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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A glimmer, and it sure feels nice

A year later. We’re still mourning the deaths and illnesses, the disruption of life as we knew it, the months…
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A modest proposal for reviving Ghost Town in the Sky

By Case Brown • Guest Columnist | The on-and-off again investment deals for the embattled Ghost Town amusement park are…
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Another view on childhood poverty
 

Another view on childhood poverty

To the Editor: In last week’s edition of The Smoky Mountain News the editor gave us his thoughts of the…
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Let’s do away with Electoral College
 

Let’s do away with Electoral College

To the Editor: In the recent election Joe Biden received a majority of 7.1 million popular votes and 74 Electoral…
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A long overdue plan to cut childhood poverty

The Covid relief bill now working its way through Congress will mark a transformation in the way this country treats…
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Getting my hands dirty and loving it

I moved from Maggie Valley to Waynesville last fall. My house in Maggie was on the side of Soco Road…
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Let’s honor a different history

To the Editor: I am so sick of hearing this argument that we’re “changing” or “erasing” history by changing statues…
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Trump is a threat

To the Editor: The other day a friend of mine made this remark: “I never want to hear Trump supporters…
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Cawthorn should have stayed to vote

To the Editor: I’m writing to express my outrage regarding Madison Cawthorn’s bogus attempt to defend his proxy vote when…
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Voting rights bill deserves support

To the Editor: Voting records show that North Carolina and Haywood County had the largest voter turnout ever in the…
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How many visitors are too many?

The Smokies region is an outdoor mecca that attracts millions of people each year. For better or worse, that onslaught…
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The ‘Sap is Risin’ and a life well lived

By Randy Siske • Contributing writer | Our “Breakfast Club” started eating together in 2006 just because we went to…
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Election fraud evidence is slim to none

To the Editor: I am alarmed by the variety and sheer numbers of claims of election fraud we still see,…
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Letter writer has her facts wrong

To the Editor: This is in response to the recent letter by Carol Adams of Glenville: “Trump was 1,000 Percent…
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Getting vaccinated also helps others

To the Editor: On behalf of the Haywood County Senior Democrats, I would like to express our profound gratitude to…
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Who can you trust to tell the truth?

Another poll, another reality check for the media: Americans don’t trust us. The question that comes to mind, for me,…
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Falling hard for pandemic puppy love

I’d always heard having a puppy was a little like having a baby. I’ve learned over the past two months…
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Cawthorn cares only about Cawthorn

To the Editor: In the six weeks since being sworn in as North Carolina’s new 11th District representative in Congress,…
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Media gives lies too much power

To the Editor: America has failed to punish Trump, the ex-president who has done so much harm to our country.
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Trump deserved to be impeached

To the Editor: Senator Patrick Leahy (eight-term Democratic senator from Vermont) recently wrote a column charging former President Trump with…
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Introducing triple-win climate solutions

By Mary Jane Curry • Guest Columnist “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” — William Wordsworth, 1798…
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Jail spending doesn’t solve problems

To the Editor: Budgets, it has been said, are moral documents. This is because how a community chooses to spend…
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Defer to sheriff on need for jail

To the Editor:  There has been a bit of discussion and controversy over the proposal for Haywood County to spend…
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N.C. should pass ERA

To the Editor:  Thank you for your February 3 primer on the history of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as well as…
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Persistence pays off in rebel mascot issue

When I read that Annie McCord-Wilson was among those leading the charge to have the rebel removed as the mascot…
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Broken wrist presages my new reality

I started snowboarding when I was 15. Even though neither of my parents were athletes, especially skiers or snowboarders, I…
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Hatred is a human flaw

To the Editor: We all probably hate something. It could be a certain vegetable, a hard or distasteful task like doing…
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Dental health helps children learn

To the Editor: Since 1963, Blue Ridge Health (BRH) has provided essential healthcare to residents with the greatest need in…
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When will N.C. ratify ERA?

To the Editor: In January 2020, Virginia became the 38th and final state needed for ratification of the Equal Rights…
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A modest proposal for Medicare

By Steven Wall • Guest Columnist | With so much division in our country, and some  folks even losing faith…
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Madison Cawthorn needs to go

To the Editor: For weeks leading into the insurrection and ransacking of our Capitol on Jan. 6, Madison Cawthorn’s words…
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Facts, compassion are important

To the Editor: Humanity has a universal propensity for lies and distortions, and Trump-supporting extremists ruled by reality-free ideas are…
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Despite claims, truth does matter

To the Editor: I always enjoy the illuminating letters from Carol Adams. Her most recent (last week’s Smoky Mountain News, www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/30705)…
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We must learn to protect the earth

To the Editor: In the aftermath of recent events in our nation’s Capitol, we are still reeling in shock, disbelief…
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It is a steep hill we climb

Last Wednesday was a day women have been waiting for, working for, speaking out of turn for, making trouble for…
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Lessons learned from Larry King

Growing up I wasn’t a fan of Larry King. As a little girl in the 1980s, I was more concerned…
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Spend county money compassionately

To the Editor: Our Haywood county government is planning to build a new jail at a cost of over $14…
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Trump was 1000 percent correct

To the Editor: Checking a track record, a review of past performance, is a good way to determine a decision…
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Thankful for dad’s vaccination process

To the Editor: My 89-year-old dad got his first COVID vaccine this afternoon.
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Vaccination process was smooth, uplifting

To the Editor: Today, January 21, I received my first Covid-19 vaccine shot administered by the Haywood County Health Department…
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For at least a while, all the noise stopped

Short escapes from all of the noise coming from everywhere are so refreshing, so worthwhile.  The holidays were a fantastic…
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Counties should loosen pursestrings

To the Editor: It is totally baffling. At a time when the pandemic is pretty much out of control, vaccines…
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No time to glorify dying for lost causes

To the Editor: Barely a week after the violent and deadly attack on our nation’s capital by domestic terrorists, The…
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