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Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:00

Singers earn places in honor choir

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Four members of Voices in the Laurel were selected to sing in the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Children's…
The Liars Bench will perform the first in a series of stories called "Balsam Chronicles" at 7 p.m. on March…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:52

Another broken promise about national park

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To the Editor The National Park Service says we need to charge for backcountry camping. After hundreds of letters and…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:51

State GOP leaders did cut education

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To the Editor: The Republican state legislators have repeatedly said that the $428 million in cuts to the public education…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:50

Support of bike rallies not a good idea

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To the Editor: I was amused to read recently that Scott Cochran, the promoter for the town's upcoming Rumble in…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:48

Police presence should be a blessing

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To the Editor: Complaints about the significant police presence in Maggie Valley, I think, are highly exaggerated. In the 10-plus…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:48

Pressley deserves everyone's support

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To the Editor: All of Haywood County — and especially Maggie Valley —should be standing on their heads in support…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:47

Maggie Valley police presence appreciated

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To the Editor: With regard to your news story "Are cops making a pest of themselves in Maggie Valley?" (Feb. 29…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:45

Letter a sad example of misinformation

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To the Editor: Since Obama took office Jan. 20, 2009, the DOW has risen 48 percent, the S&P 500 is…
Thanks to work obligations that have put me in Franklin several days at a time these last few weeks, I've…
I unpacked my *euphonium recently — my first love was music; writing was a fallback position — and started fooling…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:26

Lottery funds are a boost for Haywood schools

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To the Editor: A headline on a Feb. 29 article in The Smoky Mountain News creates a misleading impression of…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:26

Brigman story needed a second opinion

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To the Editor: It is interesting that The Smoky Mountain News in its reporting on superintendent of Macon County Schools…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:25

Headline showed SMN’s political bias

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To the Editor: Somewhere during my school years I was taught about slanted journalism. One of the best examples of…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:24

Time to send Barack down the road

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To the Editor: Over the weekend we heard from our 44-year-old niece. She was fretting over her 401k. She is…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:00

Critics off mark in planning board attacks

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To the Editor: Back in the 1990s, I was privileged to serve several years on the Macon County Planning Board,…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:59

We should provide health care to all

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To the Editor: As of 2010, 50 million people in the U.S. had no health insurance (no doubt more now).…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:59

Lest we forget: Whitney was a criminal

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Pardon my insensitivity. Whitney Houston was a great singing talent, indeed. That was a gift of nature. She was also…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:58

Ordinance revisions deserve public scrutiny

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To the Editor: The Jackson County Planning Department is methodically revising sections of the subdivision ordinance. In the fall, the…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:58

Justice delayed is justice denied

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To the Editor: For centuries, the citizens of our state have extolled the virtues of a fair and judicious court…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:57

Racial Justice Act should remain intact

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To the Editor: It is painful and, frankly, disgusting to witness North Carolina’s prosecutors and their allies in the General…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:26

The secret life of Quintin Ellison

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In a time-wasting exercise, I was giving thought recently about my earliest memory, which is of getting my knee stuck…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:25

Taxpayers deserve easier access to voting

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To the Editor: My name is John Herrin and I am a registered voter in Swain County, and I wrote…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:24

Swain needs to keep one-stop voting site

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To the Editor: Ms. Sallie Smith Bradley will celebrate her 98th birthday on Saturday, March 3, at her residence in…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:43

Safer, smarter and nostalgic about a more reckless past

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In the 1960s and 70s, everybody smoked, everybody but my mother, who didn’t smoke, drink, or do anything that Ann…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:43

Alzheimer’s letter draws needed attention

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To the Editor: My heartfelt gratitude to John Corkran of Black Mountain for his letter (Asheville Citizen-Times, Feb. 6) titled…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:42

LTLT strives to be non-partisan, helpful

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To the Editor: A letter appearing in The Smoky Mountain News two weeks ago incorrectly characterized the mission, work, and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:42

Cherokee bear zoos need to be shut down

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To the Editor: How many times do the roadside zoos in Cherokee have to be cited for violations of federal…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:41

Planning board needs to be controlled

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To the Editor: One of the most memorable days of my life was Jan. 19, 2001. Macon County had tried…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:40

Can Macon County make a decision?

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To the Editor: At times when difficult decisions are being considered, leaders may seek the counsel of community-minded, experienced individuals…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:37

Earning the right to indulge myself

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I was recently among a group of friends who were discussing habits — what they are and why we have…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:19

Newspaper criticism was just off the mark

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To the Editor: I had to read “Shame on you, SMN, for poking fun” (Smoky Mountain News, Feb. 1 edition)…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:19

An old friend comes for what I hope is a short visit

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A good friend of old came to stay last week. A great respecter of proper etiquette, she provided ample warning…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:18

A citizens’ scroll should replace library plaque

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To the Editor: In a recent article in The Smoky Mountain News, Jackson County Commissioner Jack Debnam was quoted as…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:17

Who does Sen. Jim Davis really represent?

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To the Editor: State Sen. Jim Davis had an excellent idea. He suggested that anyone who wondered about contributions to…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:18

We need to stop the Great Outdoor Giveaway

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Over 100 years ago, Republican President Theodore Roosevelt said to the American people: Of all the questions which can come…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:17

Protesting against war remains important

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To the Editor: Thanks for the kind words you have for me and our peace vigilers in last week’s issue…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:16

WNC Alliance also a Needmore partner

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To the Editor: As Quintin Ellison notes in her article, “By Land and By Water— (Jan. 18 Smoky Mountain News)…
When the legendary — and former — Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno died on Sunday morning, the first…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:37

Selfish Me and Harried Woman

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“Why didn’t you tell me?” the woman — wild-eyed, disbelieving and somewhat hysterically — called over to where I was…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:22

The time is ripe for garden planning

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January is a time for new beginnings; nowhere is that more true than in the garden. A difficult task for…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:19

NCAE needs to work for schools, not Democrats

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In spite of Scott McLeod’s assertion that “it would be hard to argue otherwise” in his column (“Vote on NCAE…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:18

Locke Foundation critical of tactics

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To the Editor: It’s unclear where Justin Conley (“Vindictive measure should send message,” The Smoky Mountain News, Jan. 11 issue)…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:36

Unexpected pleasures from a trip across the state

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Sometimes what we expect to happen doesn’t: On vacation this week, I stopped in Raleigh and viewed the “Rembrandt in…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:36

Bothwell would be better than Shuler

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To the Editor: Cecil Bothwell is running for U.S. Congress in Western Northern Carolina. He is looking to unseat the…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:35

Whole tax system needs an overhaul

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To the Editor: We have been hearing much about taxing the rich more in order to help our debt problem,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:35

Vindictive measure should send message

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To the Editor: My grandmother always told me that, “nothing good happens after midnight.” I never quite grasped why until…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:10

Warm weather brings unseasonable activity

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Cutting collards this past weekend, I was surprised to find colonies of purplish-colored aphids under many of the leaves. That…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:09

Court ruling promises sleazy campaign season

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To the Editor: Are you sickened by the millions of dollars spent to elect politicians at a time when too…