Meal deal shines light on Swain’s dirty politics
 

Meal deal shines light on Swain’s dirty politics

It’s not clear what Swain County commissioners are hoping to accomplish by turning over to the District Attorney’s office the…
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Be a sport, get involved in Senior Games
 

Be a sport, get involved in Senior Games

By Dick and Sandy Michener Are you a serious competitor or a weekend athlete? Are you an accomplished artist or…
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Granny’s Farm and the boys from Chicago
 

Granny’s Farm and the boys from Chicago

By Jim Joyce My great- grandparents, on my mother’s side, “Bestafahr” and “Bestamour” (Nelson and Christiana Wurtz) emigrated from Denmark…
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Another deadline – not a problem
 

Another deadline – not a problem

Everywhere I go, I get the same question: “How do you do it? How do you find the time and…
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In truth, boating won’t harm the Chattooga
 

In truth, boating won’t harm the Chattooga

By Bruce Hare • Guest Columnist I would like to respond to Mr. James Costa’s letter (March 14, The Smoky…
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Initiative puts a new face on an important issue
 

Initiative puts a new face on an important issue

Being environmentally conscious has become mainstream, but we still have a long way to go before mankind figures out how…
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Giving up too much for fear
 

Giving up too much for fear

There’s been a lot of discussion about the attack on the student in the cafeteria of Tuscola High School a…
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A mother’s remedy for shark attacks
 

A mother’s remedy for shark attacks

By Stephanie Wampler It was one of those days .... One of those days when an unnecessarily shrill alarm clock…
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Contacting my hirsute love
 

Contacting my hirsute love

Back in the early 1950s when Western Carolina University was still Western Carolina Teachers College, I got a crush on…
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A new approach to smart growth
 

A new approach to smart growth

“What we’re trying to do here is reduce the impact of development. That’s really what conservation is, the wise use…
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Protecting the best of mountain culture
 

Protecting the best of mountain culture

“The highest form of morality is not to feel at home in one’s own home.” “What has become alien to…
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High time for a new morning ritual
 

High time for a new morning ritual

I don’t wear a watch. Why should I? Everywhere I look, I see the time of day. In fact, no…
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Upper Chattooga River will suffer from boating
 

Upper Chattooga River will suffer from boating

By James Costa • Guest Columnist There has been much discussion in recent weeks regarding the notion of opening the…
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Tax policy can help save rural land
 

Tax policy can help save rural land

By Susan Ervin • Guest Columnist The recent tax revaluations in Macon County have many people worried — not just…
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Easley’s budget goes wrong way on lottery
 

Easley’s budget goes wrong way on lottery

Gov. Mike Easley’s proposed budget would decrease the portion of lottery proceeds going to education — before legislators have a…
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The day Uncle Curtis’ rabbits did the town
 

The day Uncle Curtis’ rabbits did the town

By Carl Iobst Well if this don’t beat all. Over in eastern Germany where lederhosen, apple strudel, and skinheads are…
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Moratorium will preserve building industry, not destroy it
 

Moratorium will preserve building industry, not destroy it

The Jackson County commissioners should move forward with their temporary subdivision moratorium, notwithstanding all the concerns that have been raised…
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Now what will the wagging tongues talk about?
 

Now what will the wagging tongues talk about?

Jack Cox and Kayden Zollinger (soon to be Cox, pending paperwork) are proud — and relieved — to announce the…
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Tribe, unlike Google and others, isn’t asking for a handout
 

Tribe, unlike Google and others, isn’t asking for a handout

By David Redman • Guest Columnist There is absolutely no doubt about the economic impact the Eastern Band of Cherokee…
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Common goal is the same – a thriving downtown
 

Common goal is the same – a thriving downtown

Downtown Sylva is a special place. The events of the last couple of months only reinforce that fact, and so…
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Ask not what your county can do for you
 

Ask not what your county can do for you

Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their county. Ask not…
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Tipping one back with Baby
 

Tipping one back with Baby

By Carl Iobst Gee, what’ll they think of next. In Olympia, the capital of Washington state, there’s a state representative…
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Technology can help us beat global warming
 

Technology can help us beat global warming

By Doug Wingier • Guest Columnist We American consumers are richer than most in the world, and as voters more…
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Harrah’s success should prompt state to allow live dealers
 

Harrah’s success should prompt state to allow live dealers

Gambling at the Harrah’s casino in Cherokee is wildly successful. That success — and the state’s own actions — makes…
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A real-life love story – sort of
 

