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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:03

How can we be proud to be Americans?

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To the Editor: USA Today has reported that on average there were 96 cases of a white police officer killing…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:42

Our Edisto story is still being written

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EDISTO ISLAND, SC — Whether it is a time-honored family tradition or simply the very real possibility that, as a…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:53

The real meaning of religious freedom

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To the Editor: The news of the last couple of weeks brings into sharp focus the divided world we live…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:46

The reality of the Confederate flag legacy

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I have seen more Confederate flags flying in the past couple of weeks than I have seen in years. A…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:18

Declare independence from meat industry

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To the Editor: Nearly 240 years ago, our founding fathers declared our national independence from Great Britain. This Fourth of…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:18

Waynesville entryways are too junky

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To the Editor: This piece could be titled, “How to beat a dead horse in 350 words or less.” First…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:16

DOT could stand for the Department of Trash

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“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous…
Many years ago, in a time and a place that seems so far away to me now, I courted a…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:33

Do people really believe this stuff?

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To the Editor: Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the scientific discoveries made on almost a daily basis,…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:32

Reacting to changing climate of medicine

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To the Editor: As a pediatrician, it has been my privilege to serve the families of Western North Carolina for…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:44

Animal shelter needs proper planning

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To the Editor: There has been recent news coverage and public discussion about the plans for the new Haywood County…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:43

Our elected leaders are out of control

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To the Editor: It has appeared for a long time that the American people have turned into a flock of…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:35

Coach’s article was great, but let’s clarify

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To the Editor: First, and foremost, I want to thank you for the article in The Smoky Mountain News, your…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:35

Playing the blame game in Jackson County

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To the Editor: Have you noticed when officeholders (elected or unelected) are attempting to wiggle out from responsibility for some…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:17

Challenge those who would censor you

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To the Editor: Referring to a recent letter to the editor, the writer suggested that anything or any opinion that…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:17

Last Shot weekend was a great success

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To the Editor: Our Last Shot Fired May weekend, titled “The Battle of Waynesville and the Surrender of the Western…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:16

Drug testing good students won’t help

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To the Editor: I read with dismay that the Jackson County school system was planning to waste more money on…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:12

Our veterans deserve to be honored all year

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It is just a beautiful day, this Memorial Day. I am able to get a little work done in the…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:02

Madam, you are indeed a thief

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To the Editor: My family and I were enjoying a meal at a local buffet restaurant (on Mothers Day 10…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:02

Thanks to Waynesville town employees

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To the Editor: The Waynesville Public Art Commission would specifically like to thank Waynesville town employees Dave Foster, Daryl Hannah,…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:01

Fast track legislation a threat to democracy

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To the Editor: Fast Track legislation that was prepared in secret by some 600 lobbyists of the largest transnational corporations…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:58

Exotic pests a continuing threat to our mountains

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By Jason Love • Guest Columnist I am writing on behalf of the Western North Carolina Public Lands Council, an advisory…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:02

The mystery of U.S. foreign aid

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To the Editor: One of the great mysteries of government in America is how and why we give over $50…
Even though she’s an Indiana girl who had only seen the ocean once before we met, there is something about…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:48

Baltimore and the failure of liberalism

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To the Editor: As events unfold in Baltimore, the failure of liberal ideologies becomes clear. We’ve also seen the failures…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:46

FOX News has been bad for the country

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To the Editor: Imagine that in 2015, you, as an American citizen, don’t feel at home in your own town.…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:45

GOP is the party of higher taxes

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To the Editor: The people have been told for years, particularly by Republican candidates running for the General Assembly, “We…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:22

Creating a healthier future

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Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital have embarked on exciting futures for our hospitals and communities.   Early this…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:04

Criminals fear those who carry guns

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To the Editor: As a long-time N.R.A. member, I wish to respond to Publisher Scott McLeod about his recent gun…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:03

More rhetoric from the liberal press

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To the Editor: It appears the long arm of the liberal press has made it to your publication. Scott McLeod’s…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:44

A big thank you to Sen. Jim Davis

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To the Editor: Thank you Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, for raising my taxes. As with the majority of North Carolina…
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…