Time to tackle immigration reform
 

Time to tackle immigration reform

Now that the health care debate is over, here’s what we have: a very middle-of-the-road health insurance reform package. Most…
Read More

Comment

Will cell phones rule the World??
 

Will cell phones rule the World??

By John Beckman • Guest Columnist If Alexander Graham Bell were alive today he’d probably be carrying an iPhone. Based…
Read More

Comment

Life and death aboard a tin can
 

Life and death aboard a tin can

By Dr. Robert H. Spiro Jr. • Guest Columnist Friday, April 6, 1945, is a day emblazoned in my memory.…
Read More

Comment

President Obama’s change brings debt and doubts
 

President Obama’s change brings debt and doubts

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Plunging public support for Obamacare accelerates presidential efforts to convince the nation that great…
Read More

Comment

Marking Easter with a community of three
 

Marking Easter with a community of three

When I was young, Easter was a circumscribed affair. We woke up, hunted for painted eggs in the backyard, ate…
Read More

Comment

Politicians would be wise to read the Tea leaves
 

Politicians would be wise to read the Tea leaves

By Bruce Gardner • Guest Columnist The Tea Party movement is sweeping the nation and has found its way through…
Read More

Comment

How we found the Wondermutt
 

How we found the Wondermutt

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a news story about how animal rescue organizations are being inundated with unwanted…
Read More

Comment

The ‘loser’ case may not be all that it appears
 

The ‘loser’ case may not be all that it appears

By Chris Cox I did not expect to, but I feel sorry for Enka Middle School teacher Rex Roland, who…
Read More

Comment

Evergreen’s fate is important to WNC
 

Evergreen’s fate is important to WNC

Mix a strong environmental ethos, economic realism and strong community pride all together in the same brain (mine, in this…
Read More

Comment

‘Judge not,’ or so my mom always taught me
 

‘Judge not,’ or so my mom always taught me

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and…
Read More

Comment

Watching sleazy 80s movies late at night
 

Watching sleazy 80s movies late at night

“Don’t do it, Dan.” Michael Douglas is Dan Gallagher, and he is sitting across the table from Alex Forrest, played…
Read More

Comment

Making sure Swain County gets its due
 

Making sure Swain County gets its due

The cash settlement now signed and sealed for Swain County in lieu of building the North Shore Road is a…
Read More

Comment

‘Accidental note’ starts teen’s healing process
 

‘Accidental note’ starts teen’s healing process

By Buffy Queen • Guest Columnist As the middle school girls trailed out of the classroom one morning last spring,…
Read More

Comment

Rich Cove may be a portent of things to come
 

Rich Cove may be a portent of things to come

Writing about the weather is usually about as exciting as a yawn. For 12 months, though, we in the mountains…
Read More

Comment

Fur clumps, scratches and other musings  on store cat Kea
 

Fur clumps, scratches and other musings on store cat Kea

By Chris Cooper Kea was a filthy, grease-covered little miscreant when she was found by In Your Ear Music Emporium…
Read More

Comment

A cold winter’s hike reminds me of the value of wild places
 

A cold winter’s hike reminds me of the value of wild places

Back in early January, I found myself waking early to pack for a day-long excursion into the backwoods of Chunky…
Read More

Comment

It’s a bum deal ... I resent the hell out of it
 

It’s a bum deal ... I resent the hell out of it

By Joe Cowan • Guest Columnist Editor’s note: Jackson County Commissioner Joe Cowan made the following comments following a vote…
Read More

Comment

If you reform a reform, is it still reform?
 

If you reform a reform, is it still reform?

Michael Watson, assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, contends the state’s overhaul of its behavioral health…
Read More

Comment

National Guard soldiers deserve better
 

National Guard soldiers deserve better

The Smoky Mountain News cover story last week about the troubles faced by returning National Guard soldiers after deployments in…
Read More

Comment

Finding a WNC solution for ‘aging in place’
 

Finding a WNC solution for ‘aging in place’

With so many unknowns ahead, it’s comforting there are proven solutions to one big challenge — the aging of the…
Read More

Comment

Striking a balance between religion and religous freedom
 

Striking a balance between religion and religous freedom

Religion and its place in local government have once again arisen as issues in North Carolina. This means that many…
Read More

Comment

What to take from 2009? How about some positive signs for the year ahead
 

What to take from 2009? How about some positive signs for the year ahead

What to say about 2009? How about this: it ended on a high note for the overall economy, and that…
Read More

Comment

My year-end list obsessions won’t go away
 

My year-end list obsessions won’t go away

I have an irresistible urge to make a list. Apparently, it is what people must do at year’s end, especially…
Read More

Comment

We need good journalism; for now that means newspapers
 

We need good journalism; for now that means newspapers

By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist I’ve spent most of my life minding my own business. I was raised by…
Read More

Comment

Yeah right, sure it’s gonna snow
 

Yeah right, sure it’s gonna snow

“Winter Storm Warning, Haywood County.” That’s what it said on television Thursday night, up in the top right corner of…
Read More

Comment

Fix the flaws, stay the course
 

Fix the flaws, stay the course

Waynesville’s land-use plan is an ambitious set of ideas adopted during a booming economic era and thus full of the…
Read More

