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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…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:07

Skip the theatrics and let’s debate issues

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To the Editor: Recent letters have presented opposing views on the future funding for Planned Parenthood. Some are based on…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:15

Asheville baristas’ behavior a sad commentary

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I had never heard of “The Red Pill Theory” or the “manosphere” until I saw references to them in the…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:14

Smart action on cell towers in Jackson

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By Craig Pendergrast • Guest Columnist I am writing to applaud the Jackson County commissioners for recently completing a difficult re-write…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:21

Community needs supporters to step up

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To the Editor: This past weekend I had the privilege of working beside my fellow students and colleagues in an…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:20

When faith and government collide

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To the Editor: In Rowan County, Kentucky, Kim Davis has been ordered to jail for contempt of court.  Her confinement…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:15

A bag of stories and an oil can

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By John Beckman • Guest Columnist Forty-two years ago a very interesting man moved into the broken, haunted brick mansion two…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:08

Despite Sanders’ rhetoric, nothing is free

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To the Editor: Such a nice man, this Bernie Sanders, we just love him, he just wants to help everyone!…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:52

Lawmakers simply need to do more for education

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Editor’s note: The following letter was recently sent to all members of the North Carolina General Assembly As students and…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:52

We need more veggie options in schools

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To the Editor: With the new school year just starting, parents’ attention is on school clothes, supplies and lunches. Yes,…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:51

Sanders has unique vision for U.S.A.

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To the Editor: Like many across America, I’ve become very tired of politicians of both parties talking out of both…