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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 02:37

Ron Robinson supports education for all

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To the Editor: Ron Robinson, a Democrat and Sylva businessman, has launched his campaign to become the next senator from…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 02:36

Do not encroach on our freedoms

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To the Editor: Our basic freedoms in the Bill of Rights are encroached on almost daily by some branch of…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 02:36

N.C. 107 is a plain disaster

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To the Editor: Jackson County's main business corridor, Highway 107 South, is a disaster.   By allowing all the main…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 02:35

Local tourism leaders aren’t qualified

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To the Editor: In response to Mr. Robert Jumper's letter in the Feb. 19 edition and the Jackson County TDA,…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 02:35

Ridgetop houses are too common

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To the Editor: Regarding Clark Lipkin's guest opinion column in the Feb. 26 opinion, I find it incredulous that he…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:24

We are doomed to repeat history

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To the Editor: We repeat our mistakes because we never seem to learn the lessons of history and, in our…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:23

Just look at what the Tea Party is doing

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To the Editor: The letter saying the Tea Party is making changes is correct, but let’s look at the changes…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:23

Foundation should aid Good Samaritan Clinic

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To the Editor: The Haywood Regional Hospital Foundation need look no further than The Good Samaritan Clinic. The support of…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:22

Everyone wants to protect the mountains

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To the Editor: Everyone in Jackson County needs to know there was an overflow crowd at the public hearing on…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:22

Our schools deserve better than this

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To the Editor: Sixty-nine school boards across this state joined with the State Board of Education in challenging the constitutionality…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:58

Jackson TDA working hard for the county

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Letter to the Editor: While I currently serve as chairperson of the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority, I wish to…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:58

Haywood room tax hike just a bad idea

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To the Editor: I see the notion to hike the Haywood County bed tax by 50 percent has risen again.…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:57

The TEA Party is who is making change

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To the Editor: Recent elections in Haywood County have seen Republicans getting elected. Some of this activity is due in…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:56

Fracking firms don’t care about rights

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To the Editor: Here are just a couple thoughts about fracking. My home water supply is spring fed, and I’ve…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:56

Pat the polluter is helping old friends

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To the Editor: The old cliché of follow the money continues to be true, and now it’s close to home.…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:55

GOP pulls a fast one on ‘tax cuts’

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To the Editor: I hate paying taxes. So when someone promises to lower my taxes, they have my attention. Most…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:55

Don’t fix what isn’t broken

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To the Editor: We have heard much from GOP Gov. Pat McCrory and some leaders in the state legislature about…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:54

Nothing wrong with teacher pay plan

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To the Editor: Regarding the plan to give some teaches a pay raise: I cannot for the life of me…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:01

Visualizing the options for growth

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By Ben Brown • Guest Columnist Think of it as a starter kit for a comprehensive business plan for North Carolina’s…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:01

Democratic whining ignores progress

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To the Editor: Some parts of Western North Carolina are loaded with socialist agenda people, especially in Asheville and Cullowhee. …
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:00

Article misstated my views on slope rewrite

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To the Editor: I want to thank The Smoky Mountain News for the  article in the Feb 5 edition (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/12419)…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:35

Background checks are government overreach

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To the Editor: The Jackson County commissioners recently made a mistake — an honest, well-meaning, well-intentioned error, yet a mistake…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:35

How did county finance not catch on?

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To the Editor: The alleged embezzlement of around $50,000 from Macon County taxpayers by a county employee highlights incompetency within…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:34

Teachers, public education get raw deal

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To the Editor: If you have been following the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, you have recently learned that…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:33

Public Art Commission needs to speak up

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To the Editor: I served on the Waynesville Public Art Commission from 2006 until March of 2011. Public art was a…
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:54

Climate change still an important issue

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To the Editor: A critical skill for magicians is to be able to misdirect your attention while executing the deception.…
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:54

We need to oppose fracking in WNC

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To the Editor: James Womack, Chairman of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Mining and Energy Commission, would…
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:53

Support Sen. Hagan, not Koch brothers

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To the Editor: The billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch don’t live in North Carolina. One resides in New York…
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:52

Wildlife officers did a good job for us

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To the Editor: Thanks to the wildlife officers for catching the poacher who shot the mother bear on our private…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:53

GOP leaders should provide emails

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To the Editor: Everybody wants transparency in government — everybody except our Republican legislators in Raleigh. Last year, they passed…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:53

Keystone Pipeline could help economy

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To the Editor: Are you concerned if you are in your 50s or late 40s that the Social Security fund…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:52

On the way to an imperial presidency

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To the Editor:  This is what President Barack Obama said this week: “Where I can act on my own without…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:52

Weaker slope law could lead to lawsuits

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To the Editor: After reading the Jan. 15 edition and seeing continued plans to weaken the present Steep Slope Ordinance…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:51

Awards deserve a little more comment

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To the Editor: I always look forward to the “Awards” issue of The Smoky Mountain News. May I make three short…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:50

Education is alternative to killing more bears

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To the Editor: The changes in the five-year black bear management plan currently being proposed by the North Carolina Wildlife…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:56

Much of ACA came from conservatives

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To the Editor: When Hillary Clinton proposed a government-run, single-payer system to solve our health care crisis, Republicans responded by proposing…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:54

Columnist’s anti-Israel tirade distorts truth

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David C. Friedman • Guest Columnist Doug Wingeier’s op-ed published in The Smoky Mountain News on Dec.  25, 2013, titled, “Christmas…
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:50

Natural areas under assault from warming

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To the Editor: I love this time of year. Cold, crisp days remind me of the days I spent with…
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:49

Lake J annexation issue not fairly represented

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To the Editor: While I recognize that The Smoky Mountain News’ annual year in review awards are meant to be…
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

Education reform effort is like a slap in the face

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To the Editor: This move by the state to “reward” 25 percent of the state’s teachers (and I’m not even…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Why voter ID and not background checks?

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To the Editor: I do not understand why so many Republican congressmen support voter I.D. laws when it has been…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

My, how the universe has changed course

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To the Editor: After the Clinton administrations’ efforts to get a universal health care bill passed back in the 90s,…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Gov. McCrory, N.C. are moving forward

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To the Editor: No doubt 2013 was a much better year for Western North Carolina than was the previous year. …
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Earth’s warming will harm wildlife

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To the Editor: I love this time of year. Cold, crisp days remind me of the days I spent with…
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:00

Affordable Care Act a blessing for my family

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To the Editor: Today I visited healthcare.gov on the internet, and thanks to the Affordable Care Act, also known as…
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:00

Libertarians alive and well in Haywood County

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To the Editor: I would like to respond to the article in the Oct. 30 issue of The Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:40

WestCare employees excited about changes

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To the Editor: Recently, we the employees of WestCare learned of an exciting decision that we are entering into a …
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:32

Gov. McCrory is leading a turnaround in N.C.

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To the Editor: For the past few months some of the people in Western North Carolina who write letters to…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:32

Who are the real job creators?

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To the Editor: As I write this, the stock market is hovering around record highs. The Federal Reserve is keeping…