editor: I live by Standing Indian Campground on West Old Murphy Road. Last Wednesday I watched the helicopters…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:00

Together we can create something

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To the Editor: As someone who is regarded as white, why am I a member of the Jackson County NAACP?…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:45

Comey’s threat to democracy is unprecedented

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Editor’s note: This is a letter former FBI agent Mark Swanger Jr. sent to current FBI Director James Comey. Swanger…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:35

My Halloween failings follow me into adulthood

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I am old enough and comfortable enough with my shortcomings to just admit it: I am not very good at…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:20

Loving and kicking my way through October

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I recently wrote a blog post about September being the worst month of my life. One day seemed to awkwardly…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:18

Trump enablers themselves unfit for office

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To the Editor: It would be dreadful enough if Donald Trump were merely the most unfit, unprepared, unworthy and uncouth…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:17

A clarification on last week’s column

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To the Editor: In last week’s guest column about Colin Kaepernick I wrote, “His protest is by kneeling (in prayer)…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:39

‘Get the hell out’ is not an answer

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By Dave Waldroup • Guest Columnist Legendary former Chicago Bears head football coach Mike Ditka has now joined the chorus of…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:37

Negativity is infesting our politics

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To the Editor: The greatest problem facing our country today and in the future is not from abroad but from…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:37

Raleigh ‘magicians’ must be held accountable

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To the Editor: A key skill for magicians is misdirection. Look this way so you won’t see what I’m actually…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:36

Twenty questions for America’s citizens

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To the Editor: The future of the American system of representative government is under attack, and who is heeding the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:36

We are all going to be losers this election

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To the Editor: Thank you for your honest opinion regarding Trump running for our highest office ( I respect your…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:35

This certainly is not politics as usual

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To the Editor: I have been a political junkie since the Kennedy-Nixon race, but this letter is not about partisan…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:34

We need real change in this country

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To the Editor: Are you an emotional voter letting the media and others tell you how to vote? Or an…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:34

Let’s ask Rep. Presnell to step down

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To the Editor: As we face a drought, Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, not only vigorously supports fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in…