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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, 12 October 2016 15:47

Sen. Jim Davis, corporate lapdog

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To the Editor: From my mailbox recently I pulled a large political mailer from State Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, attacking…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:47

Negative flyers are a waste of money

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To the Editor: With the advent of the election season, my mailbox and my sensitivities are being assailed by political…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:46

Tax facts instead of Sen. Jim Davis’ spin

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To the Editor: Your income went down, but your N.C. income tax went up. Is this possible? You bet. If…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:46

Volunteer for school science laboratory

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To the Editor: Have you ever seen the light in a student’s eyes when they learn a new  concept? I…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:45

Local dogs need our help, not Korean dogs

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To the Editor I was astonished by your recent article about the HSUS bringing dogs from Korea to Western North…
There were left hooks and right uppercuts. The crowd couldn’t look away as they cringed with each blast and low…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:37

It’s called The Open Door, so come on in

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Lately I’ve been hanging out at The Open Door in Frog Level and I have to admit, it’s my new…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:41

Remember talking ‘to’ people, not ‘at’ them

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We are still near the dawn of the Internet age. We can get just about any information we desire in…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:40

Vote for Luker and Mau in Jackson County

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To the Editor: I attended the debate on Sept. 29 at Southwestern Community College between the four candidates running for…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:40

Sen. Davis was big fracking supporter

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To the Editor: The rivers are low, and so are the springs. As we face a drought, Sen. Jim Davis,…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:54

Pockets of happiness have become lifelines

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For a week I’ve been thinking about what to write in this week’s column, and very little clarity came until…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:54

Sen. Davis and reverse Robin Hood tactics

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To the Editor: The N.C. Republican Party sent out a flyer stating Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, voted for a middle-class…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:52

Sen. Jim Davis’ mailers make false claims

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and his surrogates in Raleigh recently sent out a series of expensive glossy…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:51

Sen. Jim Davis raised taxes on farm families

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To the Editor: If you are like many residents of Western North Carolina, you probably cut hay, raise a few…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:50

Yes, there are some bikers for Clinton

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To the Editor: I am a female motorcyclist who actually rides my motorcycle across the country, not one who hauls…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:48

We need a senator who is for the people

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, has unleashed a series of negative flyers against his opponent, Jane Hipps. His…
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…