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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Debates provide another view of candidates

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The presidential debates of the 2012 election are now behind us. Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent president running for re-election,…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Davis has shown support for those with disabilities

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To the Editor: Seldom do I cross party lines in politics. However, there is one Republican candidate I will vote…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Marty Jones’ signs are just too much

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To the Editor: It is November, which means it is election time. As we all know election time means campaign…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Some regulations are good for business

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To the Editor: Mark Meadows and Romney-Ryan believe business can exist and prosper without government, that business owners build their…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Here’s why tax cuts aren’t working

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To the Editor: The economy is the largest accident ever designed by man. We think we can’t control it, but…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Oscillating Romney not a good choice

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To the Editor: Mitt Romney continuously switches positions to appease his audience. I am citing only a few examples. In…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Beware the candidate who runs attack ads

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To the Editor: Campaign advertising is all around us. Much of it is in the form of attack ads meant…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Forum gave insight into John Snow

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To the Editor: A candidate forum was held in Sylva on Oct. 15, 2012. The forum was sponsored by the…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Discussing religion of candidates is tricky

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To the Editor: As I was engaged in a peace vigil in front of the Haywood County Courthouse recently, a…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Climate change is real, must be confronted

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To the Editor: First, I want to thank The Smoky Mountain News for co-sponsoring the political candidate forum held at…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:37

GOP mailings smear candidates, ignore facts

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To the editor: The world’s first political consultants were ancient Greeks known as Sophists who taught debating skills and boasted…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:35

Bear euthanasia was not first option

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By Gordon Myers • Guest Columnist A letter was recently circulated regarding the euthanizing of a black bear in the…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:35

We need specifics from Romney

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To the Editor: The first presidential debate underscored one thing — what does Romney intend to do when campaign rhetoric…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:33

The environment is key in this election

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To the Editor: Bottom line: our economy, our health and quality of life are all dependent on how we treat…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:33

Obama just hasn’t gotten the job done

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To the Editor: This will be the election of my lifetime. I was born before WWII. I have seen my…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:32

Is Romney really the person you want?

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To the Editor: After listening to Mitt Romney’s excuses over the last several months for what he has and is…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:32

Davis’ gain is public education’s loss

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To the Editor: At the county and state government levels budgets are about choices, and those choices have moral implications,…
To the Editor: A letter was recently circulated regarding the euthanizing of a black bear in the Mountain Aire community…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:56

Barack Obama and his debate debacle

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To the Editor: So, here we had it. Live TV for all the world to see. In one corner was…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:55

McCrory and our gems from Western Carolina

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To the Editor: I am concerned about North Carolina’s unemployment rate of 9.7 percent and the country as a whole.…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:54

Make the right choice: Hayden Rogers

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To the Editor: We in the mountains are known to be suspicious of outsiders who want to tell us how…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:54

Giving bears a second chance

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To the Editor: The inflexibility of the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (NCWRC) is alarming. The killing of a three-legged…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:53

Backcountry fees a bad idea

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To the Editor: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to begin charging fees for backcountry camping and implement a…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:41

Don’t be fooled again by Sen. Jim Davis

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To the Editor: One of the most important decisions we will have to make on Nov. 6 is who to…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:40

Bernanke is killing the working class

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To the Editor: It is really quite amazing that anybody would believe anything that emanates from the mouth of Federal…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:39

This election, let’s make a clean sweep

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To the Editor: During this election the main question seems to be economical. We are a debtor nation. We are…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:38

Americans are too easily deceived

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To the Editor: Why are the American people so easily deceived? It seems as if they want to be deceived. …
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:37

GOP attack on women is real and continuing

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To the Editor: The letter about women’s rights by Margery Abel in last week’s Smoky Mountain News says it very…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:36

Independent thinkers are key to future

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To the Editor: Kurt Vonnegut, a prophetic fiction writer of the 1960s, wrote an amusing, disturbing and satirical short story…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:35

Sen. Davis’ comments were insulting

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To the Editor: Much has been said this election year on the Republican “War on Women.” Some believe it exists…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:34

The tragedy of mass shootings, gun control

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Hardly a week goes by without hearing about another tragic shooting, in a movie theater, a grocery store, a Washington,…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:33

Support Ghost Town and other local projects

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To the Editor: This is really not an “either-or” situation. Maggie Valley should definitely support Ghost Town as an investment…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:33

Invest in nature, not Ghost Town

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To the Editor: I have no problem with Ghost Town, and I wish them well in their efforts. But I…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:10

Life in the GOP fact-free bubble

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To the Editor: I just don’t get it. Many Republicans think that Obama is a Kenyan socialist out to destroy the…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:09

Conservatives take us down the wrong path

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To the Editor: Webster’s dictionary defines the following terms as stated below: • Conservative: “of or relating to a philosophy of…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:08

Jim Davis living in Alice in Wonderland world?

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, is apparently living in a world in where up is down, less is…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:08

Don’t legitimize hate and violence

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To the Editor: From U.S. media coverage we get the impression that the Muslim world is burning with anti-Western anger over…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:07

Thanks to the GOP communications chair

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To The Editor: In Carol Adams’ reply to my column (“Proud to be an American … sort of,” SMN Sept.…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:06

Video archives useful in combatting lies

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To the Editor: I noticed that last week some of Mitt Romney’s defenders tried to claim that the video from…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:06

Women’s rights, the unfinished struggle

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To the Editor: Throughout America’s history courageous women have struggled to achieve social and political freedom and equality. They have…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:35

Obama’s record needs closer look

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To the Editor: Carol Adams in her Letter to the Editor (SMN, Sept. 12) asserts that Obama’s record is “not…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:34

History has been altered by victors

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To the Editor: Mr. McLeod, instead of being upset over a Confederate flag flying in the South, perhaps you should…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:33

Is journalism dead or just very biased?

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To the Editor: Mark Twain once said “If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you read the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:33

Proposals could harm bear, deer populations

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To the Editor: According to David Whitmire’s recent letters sent to the media in WNC, two pending bills for 2013-14…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:32

PetSmart will help animal rescue groups

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To the Editor: PetSmart, which is known for not carrying puppy mill dogs or cats, also holds on-site adoptions for…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:32

Get the facts about state education funding

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To the Editor: The Macon County Democrat Headquarters got my attention with their sign. For those that haven’t seen it,…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:50

The end is nigh, but too few will admit it

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By Kenn Jacobine • Guest Columnist According to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, we are about to…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:49

The GOP’s message of Social Darwinism

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To the Editor: The 2012 campaign illustrates two oft-quoted maxims: that war is a continuation of politics by other means,…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:48

Alderman replacement process should be open

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To the Editor: As a full-time resident of Maggie Valley, I am shocked at the shenanigans taking place in our…