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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:40

Time to get re-acquainted with an old friend

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It is just mid-April and already too hot to sleep, but too early in the year to resort to air…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 15:01

A birthday slap from Gov. Pat McCrory

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To the Editor: In March the North Carolina State Parks system celebrated its 100th anniversary with events, gathering and celebrations…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:59

Teaching is not for everyone

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To the Editor: The letter from Deanna Lyles, “I quit teaching because I love children,” (April 1, The Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:58

An opportunity for Dillsboro, Sylva

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To the Editor: A representative from the N.C. Department of Transportation recently briefed Dillsboro board on plans to replace the…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:36

I quit teaching because I love children

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To the Editor: Recently, I had to make a tough but necessary decision. As I entered my 23rd year of…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:33

Finally, we know just what road we are traveling on

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“She can wiggle her toes.” This text message — a simple statement of fact pertaining to my mother — would…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:07

Constitution protects people, not corporations

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To the Editor: On behalf of the Western Carolina Affiliate of the National Move To Amend and We the People…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:06

Fracking potential leads to need for education

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To the Editor: Last week I attended a really good workshop in Swain County on landowner rights that was sponsored…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:06

Too many weighing in on annexation issue

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To the Editor: I was disturbed by the article by Becky Johnson regarding the annexation of Lake Junaluska into the town…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:05

I don’t want to smell smoke on Main Street

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To the Editor: Regarding the letter titled, “Waynesville smoking ban just a bad idea” printed in the March 18-24 issue…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:00

Is Sen. Tom Tillis some kind of traitor?

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To the Editor: Sen. Tom Tillis, R-N.C., is probably not a traitor, but he surely is an embarrassment to the…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:00

Waynesville smoking ban just a bad idea

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To the Editor: For years I have promoted downtown. I tell my friends to shop locally, eat at our local…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:17

Raleigh does a job on senior citizens

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To the Editor: You're 83 years old, on a fixed income of out-of-state retirement and Social Security, living in Franklin.…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:24

Consortium of docs could do house calls

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To the Editor: If you are over 65 (and maybe even younger) you will remember a wonderful phenomenon of the…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:22

Too many people a big part of problem

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To the Editor: Religious folk love to talk about Armageddon and the Apocalypse with almost all major religions predicting some…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:22

Both parties are destroying our country

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To the Editor: Political parties have almost destroyed our country. The greed and self-interest of both political parties have consciously…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:22

We need Marshall Plan for Middle East

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To the Editor: If we really want to defeat ISIL, restore calm, and some semblance of peace in the Middle…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:44

Medicaid expansion equals economic growth

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To the Editor: A recent letter suggested that its author does not believe in economic projections. He may not realize…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:44

N.C. loses by not expanding Medicaid

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To the Editor: An earlier letter requires concrete proof of the success of the Affordable Care Act. Those truly interested…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:44

Jackson votes supports real free speech

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To the Editor: Thank you, Jackson County Commissioners for your courage in passing a resolution calling on the North Carolina…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:42

N.C. GOP leadership likes to bully opposition

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Whether they strut across schoolyards or along the polished halls of a state capital, all…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:40

Beware the company you keep

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To the Editor: Jackson County Commissioners, I want to congratulate you on the entertaining meeting on Jan. 29 and your…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:40

In my world, estimates are different from facts

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To the Editor: Ed Morris’s recent letter to this newspaper criticized a letter I had written to The Franklin Press…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:40

Use Lent to try a meat-free diet

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To the Editor: This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:39

Appreciate community support for 5K run

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To the Editor: On behalf of Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church please allow me to express thanks and grateful appreciation…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:39

Let’s re-think attitudes toward wood

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To the Editor: Have you ever heard the expression “waiting for the other shoe to drop”? I thought of it…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:39

Does Maggie Valley need 200-foot cross?

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To the Editor: At first blush the idea of a 200-foot cross seemed kind of cool. It could make Maggie…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:37

The sweet dreams of snow days

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“Dad, do you think we’ll get out of school tomorrow?” My son, Jack, is standing in the doorway of our…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:10

Waynesville missing an opportunity

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To the Editor: It’s true, you only get one chance to make a good one. Entering Waynesville from any direction…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:09

Sen. Tillis wasted no time becoming an embarrassment

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To the Editor: It took newly elected Sen. Thom Tillis , R-N.C., merely a month in Washington to make himself…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:37

Three men walk into a bar ...

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To the Editor: A rich man, a middle class man and a poor man walk into a bar. They sit…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:32

Harris Regional committed to the region

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Over the past couple of months there has been a fair amount of coverage in area media outlets about the…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:34

Facts and beliefs are different animals

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To the Editor: Vic Drummond’s recent letter about “The Economic and Employment Costs of Not Expanding Medicaid in NC.” was…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:34

U.S. youth need unifying experience

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To the Editor: Historical injustices, real and perceived, create seeds of terrorism. Today’s policies create a fertile environment for the…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:32

Hunters and their dogs don’t deserve special protections

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By Bill Lea • Guest Columnist In the article about the bear dogs attacking a camper’s dogs (www.smokymountainnews.com/outdoors/item/14952), Wallace Messer (a…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:15

A perspective of a retired ob-gyn on today’s situation

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By Gwang S. Han • Guest Columnist Obstetrics is the branch of medicine dealing with parturition, including care before and after…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:10

Sounds preachy, but it’s right: be true to yourself

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One of the pure joys of my job — teaching English on the college level — is getting to spend…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

Macon leaders should reconsider stance on wilderness

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To the Editor: The Nantahala Hiking Club requests that Macon County commissioners reconsider or rescind the resolution passed on July…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:19

We have to close the widening gap

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To the Editor: About 10 years ago I said to a client of mine perhaps the most outrageous thing I’ve…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:18

New animal shelter is long overdue

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To the Editor: I was happy to read the article about the need for a new animal shelter in Haywood…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:17

Some successional habitat a good thing

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To the Editor: The recent announcement by the U.S. Forest Service of more potential logging in the new forest management…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 15:04

Time to eschew meat products

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To the Editor: It’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those about our health. Although gun violence remains the leading…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 15:04

Time for appointed tax collector in Haywood

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To the Editor: As we approach the year 2015, I appeal to the decision makers of Haywood County to take…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 15:08

Canary Coalition works to help WNC

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By Thomas Crowe • Guest Columnist In case you didn't know it, right here in our midst we have a gem…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Real vs. fake facts, and knowing the difference

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To the Editor: Denying facts because they conflict with a belief is a survival tactic for the human race. We…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

All are welcome at Pigeon Center

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To the Editor: An article in the Dec. 17-23 issue of The Smoky Mountain News states that the Pigeon Center…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Lonely this Christmas? Hire an old-time hermit

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Serendipity: an aptitude for making significant discoveries by accident. I have always loved that word, and I have had numerous…
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 17:45

Somehow, I was meant to be right here

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By Laura Amour • Guest Columnist “The mountains attract seekers.” That comment was made by a cherished friend that I have…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 15:47

Faster than thought: two book covers

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By Steve Ellis • Guest Columnist As we leave this political season, which has been nasty, brutal and long, I’d…