This rodent won’t make it to the White House
 

This rodent won’t make it to the White House

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Penn. — A year from the day he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president, Punxsutawney Phil,…
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Letter writers take me to task twice in one week
 

Letter writers take me to task twice in one week

Fair’s fair, so I’ll print an anonymous letter I received over the weekend. We usually don’t print anonymous submissions, but…
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North Shore area won’t be designated a wilderness
 

North Shore area won’t be designated a wilderness

By Rep. Heath Shuler After more than 60 years of contentious debate that has divided our community, we are finally…
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Fundamental issues are ignored in immigration debate
 

Fundamental issues are ignored in immigration debate

By Marsha Crites • Guest Columnist She is very thin, about 6 years old, her hair is unkempt and her…
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Oh, the glorious memory of boredom
 

Oh, the glorious memory of boredom

George Bernard Shaw once said, “It’s a shame that youth is wasted on the young.” If that is true, then…
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Tis the season of politics and lies
 

Tis the season of politics and lies

The truth is that, at the state level, no one is giving Pat Smathers a chance to win in his…
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Sales tax is most palatable way to meet HCC’s needs
 

Sales tax is most palatable way to meet HCC’s needs

Haywood Community College needs help, and the community that benefits from this beloved institution is going to step up. The…
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Long-term fix must be found for state’s mental health care woes
 

Long-term fix must be found for state’s mental health care woes

Perhaps it is going to take a complete fracturing of the mental health system before policymakers finally realize that North…
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Is it unpatriotic to save the rebate?
 

Is it unpatriotic to save the rebate?

Don’t you just love being an American. Just the mere mention of the word “recession” and the next thing you…
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Stay out of my space with the cell phone
 

Stay out of my space with the cell phone

By Angela Faye Martin Presently, I am stalking though my local library collecting my thoughts on what I will write…
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Last challenge to Duke worth a try
 

Last challenge to Duke worth a try

Jackson County is almost at the end of its rope in the fight against Duke Power, but it is important…
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Turn and face the change
 

Turn and face the change

Are you ready for a change, I mean a REAL change? The candidates for president of the United States are…
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Next president has abig hole to dig us out of
 

Next president has abig hole to dig us out of

“Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” — Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson believed in…
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When the snows fell on Babbie’s house
 

When the snows fell on Babbie’s house

When winter comes now, and I see those familiar pale shafts of sunlight that briefly touch the tops of the…
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A big bowl of politics and football
 

A big bowl of politics and football

By David Curtis College football and presidential primary politics make strange bedfellows, but in this New Year I think they…
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Jackson students need a balanced education
 

Jackson students need a balanced education

By Michael Sanera • Guest Columnist In what appears to be a first in Jackson County, planners from a private…
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Recycling requirement passes costs on to rightful party
 

Recycling requirement passes costs on to rightful party

One is a new law that just took effect Jan. 1, and the other is a hoped-for statute that we…
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2008 will be telling year for Cataloochee resort
 

2008 will be telling year for Cataloochee resort

The best news about the proposed Cataloochee Wilderness Resort is that it appears that from here on out, there will…
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Remember – every year is a new year
 

Remember – every year is a new year

So it’s the New Year. The ball has dropped, the parties are all over, your Kool and the Gang album…
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A little moss, hopefully, is forever
 

A little moss, hopefully, is forever

By Stephanie Wampler A thick, green sheet of moss is growing across my roof. When I first noticed it the…
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In WNC, voters showing support for Edwards, Huckabee
 

In WNC, voters showing support for Edwards, Huckabee

By Tom Jensen • Guest Columnist John Edwards and Mike Huckabee are the most popular Presidential candidates in their own…
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The honesty of a cat’s purr opens my eyes
 

The honesty of a cat’s purr opens my eyes

By John Armour We have two cats: Weasel, a grey female calico, and Orion, a male orange and white tabby.…
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Blessed be the tin-eared hymn singer
 

Blessed be the tin-eared hymn singer

By David Curtis “Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the new born King.”
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Mountain protections gained wide support in 2007
 

Mountain protections gained wide support in 2007

For those of us who have been beating the drum about the need for mountain communities to get serious about…
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Disappearing fringes threaten national forests
 

Disappearing fringes threaten national forests

By Brent Martin We see it everywhere we look in Western North Carolina — land advertised and marketed for its…
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Ten yers after Harrah’s, Cherokee is a better place
 

Ten yers after Harrah’s, Cherokee is a better place

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino quietly marked its 10th anniversary in November, but it’s impossible to ignore exactly what it has meant…
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Foy’s influence will endure
 

