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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:10

The media have always lied, so what’s new?

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To the Editor: While I agree with many of the concerns you have with fake news (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/18865), it didn’t start…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 16:28

Glad to live in a republic and not a democracy

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To the Editor: Thank you for publishing The Smoky Mountain News. We enjoy reading it every week. I would like…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 16:26

A community that is truly stronger together

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Don’t worry. This column isn’t about the election. There’s plenty of that going on elsewhere. With that being said, I…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 16:15

The GOP has the ball, so let’s see what they do

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I needed nearly a full day after the election before I could formulate a response to the election of Donald…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 16:13

Haywood needs a voice at the table

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To the Editor: On a personal level, I am quite unhappy with last Tuesday’s election results. As a “community leader,”…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:01

Sorry, but Bob Dylan did deserve the Nobel

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I’d like to take a few minutes to say a few words about the column by Jeff Minick two weeks…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:00

Wildfire Response in Western NC

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To the Editor: I live by Standing Indian Campground on West Old Murphy Road. Last Wednesday I watched the helicopters…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:00

Together we can create something

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To the Editor: As someone who is regarded as white, why am I a member of the Jackson County NAACP?…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:45

Comey’s threat to democracy is unprecedented

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Editor’s note: This is a letter former FBI agent Mark Swanger Jr. sent to current FBI Director James Comey. Swanger…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:35

My Halloween failings follow me into adulthood

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I am old enough and comfortable enough with my shortcomings to just admit it: I am not very good at…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:20

Loving and kicking my way through October

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I recently wrote a blog post about September being the worst month of my life. One day seemed to awkwardly…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:18

Trump enablers themselves unfit for office

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To the Editor: It would be dreadful enough if Donald Trump were merely the most unfit, unprepared, unworthy and uncouth…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:17

A clarification on last week’s column

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To the Editor: In last week’s guest column about Colin Kaepernick I wrote, “His protest is by kneeling (in prayer)…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:39

‘Get the hell out’ is not an answer

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By Dave Waldroup • Guest Columnist Legendary former Chicago Bears head football coach Mike Ditka has now joined the chorus of…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:37

Negativity is infesting our politics

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To the Editor: The greatest problem facing our country today and in the future is not from abroad but from…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:37

Raleigh ‘magicians’ must be held accountable

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To the Editor: A key skill for magicians is misdirection. Look this way so you won’t see what I’m actually…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:36

Twenty questions for America’s citizens

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To the Editor: The future of the American system of representative government is under attack, and who is heeding the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:36

We are all going to be losers this election

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To the Editor: Thank you for your honest opinion regarding Trump running for our highest office (www.smokymountainnews.com/opin-ion/item/18589). I respect your…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:35

This certainly is not politics as usual

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To the Editor: I have been a political junkie since the Kennedy-Nixon race, but this letter is not about partisan…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:34

We need real change in this country

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To the Editor: Are you an emotional voter letting the media and others tell you how to vote? Or an…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:34

Let’s ask Rep. Presnell to step down

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To the Editor: As we face a drought, Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, not only vigorously supports fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:47

Sen. Jim Davis, corporate lapdog

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To the Editor: From my mailbox recently I pulled a large political mailer from State Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, attacking…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:47

Negative flyers are a waste of money

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To the Editor: With the advent of the election season, my mailbox and my sensitivities are being assailed by political…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:46

Tax facts instead of Sen. Jim Davis’ spin

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To the Editor: Your income went down, but your N.C. income tax went up. Is this possible? You bet. If…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:46

Volunteer for school science laboratory

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To the Editor: Have you ever seen the light in a student’s eyes when they learn a new  concept? I…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:45

Local dogs need our help, not Korean dogs

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To the Editor I was astonished by your recent article about the HSUS bringing dogs from Korea to Western North…
There were left hooks and right uppercuts. The crowd couldn’t look away as they cringed with each blast and low…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:37

It’s called The Open Door, so come on in

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Lately I’ve been hanging out at The Open Door in Frog Level and I have to admit, it’s my new…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:41

Remember talking ‘to’ people, not ‘at’ them

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We are still near the dawn of the Internet age. We can get just about any information we desire in…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:40

Vote for Luker and Mau in Jackson County

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To the Editor: I attended the debate on Sept. 29 at Southwestern Community College between the four candidates running for…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:40

Sen. Davis was big fracking supporter

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To the Editor: The rivers are low, and so are the springs. As we face a drought, Sen. Jim Davis,…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:54

Pockets of happiness have become lifelines

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For a week I’ve been thinking about what to write in this week’s column, and very little clarity came until…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:54

Sen. Davis and reverse Robin Hood tactics

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To the Editor: The N.C. Republican Party sent out a flyer stating Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, voted for a middle-class…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:52

Sen. Jim Davis’ mailers make false claims

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and his surrogates in Raleigh recently sent out a series of expensive glossy…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:51

Sen. Jim Davis raised taxes on farm families

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To the Editor: If you are like many residents of Western North Carolina, you probably cut hay, raise a few…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:50

Yes, there are some bikers for Clinton

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To the Editor: I am a female motorcyclist who actually rides my motorcycle across the country, not one who hauls…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:48

We need a senator who is for the people

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, has unleashed a series of negative flyers against his opponent, Jane Hipps. His…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:54

Remember when you were ‘16 going on 17?’

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When I was 16 years old — going on 17 — I had a poster of Stevie Nicks, the mystical,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:48

There are plenty of good reasons to vote for Hillary

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have their liabilities, but his are so much more…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:22

Finding my way in this season of change

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Not long ago my front porch was a barren, pathetic place with a few pieces of hard, wooden furniture, zero…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:21

I remember John Snow, and what GOP did to him

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To the Editor: I remember John Snow. For those that don’t, he was the three-term state senator from this district who…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:20

Hillary does not deserve support of women

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To the Editor: In the August 31 edition of The Smoky Mountain News, guest columnist Hannah McLeod asked “Where are…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:19

Rep. Meadows should open up discussions

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To the Editor: I was one of the people who was turned away from Rep. Mark Meadows’ meeting at the…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:35

So this is what hell feels like

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Beware, gentle readers. This story is not for the faint of heart. It is a story of betrayal, corruption, and…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:34

We should welcome political refugees

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To the Editor: Widespread reports of Muslim terrorist activity in the media of late, and the incessant drumbeat of political…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:34

I love living in a small town

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To the Editor: I have said many times that I love living in a small town; yesterday, something happened that…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:12

Democrats need to learn their history

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To the Editor: A recent letter-writer states, “most Republican politicians will continue to tell you that tax cuts are the…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:12

A little perspective is in order, please

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To the Editor: There are those who would have us fear going about our daily lives due to possible terrorist…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:09

The before and the after — living with grief

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There are only a handful of life experiences that result in a definitive before and after. I now know that…