Days like these can go on forever
 

Days like these can go on forever

I miss all those Sundays at my grandma’s house, so many Sundays, so many years. Once upon a time, it…
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Free press and tribal politics
 

Free press and tribal politics

The decision by Michell Hicks, chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, to do away with a column in The…
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A health care fix is needed
 

A health care fix is needed

Our story last week about a fund that helps women pay for breast cancer testing and treatment pointed out cracks…
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The right too often hides behind the children
 

The right too often hides behind the children

On a political talk show recently, a well-known Republican political consultant spent a lot of time attacking public schools in…
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Sharing the moments as time marches on
 

Sharing the moments as time marches on

By David Curtis Does time go by faster the older you get, or do we just have a better way…
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Breaking the made in China addiction
 

Breaking the made in China addiction

By Angela Faye Martin My husband is unwittingly celebrating my month-long, albeit relative, independence from Chinese goods. He sits across…
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Where do postage stamps come from?
 

Where do postage stamps come from?

By Sami Felmet • Columnist My muse seems to be marred in divorce and family issues lately. I think it…
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In local elections, support those who embrace planning
 

In local elections, support those who embrace planning

How’s this for a political endorsement: cast your votes in the upcoming municipal elections for those candidates who support land-use…
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Drive-thru decision-making is maddening
 

Drive-thru decision-making is maddening

Let me say this first. This is not really a column about restaurants. The last time I wrote a column…
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In the heat of summer, it’s every tomato for itself
 

In the heat of summer, it’s every tomato for itself

By Stephanie Wampler With a long flash of silver, the golf club revolved in a wide, smooth arc. The glinting…
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It’s all over but the texting
 

It’s all over but the texting

By David Curtis The 21st Century arrived at the Curtis residence this past Friday. We have evolved from caveman, cavewoman…
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DOT needs to hit the brakes on Southern Loop
 

DOT needs to hit the brakes on Southern Loop

There’s one fundamental reason the Southern Loop needs more discussion before it is considered a done deal — the simple…
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In the wake of death, new life
 

In the wake of death, new life

By Marsha Crites • Guest Columnist Much has been written in this paper and others about what is causing our…
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Ending the curse of Babel may be our only, best chance
 

Ending the curse of Babel may be our only, best chance

By Arthur Hancock Anyone who is among the living has hope — even a live dog is better off than…
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The menagerie grows by one well-trained possum
 

The menagerie grows by one well-trained possum

By David Curtis I would like to think Haywood County is still considered a rural county. At least to me,…
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Preservation is good for the economy; time for all to get on board
 

Preservation is good for the economy; time for all to get on board

Haywood County commissioners have taken a first step forward — albeit a small one — to protect farmland in the…
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What I don’t know about parenting
 

What I don’t know about parenting

The central paradox of parenting is that by the time you have it figured out, it’s over. Now that I…
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Time to fix NCLB to better reflect the real world
 

Time to fix NCLB to better reflect the real world

Congress is likely to re-authorize the No Child Left Behind Act sometime this fall. If that is indeed the case,…
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Dillsboro Dam important part of Jackson’s heritage, economy
 

Dillsboro Dam important part of Jackson’s heritage, economy

By Susan Leveille Editor’s note: This letter, which contains some updates, was sent by Susan Leveille to the Maggie Salas,…
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School gets scant attention out in the jungle
 

School gets scant attention out in the jungle

By David Curtis As a teacher in the public school system I have often heard teachers express their frustrations by…
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For gays, desperation too often a way of life
 

For gays, desperation too often a way of life

A few years ago, I received a letter from a reader that I have never forgotten. Upset over the suicide…
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Is oil like a mineral, vegetable or animal?
 

Is oil like a mineral, vegetable or animal?

By S. Michael Hewitt • Guest Columnist Remember the game of 20 Questions? One person thinks of a thing. A…
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Defending their turf
 

Defending their turf

Four-wheel drive enthusiasts are prepared to defend their use of the Tellico Off-Road Area in the Graham County section of…
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SCC ranking a sign of the high quality of community colleges
 

SCC ranking a sign of the high quality of community colleges

In this day and age, as the gap between the rich and poor continues to widen and this country’s manufacturing…
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Osama, this is George: I need you, man
 

Osama, this is George: I need you, man

By Arthur Hancock • Guest Columnist I had a dream that the following communication came into my hands. I read…
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Roll the credits, please – ASU 34, Mich. 32
 

Roll the credits, please – ASU 34, Mich. 32

For the last 24 hours, I have felt like a character in a movie. You have seen the movie, probably…
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Heaven in a bucket, a hillside and some blueberries
 

Heaven in a bucket, a hillside and some blueberries

By Stephanie Wampler Have you ever doubted the existence of Heaven? If so, then I will jump to the hasty…
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Mills new owners have a strong legacy to live up to
 

Mills new owners have a strong legacy to live up to

When the new owners of the Canton paper mill announced a few weeks ago that company headquarters were being moved…
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When did the need for AC move up the mountain?
 

