Women empowerment is key to future

To the Editor: No living human will witness a return to a preindustrial global climate. Humanity’s best efforts in transitioning…
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We gym rats have our own little cliques

When I was in my teens, I was so skinny that people winced when they saw me. The local druggist…
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Hard-line conservatives own this shutdown

“I think it’s the right thing to do as much as we use the park and as free as this…
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Build the wall at all costs

To the Editor We must save the Trump Presidency. Build the Wall! Never mind that it mortgages our children’s future.…
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My personal happiness project for 2019

What is a New Year’s resolution anyway? Just a statement we make aloud while toasting friends and family with a…
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Government shutdown is not really about a wall

By Norm Hoffman • Guest Columnist Now we have yet another federal government shutdown. We have to ask if there…
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Serving ‘something larger than themselves’

“Stray from the truth, and whoever corrects you can be dismissed as ‘the other side.’ The strategy runs on a…
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Basking in the comfort of holiday traditions

They grow up so fast. Of all the clichés in the parenting handbook, this is the oldest and the truest.…
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Elf Parade provided help for seniors

To the Editor: Last Saturday, a group of merry elves paraded down the sidewalks of Main Street in Waynesville to…
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Graveyard tours are disrespectful

To the Editor:   I have somewhat followed the issues surrounding the Green Hill Cemetery. I have stayed out of…
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An alternative solution for N.C. 107

By Carl Queen • Guest Columnist As a long-time resident of Sylva — 48 years — I have had a…
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Creating an honest path to gratitude

I haven’t always known how to feel grateful or identify the feeling of joy. There are certain lessons in life…
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It’s OK to ignore the people, governor

To the Editor: This is a letter to our dear Gov. Cooper. I couldn’t agree with you more. Pure genius.…
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Mueller investigation closing in on Trump

“He (Trump) knows very little about the legislative process, hasn’t learned anything, hasn’t surrounded himself with people that can get…
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Administration makes mistake with gender plans

The current administration is in the process of trying to erase transgender/cisgender people. If they have their way they will…
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Thanks for Sunburst story
 

Thanks for Sunburst story

To the Editor The works of Bethel Rural Community Organization (BRCO) seem to have flooded the news lately. A full…
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Nurturing the ties that bind

I’ve spent most of my career at small newspapers, and one thing I’ve learned is the value of making connections.…
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No regrets after a clean, heartfelt campaign

By Danny Davis • Guest Columnist I wish to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of you who…
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Finding anchors in seasons of change

When the winds rage the sea, we look for an anchor.  As my life continues to unfold, I’m learning there…
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President’s lies are simply sad

To the Editor: Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, continues to lie, even after he pled guilty to 175…
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Anti-gunners endanger their fellow citizens
 

Anti-gunners endanger their fellow citizens

To the Editor: As I have said on many occasions, anti-gunners like to ignore the very important comma sign in…
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Animal control went beyond call of duty
 

Animal control went beyond call of duty

To the Editor: This is a shoutout for the folks at Haywood County Animal Services. Last Sunday (Nov. 19) late…
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Get rid of Trump?
 

Get rid of Trump?

To the Editor: A recent letter writer said that the Democrats will do almost anything to get rid of Trump.…
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Meadows reacts too lightly to ethics rebuke

It sure would be nice for his constituents to hear Rep. Mark Meadows come out with a mea culpa regarding…
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Out of touch with the Black Friday banshees

I’ve set my phone on vibrate so that I can watch the game while enjoying my holiday concoction of Chex…
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In-hospital hospice just not the same

By Lorna Sterling • Guest Columnist Like many in the Haywood County community, I am concerned about the transfer of…
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Thoughts on Thanksgiving and traditions

Funny how when you’re living in a moment, you don’t realize how truly special the moment is. Only later in…
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Cartoon, Nov. 21, 2018

By Will Studenc
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Why own an Assault rifle?

To the Editor: The Second Amendment states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,…
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Hopes for a long life and many travels

To the Editor: In response to the guest column in the November 7 issue regarding immigration, if you live long…
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Guest columnist omits history

To the Editor: In the November 7 issue of The Smoky Mountain News, Guest Columnist Autumn Woodward related a harrowing…
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GOP leader should be gracious in victory

To the Editor: While I agree with Cecil GOP Precinct Chair Ted Carr’s statement in Cory Vaillancourt’s “Eastbound and down”…
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Election results will make for a stronger democracy

There were many winners and losers last week on Election Day, but perhaps the best outcome is that the move…
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Time for all to choose dignity over party loyalty

Perhaps you have noticed how popular the “what about” argument has become these days? You know it works: you make…
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A heartfelt thanks to all in District 118

By Rhonda Cole Schandevel • Guest Columnist Good day to all who will take the time to read my long…
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Practice what you preach

To the Editor: The first duty of government to its citizens is to safeguard them from acts of violence. Instead,…
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Keep storm drains unclogged

To the Editor: Another large rainfall event is visiting our mountains this week, which can lead to flash floods and…
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Rep. Meadows for House Sanitation Committee

To the Editor: Now that the rest of the nation has seen the reality of the Trump Administration and voted…
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Veterans appreciate show of support

To the Editor: I would like to thank The Chef’s Table and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino for their generosity of inviting…
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‘Hyper-partisan’ moves threaten UNC’s future

The sudden resignation of Margaret Spellings as president of the UNC system should be a wake-up call to every North…
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Learning to connect with the other world

The night after my mom died, my dad stepped out on the front porch with my brother-in-law, whose father had…
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‘When did we see you, a stranger, and welcome you?’

By Autumn Woodward • Guest Columnist The Irish morning was cool. I’d tumbled over a stone wall into the park to…
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Put Schandevel In state House

To the Editor:  “Meet the real Rhonda Schandevel” was what I read on the latest inaccurate ad I received in…
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Please vote and save democracy

To the Editor: We have been battered with a drumbeat of name calling and blaming over the last two years. It…
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Oppose voter photo ID amendment

To the Editor: The amendment on the ballot reads “Constitutional amendment to require voters to provide photo identification before voting…
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This is the Rhonda that I know

To the Editor: John Wooden once said, “ … the true test of a man’s character is what he does…
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Meadows lives in echo chamber

To the Editor:  Republican Mark Meadows held an impromptu rally in front of the Macon County Courthouse on October 24,…
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Don’t sink to Trump’s level

To the Editor: The first duty of government to its citizens is to safeguard them from acts of violence. Instead,…
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