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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…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:32

Zoning advocates had predictable response

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To the Editor: The response from zoning advocates — to my letter that was printed two weeks ago — was typical.…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:31

Freedom versus limited government

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To the Editor: Limited government was ridiculed in a recent Smoky Mountain News article. Most Americans are strong believers in…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Civility begins with us

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By Doug Wingeier • Columnist  The cover story in the Oct. 30-Nov. 5 issue of The Smoky Mountain News described divisions in…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Enough of unbridled growth in Cullowhee

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To the Editor: Cullowhee is the fastest growing community in Jackson County. After several years of effort and well-attended community…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Planning in Cullowhee is a community effort

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To the Editor: I attended last week’s open forum sponsored by the newly formed Cullowhee community planning group where local…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Cullowhee planning will help community

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To the Editor: As a retort to the concerned citizen who wrote a letter to the editor about the intent…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Improving patient care is priority

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The last couple of weeks have been filled with a lot of news about Haywood Regional Medical Center and its…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:43

Turkey drive helps many needy families

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To the Editor: It’s that time of year again. The Maggie Valley Lodging Association is making plans for its 16th…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:42

Don’t let Cullowhee planning steal rights

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To the Editor: Historically, the citizens of Jackson County have been overwhelmingly against zoning outside the city limits. After failing…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:42

We are headed down the wrong path

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To the Editor: What has been happening in Washington is more than a catastrophe. Congress is allowing unshared economic growth…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:41

We should have seen ACA red flags

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To the Editor: Red flag warnings that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, is a flawed bad law have…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:40

Meadows will be held accountable for vote

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To the Editor: I read with great interest The Smoky Mountain News’ Oct. 23 Op Ed page and particularly the…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:00

The return of the sharecropper state

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To the Editor: When Reconstruction came to the South after the Civil War, big plantations were worked by nearly destitute…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:59

Replace Tea Party with rational Republicans

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To the Editor: With the government shutdown fiasco, we have learned what TEA in Tea Party really stands for “Totally…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:58

Learning to compromise would restore hope

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To the Editor: I would like Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, to realize that there was a time when opposing parties…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:58

Dependency is what leads to vulnerability

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To the Editor: I once asked a gentleman why he placed so much reliance on government and he replied, “Because…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Let’s learn to live with black bears

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To the Editor: As a better solution to the proposed “killing” of more black bears being advocated by the North…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Zeb sincere about helping Canton

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To the Editor: Have you Canton folks taken a good look at the candidates for the four seats on the…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Canton has had a lot of recent accomplishments

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To the Editor: This is my first ever letter to the editor.  I feel I must respond to comments made…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Let’s send Rep. Meadows home

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To the Editor: On Tuesday, Oct. 15, I delivered to Rep. Meadows’ office in Hendersonville more than 32,000 signatures of…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:17

Constitutents angry with Rep. Meadows’ actions

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To the Editor: This is an open letter to Rep Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers. Rep. Meadows, your actions have already denied…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:16

More Medicaid lies from McCrory

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To the Editor: In my business, I deal with many people who are at the bottom of the economic ladder.…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:15

McCrory’s efforts paying off for state

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To the Editor: In most of the Western Carolina newspapers’ letters to the editor section, we can count on one…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:15

Meadows, Maniscalco did not attend forum

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To the Editor: I attended the Maggie Valley aldermen candidate forum and read with interest your coverage of this event.…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:13

Citizens should not tolerate shutdown

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To the Editor: My name is David Monteith and I oppose the government shutdown. We Americans have given enough. When…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:39

GOP shouldn’t blame this on Democrats

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To the Editor: The Republicans, including our own Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, who have repeatedly stated dislike for the federal…