When did the need for AC move up the mountain?

When we were having record and near record heat back in August, I did what any overheated mountain dweller would…
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Vick a poster child for depraved stars
 

Vick a poster child for depraved stars

Has any professional athlete ever made more a mess of his life than Atlanta Falcon quarterback Michael Vick? At the…
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Voting in North Carolina just got easier
 

Voting in North Carolina just got easier

The U.S. Justice Department gave final approval last week to a new North Carolina law allowing people to register and…
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TDA changes ramrodded by county manager
 

TDA changes ramrodded by county manager

By Scot Warf As past chairman of the Swain County Tourism Development Authority (TDA), I feel compelled to share with…
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It’s always somebody’s fault, isn’t it
 

It’s always somebody’s fault, isn’t it

We are a nation of blamers. When something goes wrong, or something tragic happens we, as Americans, are quick to…
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Duke just hasn’t offered much to the region
 

Duke just hasn’t offered much to the region

The phrase “do the right thing,” the name of an early Spike Lee movie, has become a part of the…
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Hats off to Jackson County commissioners
 

Hats off to Jackson County commissioners

Last week Jackson County commissioners passed what is being called the strongest set of development regulations in North Carolina. They’ve…
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Bury Ed in Appalachia
 

Bury Ed in Appalachia

By Brett Martin Western North Carolina is rich with great literature written on the region, and there are still a…
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Is summer over already?
 

Is summer over already?

When I went back to teaching full time about three years ago, one of the things I looked forward to…
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Use the ‘front porch’ barometer for politicians
 

Use the ‘front porch’ barometer for politicians

By John Armour If you’ve read many of these columns you know I’m addicted to politics. My spouse, among others,…
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For teachers, success is in smell
 

For teachers, success is in smell

By David Curtis As a schoolteacher you always wonder how your students will remember you. “She was a good teacher,…
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Poo by any other name is still...
 

Poo by any other name is still...

What’s in a name? What about Scat? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Maybe. Shakespeare seemed…
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Energy bill weak, but a good start
 

Energy bill weak, but a good start

There are serious problems with the energy legislation passed this session in the North Carolina General Assembly, but the bill…
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Is anyone counting the losses?
 

Is anyone counting the losses?

By Sami Felmet • Guest Columnist The birds and the bees. We’re losing them, you know. How will we explain…
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Macon takes a stand, and developer is OK with it
 

Macon takes a stand, and developer is OK with it

It used to be the “revenooers” who were considered the most vile characters in the mountains, but now we have…
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Give me a deck of cards and no sand
 

Give me a deck of cards and no sand

My dad hated the beach. At least, that is how I remember it. We only went a couple of times…
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It’s not about the trees at all
 

It’s not about the trees at all

I really don’t think we are as stupid as they think we are. Developers of commercial retail shopping centers have…
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Town elections are important for future of WNC
 

Town elections are important for future of WNC

A coin toss. That’s what decided the race for mayor two years ago in the Jackson County town of Forest…
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Here’s what is wrong with the debates
 

Here’s what is wrong with the debates

By Marshall Frank As of this writing, five presidential debates — three Republican and two Democratic — have been held,…
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A new tax by any other name
 

A new tax by any other name

By John Hood • Guest Columnist The North Carolina General Assembly seems poised to enact a new $300 million tax…
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In my neighborhood, I’m proud to say,  the cows are homies
 

In my neighborhood, I’m proud to say, the cows are homies

By David Curtis The cows ate my corn. My corn is Silver Queen sweet corn. It’s an 80-day corn, which…
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Al Gore to ride to the Democrats’ rescue
 

Al Gore to ride to the Democrats’ rescue

As the war in Iraq drags on with no end in sight amid reports that al-Qaeda has regrouped and is…
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