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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:38

Recent charm offensive will influence Obama legacy

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We have been hearing a lot lately about President Barack Obama’s charm offensive. He has been traveling a short distance…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:33

It’s our home, keep it clean

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To the Editor:  Every time I drive to and from Bryson City, I become distressed by the volume of litter…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:33

Meadows’ vote just doesn’t make sense

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To the Editor: I am a white woman and a God-fearing Democrat. I could not sleep well this Easter Sunday.…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:32

Nuclear proliferation just needs to stop

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To the Editor: How many nuclear weapons does it take to make us “safe?” According to a recent report by…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:41

Consider safety issues related to steep slopes

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To the Editor: I once again would like to bring up the safety issues regarding fire, rescue and sheriff’s department…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:40

Dillsboro will welcome railroad back

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To the Editor: There seems to be some confusion as to the withdrawal of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad from…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:40

Return train to Dillsboro, but not as proposed

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To the Editor: Let’s remember when talking about the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR), we are talking about two different…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:39

Voter ID issue just keeps getting better

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To the Editor: The radical Republican regime in Raleigh has a new pretext for the voter ID scheme North Carolina…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:41

Chavez did some real good in Venezuela

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 To the Editor: With the recent death of Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, there has been much speculation in the…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:40

Voter ID law a waste of time, money

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To the Editor: The voter suppression monster has reared its ugly head again in Raleigh. Although details are not known…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:10

My cousin the Keynesian and his mistaken ideas

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By Kenn Jacobine I have this cousin, let’s call him Giovanni. He is a great guy – industrious, hospitable, great…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:28

Don’t be in a rush to cut courthouse trees

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To the Editor: I am concerned that the decision to remove the trees at the courthouse was hasty and ill-judged.…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:27

Once again, we need to save Needmore

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To the Editor: After all the time and effort put forth by the citizens of Macon and Swain counties, the…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:26

The roots of the U.S. gun culture

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To the Editor: In all the current commentary about gun violence in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:25

A great night of music at the Bardo Center

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To the Editor: What a wonderful evening recently at the Bardo Arts Center. Western Carolina University School of Music presented…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:23

Joining Waynesville right move for Junaluska

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To the Editor: From my perspective, much of the discussion of whether or not to allow annexation of Lake Junaluska…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:22

Give McCrory, GOP a chance before piling on

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To the Editor: Ms. Abel’s letter said that the state’s Democratic ideals are fading fast since the last election (“State’s…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

MV Lodging Association opposes TDA tax hike

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To the Editor: Contrary to articles recently published in our local papers, there is much opposition to the proposed law…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

State’s democratic ideals are fading fast

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To the Editor: Our founding fathers, framing our Constitution, created a representative democracy. They formed a republic, a government where…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Writer spouted false facts about Obamacare

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To the Editor: A recent letter writer makes a number of unsubstantiated and flat out erroneous claims about Obamacare, otherwise…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Time to be rid of all Cherokee bear zoos

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To the Editor: Little has changed in Cherokee since a 1989 Parade Magazine cover story, “Are Our Zoos Humane?” named…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Not all doom and gloom in Dillsboro

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To the Editor: The claim of Frank Parrish and others over the past few years that Dillsboro is a ghost…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Wouldn’t it be wonderful ... to use local builders

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To the Editor: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the building boom of million dollar homes in Jackson County supported this…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Liberals arts education enriches one’s life

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To the Editor: Scott McLeod (Feb. 6 SMN) pays tribute to the value of a liberal arts education. Even though…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:35

We have to decide which side we’re on

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To the Editor: Well over a half century ago, the infringements, abridgments and usurpations of government against our liberties ordained…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:34

Ball fields bad use of tourism money

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To the Editor: Why on earth tap the tourism development funds in Haywood County for a ballpark that won’t result…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:34

Weakened slope laws could prompt lawsuits

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To the Editor: This is an open letter to the Jackson County Planning Board and county commissioners. Things to consider: …
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:32

Beware plastic power strips, and many thanks

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To the Editor: It is hard to believe it was a month ago that our little house in Waynesville burned.…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:30

We need sanity in gun debate

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To the Editor: As a gun owner, parent, teacher and American, I believe that there is no legitimate reason for…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:29

Macon County may need second pay study

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To the Editor: I believe Macon County’s commissioners need to closely analyze and thoroughly discuss the results and proposals made…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:27

Obamacare will drag down health care

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To the Editor: Recently, after a serious falling accident, I experienced medical treatment from our local health care system at…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:24

Downtown Sylva needs some help

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To the Editor: Tourism, tourism and tourism are the three most important words to line the struggling businessmen’s pockets and…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:38

All Cherokee bear zoos should be shut down

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To the Editor: It’s about time that the USDA finally suspended operations at Chief Saunooke’s antiquated concrete pit in Cherokee.…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:37

Lake J property owners need more information

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To the Editor: The article about the upcoming decision regarding possible annexation of Lake Junaluska by Waynesville in the Feb.…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:36

Gov. McCrory needs to put up or shut up

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To the Editor: Thanks for standing up to the governor in your column about our state universities (“Majoring in philosophy?…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:11

Taking God out of schools was mistake

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To the Editor: Just over five weeks ago a mentally disturbed 19-year-old young man went into a school in Connecticut…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:11

Jackson should not sell out to developers

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To the Editor: Thank you for your excellent reporting on the consideration to a change in the development rules in…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:12

We need to keep track of all firearms

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To the Editor: I miss Martin Luther King. His enlightened reason and fervent advocating for equal rights is sorely missed.…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:11

Timber harvest at Devil’s Courthouse a good idea

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To the Editor: Nature abhors a vacuum. Mother Nature assures change. Organisms are constantly adapting, changing, improving, evolving. Understand-ing life…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:10

Last issue of SMN painted a vivid picture

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To the Editor: How incredibly serendipitous that your newspaper of Jan. 23 should headline the flooding and landslides that occurred…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:25

A different perspective on guns and government

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To the Editor: As someone who has lived in four different countries and traveled to several others over the last…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:23

Shame on Jack Debnam and Jackson’s citizens

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To the Editor: Friends, they’ve out-waited us. And, motivated by the smell of money, they appear to have outlasted us…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:21

Some want to lead by using fear

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To the Editor: Don’t let anyone tell you there’s no conspiracy or that conspirators are not busily at work here…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:20

‘Gun Free Zones’ are danger zones

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To the Editor: Legislation has created a zone where the only people protected by a “gun free zone” are the…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:20

U.S. Postal Service should be left intact

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To the Editor: We have just been through a holiday season during which the U.S. Postal Service and its workers…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Loosening development regulations a bad idea

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To the Editor: I am adamantly opposed to the rescinding or changing of the current steep slope and mountain-top ordinances…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Let’s do the hard work on mental illness

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To the Editor: Almost everyone has an opinion about how to combat violent, mass killing. My hope is that we…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Marijuana in national forests is out of control

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To the Editor: Since the mid 1990s, Mexican criminals have been growing marijuana in our national forests. In recent years…
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 03:44

Firearms are not the problem

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To the Editor: We are writing in response to the gun control controversy. I agree that the recent acts of…