To the Editor: Voters should vote AGAINST the $2 billion “Connect NC” bonds on the March 15 ballot. Gov. Pat…
To the Editor: One of the greatest resources our state has is the University of North Carolina System with its…
Enrollment has fallen in Haywood County Schools every year since at least 2008, and Jimmy Rogers was on the school…
For some time, I have been worried that my children are not learning the coping skills they will need in…
By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist In Sons of Wichita, Daniel Schulman relates a story about Charles Koch’s attempt to…
To the Editor: This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from…
To the Editor: Have you ever heard of a man being fired for his “strong leadership style”? Ella Kliger Franklin
By Ron Robinson • Guest Columnist The other day I attended a basketball game at Western Mountain University. I could not…
To the Editor: Any who frequent Main Street Waynesville on Wednesday afternoons will know that a group calling ourselves Neighbors…
To the Editor: I would like the economics professors who wrote a letter in last week’s Smoky Mountain News (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/17086)…
There was a time in my life where I thought being wild would lead to a sense of freedom and…
By Jimmy Rogers • Guest Columnist If Central Elementary in Waynesville is forced to close because of budget cuts and losing…
To the Editor: We the undersigned, Western Carolina University’s economics faculty, wish to express support for our colleague Dr. Ed…
To the Editor: Regarding the school district’s budget shortfall, rather than the proposed drastic reductions in the public schools programs…
I was dreaming, I can’t say exactly what. It was that kind of dream you have that floats away like…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist People generally don’t care to hear how things are done better elsewhere, but there…
To the Editor: Startling new findings show that if you are a middle-aged white person, your life expectancy is dramatically…
To the Editor  Closing the stable after the horse has bolted describes Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last…
One Friday night in October my husband and I were dining at the bar at Frog’s Leap when I realized…
By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist The proposed $2 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation to Western Carolina University…
To the Editor: The political season has kicked in full bore, and what we are about to witness is politics…
To the Editor: The Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century brought about real positive change: the end of legalized…
To the Editor: Two happenings in the past 12 months led me to some end-of-the-year musings. The happenings were related,…
When we wake up on Christmas Eve, it is nearly 70 degrees and raining so hard that when our miniature…
To the Editor: Kudos to Bob Scott, mayor of Franklin, for his decision to take his oath of office on…
To the Editor: Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, is the only poet or musician that has a worldwide…
To the Editor: I vehemently oppose designating more wilderness areas within the Pisgah and Nantahala Forests. These lands are already…
To the Editor: I have been a proud employee of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) for nine years and an active…
To the Editor: Please allow common sense to prevail in the forest management discussion. Trees are the ultimate gift —…
To the Editor: As a North Carolina citizen, I could not understand why our senators voted against a bill that…
By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist In recent months I have watched a tense and difficult relationship play out nationally…
To the Editor: Thanks to many, many individuals and businesses, the 2015 Turkey Drive sponsored by the Maggie Valley Area…
To the Editor: In last week’s letter to the editor (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/16807), Mr. Jones commented on the politicizing of WCU. Let…
To the Editor: It is time to wake up and take a big whiff of reality. The shape of our…
To the Editor: As the U.S. Forest Service proceeds through the plan revision for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests,…
To the Editor: I hope to be understood that my family is as pro-wireless communication as anyone in Cashiers. Verizon…
To the Editor: Below are several of the solutions proposed by many of the candidates running for president to end…
To the Editor: This is in praise of our new hospital, “new” meaning the Haywood Regional Medical Center, now run…
To the Editor: It is my understanding from an article written in the Asheville Citizen Times that Western Carolina University…
When I was 12 years old, there were few things I liked better than the Dallas Cowboys. Definitely my Farrah…
To the Editor: “I am a conservative Republican, a firm believer in free market capitalism. A free market system allows…
To the Editor: Here we go again. Another article (Nov. 18 Smoky Mountain News or at www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/16735) regarding the annexation…
To the Editor: Currently, Jackson County’s Green Energy Park is not self-sustaining. Neither are parks and public schools. Perhaps if…
Mike and I were not exactly a match made in heaven. In fact, I didn’t think we were much of…
To the Editor: In 2008, the CEO of BBT, John Allison, gave $1 million to Western Carolina University. Some have…
To the Editor: I would like to elaborate on the comments I made at the hearing on Oct. 19 on…
By Avram Friedman • Guest Columnist By proposing to replace its Lake Julian coal plant in Asheville with a new…
When I used to work for the Cherokees, there were occasions when there was little to do. When that happened,…
To the Editor: I am writing to express my support for Ralph Hamlett and Gail Mull for Canton aldermen.  …
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