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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:54

Nikwasi Mound belongs to people of Macon

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To the Editor: The deed to the Nikwasi Mound states that, “the mound shall be preserved for the citizens of…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:54

U.S. also commits acts of barbarism

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To the Editor: We have chosen war yet again because we have deemed someone else’s behavior to be barbaric; in…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:53

North Carolina’s great balancing act

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To the Editor: Since they took over control of the North Carolina Legislature, there has been a great cry among…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:52

Cutting taxes not always the best way to lead

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To the Editor: A candidate for the county commission wants to cut your taxes. That is the basis for his…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:49

Ellison just plain wrong about Granville Calhoun

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To the Editor: I have read with interest the original article by George Ellison questioning the account that Granville Calhoun…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:46

More on the saga of Kephart’s arrival at Hazel Creek

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To the Editor: Readers may well be approaching exhaustion with this ongoing exchange regarding circumstances surrounding Horace Kephart’s arrival at…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:21

Say no to those who support fracking

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To the Editor: Fracking is a contentious and potentially disastrous environmental and social issue heading for North Carolina and possibly…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:21

Surveys reveal serious climate change issues

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To the Editor: On Sept. 9 the National Audubon Society released the results of several years’ worth of studies that…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:20

Elect Tom Hill to replace Rep. Meadows

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To the Editor: I generally find that when I cast a ballot for anyone in a national election, I’ve voting…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:20

Hipps will help state ban fracking

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To the Editor: Jane Hipps wants fracking banned in North Carolina. Her opponent, state Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, is a…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:20

Sen. Jim Davis dancing on a beach ball

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To the Editor: It seems that state Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, has found his beach ball, and it’s called fracking.…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:19

Anti-fracking crowd is just wrong

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To the Editor: Vic Drummond has written several times about the silliness of the anti-fracking group, and I would have…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:18

What does Webster hope to achieve with planning initiative?

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To the Editor: I read the news that Webster had obtained a planning grant with mixed emotions. Local planning is…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:02

Tillis out of step on birth control issue

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To the Editor: Thom Tillis is one slick fellow. During his debate with Sen. Kay Hagan last Wednesday, he slithered…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:00

Evergreen paper and the fracking debate

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By Avram Friedman Last year Becky Johnson of The Smoky Mountain News interviewed me about Evergreen Packaging’s plans to convert…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:32

GOP has not kept its promises

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To the Editor: How can you tell if a politician is lying .... his lips are moving. It’s an old joke;…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:31

PETA got it right at Osborne Farm

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To the Editor: As one who blew the whistle on Osborne Farm Inc., I can attest that PETA’s footage shows…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:29

Celebrating this region’s culture part of our identity

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Anyone who reads The Smoky Mountain News regularly knows we emphasize in-depth, investigative stories when that’s what is called for…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:26

Our leaders are noticeably absent

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To the Editor: Ah, August. Vacation time. Yeah!!   Never mind that ISIS is beheading its way through Syria and…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:26

Thank Sen. Davis for losing $51 billion

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and other Republican state legislators voted not to expand Medicaid. Early studies showed…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:25

Don’t believe what fracking supporters say

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To the Editor: Western North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The majestic mountains, the lush green…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:25

Sen. Davis’ comments come as no surprise

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To the Editor: I’m really not surprised about the Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, quote, “I’m getting really frustrated with these…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:19

Unraveling the story of Horace Kephart’s ‘drying out’

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George Ellison’s response to Gwen Breese’s letter regarding his article on Horace Kephart and his condition when he arrived at…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:19

Is America’s future now the past?

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To the Editor: “Freedom, freedom is a hard won thing and every generation has to win it again.” This is…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:18

Why the raging war against fracking?

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To the Editor: Have you wondered why worldwide the leftists, environmentalists, and most media are waging a war against that…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:52

State gives lip service to fracking concerns

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To the Editor: The Johnny-come-lately public hearing on fracking scheduled by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) at Western…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:51

Cell towers, fracking, and food trucks

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To the Editor: First, kudos to Gerald Green and the Jackson County Planning Council for requiring Verizon to use cell…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:24

N.C. citizens do not want fracking

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To the Editor: “I not only voted for the law, I was one of the co-sponsors,” Davis said. “I’m really…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:23

Sylva’s ETJ attempt a bad idea

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To the Editor: Paige Roberson, Sylva’s town manager, says she would be surprised if anyone opposes Sylva’s plans to extend…
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:08

Fracking in a perfect world still problematic

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To the Editor: The issue of fracking by the oil and gas industry — already one of the most controversial…
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:07

Giving voters advice and attacking Sen. Davis

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To the Editor: Most letters to the editor are benign or overly active, but the one in the July 2…
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:06

Honest survey or deceitful phone ad?

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To the Editor: Recently “SSI” surveys popped up on my called ID and in a moment of curiosity I answered…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:05

Column blaming Rep. Presnell was wrong

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To the Editor: The column by Editor Scott McLeod two weeks ago taking after Rep. Michelle Presnell, R-Burnsville, for stopping…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:40

A few problems with one-sided letter

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To the Editor: In his column, Martin Dyckman disparages supply-side economics but contradicts himself two paragraphs later stating that teachers…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:39

Your property rights are at risk

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To the Editor: Republican Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, co-sponsored SB 786, which is now law. • It fast tracked fracking…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:38

The truth about Common Core

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To the Editor: Common Core and understanding the ramifications of the future of our children’s education are something all citizens…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:35

Can anyone afford to get sick?

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By John Beckman • Guest Columnist About eight months ago I had a misunderstanding with a pile of lumber which,…
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 03:30

Strawberry wine and its place in the Smokies

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To the Editor: I have never met George Ellison, but I am appalled as a result of his referring to…
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 03:29

Time to accept reality of climate change

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To the Editor: Alduous Huxley once said, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Recently, in a…
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 03:28

Is there a ray of hope in the stampede to frack?

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To the Editor: The cage is open and the monster is on the loose. Despite promises of comprehensive safeguards for…
A few weeks ago, my brother called me to ask if I thought he should apply for the job as…
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

State lawmakers are shifting tax burden

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To the Editor: Actions speak louder than words. North Carolina residents need to pay attention. The loud, false, words of…
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

Let’s stop yellow journalism politics

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To the Editor: I am a politician — a local one — and while I make jokes about politics, I…
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

Litter in Sunburst was just heartbreaking

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To the Editor: I am writing today with a heavy heart. I am saddened, frustrated and embarrassed. We live in…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:59

A lesson in equality and economy 101

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To the Editor: We continually hear the myth about how the rich are greedy, but what we don’t hear is…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:58

Please be smart about black bears

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To the Editor: Thank you for Holly Kays’ excellent article covering the recent shooting of a bear in Maggie Valley,…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:58

Get facts about teacher pay, performance

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To the Editor: Having lived in North Carolina for a year, I’ve noticed that low teacher salaries are a hot…
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 13:56

Science helps us find God’s truths

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To the Editor: I am writing this letter for the sakes of my fellow creationists and any questioning minds who…
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 13:55

GOP works to make Haywood better

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To the Editor: This is in response to Mitchell E. Powell’s letter to the editor, “‘Group is hurting Haywood GOP,”…