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I’ve always believed in the adage that success builds success. It’s one of life’s truisms that anyone with eyes wide…

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To the Editor: It appears Mitt Romney has committed the unpardonable sin — he told the truth and now must…

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Could you imagine how different it might feel to be an American today if the ideas of individual freedom and…

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By Savannah Bell and Don Livingston In his re-election campaign, President Barack Obama cannot count on the support of many…

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A trusted friend surprised me the other day. At his child’s elementary school, it had been decided parents should not…

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Since I was old enough to talk, I’ve been told that being an American was something special, something I could…

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Even though there’s little room for compromise, I’m going to step into the fray. Haywood County commissioners are trying to…

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Count me among those who hope the MedWest affiliation between Haywood, Jackson and Swain hospitals survives. Otherwise, I fear none…

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By Charles and Cynthia Seeley • Guest Columnists I am a visitor to Maggie Valley. My husband, two friends and…

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When Lori and I moved to Waynesville with our then 2-year-old daughter Megan, we made a conscious choice to build…

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By John Beckman • Guest Columnist I’ve read the letters regarding the barking dogs issue and the responses from both…

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North Carolina’s General Assembly — under the leadership of Republicans for the first time in more than a century— will…

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“You know, this is really the only thing I know I’ve wanted to do my whole life.” That was my…

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I loved Andy Griffith as much as it is possible to love someone you’ve actually never met. In some very…

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We were nearing the end of our European summer vacation with three other families from Western North Carolina when we…

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 My daughter has arrived at an impossible age — impossible for her, impossible for me, impossible for her mother, impossible…

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State senators from the mountain region — and we’re especially talking about those representing the southwest, Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin,…

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You never know what subject in a column will incite readers and friends to open up and express their feelings.…

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Each spring as the school year winds down, I can’t decide whether to laugh or cry. As preparations for end-of-year,…

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You’d be hard pressed to name a state-run entity more closely aligned with the region it serves than the Mountain…

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“It’s like déjà vu all over again,” quipped the legendary Yogi Berra after watching Yankee greats Mickey Mantle and Roger…

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The specialty license plates that have provided millions of dollars for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue…

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If Amendment One is defeated on May 8, North Carolinians will have made the right decision by refusing to support…

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By Steve Heatherly At the April 16 Jackson County Commissioners’ meeting, a physician stated his concerns about the future of…

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I was fortunate enough this past weekend to be present when a mother goat gave birth to two babies, and…

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I heard a distinctive gobble gobble gobble one recent evening through the open windows and French doors of the cabin…

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The revelation was at first surprising and then disappointing. So I’ll take a stab here at shedding some light on…

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Question: How does one come to the conclusion that the upcoming General Assembly short session will almost certainly be an…

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While I can appreciate that many citizens get caught up in this so-called “March Madness” every year, I no longer…

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From written word to silver screen, Western Carolina University's Spring Literary Festival will celebrate its 10th year by featuring two…

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We — this country, its leaders and all of us — are imperfect. We're human, and that means we get…

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Government at all levels needs to spend money judiciously. It is, after all, our money. I’m not convinced either major…

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Even after laboring for some two decades at various news publications I can’t say that I ever particularly considered myself…

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Do you have a muse? At different times in my life that role has been filled by different entities. As…

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No. It’s the biggest word in politics, often setting off a firestorm when delivered at a crucial moment. Gov. Beverly…

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In this country built on capitalism, it’s a constant source of antagonism among politicians and citizens. I’m talking about the…

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Western North Carolina residents will be well served by the merger of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and…

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It was pouring last Wednesday as I drove home, the cold rain  painting the winter landscape a dull grey. Standing…

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When the state House voted to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto and stop letting teachers use payroll deductions to pay…

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I’ve put my keyboard-soft finger on what is probably the most common flaw of the human species: the unnerving tendency…

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It happens to writers much better than me. I know this, because I need only to open a book and…

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Another Christmas tragedy appeared on the horizon with the arrival of our Christmas tree. I have often thought the holiday…

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For Newt Gingrich to have floated to the top of the Republican presidential slough tells what a dismal swamp it…

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When I turned 50 last week, I did not feel any older and certainly no wiser, but I did realize…

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One fall when I was 9 years old, just about the time WWII ended, the Jackson County Elementary School was…

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There’s more than just a little irony the official Small Business Saturday promotion that encourages people to spend their money…

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I don’t know Duke Energy CEO James Rogers and don’t have anything against him. But it’s not very hard not…

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I followed the Janet Moore controversy from the beginning to its conclusion, which was all of three days. The former…

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By all accounts, my wife’s trip to Riverbend Elementary School to talk to Mrs. Gidcumb’s first-grade class about her career…

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