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Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:25

Debt burden will crush main street if unsolved

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In his 1961 inaugural address, John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you —…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:48

Obama wants to limit free speech rights

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To the Editor: Albert Einstein, who was a genius both in mathematics and in understanding human motivation, said the following:…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:46

Forest Service should not tear up hillside

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To the Editor: I live at the head of Tilley Creek, where my family has been since the early 1800s,…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:46

People, not dogs, are the problem

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To the Editor: Having read about the dispute of the barking dogs and a push for a county-wide ordinance, I…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:45

Affordable Health Care Act is good legislation

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To the Editor: Republicans in Raleigh and Washington who want to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act — and those…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:32

Why Obama is not the rich man’s candidate

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To the Editor: It’s hard to understand why working people would ever vote Republican. The Republican Party is the party…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:31

Jones does not support barking dog ordinance

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To the Editor: In a recent interview with David Joy in the Cashiers Crossroads Chronicle regarding a county wide barking…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:30

Speak up about Citizens United

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To the Editor: Your readers may be interested to know the result of petitions signed this year by hundreds of…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:29

Billions to buy votes without disclosure is bad policy

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To the Editor: There’s a “For Sale” sign in front of your home, but you didn’t put it there. What’s…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:23

Wealthy are gaining too much political power

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To the Editor: OccupyWNC, an affiliate of MovetoAmend.com, along with groups all across the United States, has worked diligently to…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:23

Obama was in over his head from day one

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To the Editor: Election time is approaching and we are facing a promise gap. In 2008 when vice presidential candidate…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:22

Looking forward to our own Hunger Games

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To the Editor: Have you heard the latest about our local sportsmen? Well, it’s been reported that three elk were…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:36

Loving guns and badges in Maggie Valley

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To the Editor: Maggie Valley must love the guns, badges and handcuffs. In fact, with Maggie Valley being only about…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:36

The party of tax-and-spend, really?

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To the Editor: It’s election trash talking time again, and one of the things that will come up will be…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:35

Rhyming a solution to our political woes

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To the Editor: As our government officials keep putting off a long-term solution to the debt ceiling problem, perhaps these…
The wonderful thing about keeping bees is there are always surprises. Just when you think you’ve learned what there is…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

We should realize value of natural resources

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To the Editor: In Western North Carolina we are extremely lucky to live, work and play in a place of…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

A story everyone should read, learn from

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To the Editor: We, the undersigned, are a group of Haywood County citizens that meets regularly for a respectful dialogue…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

A dip in the Tuck beats bee suits in this heat

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I slept downstairs on a futon last night, trying to escape some of the intense heat that, chimney-like, turned the…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist My wife and I moved here from Florida because we wanted to live in…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Sometimes a walk is better than a run

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 For many years I was a dedicated runner. These days I’m much more likely to choose to walk, both for…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Noise ordinance an unjust attack on heritage

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  To the editor: I am writing in response to recent discussions of “Barking Dogs” in Jackson County and to…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Barking dogs ordinance would increase burden

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  To the editor: Remember when we would say “Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite” as a nod…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Barking dogs a symptom of animal welfare, social issues

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  To the editor: The barking ordinance that Jackson county commissioners recently said they’d support sounds at first like a…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:49

Hearing all the buzz about sourwood

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This is a special time of the year for beekeepers in Western North Carolina. It is the time they prepare…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:48

Women make decisions for themselves

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To the Editor: This is intended for all men: political office-holders, the religious of all faiths, and just plain “guys.” I…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:47

Voter ID laws should have bipartisan support

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To the Editor: Election reform is needed in North Carolina. Nearly eight out of 10 North Carolina voters support Voter…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:46

Romney’s plan will benefit wealthy

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To the Editor: Mitt Romney is saying his experience in the private sector means he can do a better job…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:59

Fight back against Alzheimer’s

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To the Editor: Ask yourself, for just one day, can I match the passion and dedication of Alzheimer’s caregivers and…
I found Booger at the Coffee Shop some 15 years ago – a tiny kitten with only one eye open,…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:01

Corporations are not people

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To the Editor: This letter is in direct response to Ginny Jahrmarkt’s May 30 letter titled, “Jones made wrong vote…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:00

Commissioner’s actions were disappointing

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To the Editor: It was disappointing to read that Commissioner Mark Jones representing District 4 voted to support a resolution…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:00

Arrogant is the word for Sheriff Ashe

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To the Editor: When I think of the word arrogant, I usually think of someone who is so intelligent or…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:59

Both sides scratching their own backs

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To the Editor: The word austerity seems to have saturated world and national news of late, sometimes used in a…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:55

Time to take out the long knives

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Suppose this was your household budget: • Annual family income………………....$23,400 • Money family spends annually….....$35,900 • New debt added to…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:02

Jones made wrong vote at last Jackson meeting

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To the Editor: At the most recent Jackson County commissioner meeting at the Balsam-Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Commissioner Mark…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:02

Left changes it’s tune when it loses

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To the Editor: According to recent letters to the editor, Christians, or anyone else, should not be allowed to vote…
Some time back I wrote that at a future date I’d print seed-starting dates for the remainder of the growing…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:57

Misunderstanding should not nix resolution

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To the Editor: Sometimes misunderstandings can get completely out of hand. Such was the case at the last meeting of…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:57

North Shore Road money should not be held up

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To the Editor: I commend Becky Johnson and The Smoky Mountain News for providing the facts to its readers regarding…
I’ll admit that I have never been much of a cat person. It’s because I am a little selfish, I…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:38

Redefining marriage is always defeated

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To the Editor: According to recent letters to the editor, Christians, or anyone else, should not be allowed to vote…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:36

Recognizing the enemies within

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest columnist In July of 1861, Major Sullivan Ballou of Rhode Island composed a letter to…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:33

Welfare state has destroyed California

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To the Editor: California is back in the news. Two Saturdays ago, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that the state’s budget deficit…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:32

A majority did not support Amendment One

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To the Editor: Three letters in the May 16-22 edition of the Smoky Mountain News reflect differing views about what…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:29

A festival for the unassuming goat

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Every small town needs a street festival, and what better excuse for one could there be than goats? This past…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:49

A GOP perspective on leadership

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To the Editor: The recent letter authored by the new chairman of the Macon County Democratic Party seemed to be…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:48

Someone is having problems with memory

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“No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.” – Abraham Lincoln To the Editor: I am…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:47

Thanks for taking a strong stand

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To the Editor: I live in Albuquerque currently, but I grew up in North Carolina and spent summers at Lake…