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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:56

Don’t penalize prosperous industry

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To the Editor: As the economy sputters along, members of Congress and the Obama Administration are singling out one of…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:56

Haywood GOP is out of control

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To the Editor: Wow, I’ve seen a lot of small-town politics in this area but the Haywood County Republicans are…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:58

Sen. Hagan is for the people, not big money

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To the Editor: Sen. Kay Hagan’s path to Washington began in high school when she helped elect her uncle Lawton Chiles…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:57

County oversteps its authority

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To the Editor: The Haywood County Emergency Management Ordinance was signed into effect Nov. 16, 2009, by J.W. “Kirk” Kirkpatrick,…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:57

Kids can endure a little stress

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To the Editor: Wondering what all the fuss is over the use of Common Core standards in school, I looked…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:21

Vouchers won’t help low-income families

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To the Editor: Recently, I became curious about the N.C. Opportunity Scholarships (a new name for vouchers) that are being…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:20

Voting challenges may overwhelm system

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To the Editor: It should be reassuring that so many groups are concerned about “voter integrity” on Election Day, making…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:19

Create Eden, drop animal products

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To the Editor: TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah”as…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:19

Rep. Presnell will get my vote again

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To the Editor: We must speak out against this proposed room tax increase. The county leaders may want it, but…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:19

Has Rep. Presnell lost her memory?

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To the Editor:  In a recent article about the sad state of North Carolina teacher salaries, Rep. Michele Presnell was…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:18

There are reasons for Presnell’s opposition

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To the Editor: I find it noteworthy that in the March 26 column on Rep. Michele Presnell’s opposition to the…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:48

You often get the results that you plan for

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To the Editor: Here is what I think about Jackson County’s revised steep slope ordinance: self-serving, self-serving and self-serving. But…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:48

What’s up with all the litter in Haywood?

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To the Editor: Just an observation that I am sure others have made also, but what about all the trash…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:47

Election laws target the wrong groups

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To the Editor: I attended a political club meeting last night. I purchased tickets for a fundraiser — a dinner…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:47

The enduring myth of welfare cheats

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To the Editor: Welfare cheats. It seems that every conservative has a favorite story about how someone on public assistance…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:45

To shoot or not to shoot?

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To the Editor: Every two or three years I read in the newspaper that a homeowner shot an intruder. Typically,…
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Politics does make strange bedfellows

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To the Editor: Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows. The recent edition of The Smoky Mountain news said this: “Carla…
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Robinson will support education, teachers

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To the Editor: As I discuss the upcoming District 50 senatorial campaign with my neighbors, it is becoming clear to…
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:12

Spring beckons, but don’t forget the moment

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By John Beckman • Columnist After the hard winter of sub-zero temperatures, heavy snows and power outages our region and much…
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:11

It’s not really about Obamacare

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To the Editor: The drumbeat of complaints about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) from the political right wing leave me…
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:11

Elect Robinson to replace Sen. Davis

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To the Editor: I’m writing as a citizen and resident of Jackson County to voice my support for Ron Robinson…
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:10

Government is always less efficient

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To the Editor: I was having an otherwise intelligent conversation with one of my more liberal acquaintances the other day…
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…