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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…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:04

Jim Moore is best choice for DA

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To the Editor: I am writing to you on behalf of my good friend and mentor, Jim Moore. He is…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:04

Letter writer had it wrong about GOP

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To the Editor: The letter on Oct. 15 from my friend in Franklin titled, “Why doesn’t the GOP protect our…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:03

Let’s send GOP leaders home this election

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To the Editor: The Republican Party in North Carolina has repeated, time after time, that the public schools were broken.…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:02

Rep. Mark Meadows needs to go

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To the Editor: I am no Paul Revere, but like him I am providing warning that we are threatened. The…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:02

Elect Republicans, keep state moving forward

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To the Editor: Beam me up Scotty if you have heard of any big oil or gas companies prowling the…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:01

Jane Hipps is the right choice for Senate

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To the Editor: From many perspectives, North Carolina is in big trouble. Rather than governing to provide the best direction…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:01

Cullowhee planning will take away rights

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To the Editor: On Tuesday night, Oct. 7, I along with many property owners attended the presentation of the “Cullowhee…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:00

Sen. Davis votes against will of people

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To the Editor: “Tis a puzzlement.” How can any elected representative currently in office perpetually insist on being proud while consistently…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:00

No, Mr. Clampitt, fracking is an issue

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To the Editor: Suppose we turn history upside down, we might have heard the following from famous and infamous people:…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:59

District attorney hopeful needs an answer

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To the Editor: Two weekends ago I went to the district attorney debate in Canton at the Colonial Theater. The…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:59

Everyone reads the local free papers

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To the Editor: I was just thumbing back through recent issues of SMN and read your piece about supporting local…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:01

Support Sen. Jim Davis in the coming election

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To the Editor: When I read letters to the editor demanding more government spending, it is clear many do not…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:01

Why isn’t GOP protecting property rights?

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To the Editor: Republican leaders like Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, Rep. Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, and Rep. Roger West, R-Marble, voted to…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:01

In this election, vote for education

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To the Editor: I am a 1953 graduate of Waynesville Township High School, received my undergraduate degree from Furman University…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:30

Protect the treasures of WNC from frackers

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To the Editor: This is my first written word, publicly in 20 years. I pray that it be as in…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:30

Tillis, Davis responsible for increased premiums

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To the Editor: Rep. Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, has been running ads that say N.C. citizens are paying more for health…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:29

Preserving air and water quality important

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To the Editor: Becky Johnson’s report on the Canton and paper mill landfills gives me a much-needed better understanding of…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:29

Hipps will make education a priority

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To the Editor: I am a retired classroom teacher and worked in Haywood County Schools for 37 years. During the…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:28

Take back our sacred property rights

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To the Editor: There has been a lot of discussion regarding environmental impacts of fracking, yet two areas have not…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:28

Midterms a chance to change leadership

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To the Editor: Our country is in a heap of trouble. Ebola has now been introduced into the United States.…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:27

N.C. Democrats go conservative

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To the Editor: The dictionary definition of “conservative” is, “Holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:39

Let’s show real respect for teachers

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By Jim Hunt • Guest Columnist Earlier this year, I called for a state commitment to raise teacher pay to…