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Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:57

Thankfully, we are about over Obama’s reign

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To the Editor  Closing the stable after the horse has bolted describes Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last…
One Friday night in October my husband and I were dining at the bar at Frog’s Leap when I realized…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:06

Proposed Koch gift to WCU a bad idea

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By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist The proposed $2 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation to Western Carolina University…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:06

Beware the politics of the anglerfish

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To the Editor: The political season has kicked in full bore, and what we are about to witness is politics…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:05

Let’s stand up to injustice, hatred, fear

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To the Editor: The Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century brought about real positive change: the end of legalized…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 17:02

Wilderness for all, all ways, always

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To the Editor: Two happenings in the past 12 months led me to some end-of-the-year musings. The happenings were related,…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 17:02

Weather doesn’t trip up traditions

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When we wake up on Christmas Eve, it is nearly 70 degrees and raining so hard that when our miniature…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:57

People of Franklin in good hands

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To the Editor: Kudos to Bob Scott, mayor of Franklin, for his decision to take his oath of office on…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 16:14

Roberts Burns Night a unique event

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To the Editor: Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, is the only poet or musician that has a worldwide…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 16:14

Forest plan does not need more wilderness

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To the Editor: I vehemently oppose designating more wilderness areas within the Pisgah and Nantahala Forests. These lands are already…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 16:13

Put aside Fry Street prejudices

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To the Editor: I have been a proud employee of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) for nine years and an active…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:19

Allow tree harvesting in new forest plan

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To the Editor: Please allow common sense to prevail in the forest management discussion. Trees are the ultimate gift —…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:19

False information from Sen. Tillis’ office

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To the Editor: As a North Carolina citizen, I could not understand why our senators voted against a bill that…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:49

Diverse coalition coalesces to support forest plan

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By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist In recent months I have watched a tense and difficult relationship play out nationally…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:49

Thanks for helping feed the hungry

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To the Editor: Thanks to many, many individuals and businesses, the 2015 Turkey Drive sponsored by the Maggie Valley Area…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:47

Social injustice and our universities

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To the Editor: In last week’s letter to the editor (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/16807), Mr. Jones commented on the politicizing of WCU. Let…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:47

Economic injustice needs to be addressed

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To the Editor: It is time to wake up and take a big whiff of reality. The shape of our…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:46

Forest Service needs capacity to manage

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To the Editor: As the U.S. Forest Service proceeds through the plan revision for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests,…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:46

We can find a better cell tower location

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To the Editor: I hope to be understood that my family is as pro-wireless communication as anyone in Cashiers. Verizon…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:45

Candidates would strip us of rights

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To the Editor: Below are several of the solutions proposed by many of the candidates running for president to end…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:14

HRMC praised for patient care

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To the Editor: This is in praise of our new hospital, “new” meaning the Haywood Regional Medical Center, now run…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:13

Politicizing at WCU is just a bad idea

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To the Editor: It is my understanding from an article written in the Asheville Citizen Times that Western Carolina University…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:12

This holiday, it’s a family united

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When I was 12 years old, there were few things I liked better than the Dallas Cowboys. Definitely my Farrah…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:25

Is the free market free for everyone?

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To the Editor: “I am a conservative Republican, a firm believer in free market capitalism. A free market system allows…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:24

Does Lake Junaluska need Waynesville?

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To the Editor: Here we go again. Another article (Nov. 18 Smoky Mountain News or at www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/16735) regarding the annexation…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:24

Now is the time to finish Green Energy Park

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To the Editor: Currently, Jackson County’s Green Energy Park is not self-sustaining. Neither are parks and public schools. Perhaps if…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:13

When a part of you goes missing

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Mike and I were not exactly a match made in heaven. In fact, I didn’t think we were much of…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:03

Some capitalism not so admirable

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To the Editor: In 2008, the CEO of BBT, John Allison, gave $1 million to Western Carolina University. Some have…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:01

Don’t succumb to fears in Beaverdam

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To the Editor: I would like to elaborate on the comments I made at the hearing on Oct. 19 on…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:59

Duke profits take precedence over state’s public interest

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By Avram Friedman • Guest Columnist By proposing to replace its Lake Julian coal plant in Asheville with a new…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:37

Little-known Cherokee history, from the archives

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When I used to work for the Cherokees, there were occasions when there was little to do. When that happened,…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:37

Reelected Hamlet, Mull to Canton board

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To the Editor: I am writing to express my support for Ralph Hamlett and Gail Mull for Canton aldermen.  …
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:38

Rep. Mark Meadows not a worthy congressman

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To the Editor: Politics is often described as the art of the possible. The recent resignation of Rep. John Boehner,…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:38

Signed letters better than mystery ads

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To the Editor: Letters to the editor in a newspaper illustrate the highest tradition of a free press. Letters represent…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:38

Letter writer was wrong about Republicans

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To the Editor: A recent letter writer has gone over the top with the surreal allegation that the Republican Party…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:36

War on men evidently is going strong

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To the Editor: Seventeen pages of your Oct. 7 issue (including the cover) were dedicated to “Women in Business,” more…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:35

Corporate charm rebuttal misses mark

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To the Editor: The BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at WCU has responded to my letter regarding BB&T bank’s practice…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:34

Support Gavin Brown for Waynesville mayor

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To the Editor: I am writing to express my support for the re-election of Gavin Brown as mayor for Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:33

Raymond Fairchild recognition long overdue

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To the Editor: Congratulations to legendary banjo player Raymond Fairchild for his induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, and…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:25

Pisgah-Tuscola rivalry is as good as it gets

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When my daughter, who is a freshman this year at Tuscola High School, made the Color Guard this summer, the…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:15

Waynesville library slipping in quality

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To the Editor: When I moved to Waynesville in 1987 the library was the pride of the mountains. It was…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:15

The ugly truth about tribal politics

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To the Editor: As the tribal elections drew closer and closer, it became fairly obvious early on that Patrick Lambert…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:11

Free enterprise gives people the freedom to flourish

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In his Oct. 7 letter to the editor, Franklin political activist Dan Kowal cautioned readers not to “buy the corporate…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:20

Former park biologist honored for conservation

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Kim DeLozier, conservation program manager for the eastern U.S. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, won the title of Wildlife Conservationist of…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:26

Help children stay warm with clothing donation

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To the Editor: October is the last month for donations to the 2015 Coats for Kids of Jackson County Coat…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:25

Don’t buy the corporate charm offensive

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To the Editor: This week we’ve heard from the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Western Carolina University, hyping the…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:08

Let’s avert another shutdown

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To the Editor: If Congress fails to reach a federal budget resolution by midnight, September 30, the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:08

GOP has too many contradictory views

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To the Editor: I am not much of a religious scholar, but I did have 16 years of excellent Catholic education.…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:07

Telling Washington just what we will do

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To the Editor: Tried to take a nap but couldn’t get my mind off of some of the enormous problems…