Haywood slope law not as good as it could be
 

Haywood slope law not as good as it could be

Here’s the main problem with the slope development ordinance passed last week by Haywood County commissioners: it wasn’t the ordinance…
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What the system needs now
 

What the system needs now

By Mark Jaben In an earlier column, I discussed whether cutting costs should be the underlying motive for our health…
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A prime time for North Shore debate to end
 

A prime time for North Shore debate to end

It’s time to end this debate.With another pro-settlement county board, the election of Swain Count native and pro-settlement congressman Heath…
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Memories prevent me from celebrating Veterans Day
 

Memories prevent me from celebrating Veterans Day

By Jim Joyce In five hours and twenty minutes it will be midnight and Veterans Day 2006 will be over.…
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Keeping college affordable
 

Keeping college affordable

Some time this holiday weekend, my nephew Sterling will come for a visit at my mother’s house. He’s a high…
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Going after the good guys
 

Going after the good guys

The fine line between a cop doing one’s duty or overdoing his duty is once again in the grip of…
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Election procedures could use some fundamental fixing
 

Election procedures could use some fundamental fixing

It’s time to change the voting laws and procedures in North Carolina to reflect today’s reality and to help alleviate…
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Looking for ways to fix the health care system
 

Looking for ways to fix the health care system

By Mark Jaben Last time, we talked about EMTALA (the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act), managed care and…
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The honeymoon ends ... now
 

The honeymoon ends ... now

In the aftermath of last week’s election, we’ve seen a seemingly endless parade of politicians and pundits on both sides…
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Bush tax cuts soaked the rich
 

Bush tax cuts soaked the rich

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Every election year there are always claims and counter claims over federal tax policy.…
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The school board, economics and political insight
 

The school board, economics and political insight

By the time we hit the streets with this edition and this column is read, the election that has been…
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The real work begins the day after the election
 

The real work begins the day after the election

By Rob Schofield This year, those who care about preserving and expanding the common good in North Carolina would do…
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What the health care system needs now
 

What the health care system needs now

Do the rules of our health care system work anymore? That is the question posed in this column two weeks…
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Front-row Kid dreams of riding once again
 

Front-row Kid dreams of riding once again

“Riding the range once more Toting my old 44 Where you sleep out every night Where the only law is…
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Backpacking Fifth Avenue style in Hazel Creek
 

Backpacking Fifth Avenue style in Hazel Creek

By Al Smith • Guest Columnist Hazel Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is located in the…
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The horrifying beauty of Halloween made simple
 

The horrifying beauty of Halloween made simple

“Excuse me, miss, but did you happen to see a princess and a small cow come through here a minute…
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The value of endorsements
 

The value of endorsements

Come Nov. 7, voters will choose candidates based on many different factors. In almost all cases, those choices will be…
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Voters need to look closely at the Good Governance Legion
 

Voters need to look closely at the Good Governance Legion

By Lee Shelton As the Nov. 7 election date approaches, the “Good Governance Legion” is, again, “banging their noise makers”…
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Using development to save mountain farms
 

Using development to save mountain farms

Not too long ago there occurred an unlikely meeting of the minds. Sylva developer John Beckman and Whittier farmer William…
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A survival guide for direct-to-consumer ads
 

A survival guide for direct-to-consumer ads

By Mark Jaben In the 1970s, a book written about a doctor’s internship experience, The House of God, reached near…
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Finding ways to help the innocent
 

Finding ways to help the innocent

Over the last two decades, the number of drug-affected infants has been growing. It is estimated that as many as…
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Optimisim reigns at Blue Ridge
 

Optimisim reigns at Blue Ridge

The ups and downs across a graph that tell of a business’ profits and losses may not be very interesting,…
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The debate logjam: Politically calculated, popularly mistaken
 

The debate logjam: Politically calculated, popularly mistaken

Democratic congressional candidate Heath Shuler’s decision to back away from a debate with Rep. Charles Taylor sent shockwaves through the…
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Need negative ad material? We’ve got it
 

Need negative ad material? We’ve got it

Heath Shuler says he will bring integrity and accountability to Washington? Ha! We have here in our satchel 76 examples…
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Where do you get medical advice?
 

Where do you get medical advice?

