The truth about the ‘Three R’s’ of conservatism
 

The truth about the ‘Three R’s’ of conservatism

By Arthur Hancock • Guest Columnist With 70 percent of Americans now disapproving of the way George W. Bush is…
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North Carolina side of park needs bigger, better visitors center
 

North Carolina side of park needs bigger, better visitors center

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has known it needed a new visitors center on the North Carolina side of…
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A family’s painful ordeal with early onset Alzheimer’s
 

A family’s painful ordeal with early onset Alzheimer’s

By Linda Watson • Guest Columnist Recently, a member of my family was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at…
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Tomatoes really can save the world
 

Tomatoes really can save the world

I am a firm believer that the world would be a much better place if everyone just grew tomatoes. This…
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Lottery could help solve state’s teacher shortage
 

Lottery could help solve state’s teacher shortage

Since North Carolina is having such a hard time finding enough teachers, one place education leaders might look for help…
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LWCF has been a great resource for this country
 

LWCF has been a great resource for this country

When most of us here in Western North Carolina go for a hike on the Appalachian Trail, hunt or fish…
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A pack rat’s nightmare – a yard sale
 

A pack rat’s nightmare – a yard sale

You need some space. Believe me, I understand. The closets are so full, it takes two of you to press…
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Labor unions slowly losing power in U.S.
 

Labor unions slowly losing power in U.S.

When Blue Ridge Paper employees voted to accept the recent buyout offer from the Rank group of New Zealand, union…
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Working triple time in Jackson County
 

Working triple time in Jackson County

By Nancy Geiger • Guest Columnist My daughter, Brittany, is staying at Western Caroina Univesity this summer. The hotel she…
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Life too often revolves around the minutiae
 

Life too often revolves around the minutiae

By Stephanie Wampler Stuff. Life is all about the stuff, isn’t it? We have stuff to amuse us, educate us,…
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We can’t stop the changes
 

We can’t stop the changes

Some have charged that the true, underlying sentiment among those who support stringent development regulations in Jackson County — and…
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Bush goes south of the border for popularity
 

Bush goes south of the border for popularity

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Concerned Americans await the concluding acts of the political drama the president and his…
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Waynesville building fits well with downtown
 

Waynesville building fits well with downtown

A government building for a mountain town that looks like it belongs in the mountains? Funny how that is going…
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Bar fight in the Blue Ridge – the battle for the 11th District
 

Bar fight in the Blue Ridge – the battle for the 11th District

By John Armour You’d think that what happens in Western North Carolina, in the 11th Congressional District, isn’t very important…
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Shuler shows that he will vote his conscience
 

Shuler shows that he will vote his conscience

Those who supported Heath Shuler’s bid to represent this region in Congress probably did not believe the detractors who spent…
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Some gifts are always keepers
 

Some gifts are always keepers

Kayden is doing her very best not to tell me about the preparations she and mom and Jack have made…
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How do we really support the troops?
 

How do we really support the troops?

This is about war, but only from a distance. When I read about deaths in Iraq or Afghanistan, it mostly…
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Research farms will benefit from more efficient system
 

Research farms will benefit from more efficient system

We want the state Agricultural Research Station in Waynesville to remain open, but the Senate budget proposal that attempts to…
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Feudin’ banjos and writin’ laws
 

Feudin’ banjos and writin’ laws

By John Armour At the end of every week I take stock of what’s happened. Rare are the weeks which…
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Afterschool programs still looking for respect
 

Afterschool programs still looking for respect

By Chris Lowe • Guest columnist “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education,” said Albert Einstein. Einstein is…
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Another day, and it’s off to the races
 

Another day, and it’s off to the races

7:37 a.m. — Snatched out of sleep by the ceaseless opening and closing of drawers. Goodness, woman, what can there…
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Momentum building for wisely guiding WNC’s rapid growth
 

Momentum building for wisely guiding WNC’s rapid growth

Blessed are the planners, for in their hands rest the fate of these mountains.
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I’m sorry for all the impotence ads
 

I’m sorry for all the impotence ads

By John Armor • Guest Columnist There are certain categories of ads on TV which offend me, and no doubt…
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Park Service opinion could seal road’s fate
 

Park Service opinion could seal road’s fate

The road, it appears, stops here. Now, elected leaders and citizens must demand a timetable for the $52 million settlement…
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A surprising reminder of a common bond
 

A surprising reminder of a common bond

By Stephanie Wampler One morning in early spring, I woke up before anyone else and went out on my porch.…
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The lamentable loss of Appalachian yard junk
 

