A glut of information can paralyze voters

The phones we carry everywhere contain or have access to more information than the largest libraries in the world, many…
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The painful reality of car shopping

If I could go back now and talk to my 12-year-old self, I’d tell him a few things. First, most…
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The annual state of the lies

To the Editor: During his State of the Union address to Congress, President Donald Trump repeated more than 20 of…
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Senate loses power with impeachment

To the Editor: The President of the United States (no longer to be confused, or considered synonymous with, “Leader of…
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Trump deserves all the criticism

To the Editor: These comments are offered in rebuttal to a previously published letter.  The first sentence in the letter…
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Why I’m backing O’Shea for Congress

To the Editor: I served two terms on Asheville’s City Council and am a former candidate for Congress in North…
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Good manners and good food go a long way

I’m not comfortable writing this, and that’s why I have to write it. In the past three weeks, I’ve given…
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Changing the world one book at a time

Lately I’ve been pondering the meaning of life. If everyone took their very best skills and traits and put those…
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Rep. Queen is leading the way
 

Rep. Queen is leading the way

To the Editor: Our N.C. House Rep. Joe Sam Queen is fulfilling every campaign promise he made two years ago.…
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The president can do no wrong
 

The president can do no wrong

To the Editor: Congratulations, by now the president has been acquitted of high crimes and misdemeanors. The Republican Senate has…
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Some call it the death of irony

By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist | Some have called it the death of irony, the moment when Kenneth Starr,…
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A sports hero who left too early

When I came into the bedroom last Sunday afternoon, Tammy had this look on her face. “What is it?” I…
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Healthcare for those in need is threatened

By Steve Wall • Guest Columnist | Why do we even need any medical insurance programs or Social Security? Well, because about…
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No president is above the law

To the Editor: Draw a Venn diagram. Circle one is morality. Circle two is ethics. Number three is law. As…
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Finding middle ground is a must

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.…
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Yellow blazes and Skip-Bo

It’s been a somber few days since the world learned of the death of Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter, Gianna,…
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Censure Pompeo for his conduct

To the Editor: I am constantly sickened by the rate at which our country is being driven into the toilet…
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Trump defies the global elites

To the Editor: The hysterical, savage and frenzied attacks on President Trump  by Democrats, the media, powerful deep state and political…
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Who says a sitting president can’t be indicted?

By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist | No one in America should be above the law, least of all the person…
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It’s me, it’s me, it’s Ernest T.

As a parent, I’ve tried hard to avoid indoctrinating my children with my political leanings, spiritual beliefs, sports fanaticism, or…
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Health care should not be about profits

To the Editor: Have you a favorite president? I do, Harry S Truman (no period after the S). Truman was the…
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Keep doing what you are doing

To the Editor: It is unbelievable that this quality paper can stand toe to toe with other publications and best…
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Becoming mindful in a chaotic world

Last October, I turned 40. It made me evaluate where I was physically, emotionally and personally. About a month after…
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WCU band trip is once in a lifetime opportunity

In the early hours of the morning on Saturday, Nov. 30, slightly more than 500 students at Western Carolina University…
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Franklin to honor Robert Burns, his work

Robert Burns is credited with saving the folk music of Scotland. He was born just a few years after England…
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Trump is doing a great job

To the Editor: The impeachment of President Donald Trump, the most partisan political witch hunt in our American history, is fraudulent,…
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Budget impasse harms retirees, taxpayers

To the Editor: It is my understanding that the state legislature and the governor are at an impasse over the…
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Grave consequences to follow assassination

The assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Suleimani is the latest in a string of incoherent, dangerous foreign policy decisions…
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Coffee grounds for breakfast no more

I’m not that big on New Year’s resolutions, but one thing I do want to do in 2020 is practice…
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Bumper stickers can divide us

To the Editor: On a recent ride into town, I found myself behind a car with a bumper sticker that…
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Four more years for Trump

To the Editor: Recently, a prolific contributor of letters to editors asked how much longer we could stand to have…
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Sixty snuck up and smacked me

I just turned the big 6-0. Sixty. What the hell? I’ve been reading essays on reaching this point in life,…
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Twelve commandments for the New Year

When I was a little girl, my dad would make huge snack trays on New Year’s Eve and pour sparkling…
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Trump’s mental health issues a problem

To the Editor: Mr. Waldrop, as always, nails the truth to the sticking-place in his last letter to The Smoky…
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Because one day they aren’t there

The hardest thing to get used to is the stillness. The quiet. The absolute absence of any movement at all.…
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National parks should not depend on fees

By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist | In Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy, the political philosopher…
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How much longer can we tolerate Trump?

To the Editor: Only a few short years ago Americans criticized Russian leaders for their overt political philosophy: “The end…
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Car seat education will save lives

To the Editor: Five years ago, shortly after partnering with the Sheriff’s Office to begin a Safe Kids coalition in…
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Thanks for reporting on animal cruelty

To the Editor: Thank you for reporting on the recent animal cruelty case in Haywood County. The suffering of so…
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Time to face reality regarding the Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park — for all its grandeur — is facing serious challenges, and it’s going to…
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Downsizing Christmas, meaningful memories

It seems a lot of folks are downsizing Christmas this year, me included. My reasoning is specific to my life…
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Make America great by dumping Trump

To the Editor: George Washington led Americans in the Revolutionary War defeating a tyrant, King George III, and giving birth…
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Children in poverty face many challenges

To the Editor: Did you know that 44.1 percent of children are living in poor or low-income homes in Jackson…
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‘OK Boomers,’ let’s just settle down

By Bob Clark • Guest Columnist A 25-year-old New Zealand legislator, Chloe Swarbrick, was speaking about the environment when an older…
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The long wait is finally over

I didn’t know how much I would miss Shoney’s biscuits and gravy, potato soup, and hot fudge cake until they…
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