Kephart, transplants and the debate over legitimacy
 

Kephart, transplants and the debate over legitimacy

You can be excused for perhaps having overlooked the recent fireworks, but a minor war has erupted over one of…
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Striking a balance between objectivity and truth
 

Striking a balance between objectivity and truth

There is an interesting disconnect in how some people perceive my job and how I perceive my job. This was…
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All of it – glory, honor, M&Ms – just one hit away
 

All of it – glory, honor, M&Ms – just one hit away

It was a perfect day for baseball: blue sky, a crisp breeze, the sun still hanging like a pop fly…
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The bottom of the ticket is next to sink into the slime
 

The bottom of the ticket is next to sink into the slime

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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Thirty years later, partying like it’s 1979
 

Thirty years later, partying like it’s 1979

James looks at me, briefly averts his eyes, then looks at me again, this time with a purpose and a…
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Sometimes public comment just muddies the water
 

Sometimes public comment just muddies the water

When Haywood county commissioners decided a few weeks ago to adopt new rules guiding public comment at their meetings, some…
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Sylva’s cool factor rising, and keeping Annie’s helps
 

Sylva’s cool factor rising, and keeping Annie’s helps

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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The truth still matters, even in politics
 

The truth still matters, even in politics

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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Obama’s stumbles open door for conservatives
 

Obama’s stumbles open door for conservatives

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Two years ago, America’s newest political superstar, Barack Obama, walked across campaign stages to…
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I go to carnivals, therefore I love my children
 

I go to carnivals, therefore I love my children

Part of becoming a parent is making peace with the proposition that virtually everyone in the world except you knows…
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Judging a society by what it values
 

Judging a society by what it values

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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A refreshing victory for what started as a grassroots effort
 

A refreshing victory for what started as a grassroots effort

In this business of covering the news, we often bear witness as apathy wins the day. Citizens sit back and…
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Forest Hills and CuRvE could fulfill Cullowhee’s potential
 

Forest Hills and CuRvE could fulfill Cullowhee’s potential

A meeting that could lead to a completely new personality for the Cullowhee area will be finished by the time…
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Federal investment in the outdoors a good thing for WNC
 

Federal investment in the outdoors a good thing for WNC

The federal government, the nation’s largest land manager, has a responsibility ... to help develop a conservation agenda worthy of…
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Small is not only beautiful, but necessary
 

Small is not only beautiful, but necessary

There are books that get your attention, and then there are books that GRAB your attention. The new book by…
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Taking the pulse of a region
 

Taking the pulse of a region

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 industry has to market a moving target
 

Tourism industry has to market a moving target

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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The heart and soul of public education

I got home from work yesterday after running a couple of errands. It was approaching 6 p.m. My wife, a…
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Sitting in the mess can be worth it

I’m not the traditional church-going type. “Christianity” is an antiquated, laden term of which I’m not a fan. My faith…
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Identity groups are unexplainable

To the Editor: Attempts to explain or absolve any identity group of voters are subject to inaccuracy.
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I’ll take growth over stagnation any day

While not a surprise to anyone in Western North Carolina walking around with their eyes open, new Census data released…
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Be intentional in protecting earth

To the Editor: Many of us in Jackson County volunteered to pick up litter recently as part of Jackson County’s…
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Lemon’s book is well worth a read

To the Editor: Whether or not you are a fan of TV anchor and journalist Don Lemon, his latest book…
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Gun rights are absolute

To the Editor: A quote that will live in infamy! On April 8, 2021, Comrade Joe Biden laid bare the…
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My own 1971 history project

My boyfriend and I recently bought a vintage house. It was built in 1971. When the realtor gave us a…
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The benefits of Community Response Teams

By Hannah Minick • Guest Columnist | To say that we are currently living in unprecedented times is an understatement,…
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Doing your part on Earth Day 2021

To the Editor: Since last Earth Day the Atlantic hurricane season saw a record number of storms and the rapid…
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Why I volunteer

To the Editor: Why do we do it? Why do stand out in the rain, wind, snow, and hot sun…
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Past time to hike minimum wage

To the Editor: While lawmakers at the federal level stall on a $15 per hour minimum wage, let’s remember that…
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Sometimes, the urge to just go is irresistible

They didn’t know where they were going, their only waypoint the “S” on the compass rose. They were both from…
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Corridor K a model for future highway projects 

WaysSouth, a regional nonprofit organization working to protect the unique heritage and environment of the Southern Appalachians by promoting sustainable…
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Biden’s gun control proposal a good one

To the Editor: President Joe Biden has recently made very appropriate reference to the need for strengthened gun control legislation.
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Corbin should vote for Medicaid expansion

To the Editor: I read the March 30 article “Senator Corbin again leads health care push.” The article makes clear…
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Cleveland County casino coverage great

To the Editor: Although I am not a resident of your area, I am very grateful for your articles on…
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The people your God created?

To the Editor: Calling Ken Burns! Calling Ken Burns! We need you to get busy on a new documentary. It…
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Put an end to the filibuster

To the Editor: I’m a citizen and voter from Sylva, and we all know it’s time to put an end…
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GOP election tactics threaten our republic

By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist | A political party that stakes its future on allowing fewer people to vote…
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Libraries extend beyond four walls

It’s National Library week, and for someone who loves books and was the child of a librarian, this week is…
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Apartment complex just doesn’t fit

To the Editor: Sylva is a beautiful small town. It is its small-town charm and beautiful surroundings that brings people…
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Compromise on new jail project urged

Bob Clark • Guest Columnist | The request to the Haywood County commissioners from the Sheriff’s Department for $15 million…
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Emerging from a difficult year of COVID-19

By Dr. J. Scott Hinkle • Guest Columnist | The COVID-19 crisis is winding down. This time last year we…
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Our republic’s future depends on virtue

To the Editor: I’m beginning to understand what Benjamin Franklin meant when encountering a woman on the street following the…
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Educational system is in real trouble

To the Editor: I have often been critical of our educational system for being more enamored of trendy fashions than…
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Stop Asian Hate
 

Stop Asian Hate

To the Editor: As a member of the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community in Jackson County, the attack…
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Canceling our freedom of speech
 

Canceling our freedom of speech

To the Editor: Protecting our freedom of speech may be one circumstance where liberals, conservatives, Republicans, Democrats, Independents virtually all…
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Vaccination volunteers, staff were wonderful
 

Vaccination volunteers, staff were wonderful

To the Editor: I can’t recall ever writing a letter to the editor in all my 64 years; but I…
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A healthy, diverse media landscape is a good thing

We who live in Western North Carolina are fortunate in many ways. We know that. It’s a beautiful place with…
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Finally, back to school for all

I’ve missed chaotic mornings fighting for the bathroom, looking for shoes under beds, packing lunches, slinging bagels in the toaster…
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