The lamentable loss of Appalachian yard junk

By Brent Martin The most popular subject of conversation in mountain communities today deals with the hollows and ridge tops…
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Ushering in a new era in Maggie Valley
 

Ushering in a new era in Maggie Valley

A whole lot of residents and business owners are excited — and that’s putting it mildly — about Ghost Town’s…
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It’s all, really, about the tadpoles
 

It’s all, really, about the tadpoles

The kids are doing their best to amuse themselves there at the water’s edge, but they are past restless. Something…
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Swain takes encouraging step with road proposals
 

Swain takes encouraging step with road proposals

Swain County is drafting a set of road standards that will serve its citizens well on two levels. First, the…
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The day Uncle Billy’s sheep got baptized
 

The day Uncle Billy’s sheep got baptized

By Carl Iobst Down in the flatlands of Eastern North Carolina there’s an Apex man that’s got a powerful interest…
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Will we ever learn history’s lessons of war?
 

Will we ever learn history’s lessons of war?

By Michael Beadle World wars, civil wars, the Crusades, wars of rebellion and independence. Why does humanity continue to go…
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Real estate school for elected leaders
 

Real estate school for elected leaders

Money and politics. Right now in the mountains, we can add real estate to that equation.
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Letter to Haywood Regional Medical Center
 

Letter to Haywood Regional Medical Center

Dr. Michael Ray, who worked for Haywood Emergency Physicians before quitting in summer 2006, wrote this letter to the Haywood…
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Nurses deserve support for speaking up
 

Nurses deserve support for speaking up

By Michael Rey I would like to offer some words of support for those Emergency Department Nurses at Haywood Regional…
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A distant memory of child’s play
 

A distant memory of child’s play

By Kathryn Stripling Byer Soon school will be over for the year. Students will leave their classrooms and bound out…
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Bush’s obstinance is a rare opportunity
 

Bush’s obstinance is a rare opportunity

With President Bush’s veto of the Democrats’ bill to set a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq,…
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Re-thinking transportation is a must
 

Re-thinking transportation is a must

Dark clouds were rolling in on Saturday as I sat in our Sylva office while Western North Carolina’s original environmental…
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Fluffy turns out to be a greaser
 

Fluffy turns out to be a greaser

By Stephanie Wampler My fluffy white dog was no longer white — his snout was grey with grease, the hair…
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West Waynesville roadwork needs to be designed well
 

West Waynesville roadwork needs to be designed well

Imagine how this scenario could work, if it was a reality: a state Department of Transportation in lockstep with the…
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Two Poems by Zora Walker
 

Two Poems by Zora Walker

The Man in the Pickup Truck You may be a man who drives a cadillac and lives in a big…
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No time for sentimentality
 

No time for sentimentality

By Dawn Gilchrist Young   “ ... and all day I turn over my own best thoughts, each one as…
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Haywood nurses frustrated by changes
 

Haywood nurses frustrated by changes

Editor’s note: A group of nurses who work at the Haywood Regional Medical Center Emergency Room recently contacted The Smoky…
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Media blew it at Virginia Tech
 

Media blew it at Virginia Tech

The same popular culture that some have alleged to produce yet another mass murderer wasted no time in trying to…
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WNC is at the forefront of the green revolution
 

WNC is at the forefront of the green revolution

The expansion announced last week by Smoky Mountain Biofuels and Mountain Energy will help place Western North Carolina at the…
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I know just what you’re thinking ...
 

I know just what you’re thinking ...

Call me a little superstitious, but I defend my right to harbor a few fears. That’s why, after breaking my…
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Let’s stop the hypocrisy
 

Let’s stop the hypocrisy

Thank goodness for Don Imus. After 25 years of gutteral lyrics in the name of entertainment, none of which was…
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Landing jobs should be part of the mix
 

Landing jobs should be part of the mix

By Becky Anderson This is the time for members of the 2007 North Carolina General Assembly to follow their hearts…
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Some people — all the time
 

Some people — all the time

Some people complain all the time, about everything. They complain about the weather, the price of gasoline, their neglectful friends,…
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Cousin Eugene fights the train
 

Cousin Eugene fights the train

By Carl Iobst Ed Stephens of Dillsboro recently had a problem with the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. According to the…
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There’s no acceptable reason not to recycle glass
 

There’s no acceptable reason not to recycle glass

He’s on record, and we for one will hold him to it: Haywood County’s new solid waste director says anything…
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