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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A little surer, a little more lost
 

A little surer, a little more lost

I can’t help feeling, just slightly, like we cheated. You be the judge. The table had been set on our…
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The time has come to lift Cuban embargo
 

The time has come to lift Cuban embargo

This is about political ignorance, ignorance highlighted by the recent news about Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s apparently serious illness.
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Meds vs Medicare
 

Meds vs Medicare

Louis Garnett • Guest Columnist This wasn’t my doctor’s office; it was the vendor exhibit hall at a symposium on…
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Somebody get that cow a pizza
 

Somebody get that cow a pizza

Driving down Russ Avenue on yet another scorching day, I saw a couple of girls out in front of the…
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Alcohol vote reveals changing attitudes, new demographics
 

Alcohol vote reveals changing attitudes, new demographics

Ho-hum. Franklin voters approved the sale of mixed drinks and beer in a vote held last week. Few were surprised…
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Developers haven’t earned a break from the rules
 

Developers haven’t earned a break from the rules

They didn’t show up. That alone signals, or maybe “symbolizes” is the proper word, a shift in citizen attitudes that…
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Lottery’s proceeds unfairly flowing east
 

Lottery’s proceeds unfairly flowing east

The effort to change the lottery funding formula so that counties in Western North Carolina get their fair share of…
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I hear the mountains calling
 

I hear the mountains calling

Even though she’s an Indiana girl who had only seen the ocean once before we met, there is something about…
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Congressmen should weigh in on relicensing
 

Congressmen should weigh in on relicensing

When a room full of elected officials pleaded with a U.S. senator and a congressman last week to step into…
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Oh, the irony of it all
 

Oh, the irony of it all

“Sausage is good!?” My 7-year-old son was looking out the window of the van when he blurted the words out…
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NC GreenPower is inexpensive way to take a small step
 

NC GreenPower is inexpensive way to take a small step

When Louis and Talitha Mes put up a 100-foot windmill two weeks ago in the Crabtree community of Haywood County…
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Someone who understands me
 

Someone who understands me

In every town I’ve ever lived in — and I have lived in several — I have made a Sports…
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N.C. counties have gotten more democratic
 

N.C. counties have gotten more democratic

By Lee Shelton After the primary election results were in, I offered a commentary on county government and the implications…
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Media freedom could easily slip away
 

Media freedom could easily slip away

When Federal Communications Commission officials came to Asheville last week to discuss media ownership regulations, they got an earful from…
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Once and for all, stop the influence peddling in Raleigh
 

Once and for all, stop the influence peddling in Raleigh

For most people who live and work in Western North Carolina, the inner workings of our citizen legislature in Raleigh…
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Truth about kids and synchronicity
 

Truth about kids and synchronicity

Before our son was born almost a year and a half ago, Tammy and I made an important decision. She…
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Authenticity often doesn’t lend itself to good drama
 

Authenticity often doesn’t lend itself to good drama

Back in 1952, when I was one of a dozen Western North Carolina high school students who wrote winning essays…
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Support for downtown Sylva is a wise investment
 

Support for downtown Sylva is a wise investment

Sylva town officials have OK’d a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that has just about eliminated funding for the…
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Saving farms is not about nostalgia
 

Saving farms is not about nostalgia

If you think taking tangible steps to protect farmland is more about nostalgia than anything else, guess again. As change…
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The difference between co-opted and compromised
 

The difference between co-opted and compromised

By Avram Friedman In January of 2006, Jim Hansen, a climatologist advising the Bush Administration, said that we have “at…
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Look at TDA structure, and then let’s move on
 

Look at TDA structure, and then let’s move on

After last week’s surprising meeting of the Haywood County Council of Governments regarding the tourism board, perhaps there is finally…
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Scared of the Dark?
 

Scared of the Dark?

By Stephanie Wampler • Columnist The dark is a strange creature. It has so many faces. “Dark” is how we…
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A heated rivarly where everyone’s a winner
 

A heated rivarly where everyone’s a winner

By Eric Larson Where I grew up, you had to choose sides early: You were either a University of Alabama…
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