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It’s Election Day (or very early morning, actually) as I sit to finish this, and the theme of the day…

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James looks at me, briefly averts his eyes, then looks at me again, this time with a purpose and a…

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When Haywood county commissioners decided a few weeks ago to adopt new rules guiding public comment at their meetings, some…

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I’ve been thinking recently about what makes Sylva so cool. In my view, it has only been in the last…

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Just tell the truth. That’s what we teach our children, it’s what we need from our loved ones, and it’s…

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By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Two years ago, America’s newest political superstar, Barack Obama, walked across campaign stages to…

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Part of becoming a parent is making peace with the proposition that virtually everyone in the world except you knows…

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A lot of ink has been spilled over the new $10.3 million crafts education building at Haywood Community College, and…

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In this business of covering the news, we often bear witness as apathy wins the day. Citizens sit back and…

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A meeting that could lead to a completely new personality for the Cullowhee area will be finished by the time…

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The federal government, the nation’s largest land manager, has a responsibility ... to help develop a conservation agenda worthy of…

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There are books that get your attention, and then there are books that GRAB your attention. The new book by…

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We in the news business provide historians with some of the crucial data necessary to write the story of any…

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Tourism leaders in the mountains agree they’ve got to re-invent their marketing tactics over the next decade to stay competitive.…

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A message came back to me from an advertiser via one of our ad reps. He said we needed to…

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To the Editor: Recent letters have railed against a Democratic plan to make America into a “socialist country.” History shows…

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To the Editor: On a full-page ad in the October 7 edition of The Smoky Mountain News, Joe Biden supporters…

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To the Editor: I received several campaign ads for Thom Tillis over the past several weeks. The ads say “I’ve…

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To the Editor: Recently we have read about the discovery of the universe black hole by astronomers. The United States…

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To the Editor: If you’re a Republican planning to steal the election, here’s how you do it.

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To the Editor: As a Jackson County resident, I am excited to vote for the indoor pool at the Jackson…

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By Heather Hyatt Packer • Guest Columnist | When our government leaders deliberately mislead or lie to us, there is…

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To the Editor: “I hope they both die” are words expressed by some lefty Trump haters when they heard that…

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To the Editor: I recently received a mailer from the Trump campaign purportedly to tell the truth about what Trump…

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To the Editor: I noticed in your Sept. 30 edition that all your letters to the editor are nothing but…

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To the Editor: Trump tends to project onto others what he is planning to do or has done. When he…

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To the Editor: Simply put, I’m a Texas tourist (airline pilot on leave of absence) who was on my first…

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To the Editor: First, we had to deal with Haywood County School Superintendent Bill Nolte’s ridiculous posting of white kids…

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To the Editor: In the upcoming District 119 House of Representatives race between Rep. Joe Sam Queen and Mike Clampitt,…

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To the Editor: If you or any of your loved ones has a pre-existing medical condition and private medical insurance,…

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To the Editor: President Trump issued an executive order that between September 1 and the end of this year, employees…

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To the Editor: There is a defiant child in the White House, and he is our President.  He is not…

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To the Editor: I woke up the day after the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a mix of…

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To the Editor: Madison Cawthorn says he is a “Washington outsider.” Who is he kidding? His campaign has worked with…

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To the Editor: The Western North Carolina Climate Action Coalition (CAC), a Haywood County-based organization, supports efforts to protect the Arctic…

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To the Editor: We have a lot to decide this November on the 2020 ballot, but one thing I hope…

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To the Editor: Folks we have a big decision to make. House District 119 — covering Swain, Jackson and Haywood…

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To the Editor: “Trump lied, people died.” I can’t even begin to describe the range of emotion I felt when…

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To the Editor: Madison Cawthon’s website states: “Send a fighter to Congress.” In fact, the term “fight” is referenced several times throughout…

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To the Editor: I am a native Western North Carolinian and a member of Generation Z. I understand that my…

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To the Editor: I’m not a Republican, but I know a party in crisis when I see one. The “Party of…

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Elementary schools will open their doors and welcome students back over the next few days, and middle and high schools…

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By Kirk Stephens • Guest Columnist | Our nation will hold an election this November, as it has always done,…

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To the Editor: Whatever categories are on a home-schooled student’s report card, “works well with others” is probably not one…

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To the Editor: I recently hiked to the top of Wayah Bald. Stunning views, and sobering to see the remnants…

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Our readers have spoken. You won’t find a single case of the F-word in this article, and perhaps never again…

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When I was a little girl we had a Victrola sitting atop the stairs in our split-level home. Occasionally my…

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