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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, 21 September 2016 14:54

Remember when you were ‘16 going on 17?’

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When I was 16 years old — going on 17 — I had a poster of Stevie Nicks, the mystical,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:48

There are plenty of good reasons to vote for Hillary

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have their liabilities, but his are so much more…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:22

Finding my way in this season of change

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Not long ago my front porch was a barren, pathetic place with a few pieces of hard, wooden furniture, zero…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:21

I remember John Snow, and what GOP did to him

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To the Editor: I remember John Snow. For those that don’t, he was the three-term state senator from this district who…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:20

Hillary does not deserve support of women

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To the Editor: In the August 31 edition of The Smoky Mountain News, guest columnist Hannah McLeod asked “Where are…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:19

Rep. Meadows should open up discussions

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To the Editor: I was one of the people who was turned away from Rep. Mark Meadows’ meeting at the…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:35

So this is what hell feels like

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Beware, gentle readers. This story is not for the faint of heart. It is a story of betrayal, corruption, and…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:34

We should welcome political refugees

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To the Editor: Widespread reports of Muslim terrorist activity in the media of late, and the incessant drumbeat of political…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:34

I love living in a small town

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To the Editor: I have said many times that I love living in a small town; yesterday, something happened that…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:12

Democrats need to learn their history

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To the Editor: A recent letter-writer states, “most Republican politicians will continue to tell you that tax cuts are the…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:12

A little perspective is in order, please

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To the Editor: There are those who would have us fear going about our daily lives due to possible terrorist…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:09

The before and the after — living with grief

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There are only a handful of life experiences that result in a definitive before and after. I now know that…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:07

Where are all the women?

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As my siblings and I became more interested and engrossed in politics growing up, my father always tried to impress…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:19

Mark Meadows: A flashback to Nixon?

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To the Editor: Oh, boy. It’s like 1974 all over again. A high-profile elected official is doing his best to…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:19

Wilderness is an asset, not a museum

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To the Editor: Mr. Jim Gray’s letter concerning wilderness conservation in last week’s SMN, while well written, is based on…
On my Sunday afternoon jog around Lake Junaluska, I can actually feel for the first time that summer is slipping…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:12

Thoughts on diversity from a white guy

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By David Teague • Guest Columnist More than 20 years ago, I attended a diversity training in Raleigh. A component…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:39

Trickle-down economics just doesn’t work

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To the Editor You may have noticed that we have an election coming up. With that, one hot topic will…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:37

Trip to Trump Tower teaches powerful lesson

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To the Editor: Glittering gold and gleaming glass Dominating the miserable humans Huddled in the shadows Of the Trump Tower.…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:37

More wilderness areas not a good idea

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To the Editor: I want to commend the U.S. Forest Service and district ranger staffs for an excellent job in…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:37

Build greenway bridge, and they will come

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To the Editor: I was very happy to read the article, “Greenway use rising in Jackson County” in The Smoky…
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…