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Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:29

Billions to buy votes without disclosure is bad policy

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To the Editor: There’s a “For Sale” sign in front of your home, but you didn’t put it there. What’s…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:23

Wealthy are gaining too much political power

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To the Editor: OccupyWNC, an affiliate of MovetoAmend.com, along with groups all across the United States, has worked diligently to…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:23

Obama was in over his head from day one

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To the Editor: Election time is approaching and we are facing a promise gap. In 2008 when vice presidential candidate…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:22

Looking forward to our own Hunger Games

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To the Editor: Have you heard the latest about our local sportsmen? Well, it’s been reported that three elk were…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:36

Loving guns and badges in Maggie Valley

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To the Editor: Maggie Valley must love the guns, badges and handcuffs. In fact, with Maggie Valley being only about…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:36

The party of tax-and-spend, really?

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To the Editor: It’s election trash talking time again, and one of the things that will come up will be…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:35

Rhyming a solution to our political woes

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To the Editor: As our government officials keep putting off a long-term solution to the debt ceiling problem, perhaps these…
The wonderful thing about keeping bees is there are always surprises. Just when you think you’ve learned what there is…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

We should realize value of natural resources

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To the Editor: In Western North Carolina we are extremely lucky to live, work and play in a place of…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

A story everyone should read, learn from

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To the Editor: We, the undersigned, are a group of Haywood County citizens that meets regularly for a respectful dialogue…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

A dip in the Tuck beats bee suits in this heat

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I slept downstairs on a futon last night, trying to escape some of the intense heat that, chimney-like, turned the…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist My wife and I moved here from Florida because we wanted to live in…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Sometimes a walk is better than a run

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 For many years I was a dedicated runner. These days I’m much more likely to choose to walk, both for…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Noise ordinance an unjust attack on heritage

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  To the editor: I am writing in response to recent discussions of “Barking Dogs” in Jackson County and to…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Barking dogs ordinance would increase burden

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  To the editor: Remember when we would say “Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite” as a nod…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Barking dogs a symptom of animal welfare, social issues

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  To the editor: The barking ordinance that Jackson county commissioners recently said they’d support sounds at first like a…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:49

Hearing all the buzz about sourwood

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This is a special time of the year for beekeepers in Western North Carolina. It is the time they prepare…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:48

Women make decisions for themselves

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To the Editor: This is intended for all men: political office-holders, the religious of all faiths, and just plain “guys.” I…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:47

Voter ID laws should have bipartisan support

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To the Editor: Election reform is needed in North Carolina. Nearly eight out of 10 North Carolina voters support Voter…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:46

Romney’s plan will benefit wealthy

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To the Editor: Mitt Romney is saying his experience in the private sector means he can do a better job…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:59

Fight back against Alzheimer’s

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To the Editor: Ask yourself, for just one day, can I match the passion and dedication of Alzheimer’s caregivers and…
I found Booger at the Coffee Shop some 15 years ago – a tiny kitten with only one eye open,…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:01

Corporations are not people

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To the Editor: This letter is in direct response to Ginny Jahrmarkt’s May 30 letter titled, “Jones made wrong vote…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:00

Commissioner’s actions were disappointing

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To the Editor: It was disappointing to read that Commissioner Mark Jones representing District 4 voted to support a resolution…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:00

Arrogant is the word for Sheriff Ashe

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To the Editor: When I think of the word arrogant, I usually think of someone who is so intelligent or…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:59

Both sides scratching their own backs

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To the Editor: The word austerity seems to have saturated world and national news of late, sometimes used in a…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:55

Time to take out the long knives

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Suppose this was your household budget: • Annual family income………………....$23,400 • Money family spends annually….....$35,900 • New debt added to…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:02

Jones made wrong vote at last Jackson meeting

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To the Editor: At the most recent Jackson County commissioner meeting at the Balsam-Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Commissioner Mark…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:02

Left changes it’s tune when it loses

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To the Editor: According to recent letters to the editor, Christians, or anyone else, should not be allowed to vote…
Some time back I wrote that at a future date I’d print seed-starting dates for the remainder of the growing…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:57

Misunderstanding should not nix resolution

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To the Editor: Sometimes misunderstandings can get completely out of hand. Such was the case at the last meeting of…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:57

North Shore Road money should not be held up

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To the Editor: I commend Becky Johnson and The Smoky Mountain News for providing the facts to its readers regarding…
I’ll admit that I have never been much of a cat person. It’s because I am a little selfish, I…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:38

Redefining marriage is always defeated

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To the Editor: According to recent letters to the editor, Christians, or anyone else, should not be allowed to vote…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:36

Recognizing the enemies within

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest columnist In July of 1861, Major Sullivan Ballou of Rhode Island composed a letter to…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:33

Welfare state has destroyed California

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To the Editor: California is back in the news. Two Saturdays ago, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that the state’s budget deficit…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:32

A majority did not support Amendment One

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To the Editor: Three letters in the May 16-22 edition of the Smoky Mountain News reflect differing views about what…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:29

A festival for the unassuming goat

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Every small town needs a street festival, and what better excuse for one could there be than goats? This past…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:49

A GOP perspective on leadership

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To the Editor: The recent letter authored by the new chairman of the Macon County Democratic Party seemed to be…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:48

Someone is having problems with memory

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“No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.” – Abraham Lincoln To the Editor: I am…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:47

Thanks for taking a strong stand

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To the Editor: I live in Albuquerque currently, but I grew up in North Carolina and spent summers at Lake…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:46

Romney will sacrifice all to blind ambition

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To the Editor: No president serves for more than eight years but his influence on the Supreme Court lasts far…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:45

Don’t tell me about hurt feelings

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To the Editor: Oh I am so distraught; and Chief Hicks is “appalled.” The Franklin maintenance crew has killed the…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:43

My other family just lost one of its own

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Here in the South, if you are of a certain age, you have two families at least. The first is…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:34

A few lessons on getting the garden started

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With our average last frost date of May 10 or so it’s time to start planting the main garden. Corn…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:32

Vote “No” on marriage amendment proposal

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To the Editor: Please go to the poles on May 8 and vote “No” to amend the N.C. Constitution, an…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:32

Davis ready to defend, clarify his positions

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To the Editor: In his April 25 letter to the editor, “Let me tell you why I'm a Democrat,” Ed…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:31

Staying put and doing my best for WestCare

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To the Editor: I am writing to clarify my position on the recent events that have occurred within the Med-West…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:30

Tuckaseigee Baptists oppose Jackson alcohol

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To the Editor: Considering the tremendous harm that alcohol continues to cause our society, the churches of the Tuckaseigee Baptist…