Comment

Round and round we go, where it ends, nobody knows
 

Round and round we go, where it ends, nobody knows

In the news business, the interplay between the Internet, mobile devices, television and print is at a precipitous crossroads where…
Read More

Comment

Christmas gifts from the heart
 

Christmas gifts from the heart

According to the government standards defining poverty in the 1950’s, I was poor. My father did not hold a regular…
Read More

Comment

Casino one step away from the total package
 

Casino one step away from the total package

Let’s just say it’s about time. A state special deputy attorney general said in a Nov. 25 letter that alcohol…
Read More

Comment

Tiger hurts himself with silence
 

Tiger hurts himself with silence

Poor Tiger Woods. He is not only the greatest golfer of all time, but also perhaps the world’s most popular…
Read More

Comment

Satire hits hard, but it works
 

Satire hits hard, but it works

Satire is one of language’s most powerful weapons, and when used effectively, it can foster meaningful dialogue on important topics.…
Read More

Comment

Shuler collects baggage, but he’ll likely survive this one
 

Shuler collects baggage, but he’ll likely survive this one

Now that it’s clear that Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, did indeed mislead everyone about his involvement in a land deal…
Read More

Comment

Flirting with my own mortality
 

Flirting with my own mortality

I felt something clutch, almost seize up, and then a shooting pain in my chest, and my first thought was,…
Read More

Comment

You may hear a Blue Dog howl
 

You may hear a Blue Dog howl

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Conservative victories and liberal angst – often repressed — characterized last week’s elections in…
Read More

Comment

A gift from the grave on Veteran’s Day
 

A gift from the grave on Veteran’s Day

By Karen Dill • Guest Columnist “Mom,” my daughter Anna began on her phone call from Washington, D.C., “wasn’t Grandpa…
Read More

Comment

Ugly public discourse and the future of truth
 

Ugly public discourse and the future of truth

More and more these days, it seems those who follow the news have strong opinions on the tone of public…
Read More

Comment

Irritating public comment must be tolerated
 

Irritating public comment must be tolerated

Haywood County elected officials may sometimes get fed up dealing with the incessant public record requests and the three-hour meetings…
Read More

Comment

Is this the change you waited for?
 

Is this the change you waited for?

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist In the election of 2008 many Americans aspired for hope and change when Barack…
Read More

Comment

Corridor K brings anywhere America right here to WNC
 

Corridor K brings anywhere America right here to WNC

By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist When President John F. Kennedy formed a federal-state committee in 1963 known as the…
Read More

Comment

Obama haters showing their true colors
 

Obama haters showing their true colors

His harshest critics delight in daring you to characterize their frothing hatred — and there is no other word for…
Read More

Comment

Citizen groups from all 50 states call for swift action on climate change
 

Citizen groups from all 50 states call for swift action on climate change

By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist With the long August recess now behind them, Senators have returned to Washington, D.C.,…
Read More

Comment

It’s time to go, but the cord won’t cut so easily
 

It’s time to go, but the cord won’t cut so easily

I have lived in a lot of places in my life — countless apartments, dorm rooms, and houses, some of…
Read More

Comment

‘John Muir’ makes a return visit to WNC
 

‘John Muir’ makes a return visit to WNC

By Thomas Crowe “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is…
Read More

Comment

Hard drive connects, but some data is lost
 

Hard drive connects, but some data is lost

By Jon Beckman • Guest ColumnistThe human brain must have been the first computer, capable of capturing and storing data…
Read More

Comment

Family time before deployment a mix of emotions
 

Family time before deployment a mix of emotions

I do not much like having my photograph taken, but there is one picture of me I have always liked.…
Read More

Comment

If not now, then health care reform may never pass
 

If not now, then health care reform may never pass

This country must pass health care reform that accomplishes two major objectives: providing coverage for everyone and controlling skyrocketing costs.…
Read More

Comment

Florida’s loss likely means our gain – and challenge
 

Florida’s loss likely means our gain – and challenge

It’s always a little embarrassing to look on another’s misfortune and discover that you may be the beneficiary of their…
Read More

Comment

Settling on North Shore dollar figure just isn’t going to be easy
 

Settling on North Shore dollar figure just isn’t going to be easy

To the Editor: We’ll start with the 1943 North Shore Road Agreement since that’s what is supposedly being settled. A…
Read More

Comment

The art of storytelling (in the style of an 8-year-old)
 

The art of storytelling (in the style of an 8-year-old)

My daughter is 8 years old, which is one of the greatest ages a person will ever be. She has…
Read More

Comment

Schools vs. prisons is an easy choice
 

Schools vs. prisons is an easy choice

Haywood County’s 1930’s-era minimum-security prison was kept open for another year by our ever-diligent legislative delegation in Raleigh. They saved…
Read More

Comment

Smokey Mountain News Logo
SUPPORT THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN NEWS AND
INDEPENDENT, AWARD-WINNING JOURNALISM
Go to top
Payment Information

/

At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the editorial independence that is crucial to our mission to help make Western North Carolina a better place to call home. If you are able, please support The Smoky Mountain News.

The Smoky Mountain News is a wholly private corporation. Reader contributions support the journalistic mission of SMN to remain independent. Your support of SMN does not constitute a charitable donation. If you have a question about contributing to SMN, please contact us.