A real-life love story – sort of

It’s an old story, the only one worth telling, really, especially here on Valentine’s Day. It’s a love story, the…
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Jackson leaders take a bold – and wise – step
 

Jackson leaders take a bold – and wise – step

Jackson County took the first step this week to ban new subdivisions until it can write an ordinance to control…
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A better future for the Pigeon
 

A better future for the Pigeon

Few rivers have been the focus of as much controversy over the last century as the Pigeon, a fact that…
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Remembering the spirit of Saide Luck
 

Remembering the spirit of Saide Luck

I grew up thinking that libraries had a lot in common with churches. I guess I need to explain that.
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Filling in the blanks ain’t always easy
 

Filling in the blanks ain’t always easy

When my nephew came walking in with a letter from one of our state’s universities, he handled it like something…
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Making the case for using tax money to buy open spaces
 

Making the case for using tax money to buy open spaces

Sometimes, change is for the good.
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Encountering my own inner goddess
 

Encountering my own inner goddess

By Stephanie Wampler I begin this article with a momentous announcement. This announcement will, I think, bring a general feeling of…
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We’re all special, according to Time
 

We’re all special, according to Time

When I saw that I had been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” the first thing I felt like…
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County must take role in new Jackson EDC
 

County must take role in new Jackson EDC

The business sector in Jackson County will benefit from the renewed efforts to establish a working Economic Development Commission.
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Overcoming a dysfunctional relationship
 

Overcoming a dysfunctional relationship

Haywood Regional Medical Center, the entire medical community and its volunteer board of directors have some work to do. That…
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Suffering through a fever to find the holiday spirit
 

Suffering through a fever to find the holiday spirit

Sometime before daylight on the day before Christmas Eve, Tammy and I were gently nudged out of sleep by a…
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Hopeful thinking for the coming year
 

Hopeful thinking for the coming year

New Year’s resolutions? Don’t believe in most of them, especially those that are akin to a miracle diet or those…
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Abandoned library 06
 

Abandoned library 06

Well I just received a hurriedly written letter from 2006. (It was on a page torn from a Gideon Bible).…
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Reality, outcomes and education spending
 

Reality, outcomes and education spending

This deserves emphasis, given the central role that public education plays in North Carolina political debate: our schools have vastly…
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It is a sad day, indeed
 

It is a sad day, indeed

Thursday night, the Haywood Regional Medical Center Board chose to breach the hospital’s contract with Haywood Emergency Physicians rather than…
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Give the lasting gift of independent media
 

Give the lasting gift of independent media

Several years ago, as Christmas approached, I remember my youngest daughter saying, “I can’t imagine what I want for Christmas;…
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Selling national forest land is just a bad idea
 

Selling national forest land is just a bad idea

The proposed sale of U.S. Forest Service land to find money for counties who have lost revenue from declining timber…
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Temporary high-rise ban a wise move
 

Temporary high-rise ban a wise move

The last thing Macon County — or any of the counties west of Asheville — needs is a high-rise condominium…
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Affordable college is available
 

Affordable college is available

By Bill Rhodarmer I read with interest a recent column in a local news publication concerning the high cost of…
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Bush attitude toward global warming is growing stale fast
 

Bush attitude toward global warming is growing stale fast

When the administration of George Bush argued Nov. 29 before the Supreme Court that the EPA did not have the…
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Reinstating draft could be a good thing
 

Reinstating draft could be a good thing

Jan. 20, 1961. Inauguration Day. The words that stuck in the minds and hearts of all citizens: “Ask not what…
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The joy of jogging was the eating
 

The joy of jogging was the eating

There was a time, about 18 years and 80 pounds ago, that I actually enjoyed jogging. I was never exactly…
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Sylva’s elected leaders should take the lead
 

Sylva’s elected leaders should take the lead

Downtown Sylva Association members are doing all the legwork on discussing the creation of a special downtown taxing district. At…
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Backroom deals should all just go away
 

Backroom deals should all just go away

In the years I’ve been going to Swain County, David Monteith has emerged as a barometer of sorts. One may…
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A Christmas swap shop atop a mountain – now that’s the spirit
 

A Christmas swap shop atop a mountain – now that’s the spirit

Listen! Did you hear that? I’ve been hearing it for weeks now, the faint but steadily growing whisper of something…
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The meaning of this one escapes me
 

The meaning of this one escapes me

When tragedy strikes and someone we know is suddenly gone, we are still compelled to go looking for them in…
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