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By Hannah McLeod • Guest Columnist Do not decry this generation for pushing the boundaries of respect/understanding/acceptance.  People today like…

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This is about money. But it is also about the North Carolina Legislature’s Conference Report on Senate Bill 99, especially…

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I’ve been covering local governments in North Carolina for 30 years, and a small item in Macon County’s budget for…

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Fifteen or so years ago, meetings like those Monday and Tuesday night in Waynesville were all too common: private citizens…

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Symbolism is often just as important as reality. The decision by the Cherokee Tribal Council to ban all media from…

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We rode in silence. I glanced at the clock as we came to another stoplight. Already five minutes late, I…

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The first time I met Owen Gibby, he immediately reminded me of my favorite television character of all time, Deputy…

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We Americans are spoiled. Too often we take our way of life for granted, both the freedoms we have and…

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When I was a student at Appalachian State University, I could have made the walk from Anne Belk Library to…

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It’s one of those issues that garner headlines and controversy but really shouldn’t. I’m talking about the Brunch Bill, the…

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It was the shortest funeral service I’ll likely ever attend. And though there were tears and somber conversations, there were…

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I’ve always admired those who speak out, those who have opinions and feel compelled to share them.

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Last week, a United Airlines flight attendant forced a passenger with a small dog to put the dog in an…

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Doing nothing to enhance school safety is not an option. Thoughtful gun control measures would be helpful and are one…

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Half the battle is just getting out of the house and on the road. Whenever we travel, we all understand…

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Would you turn your back on a long and meaningful friendship because of widening political differences? I won’t do it,…

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Cars don’t kill. Drivers do. Remember that? No one does, because although Detroit dragged…

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My life is starting to even out. And while I’m happy about this, a peaceful, comfortable life doesn’t offer as…

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“I’m absolutely starving,” my wife says, digging through her purse for something as I walk into the kitchen, clearing my…

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By John deVille • Guest Columnist This is a letter I sent to Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin. Macon County Schools, Haywood…

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That feeling in the pit of my stomach is familiar. I imagine it’s something like what people with ulcers feel…

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By Martin A. Dyckman • Guest Columnist Americans are asking why we now have a president whom they wouldn’t trust to…

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In last week’s edition of The Smoky Mountain News we published articles about positive political and economic signs in two…

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I have a tattoo on the inside of my right wrist that says, “Everything ahead of me.” I got it…

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As the new year dawns and I take account of everything that’s happened in the past 12 months, it’s Donald…

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By David Belcher • Guest columnist I had the privilege of presiding over Western Carolina University’s Dec. 16 commencement ceremonies…

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In this holiday season, I have much to be thankful for. At least that’s the way I see it, though…

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By Buffy Queen • Guest Columnist “Sexual violence is a societal issue that requires systemic change. Sexual violence does not occur…

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“It’s exciting to think about what Haywood County could be. The desire is there.” — Buddy Melton, fiddler/singer, Balsam Range…

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I don’t like following crowds and have a naturally occurring cynicism of trends. That said, there’s one holiday promotional movement…

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Asheville is red hot in more ways than I can list here. Pick up a travel magazine, visit an outdoor…

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Local politics in Western North Carolina have long been dominated by the good ole boys. But like they say about…

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“A lie can run around the world before the truth has its boots on.” That’s one of the few quotes…

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By William Everett • Guest Columnist Garret Woodward’s Opinion piece “After tragedy in Vegas, where to from here?” (Oct. 4-10) leads…

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Something newspaper editors never say: “I wish that fewer people responded to that piece in last week’s paper.” Well, thanks…

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I’ve never shot a gun. Nope. Not once. I come from a family of gun owners. I’ve held plenty of…

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This is what it means to be an American. I’m talking about NFL players and coaches and owners uniting to…

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Some things we know, but when someone lays out the numbers and reveals in specific numbers how the big picture…

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The computer stares back, unblinking. Deadline is approaching and I’m fighting to hone in on a topic for my column.…

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As President Trump’s administration continues to descend further into chaos with each passing week, there are a few truths that…

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During the 1970s, my dad spent some time in prison. For over three years, he taught GED prep classes at…

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“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” — Nobel prize winning author William Faulkner This oft-trotted out line from…

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”…

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Prayer as part of government meetings has a long — and often contentious — history in this country, and a…

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My mom loved fresh flowers. It was a fun routine for my dad, sister and I to pick up a…

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We got to the stop sign at the bottom of our mountain in our fully loaded truck — bikes, camping…

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