Moms, remember … new year, same you

I listened to a podcast recently that blasted January’s public relations company for making everyone feel bad about themselves. Instead…
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Enough is enough with developers

To the Editor: Over the last few years I have read with incredulity article after article about how our town…
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Much to be thankful about

To the Editor: Rolling into the end of this year we have experienced trials and tribulations. From one virus to…
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Do your part, let’s beat this thing

Three tests, two shots, but just let me know if more is needed. That’s a short and very superficial synopsis…
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Don’t blame woes on Trump

To the Editor: This is in response to another Trump hit piece disguised as an opinion letter to the editor.…
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What else can we say about Cawthorn?

To the Editor: Apparently, though he took the sacred vows of marriage in front of a cross, meeting Donald Trump’s…
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Haywood County has dropped the ball

To the Editor: We are in the middle of another wave of Covid and Haywood County has dropped the ball.…
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Medicare changes bad for patients

To the Editor: If you survived the daily bombardment of TV ads for Medicare Advantage plans during Medicare Open Enrollment…
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Universal intelligence and hope for the New Year

I read a quote recently by Charlie “Tremendous” Jones that said, “You will be the same person in five years…
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How valuable is the survival of local news?

“A democracy ceases to be a democracy if its citizens do not participate in its governance. To participate intelligently, they…
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We all have something to give

It was a tight space, but that’s often the deal with parallel parking. There were three bicycles in the bed…
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The problem with Sylva Sam

To the Editor: Recently I decided to take a closer look at the new plaques added to “Sylva Sam,” Jackson…
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Is this how democracy dies?

To the Editor: Mark Meadows (former congressman from North Carolina and President Trump’s White House chief of staff) may very…
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Jim Stevens was a true mountain man

To the Editor: Recently, we lost a true mountain man. You may have known him as Jim Stevens or maybe…
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Meadows an embarrassment to his former state, district

The recent revelations regarding Mark Meadows and his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and the events…
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Creating the holiday meant for me

Glennon Doyle is a favorite writer of mine and currently hosts a powerful podcast called “We Can Do Hard Things.”…
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Peace on earth, good will toward men?

To the Editor: Every faith tradition has special occasions to honor God’s goodness and mankind’s desire for peace on earth. 
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Don’t abandon freedom of religion

To the Editor:  I see where Michael Flynn, former President Trump’s National Security Advisor, is calling for us to have…
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Can you hear Johnny Cash?

To the Editor: The late, great Johnny Cash wrote: “Don’t take your guns to town, son.” In the song, Billy…
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Here it comes; we better be ready

“Both the median sales price ($325,000) and the average sales price ($379,003) rose 26.5 percent and 20.3 percent year-over-year respectively…
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GOP leaders espouse radical views on education

By Rob Schofield • Guest Columnist | It’s a bedrock principle of American law that average people can vindicate their…
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American democracy is backsliding

To the Editor: By now most Americans (and people around the globe) will have learned that the United States (for…
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Don’t let ‘conservatives’ destroy our ideals

To the Editor: This is in regards to Sen. Thom Tillis email of 3:10 a.m. Saturday morning, Dec 4, “Preventing…
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Disgraceful redistricting commonplace in N.C.

By Gary St. Arnauld • Guest Columnist | North Carolina’s General Assembly has a long and not so honorable history…
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A unique kind of holiday

Every year of our girlhood, my sister and I woke up early on Thanksgiving Day, sat at the kitchen barstools…
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You can’t un-develop land

To the Editor: I grew up in what used to be a small town in New Jersey. Everything was peaceful…
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Thankful we passed infrastructure bill

To the Editor: In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the coming holidays, I’m writing to express my gratitude to Senators…
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We can all learn by listening to each other

Letter to the Editor: I enjoyed reading Dr. Norman Hoffman’s opinion piece in the Friday, November 12, issue. I appreciate…
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Trump remains a danger to the republic

By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist | Some people may still wonder how the Germany of a century ago could…
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Let’s talk honestly about social programs

To the Editor: Communism, socialism and Democrats are all the same, always bad, all the time. Democratic-leaning relatives, friends, and…
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Cawthorn in line for Pinocchio award

To the Editor: I recently received an email from Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-Hendersonville. If only there was a Pinocchio award, so…
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Thankful for infrastructure bill 

To the Editor: At long last after years of inaction, there will be greatly needed improvements to the infrastructure of…
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Inspiration from Mary Oliver, Sadhguru and Ted Lasso

“Sometimes I need / Only to stand / Wherever I am / To be blessed.”  — Mary Oliver 
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Now we know what the COVID police will do

I’ve had mixed feelings about the “COVID police” since the beginning of the pandemic’s lockdowns.
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Development does not fit Waynesville

To the Editor: I find myself perplexed over the “housing crisis” in Waynesville. It seems all our town does is…
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De-mock-racy and gerrymandering

To the Editor: Folks, it is gerrymandered maps time again.
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History is complicated, let’s teach it that way

There has been a lot of hype about Critical Race Theory (CRT) — most of it false. CRT actually involves…
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Back to near normalcy is a treasured gift

When practice begins each year for the new high school marching band season, summer is still bearing down, the sun…
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Cawthorn’s fears should worry us

To the Editor:  As each new report comes to light about Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s concealed weaponry, we should be asking…
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No guarantee the republic will survive

To the Editor:  I’ve been giving much thought recently to what the framers had in mind when contemplating the creation…
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Clampitt’s Oath Keeper membership an embarrassment

I know Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Swain, and he’s a likeable, personable guy whom I disagree with on a lot of…
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The circle of life for Main Street commerce

For several years, The Smoky Mountain News has partnered with the Haywood Chamber of Commerce to publish its annual magazine. 
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No big money from outsiders

To the Editor: My name is Carrie McBane and I was a candidate for Town of Sylva Council 2021 in…
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Non-conservatives won’t accept fascism

To the Editor: A recent letter purports to represent conservatives but contains mostly platitudes and hardly anything substantive. The writer’s…
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