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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…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:08

Medwest affiliation will benefit patients

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By Kate Queen • Guest Columnist At the beginning of December, Mountain Medical Associates, an established, multi-specialty internal medicine practice…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:57

Building community protects against calamity

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While reading the article “Getting ready: Growing number of preppers work to ensure survival in case of societal collapse” (Dec.…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:56

Does the right practice what it preaches?

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To the Editor: We find ourselves during the holidays celebrating the birth of a man whose teaching greatly affected our…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:56

99 percenters better pay attention to GOP

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To the Editor: To all 99 percenters. You had better be paying attention to what Newt Gingrich and his cronies…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:55

Why spend money moving art during tough times?

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To the Editor: As I bounce merrily along the potholes on the way into town, I often wonder if the…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:55

Cutting Russ Avenue trees was bad move

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To the Editor: I think that clear-cutting the slope on Russ Avenue across the road from Kmart was ridiculous. I…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:44

Navel oranges bring back memories of Dad, Christmas

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On Christmas Eve, my dad would always bring home a huge box of navel oranges and bags of pecans, walnuts,…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:30

The sage gardener won’t put off these chores

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If you haven’t covered your greens yet — and I’m among those who have not — it’s time. We’ve been…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:29

Marketing success depends on cooperation

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To the Editor: With reference to Quintin Ellison’s and Becky Johnson’s excellent reporting on the tourism marketing program for Jackson…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:28

Think before making a taxpayer-backed loan

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To the Editor: “When asked about the likelihood of the AM radio station surviving in today’s advertising landscape, Jackson County…
I normally veer from airing my opinion as a columnist in the editorial pages on issues that I cover as…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:14

People too gullible about Occupy movement

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To the Editor: After reading Carol Larivee’s letter noting the differences between the Tea Party and the Occupy movement, it…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:14

Tea Party faithful are decent Americans

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To the Editor: In the Nov. 23-29 issue of The Smoky Mountain News, Carole Larivee wrote a letter comparing the…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:06

Remember that it’s Democrats raising taxes

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To the Editor: So the Democrat North Carolina state senators have waived off the chance to cap the automatic 4…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:10

Poppies beneficial to VFW projects

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To the Editor: On behalf of Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5202 in Waynesville, I would like to thank…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:10

Serving up a heaping helping of internal turmoil

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I helped raise three turkeys this year. They were named Thanksgiving, Christmas and Extras. These turkeys were intended as the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:09

With rights come responsibilities

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To the Editor: I believe I can answer the question used as a headline for Quintin Ellison’s story in the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:08

Why the deficit supercommittee failed

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To the Editor: The deficit reduction supercommittee failed for two reasons. A deficit results when expenditures exceed revenues. The Republicans…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:34

The mad, mad world of Scroto Baggins

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Newspaper people are a special breed. As a type, these are individuals who tend toward the eccentric and are decidedly…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:33

Warm memories from a frozen scout – awesome

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During the winter, we met every Tuesday night in the conference room of the First Methodist Church, and on the…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:32

Enjoyed talking to mountain farmers

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To the Editor, I just want to express my sincere appreciation to the farmers of Haywood County, the members of…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:31

‘I hear the train a comin’ … to Dillsboro

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To the Editor: Every businessman and political and community leader in Jackson County should feel some gratitude this Thanksgiving and…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:31

Tea Party and Occupy are so similar – not

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To the Editor: I guess it’s inevitable that comparisons will be made between the Occupy and Tea Party movements. In…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:59

Words bring us together and open pathways

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Editor’s note: Dawn Gilchrist-Young teaches English at Swain County High School and was the 2011 winner of the Norman Mailer…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:54

To dream the impossible garden dream

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As I have written previously, in my dreams I am a tidy gardener. One of those saints who uses a…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:53

Reducing stray cat population is goal

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To the Editor: “Population shrinking and growing older,” a headline from a recent newspaper article, is exactly Haywood Animal Welfare…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:53

Newspaper policy bad for Bryson City

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To the Editor: I found it curious that The Smoky Mountain Times in Bryson City had not run any articles…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:12

Youth have no time for the love of reading

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Is reading — just for the pure, leisurely joy of it -— becoming the pastime of a bygone era? For…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:11

Cooperative marketing essential to success

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To the Editor: With reference to Quintin Ellison’s and Becky Johnson’s excellent reporting on the tourism marketing program for Jackson…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:08

Smart phone volunteers lead us into the future

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One of the drawbacks perks of my job is the amazing number of meetings I’m forced fortunate enough to attend.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:06

Professor George Herring could always flip the switch

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During the five years that I spent at Western Carolina University (1954-58 and 1965), I had the good fortune to…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:41

No town money spent to purchase public art

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To the Editor: Recent political ads by the Waynesville-Haywood Concerned Citizens contain materially false representations. There has never been any…
I missed a golden opportunity to see my name emblazoned on a book spine by not writing about Western North…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:40

WHCC claims skirt the truth

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To the Editor: I appreciated your article “Meet the candidates: Who’s who in Waynesville’s race” (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/5412) regarding the upcoming elections,…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:39

Political ad mis-stated several key facts

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To the Editor: As a member of the Waynesville Public Art Commission from September 2006 to March 2011, I am…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:37

Facts matter and homework counts

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To the Editor: Homework counts. I like to think that candidates running for the Waynesville Town Board would be interested…
The exquisite, fleeting beauty of autumn is with us now. Cold nights signal changes to come. Soon there will be…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:30

Smart bear kicks off ‘Bear Smart’ program

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To the Editor: Just prior to the opening of the “Bear Smart” program, on Tuesday night at the Sapphire Valley…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:29

Despite problems, we need less government

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To the Editor: In the Oct. 19 Smoky Mountain News, a photo and story feature covered the Oct. 15 Occupy…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:29

Candidates should promote unity

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To the Editor: In the election article for Maggie Valley, I read three candidates — the  mayoral candidate Ron DeSimone…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:27

We need to know who is pulling the strings

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To the Editor: In reply to Shirley Slaughter’s letter of Oct. 19 in The Smoky Mountain News (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/5374), I don’t…