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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…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:36

Letter writer needs help connecting the dots

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To the Editor:  I certainly hope Santa brings Bob Wilson a “Connect the Dots” book — he could use the…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:36

Time for many to relearn tolerance

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To the Editor: The letter “Democrats hurting African Americans” (SMN, December 3) confuses race with economics. The implication that Democrats…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:35

Plutocrats drive modern GOP agenda

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To the Editor: It’s amusing to hear Republicans and other reactionaries describe Democrats and the Democratic Party. Contrary to their fiction-based…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:34

What do people really want?

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Dr. Graeme Potter • Guest Columnist As one of the practicing, board-certified OB/GYNs in the community who provide prenatal care, I’ve…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 17:00

Democrats hurting African Americans

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To the Editor: Kudos to Bruce Gardner whose wise comments appeared in the Nov. 26 Opinion section of The Smoky…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:59

Ronald Reagan was an economic powerhouse

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To the Editor: Even his critics agree that Ronald Regan did great things for the U.S. economy. Just look at…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:58

Bigger not better when it comes to health care

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To the Editor: My husband’s recent illness caused me to have several strong reactions regarding medical care at Haywood Regional…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:55

Watching grief from across the street

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By Melanie Threlkeld McConnell • Guest Columnist He usually arrives in the late afternoon, always before dinner time, and he doesn’t…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:53

Students are searching for a good life

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My seniors are writing letters to themselves today, an activity I have students do every year just before the holidays.…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:00

Old Democratic Party is just a memory

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To the Editor: For the most part, family traditions have been important in helping to bind families together. There are…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:00

Ebola nothing compared to gun violence

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To the Editor: News has recently come of the death of a second ebola victim on U.S. soil — a doctor…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:00

Obama plan sticks it to legal immigrants

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To the Editor: If Editor Scott McLeod thinks that Obama is giving the finger to the GOP with his amnesty for illegals,…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 15:58

Social problems permeate classrooms

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One in 30 American children are homeless, and, overwhelmingly, the two most common causes are economics and parental abuse. That’s…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:26

Erasing ignorance expands opportunities

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By Deborah Miles • Guest Columnist As the Director of the Center for Diversity Education, I and other educators have been…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:25

Don’t make sophs live on campus

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To the Editor: First, let me say that I greatly respect Dr. Sam Miller and the administration at Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:25

Junaluskans should pay for upgrades

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To the Editor: Your opinion piece a few months back, “Changing mind  now won’t undo the damage,” left out a…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:22

A briefcase of possibilities

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I grade about 2,000 essays a year. I do so because I am a high school English teacher, and because…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:22

SMN editor lacks journalist ethics

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To the Editor: Journalists like Scott McLeod, SMN Editor, usually follow a code of ethics that includes fairness and impartiality…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:21

Do something together for Nikwasi Mound

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To the Editor: I have read the opinions going back and forth regarding the Nikwasi Mound in Franklin and am…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:21

Doing just as he accuses others

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To the Editor: Regarding Bob Wilson’s latest letter on negative campaign rhetoric, Wilson exemplified the hate-filled distorted rhetoric that he…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:19

Franklin and Cherokee should work together on Nikwasi

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By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist In a letter to the editor published in the Nov. 5 edition of  The…
Absenteeism in American public schools has reached epidemic proportions. Six million students, one in eight, miss 30 days of school…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:45

Political rhetoric reaches a new low

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To the Editor: It was very sad to witness all the hateful rhetoric tossed around during elections this year. I…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:44

Make Lake Junaluska annexation more fair

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To the Editor: Your opinion piece from the summer titled "Changing mind now won't undo the damage" left out a…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:44

There is no moral equivalent to ISIS

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To the Editor: A recent letter to the editor states a moral equivalence between ISIS weird beards who behead journalists, crucify…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:44

Big mistake not to return Nikwasi Mound

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To the Editor: I am writing in regards to the Nikwasi Indian Mound. I am concerned for the community of…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:42

As students change how they learn, teachers must adapt

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Every attentive person knows there is a revolution occurring in language, and much of what was once communicated by words…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:34

You have permission to vote Democrat

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To the Editor: Recently I have heard folks say things like, “My daddy” or “Momma” would “roll over in their…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:34

Best choice for school board is Goode

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To the Editor: Don’t we all desire what’s best for our kids? The best schools. The best teachers. The best…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:33

Thanks for coverage of candidates

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To the Editor: I would like to applaud The Smoky Mountain News for the articles on the Haywood County Commission…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:32

We should fear the puppet politicians

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To the Editor: In the campaign financial reports from 2012, Rep. Michelle Presnell, R-Yancey, spent $107,039 with $3,611 from individuals…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:31

Goode is fresh choice for school board

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To the Editor: Eleven years ago, I came home from work to find my wife — Wende Goode — holding…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:31

Keep all school staff in mind when voting

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To the Editor: Most of the talk regarding education has been about teacher pay, which is critical such that we…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:31

Tillis clear over incumbent Sen. Hagan

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To the Editor: The Senate race in North Carolina is the most important election in our state this year. Sen.…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:30

Choose science over a salesman’s snake oil

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To the Editor: I’m really impressed with Tom Hill, candidate for District 11 of the U.S. Congress, hoping to unseat…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:30

This is what GOP legislature did for us

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To the Editor: Are you better off now than you were, say, a year ago? For most of us that…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:29

Hunter Murphy best option for Appeals Court

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To the Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Mr. Hunter Murphy for election to the North…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:29

A letter to Gov. McCrory and the Legislature

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To the Editor: The actions taken in the last few years under Republican leadership have awakened a sleeping giant of…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:28

Vote for Hill, send Meadows home

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To the Editor: I truly believe Tom Hill will stand up for us, the common person. If you haven’t seen many…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:26

Time for new county commissioners

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To the Editor:  What have the incumbent county commissioners brought to Haywood County? I am a 55-year resident of Haywood…
My weekdays begin at 5 a.m. I have time to drink coffee with my husband, thank him for making my…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:21

Leaders steer U.S. ever closer to becoming an oligarchy

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To the Editor: What kind of country is ours? That’s more than an idle question to a foreign-born gentleman who…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:09

Obama wasting energy on climate change talk

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To the Editor: Speaking at the U.N. Climate Change Summit last month, our esteemed president made the following statement. Climate…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:08

EMS crew provided fantastic service

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To the Editor: When someone you love has a sudden onset of an acute illness, there are numerous fears to…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:07

Vote for change, get GOP out of Raleigh

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To the Editor: Overall quality of life in North Carolina has drastically deteriorated during the past four years due to…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:06

Haywood incumbents should be reelected

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To the Editor: How fortunate we are in Haywood County to have three county commissioners running for reelection, commissioners who…