Wed05242017

     Subscribe  |  Contact  |  Advertise  |  RSS Feed Other Publications

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:45

The cracks are beginning to deepen

Written by
There has never been a president like Donald Trump. There has never been a campaign like the campaign that Trump…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:39

We were the original immigrants

Written by
To the Editor: It is interesting that the U.S. is so outraged over Mexican illegal immigration when Mexico was actually…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:39

We deserve the truth from Trump

Written by
To the Editor: In these days of political bickering, I believe that words we use must be precise in order…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:38

Remember the 1970s before gutting EPA

Written by
To the Editor: We have made much progress in our long-term protections of air, water and the environment since President…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:38

We should all rally for the environment

Written by
To the Editor: The right to clean air and clean water seems to have become a partisan issue in our…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:38

Listening can work magic

Written by
To the Editor: Democrats might well consider that you can’t justify your actions based on the idea that, “we are…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:37

Why I still vote Democrat

Written by
To the Editor: For the last decade, I have questioned my party allegiance, as well as the allegiance of others…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:37

Article’s premise was totally unfounded

Written by
To the Editor: The article ”Unfair collection practices in tax collector’s office?” (Feb. 25 edition) wisely includes a question mark…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:37

An escape into a magical world

Written by
I was in the Disney bubble for seven days straight, so it was rather depressing driving home with the daily…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:32

Most presidents learn from criticism — not this one

Written by
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist The press must be the keyboard on which the government can play. — Joseph…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:32

Valuable lessons from failed annexation

Written by
To the Editor: Thank you Smoky Mountain News and Becky Johnson for writing an article bringing to a close the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:31

What to make of Trump’s eruptions

Written by
To the Editor: It’s gotten to the point that I’m hesitant to listen to or read the news. President Trump’s…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:45

Please take time to give feedback

Written by
Many thanks to The Smoky Mountain News for the recent article by Becky Johnson (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/19193) to update the citizens of…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:44

Defining pro-choice, pro-life

Written by
To the Editor: Unfortunately, anti-abortion supporters named themselves pro-life, thereby labeling pro-choice supporters pro-death. This serves to demonize the pro-choice…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:44

NATO is too important to scrap

Written by
To the Editor: Our fathers and grandfathers fought in World War II to save the world from Nazi domination. Over…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:43

The world joins in supporting democracy

Written by
To the Editor: The Constitution guarantees the right to assembly, and Americans continue to exercise that right throughout history. In…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:32

Two essays that left a lasting influence

Written by
They were both quiet, their voices barely audible even during roll call, and absolutely silent otherwise. Even as a new…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:37

A once happy week now darkened

Written by
We leave for Disney World this weekend.  I should be more excited, but with all that’s going on in our…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:37

Why rush to repeal ACA?

Written by
To the Editor: I am writing to express my concern about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:36

Internet availability a problem in WNC

Written by
To the Editor: Regarding Scott McLeod’s piece last week about the availability of internet service (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/19234), it is a big…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:36

No room for alternative news

Written by
“Ignorance and misinformation, if allowed to prevail in foreign policy, handicaps the country’s security. In a world of complex and…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:35

Trump’s bigotry exposed in immigration order

Written by
To the Editor: The very first section of President Donald Trump’s order banning immigrants from seven nations refers to the…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:02

The digital divide is still way too wide

Written by
It was just a press release, one among the dozens a week that media outlets receive and that may or…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:01

How much did legislators get from Duke?

Written by
To the Editor: Those job killing North Carolina Republicans are at it again. The Republican General Assembly has cost North…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:06

Celebrating the wit of Robert Burns

Written by
Although many poets and musicians have won awards, there is only one person who has a world-wide celebration every year…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:04

We all need to get informed

Written by
To the Editor: Scott McLeod’s recent editorial “Looking more for ideology, less politics” (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/19140) truly resonated for me and I…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:04

Why are white males left out?

Written by
To the Editor: When you write “Looking for more ideology, less politics,” what exactly does that imply? And when you…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:03

Please keep your dogs leashed

Written by
To the Editor: I am writing this letter in hopes that people walking their pets will be more considerate to…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:03

Appreciate the opinion

Written by
To the Editor: Mr. McLeod, am writing to commend your timely Opinion piece. You made a number of excellent points.…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:12

Waiting in a winter wonderland

Written by
My wife was stranded in Mississippi. She was supposed to get home late on Friday night, but then the big…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:10

Trump just too ignorant for the job

Written by
To the Editor: Is it just me? Or are any of your readers just a wee bit concerned about (this…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:10

Rep. Meadows should have recused himself

Written by
To the Editor: The Oxford Dictionary of the English Language defines ethics as: “moral principles or code.” The Office of…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:09

Not TDA’s job to hire downtown director

Written by
To the Editor: Given the recent suggestion in The Sylva Herald that the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority possibly fund…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:35

A heavy but hopeful heart for the new year

Written by
Throughout my entire life, I’ve awoken on New Year’s Day energized to be more, do more, see more. This year…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:34

Another side of the Cuban revolution

Written by
To the Editor: I very much appreciated your comments about Castro and Cuba, particularly your childhood experience at Guantanamo. I…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:58

Smokies benefit from license plate sales

Written by
License plate sales raised nearly $815,000 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year, with the grand total…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:57

State budget hurts Swain’s needy children

Written by
“The smartest countries tend to be those that have acted to make teaching more prestigious and selective; directed more resources…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:26

Mainstream media has lost its credibility

Written by
To the Editor: Nothing in a recent letter (“Please, just check the facts,” Dec. 14, The Smoky Mountain News) rings…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:25

The media is just not doing its job

Written by
To the Editor: Have we ever seen such hypocrisy? The Russians have now hacked the 2016 election, really? Liberal news…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:22

WOW wraps up fifth year of giving back to community

Written by
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that…
To the Editor: There was a story with the headline “Haywood County wipes the dust off the bottle” in the December…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:25

Please, just check the facts

Written by
To the Editor: In the recent edition of The Smoky Mountain News, Carl Iobst’s letter seems to indicate that traditional…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:24

A public servant retires

Written by
To the Editor: To my friends in Western North Carolina, I will be retiring on December 31.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:22

Novel idea is surely just too far-fetched

Written by
I am writing a fictional spy novel. Here is the draft outline of it.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:12

A thank you to local media

Written by
By Greg Christopher • Guest Columnist This time of year, as many people are counting their blessings, they also realize…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:11

All one can do is keep fighting the good fight

Written by
I don’t know about you, but I need a quiet place about now. I need to turn off the news…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:08

We must remain vigilant on environment

Written by
To the Editor: As President Obama’s impressive term winds down and the focus shifts to speculation about an uncertain, perhaps…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:08

Media clueless to how it has killed itself

Written by
To the Editor: The traditional news media (newspapers) have killed themselves through poor writing, a lack of balanced reporting, advocacy…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:07

A small-town weekend packed with big meaning

Written by
After three months of internal darkness and coping with grief, this past weekend offered some soothing reprieve. Over the years,…