The human component makes the difference

Apple was once a small business that was started in a garage by two college dropouts. It was the pipe…
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Taking the side of WNC’s citizens

To the Editor: Please allow me a moment to respond to last week’s op-ed by Patrick Gleason “Local government-run broadband a…
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I am afraid history is repeating itself

To the Editor: I have always  been a history buff. It was my major in college. I studied WWII in great…
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Please give and help fight cancer

To the Editor: This is in response to your article: “DA undergoes breast cancer treatment,” concerning our elected/head District Attorney,…
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Capitalism married socialism long ago!

To the Editor: IF socialism is: “any of various theories or systems of the ownership and operation of the means…
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Local government-run broadband a bad idea

By Patrick Gleason • Guest Columnist | In times like these, with public resources scarce and taxpayer dollars facing tremendous…
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Standardized testing in a non-standard time

To the Editor: As a public middle school teacher in the great state of North Carolina, I could expound for…
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Trump just keeps money rolling in

To the Editor: All the hype about President Donald Trump claiming voter fraud and the Rudy Giuliani’s traveling legal circus…
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Presidential pardons not handed out lightly

To the Editor: It seems that Ali Baba Don intends to pardon his 40 thieves. 
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Please adhere to safety protocols

To the Editor: Doctors across America are literally begging people to mask, maintain safe distances, avoid large and small gatherings,…
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I like calling North Carolina home

When the Lyft driver asked where we were from, our answer was, “outside Asheville, in the mountains.” His reply: “Wow,…
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Thank you, pandemic, for slowing me down

The pandemic forced me to slow down. I’ve always been a busy body, planning trips or parties, purchasing tickets for…
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We are Americans first

Diann Catlin • Guest Columnist | Every American should want and demand evidence as to the integrity of the recent…
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Abolishing college debt is unfair

To the Editor: This is my first letter to the editor, ever.  So you know that I feel strongly enough…
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Those moving here threaten our lifestyle

To the Editor: I read with understanding and sadness the article about people leaving the cities and moving to Western…
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Partnership provided valuable COVID data

To the Editor: Like government and business leaders across the country, I am continually looking for ways to help prevent…
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Prior elections had mail-in ballots

To the Editor: To counter the recent assertions from some suggesting that this past election was fraudulent and illegitimate, I…
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I am trying to understand

By Steve Wall • Guest Columnist | On Sept. 10, 2020, Donald Trump greeted a cheering crowd in Freeland, Michigan,…
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Shop local, be safe

I’m semi-quarantining in the week leading up to Thanksgiving due to a potential exposure to COVID. At this very moment…
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No time to let down our guard

If you’re feeling COVID fatigue, it’s no wonder.  It seems this all started “a long time ago in a galaxy…
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The bright spots of a pandemic holiday

I’ve started listening to Christmas music and it’s not even Thanksgiving, but you know what? It’s 2020 and anything goes.…
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GOP ignorance is staggering

To the Editor: Joe Biden won, period. Biden won by the same “landslide” of 306 electoral votes as Trump declared…
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GOP leadership is sickening

To the Editor: It sickens me — a 72-year-old, seven-year U.S. Air Force and Vietnam veteran — the depths to…
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The USA is on a downhill slide

To the Editor: I hope all the idiots who voted for Biden are happy. Our country is going down the…
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Finding a way past the divide

Can we bridge the divide? That’s the most fundamental question facing us as Americans as we sort out the post-mortem…
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Is a $16.4 million jail a good idea?

The Haywood County Commissioners have decided to move forward with a long-term plan to expand the existing jail at the…
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Is it OK to just be satisfied, even happy?

As the sun began its descent on Monday —  the eve of Election Day — I sat down to write this…
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Remembering the ‘good’ old days

To the Editor: Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision on women’s reproductive rights, has been in the…
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Research says women’s tactics work better than men’s

When the terms “systemic patriarchy” and “systemic racism” became common rhetoric in our society, they made my brow furrow. I…
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Native American Culture is Not a Costume

By the Officers of Digali’i As enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the officers of Digali’i,…
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The world needs the U.S.

To the Editor: Of all the childhood films I can still bear to watch as an adult, I love “Superman.”…
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Experience makes Greene a better choice

To the Editor: In most professions work experience is a major factor as to whether you get the job or…
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Trump has failed to keep America safe

To the Editor: I’m writing in response to Ted Carr’s letter in the October 21 edition of your paper. Unlawful,…
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McDowell great choice for school board

To the Editor: I support Randy McDowell for a seat on the Haywood County Board of Education.
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Moe Davis is the qualified candidate

To the Editor: There were 8,820 bills and joint resolutions submitted to Congress in 2019. Two-thirds were submitted in the…
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Filling High Court seat now is wrong

To the Editor: Filling a Supreme Court vacancy a week before the election is wrong. Spray as much rose water…
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Pull together and win this war

To the Editor: Don’t you get it? Mask (keep your germs to yourself), socially distance (don’t stand close to each…
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Greens think your vote does matter

To the Editor: Do you believe that your vote doesn’t matter? Your vote doesn’t matter to the Democrats. Here’s an…
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Take your faith into voting booth

To the Editor: In my faith tradition when someone is baptized, everyone in the congregation renews their promises to God…
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No need for more fighters in Congress

To the Editor: Madison Cawthorn’s website states: “Send a fighter to Congress.” 
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Sad to feel unsafe in America

To the Editor: I keep hearing conservatives say that the Democratic Party is the party of hate and divisiveness. However,…
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To those who are undecided

To the Editor: If you believe permanent one-party rule is desirable; big cities should always determine who becomes President; the…
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Be safe, but be sure to vote

To the Editor: I must have been 7 or 8 years old when I first realized my grandma hung out…
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Let’s get back to normalcy

To the Editor: In normal times, we are not unduly impacted by the actions of our elected officials, whether they…
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For better health care, vote Democrat

To the Editor: It’s so past time we shared health care with all North Carolinians
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This is why I will vote for Trump

To the Editor: I am not a big Donald Trump fan. However, this man is the one who proved in…
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Vote Democrat and support all Americans

To the Editor: I have a tendency to speak my mind. I have intentionally not done so during this election…
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Trump is the President we deserve

To the Editor: How insulting Joe Biden is to the American public … us the voters, the ones who deserve…
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