Foy’s influence will endure

The praise for outgoing Waynesville Mayor Henry Foy has been plentiful. Both of the other newspapers in Haywood County have…
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You cats dressed in blue, this is for you
 

You cats dressed in blue, this is for you

(Editor’s note: Smoky Mountain News columnist Chris Cox delivered this address to the graduating class at Southwestern Community College this…
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The maples face an emotional buzz saw
 

The maples face an emotional buzz saw

By David Curtis Trees are making the news again in Haywood County as two commissioners are debating the sugar maples…
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Canton gains ground as mill’s dominance recedes
 

Canton gains ground as mill’s dominance recedes

Things are changing in Canton. That in itself is somewhat newsworthy.
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Rankings show quality health care is available in Haywood County
 

Rankings show quality health care is available in Haywood County

By David Rice • Guest Columnist The results of a survey of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide indicate Haywood Regional Medical…
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Christmas past is what we’re aiming for
 

Christmas past is what we’re aiming for

As you know, the Christmas season these days begins about 20 minutes after the last of the trick or treaters…
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Community colleges should admit children of all immigrants
 

Community colleges should admit children of all immigrants

Too often debates about immigration veer way off course, inhabiting some netherland of hysteria that is so far from reality…
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Haywood County Arts Council marks 30 successful years
 

Haywood County Arts Council marks 30 successful years

As the Haywood County Arts Council celebrates 30 years of work, it’s a good time to reflect on how effective…
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Making a list, forgetting to check it
 

Making a list, forgetting to check it

By David Curtis Wool socks, silk long johns, cotton turtleneck, boots, down vest, wool jacket, Gortex insulated camo gloves. Deer…
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Jonathan Creek project is just not a good fit
 

Jonathan Creek project is just not a good fit

Rumors have been circulating for years about the proposed mega-development in the Jonathan Creek area, the one with a thousand…
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Today’s youth are missing in action
 

Today’s youth are missing in action

I was 22 years old in 1967. Although it’s become fashionable to downgrade the sweeping changes brought about by my…
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Even Grinch knows Christmas isn’t in the store
 

Even Grinch knows Christmas isn’t in the store

“And they’re hanging their stockings!” he snarled with a sneer. “Tomorrow is Christmas! It’s practically here!” Then he growled, with…
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How the cookie crumbles
 

How the cookie crumbles

I look at you. You look at me. We’re dancing sort of, but I’m not much of a dancer and…
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Charlotte voters make tough, smart choice
 

Charlotte voters make tough, smart choice

These days Americans aren’t known for making tough choices. To the contrary, our national reputation is one of being soft.…
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Dark and empty night skies — a thing of the past
 

Dark and empty night skies — a thing of the past

By Brent Martin For those who have read Charles Frazier’s excellent Western North Carolina tale, Thirteen Moons, you will most…
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Filling up a room with more than a table
 

Filling up a room with more than a table

By Sarah Kucharski Sunlight streams in our house’s south facing windows. The rays bring out the color in the Kiatt…
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Election shows counties they have work to do before new funding OK’d
 

Election shows counties they have work to do before new funding OK’d

Last Tuesday’s vote was as illuminating as any recent elections, and it should send a few good signals to those…
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Gauging a country’s greatness
 

Gauging a country’s greatness

By David Curtis Making the rounds in teacher’s email inboxes is a story about an educator from Arkansas who taught…
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Some memories just spell T-R-A-U-M-A
 

Some memories just spell T-R-A-U-M-A

I am pretty sure I am going to get lashed for saying this, especially as an English teacher, but I…
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Macon makes mistakes in quest to pass school bonds
 

Macon makes mistakes in quest to pass school bonds

Macon County Schools superintendent Dan Brigman, school board attorney John Henning Jr. and the school board as a whole did…
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Burmese need our voices our courage
 

Burmese need our voices our courage

By Michael Beadle The tired diatribes of partisan politics may continue to capture the headlines in the coming campaign months,…
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Macon citizens deserve better from DOT on Siler Road project
 

Macon citizens deserve better from DOT on Siler Road project

A major road is in the planning stages, and neighbors and others in the community feel like it’s more of…
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The nice ones are all red and shiny
 

The nice ones are all red and shiny

By David Curtis If you are driving west along U.S. 23/74 and nearing exit 102, the Waynesville exit, you will…
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Some people really can work miracles
 

Some people really can work miracles

By Stephanie Wampler I walked across the floor, the crowds cheering, the woman smiling as she handed me an award.…
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