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You’ll need to know this word — anocracy

To the Editor: A word most of us are unfamiliar with but will become commonplace in the months and years to come is anocracy — or semi-democracy — a form of government that is loosely defined as part democracy and part dictatorship, or as a regime that mixes democratic with autocratic features.

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Cartoon, January 19, 2021

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Clampitt speaks on Oath Keepers

Editor’s note: Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, has been open about his membership in the right-wing militia group known as the Oath Keepers since running for election back in 2012. Last week, Oath Keeper founder Stewart Rhodes was charged with seditious conspiracy related to his actions surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The SMN asked Clampitt to respond to Stewart’s arrest.

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Trump is indeed to blame
 

Trump is indeed to blame

To the Editor: 

This is in response to Dennis Ford’s letter  from the Jan,. 5 issue of The Smoky Mountain News. 

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Democracy demands certain rights
 

Democracy demands certain rights

To the Editor: 

Let’s talk about the upcoming elections – not the candidates, but the voting. Regardless of your political leaning, there is a lot that we can agree on that is critical to our democracy. 

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Medicaid expansion is badly needed
 

Medicaid expansion is badly needed

To the Editor: 

More than one million North Carolinians (12.9%) have no health insurance. 

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