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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:18

Progressive is just new word for traitor

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To the Editor: In regards to your column last week, let me make some points.  You wrote: “If someone gets…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:45

I don’t share Romney-Ryan vision

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To the Editor: This letter is in defense of the work and research done at the Bent Creek Southeastern Forest…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:44

We need a conservative leader at this time

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To the Editor: I acknowledge Martin Dyckman’s well-written letter in the Aug. 15 issue. He challenged my letter (8/8/12) by…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:43

Battle flag display should be allowed

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To the Editor: For many years, it has been the tradition in Haywood County and other Western North Carolina counties…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:43

We need dialogue, not accusations

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To the Editor: I can’t hardly stand to read the letters to the editor anymore. Civil discourse, the backbone of any…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:15

Tell Obama the numbers still need to add up

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To the Editor: I have always had a problem with numbers, I joke that numbers traumatized me at an early…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:12

Letter writer should follow her own advice

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To the Editor: A recent area letter writer cautioned us to dig for truth and find facts before we go…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:12

League forums are non-partisan events

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To the Editor: Recently, the Macon County League of Women Voters started a membership campaign and in our invitation, we…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:11

Davis supporters were not out of line

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To the Editor: A recent letter to the editor in another newspaper criticized Sen. Jim Davis’ supporters for wearing red…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:11

Elect those who support capitalism, free markets

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To the Editor: Here are some questions that need to be addressed to the people who are leading our country…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:10

Intelligent voters need to use their brains

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To the Editor:  I have been out of town so I am late in responding to my neighbor, Joanna Swanson’s…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:21

Letter writers were simply off the mark

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To the Editor: A pair of letters in this (last) week’s Smoky Mountain News made me check the calendar to…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:09

Let’s restore common sense in November

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To the Editor: Last Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11, hundreds of people traveled to Jackson County to attend a rally which…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:09

We need laws to control loud, dangerous pets

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To the Editor: What an ignorant letter (“People, not dogs, are the problem,” Aug. 1, The Smoky Mountain News) written…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:08

It’s important to protect the golden goose

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To the Editor: As Western North Carolina strives to attract more businesses into this area, a major selling point is…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:07

Valid criticism better than false accusations

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To the Editor: I have been in such a state of shock over a letter published in your newspaper (“Obama…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:28

Democrats never met a tax they didn’t like

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To the Editor: Both political parties say with a straight face that the other party is to blame for the…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:27

GOP is party of those who want to work

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To the Editor: In answer to the statement made two weeks ago by Lisa Weeks as to why working people…
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…