By Mark Jaben I always marvel at people that tell me they haven’t been to a doctor in 25 years.…
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Change of a good kind is in the air
 

Change of a good kind is in the air

I’m not sure when the characteristics of being frugal and not wasting became derisive traits, why it became wimpy to…
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Despite community pleas, Swain shelves planning board
 

Despite community pleas, Swain shelves planning board

It appears Swain County commissioners were out of sync with public consensus two months ago when they decided to postpone…
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Segways deserve a place on the greenway
 

Segways deserve a place on the greenway

The answer to the problem with Segways on the Little Tennessee Greenway in Franklin is not to enact an outright…
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The needy suffer for the wasteful spending politicians
 

The needy suffer for the wasteful spending politicians

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Just over a month remains before voters make the decision who will rise and…
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Do what it takes to protect battered women
 

Do what it takes to protect battered women

There was so much blood all over the place that her home looked more like a slaughterhouse. That’s what she…
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New leadership could bode well for Smokies
 

New leadership could bode well for Smokies

Each time the president and Congress choose a new leader for the National Park Service, those of us in Western…
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Let the at-risk kids compete
 

Let the at-risk kids compete

It probably shouldn’t have gotten to me. But it did, in a big way.
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Don’t call me Charlie, I’ll call you
 

Don’t call me Charlie, I’ll call you

By Margene Roper • Guest Columnist Around 7:30 this evening my telephone rang and I rushed into the house from…
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Memories of Johnson Catolster and the Cherokee little people
 

Memories of Johnson Catolster and the Cherokee little people

I woke up this morning with the echo of Johnson Catolster’ gentle laughter in my head. I had been dreaming…
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The end, perhaps, of the Bush tyranny
 

The end, perhaps, of the Bush tyranny

In the five years since the terrorists attacked us on 9/11, it has seemed that President Bush could get away…
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Isn’t anyone going to defend the pope?
 

Isn’t anyone going to defend the pope?

By Marshall Frank They’re at it again. Once again, the world is held hostage as Christians pray for their lives…
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Flood money decisions important for taxpayers
 

Flood money decisions important for taxpayers

The media coverage the last three weeks about goings-on inside the Haywood County School System involve very complicated spending matters.…
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Unaffiliated voters are an emerging force
 

Unaffiliated voters are an emerging force

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Political change may arrive with the speed of a tsunami transforming all before it.…
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National park and local communities provide a great mix
 

National park and local communities provide a great mix

It’s a chicken or egg argument, but in this case it doesn’t really matter which is right. Either way the…
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The race is on to Election Day
 

The race is on to Election Day

As the front page of this week’s paper illustrates, it’s election season. Trouble is, it’s just not feeling much like…
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Certain medicines can be a killer combination
 

Certain medicines can be a killer combination

By Dr. Allan Zacher & JC Walkup Editor’s note: A recent overdose by a patient inspired Dr. Allan Zacher of…
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Workers need help to secure their future
 

Workers need help to secure their future

The month-long celebration of Canton’s centennial Labor Day festival, which had much to offer, wasn’t really about organized labor. Now…
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In Taylor-Shuler race, party does make a difference
 

In Taylor-Shuler race, party does make a difference

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist As the final weeks of summer fade into the cooler days of autumn, we…
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Who’s the wimp now?
 

Who’s the wimp now?

Just in the past couple of months, I have been forced to confront a prejudice I didn’t really know I…
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Maggie re-invents itself – again
 

Maggie re-invents itself – again

People are saying the new Ghost Town will be a shot in the arm for Maggie Valley. That’s probably an…
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Canary Coalition is leading in the right direction
 

Canary Coalition is leading in the right direction

Too often people tend to write off efforts by the most hard-core social activists as excessive or simply impossible to…
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Jim Black’s enablers carry on
 

Jim Black’s enablers carry on

The scandals around N.C. House Speaker Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg, multiply like mushrooms on the forest floor. Yet a casual reader…
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Quarry plan showcases planning shortfalls
 

Quarry plan showcases planning shortfalls

Citizens in Jackson County’s Tuckasegee community should consider themselves lucky. The problem, however, is that luck doesn’t always hold. It…
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Immigration and a complicit, angry America
 

Immigration and a complicit, angry America

On July 13, the Buncombe County Republican Action Club posted two billboards in Asheville featuring a photograph of a Mexican…
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Unified voices calling for a better big box
 

Unified voices calling for a better big box

When Waynesville leaders met earlier this month to discuss the site plan and variance requests for the proposed big-box development…
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