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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:12

Voters have decided tax collector issue

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To the Editor: Funny how Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, never mentions once that we are the only county in…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:12

Healthcare needs to be affordable

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To the Editor: As I prepared to leave home to participate in Sylva’s rally and march for affordable health care…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:04

If Trump fails, there is always 2020

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To the Editor: Regarding Mr. Martin Dyckman’s op-ed published in the March 8 issue of The Smokey Mountain News, I…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:03

Never forget the past

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To the Editor:  The other day I read something that chilled me to the bone, especially considering the direction the…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:02

Thank the EPA for WNC’s success

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To the Editor: I was born in a steel town in 1948. When I was 2, we moved to a…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:01

Like mercury on slick glass

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To the Editor: Please don’t even try to convince most people that Republicans are slow to change due to some…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:55

There are more than cornfields in the Midwest

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I’m severely under-acquainted with the Midwest.  My older son has a game on his Kindle that asks him to identify…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:48

What would we really get with a wall?

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By Paul Strop • Guest Columnist Last summer when we returned to this country, the presidential election was in full cry,…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:46

Unity instead of division; keep politics friendly

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By Joseph Trisha • Guest Columnist So who else is tired of negative politics and the constant negative President Donald Trump…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:44

Writer is right: you can’t fix stupid

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To the Editor: After reading the letter “You can’t fix stupid” in the March 15 edition of The Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:55

Monteith leaves a lasting legacy in Swain

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It was July or August of 1999, best I remember, and the Swain County Commissioners at that time were meeting…
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:47

From beauty pageants to soccer fields

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It’s not my proudest accolade, but I spent a significant portion of my childhood in a pageant dress.  The doctors…
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:46

Enjoy the articles by Chris Cox

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To the Editor: I sure enjoy the opinion columns by Chris Cox in The Smoky Mountain News. I enjoy reading…
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:45

You just can’t fix stupid

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To the Editor: First off, no anonymous person here. My name is Sandy Sanders. I read Chris Cox column a…
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:45

We all need to speak up

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To the Editor: Does opening your email or Facebook feed or nightly news programs make your blood pressure go up?…
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:41

Departing Trump’s alternate universe

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To the Editor: As a journalist and former member of the working press, I continue to be appalled and frankly…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 20:09

Trump’s rise has some similarities to Hitler

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To the Editor: Among the many sources available to explain current events in Washington is an excellent recent book that…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 20:02

Trump tweets himself back into the muck

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As near as I can tell, the readers of this newspaper are pretty evenly divided on whether I should continue…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:16

For me, there is real joy in solitude

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My favorite time of day is quiet time. Every morning before the hustle and bustle of the day begins, before…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:16

Time to solve problems

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To the Editor: Obviously, the GOP has won control of government for a brief while. The use of such language…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:15

The big lie about immigration

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To the Editor: Everyone wants to feel safe. We want to protect our lives, our property and our jobs. When…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:14

Let’s just get people back to work

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To the Editor: People do not appear to understand how important it is that Obamacare be repealed with no replacement.…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:14

Rep. Mark Meadows has gone missing

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To the Editor: As a constituent of Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, I am disappointed that he did not use this…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:13

How the mountain towns died

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To the Editor: Once there was once a busy, thriving community nestled in beautiful mountains that surrounded the town on…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:13

Protecting privacy in two steps

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To the Editor: North Carolina state Sen. Jim Davis, Franklin, in a recent newspaper interview indicated he opposes the repeal…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:45

The cracks are beginning to deepen

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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?

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To the Editor: Those job killing North Carolina Republicans are at it again. The Republican General Assembly has cost North…