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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, 10 August 2016 16:34

There is something special in the slow unknown

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We made our first trip to Edisto Beach 10 years ago and almost immediately, we wondered what we had gotten…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:34

Why is Mark Meadows ducking WNC women?

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To the Editor: Chapters of the League of Women Voters in Henderson County and Macon County recently invited the congressional…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:33

Time to take a look at independent candidates

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To the Editor: A friend recently asked me if I could give her a short answer to a question and…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:32

Open carry gun laws make us less safe

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To the Editor: I encountered a customer openly carrying a pistol at a local business. I inquired as to the legality…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:31

Trump not perfect, but he’ll do us good

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To the Editor: Most papers lean to the left a little and some a lot. I believe your newspaper is…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:30

Thanks for supporting law enforcement

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To the Editor: This is a letter of appreciation to the people that live in Haywood County as well as…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:26

Keep life simple and family close

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I’ve always felt this in my gut, but I’ve learned with keen certainty lately that things we think matter actually…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:25

Ron Mau: the commissioner we need

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To the Editor: My dad, Ron Mau, is running for Jackson County Commissioner. I am voting for my dad because…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 18:12

Trumpeting fear to a gullible electorate

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To the Editor: After listening to Donald Trump’ s speech, I got the feeling that the earth was spinning out…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 18:12

I’ll be calling, and you might want to listen

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To the Editor: About those phone calls -— you know the ones I mean — an unknown person is calling,…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:56

If neither candidate suits you, well, we can help

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On our way back from the coast on Saturday in bumper-to-bumper traffic just outside Charleston, I saw a billboard that…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:49

God really does work in mysterious ways

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Until 18 days ago, the Bible had always been an afterthought in my spiritual journey. It was a book I…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:47

Lawsuit could bring about a more righteous process

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By David Teague • Guest Columnist Possibly the best perspective I’ve ever read about the importance of open government, and the…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:51

Not perfect, but not all gloom and doom

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To the Editor: Reading two letter writers in the June 29 issue, I immediately remembered Ronald Reagan’s famous campaign retort,…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:50

The staggering true cost of HB2

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To the Editor: North Carolinians know about the immediate economic fallout from HB2 — the so-called bathroom bill — as…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:47

False dichotomies play out in black and white

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There are people who believe that the reason black men seem to keep getting shot and killed by police officers…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 16:10

Doing business with your neighbors

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In not every town do the children of doctors and lawyers go to the same schools as the children of…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 16:08

We are going to have to all help push the wagons

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To the Editor: I recall some 65 years ago when citizens were often complaining about their governments, primarily about their…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:59

Join the new movement or die

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To the Editor: I read with interest the editor’s op piece (Even today, our republic is on shaky ground, www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/17903).…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:58

This country needs Donald Trump

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To the Editor: I was reading Scott McLeod’s piece last week (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/17903) with interest when suddenly I felt like I…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:55

We have to teach boys how real men act

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Because when she dresses like that, she is just asking for it. Because saying “no” is part of the game,…
If I described my childhood, it may sound to some like I was raised by a band of gypsies. And…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:38

Moral Monday event made me proud of WNC

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To the Editor: I’d like to thank the community of Western North Carolina for so cooperatively hosting the historic Moral…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:37

Cox column promoted his brand of politics

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To The Editor: Chris Cox’s opinion column concerning “trying to make sense of Orlando” in the June 15 edition of…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:07

Jackson’s support for education appreciated

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To the Editor:  As an educator and your neighbor, I want to thank the citizens of Jackson County for voting…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:07

Righteous people take care of their animals

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To the Editor: In the article “Sound off: Haywood candidates talk animal shelter” from March 2016, Mr. Rogers wonders if other…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:02

Death in the afternoon, or my Hemingway day

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On the wall by the closet behind my desk is this quotation from Ernest Hemingway: “All good books are alike…
I got a tattoo a couple of weeks ago. It wasn’t on a whim. I wasn’t intoxicated. I wasn’t in…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:31

Legislators passed smart coal ash plan

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To the Editor: This is a critical time for our community and all North Carolinians. Decisions being made right now…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:31

Let’s build animal shelter to do the job adequately

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To the Editor: I am seeing and hearing various opinions about the need for a new animal shelter in Haywood…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:30

Trump’s ‘nativism’ is just frightening

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To the Editor: For one who has never held an elected office, Donald Trump is a brilliant politician. His TV…
Thursday, 02 June 2016 14:05

Sheriffs misrepresented

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To the Editor: If you value honesty as an important trait for a Supreme Court justice, it should interest you…
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 16:57

Vote ‘Yes’ for education sales tax

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By David Belcher • Guest Columnist Voters in Jackson County will have the opportunity on Tuesday, June 7, to take…
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 16:52

Nothing brings back memories like that first car

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My daughter is turning 15 this weekend. Every 15 minutes, she reminds me that she will be driving a car…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:54

The bugle never stops

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One day recently as I was walking through the parking lot at Waynesville Middle School, a car slowly pulled up…