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Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:09

Wrong priorities causing problems

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To the Editor: The 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington” and Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:09

Gov. McCrory, GOP have turned business loose

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To the Editor: We live in the greatest country the modern world has ever known. Our president has not been…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:08

New attempt to help domestic abuse victims

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To the Editor: Domestic abuse, according to statistics, has increased. Although the exact reasons cannot be pinpointed, the latest analysis…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 02:17

Students food insecure as school starts

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As children return to school this week, the joy of seeing their friends, sharing summer stories, wearing new shoes or…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 02:17

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers

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To the Editor:  I volunteer with Jackson County Meals on Wheels, and I also serve on the volunteer committee.  I…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:27

GOP declares war on all except the rich

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To the Editor:  Since the radical cabal of Republican reactionaries has taken control of our state government, much has been…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:26

Is it too much to ask for an honest election?

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To the Editor: All I want is an honest election. Is that too much to ask? Why are some Democrats,…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:26

Legislature did a lot for this state’s citizens

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To the Editor: It’s time to speak the truth about the gains for North Carolina citizens made by the state…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:25

Dr. Gates is fine addition to Sylva Orthopedics

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To the Editor: I was pleased to see in my most recent issue of The Smoky Mountain News that Dr.…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:28

Specialty plate renewal a victory for everyone

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To the Editor: We won! The vibrant green bear Friends of the Smokies specialty license plate has been rescued from…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:28

Poor leadership will drag down the state

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To the Editor: Once again Jim Mueller, vice chair of the Jackson County Republican Party enlightens us with his Tea…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:27

Judicial hearings should remain open to public

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To the Editor: When sponsors can’t give a good reason for proposed legislation, it usually means there are bad ones. It’s…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

It’s painful, but state is on the right path

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To the Editor: On Monday this first week of August, a group of people showed up in Raleigh complaining about…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Some things Macon citizens may not know

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To the Editor: I’ve had several citiznes ask me why I voted against this or that. It’s time to clear the…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Waynesville Jake break laws good for in town

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To the Editor: Referencing the article of two weeks ago about the Jake brakes in Waynesville and in reply to…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Haywood residents can take part in research

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To the Editor: When I was told I had cancer, I wondered what caused it. I had always been very…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:37

State GOP leaders are bought and paid for

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To the Editor: In a recent letter to the Editor, Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-Wilmington, changed his name for the weekly…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:37

Runway widening will harm rural valley

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To the Editor: An article in a local paper on July 5 states that the Macon County Airport Authority met…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:36

Jake brakes are a needed safety measure

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To the Editor: I absolutely object to the conclusions in your article about Jake brakes in last week’s edition of…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:36

GOP-led legislature has wrong priorities

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To the Editor: The Republicans in Raleigh have approved their “tax reform” and budget, and we will suffer for both. …
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:42

Cullowhee traffic woes deserve attention

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To the Editor: Had I been a student at Western Carolina Teachers College (WCTC) in the late 1920s, I might…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:42

We are going wrong way on abortion issue

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To the Editor: I am old enough to remember the time before Roe v. Wade was passed. Almost every family…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:41

Rep. Presnell should keep out of merger

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To the Editor: We are thankful for The Smoky Mountain News coverage of the Lake Junaluska-Waynesville merger process. I am…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:31

Expanded Macon runway is a bad idea

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To the Editor: An article in a local paper stated that the Macon County Airport Authority met in early July…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:28

High mileage, some rust, still running

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By John Beckman • Columnist I’ve had quite a few cars on the road in the past 40 years, and I’ve…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:44

Cowee disaster is a moving story

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To the Editor: My appreciation goes to Gary Carden and Dave Waldrop from “The Liar’s Bench;” George Frizzell of the…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:43

Phone questions not a good business practice

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To the Editor: MedWest, the company that has taken over our local hospitals as well as many local medical practices,…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:43

Teaching people to care about conservation

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To the Editor: I would like to share with your readers what I have come to realize are fundamental objectives…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

A moving ‘Liar’s Bench’ performance

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Editor’s note: Marie Cochran attended the production of the “Liar’s Bench” on June 20 at the Mountain Heritage Center on…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

We must pass immigration reform

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To the Editor: As Congress wrestles with immigration reform, it appears that folks of all political stripes are convinced that…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

‘Hazelwood haircut’ is a destructive practice

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To the Editor: I wanted to reply to the “Did That Used to be a Tree?” article in the June…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:38

Liberal arts education pays different dividends

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To the Editor: Bob Wilson’s recent column in a local publication condemning a liberal arts college education is full of…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:37

N.C. headed toward Third World status

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To the Editor: North Carolina is now a state role model — a model for what will happen when a…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Wilderness Society had key role in Hall Mountain

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To the Editor: Thank you for your coverage of the historic return of Hall Mountain to the Cherokees (www.smokymountainnews.com/outdoors/item/10467). While the…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Pay on, Jackson residents, pay on

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To the Editor: It is true I have been accused of being a negative person concerning a few of the…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

GOP ‘progress’ takes this state backwards

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To the Editor: Recently I saw Ralph Laughter, chairman of Macon County’s “Me Party.” We talked about his letter to…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

GOP leadership wasting money, time and more

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To the Editor: The 2013 legislation coming out of Raleigh is bad enough to cause sleepless nights and worried man…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Let’s stop the senseless civilian deaths

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To the Editor:  At this Memorial Day time of year, we not only honor veterans but also mourn the recent tragic loss…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Rep. Meadows becomes Tea Party poster boy

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To the Editor: Rep. Mark Meadows would like us to think of him as a “moderate or centrist Republican” (SMN,…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Cutting courthouse trees was a disgrace

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To the Editor: I have returned to Waynesville for the summer. I drove past the courthouse and could not believe…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Legislative moves will harm rural N.C.

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To the Editor: We are well into this Legislature’s session. The governor has put forward his budget. The Senate has proposed…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Spend fund balance and cut property tax rate

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To the Editor: Macon County commissioners can re-sponsibly reduce the property tax. The county manager’s proposed 2014 general fund budget…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Jackson did not spend $50,000 wisely

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To the Editor: My first reaction to the county brand “Play On” was that it must be April 1. Quickly…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:52

Voucher system will hurt public schools

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To the Editor:   Sponsors of House Bill 944, the school voucher bill, proposed certain changes during the bill’s first committee…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:52

Macon should use fund balance, cut tax rate

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To the Editor: In 2010, the Macon County Board of Commissioners, under the leadership of then Chairman Ronnie Beale, voted…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:51

GOP-led legislature making huge strides

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To the Editor: North Carolinians are fortunate to now have a legislature that is making historic strides towards fiscal responsibility…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:51

Graduate programs in music are worth saving

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To the Editor: The committee at Western Carolina University charged with evaluating academic programs issued its report on May 22.…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:50

Schoolhouse Earth is a favorite learning place

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To the Editor: At a school bus stop north of Franklin, I pick up trash weekdays from kids apparently tossing…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

What are they thinking down in Raleigh?

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To the Editor: I continue to be mystified by the behavior of Art Pope’s legislature in Raleigh. While ranting against…