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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…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:53

Vote for Rick Bryson in June 7 primary

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To the Editor:    Rick Bryson is running as a Democrat for the congressional seat currently held by Republican Mark…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:53

Bryson is best choice to challenge Meadows

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To the Editor: On June 7 citizens of the 11th Congressional District will be asked to vote again. Because of…
My wife and I like to host small parties or entertain our friends every three years or so, not because…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:22

HB2 could be called ‘Hate Bill 2’

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To the Editor: Recent letters have provided more smoke than light regarding HB2, also known as House Bill 2, which…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:21

Trump cares only about being the winner

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To the Editor: For one who has never held an elected office, Donald Trump is a brilliant politician. His TV…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:18

Let’s work toward a better Maggie Valley

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To the Editor: Former President Ronald Reagan once said, “The republic is a dream. If we stop dreaming, we will…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:17

Governor’s office is still in the dark

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To the Editor: There you are, governor of North Carolina, and somebody pushes a stack of papers in front of…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:17

Racism is not in the ‘eye of the beholder’

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To the Editor: Sorry Dad, but in your column in last week’s edition of The Smoky Mountain News (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/17607), you…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:14

Connecting a new generation to 9/11

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Recently, a group of Waynesville Middle chorus students were at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, and when they…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:13

No negative connotation in resignation

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To the Editor: As a founding member of the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council, I offer for readers the following…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:13

Wallet issues and the legislature

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To the Editor: They’re baaaaaaaaack. Yes, your N.C. Legislature is back in session and talking tax cuts. Hold on to…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:10

A music nut makes the Merlefest pilgrimage

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Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I am a complete nut about music. There are people for…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:07

Vaccines important for pets

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By Kristen Hammett • Guest Columnist As a pet owner, there are many things we do to keep our fur babies…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:40

Carden mixes up the facts in book review

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To the Editor: Gary Carden, in his book review in the April 6 issue (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/17428), claims that the McCarthy hearings…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:38

Little choice for Lake J. except merger

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To the Editor: To this day, I have no doubt that the Lake Junluska and the City of  Waynesville annexation issue will eventually…
There was a time when running was my saving grace. If I didn’t run at least four times a week,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:18

Kobe’s swan song turned out to be a masterpiece

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“Do not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rave at close of day;Rage, rage against the…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:17

Socialism is not really such a dirty word

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To the Editor: So much paranoia about socialism. We can talk about socialism in theory, in practice, as mixed with other…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:17

HB2 should be repealed immediately

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To the Editor: As members of the Reconciling Conversation Group of First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, we are striving…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:16

What HB2 is really about — exerting power

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To the Editor: The motivation for HB2 has nothing to do with bathroom safety. The motivation was to slap down…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:15

The ‘rich’ show less empathy

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To the Editor:  A recent research project with 200 students at University of California at Berkley explored the  effects of…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:38

Call the hunting of bears what it is

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To the Editor: I would like to request of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission that you stop referring to the…