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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…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:08

Don’t cut Postal Service jobs prematurely

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Editor’s note: Rep. Health Shuler wrote this letter to U.S. Postmaster Pat Donahoe to express his concern for potential job…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:08

Cashiers Leaf Festival was huge success

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To the Editor On behalf of the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association we would like to thank everyone who contributed…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:07

Let Duke know rate hike request is too much

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To the Editor: Duke Energy has applied to the N.C. Utilities Commission for yet another rate increase in an attempt…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:06

SMN needs to practice balanced journalism

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To the Editor: I was born and raised in Cashiers and have always disliked the phrase “country come to town.”…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:00

The killer is among us, and she is Tuppence

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When I moved to Sylva from Bryson City, two dogs stayed and three cats came with me. These are Edgar…
A box of bulbs arrived Saturday, containing within the cardboard confines all the promises of fall work, winter waiting and…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:05

Student housing would benefit Forest Hills

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To the Editor: In response to the article written by Quintin Ellison published Oct. 5 regarding the developer request to…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:05

Cutting food aid right now is deplorable

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To the Editor: An elderly widow on a fixed-income already cannot afford a healthy diet and her medications, and now…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:03

Waynesville town board needs Mary Ann Enloe

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To the Editor: One of America’s greatest statesmen, Thomas Paine, wrote a book called Common Sense. Unfortunately, this trait is…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:02

General Assembly puts burden on locals

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To the Editor: It has become evident that the principle guideline being used by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and the…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:34

When is Frontier DSL arriving in outlying areas?

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To the Editor: While the good folks at Frontier (Everett, Wash., customer service call center) offered as a good faith…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:34

In my dreams, I am organized and efficient

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I am a great admirer of efficient people. In my enthusiasm for them I sometimes mistake myself for one of…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:33

Haire should support the people’s vote

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To the Editor: I’d like to address the letter three weeks ago by my representative to the General Assembly, The…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:33

Rep. Phil Haire wrong on gay marriage bill

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To the Editor: I found Rep. Phil Haire’s recent letter outlining and justifying his opposition to SB 514, the Defense…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:32

Some questions for progressives to answer

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To the Editor: These questions are directed to progressives, liberals or left-thinking people. • Why do you think it’s OK…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:32

Go ahead and do the Macon revaluation

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To the Editor: If property revaluation is postponed until 2015, the Macon County Commissioners are again gambling that property values…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:55

Slope rules could help protect Macon

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To the Editor: Wildflower is back, and a lot of people are worried, especially here in the northern part of…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:54

Lower corporate taxes won’t create jobs

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To the Editor: In the ongoing debate about job creation, much misinformation is being bandied about in an effort to…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:53

Legislators need some time in the desert

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To the Editor: After recently returning to North Carolina from three years in the Southwest, I am saddened to learn…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:53

Macon County needs to use landslide maps

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To the Editor: The North Carolina Geological Survey landslide hazard map prepared for Macon County is a valuable resource for…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:51

We don’t need Rep. Phil Haire in office

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To the Editor, Rep. Phil Haire’s recnt letter contains the pathetic non sequitur: “to place (the Defense of Marriage Bill)…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:49

Winter garden success come those who labor

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I cut my first fall salad this weekend: baby kale, tatsoi, mizuna, baby mustards and more. Following a summer of…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:46

Horn removal task best done early and well

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I have learned, yet again, the virtues of doing something right the first time. My sloppiness was a bloody and…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:51

CuRvE wants to build on WCU’s strengths

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The article about the Western Carolina University Strategic Planning Commission caught the attention of the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor (CuRvE), a…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:51

Attacks on Tea Party inaccurate

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To the Editor: The gangland-style, fist pounding threat to “take out the sons of b_____s shouted by union leader Jimmy…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:50

Do we really want leaders like this?

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To the Editor: At the Republican presidential debate on Sept. 12, the moderator posed a hypothetical question to Representative Ron…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:49

Bothwell supports health care for all

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To the Editor: Last March, I realized everyone’s worst nightmare when a doctor diagnosed my 44-year-old husband, Ben, with a…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:49

New Franklin Wal-Mart is a blight on landscape

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To the Editor: Last week I had the great misfortune of seeing first-hand the results of wanton destruction of acres…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:48

Is our region a threat or an opportunity?

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To the Editor: It was exciting last week to read of Western Carolina University’s move to re-open its strategic planning…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:48

Rep. Haire votes against same-sex ban

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To the Editor: Recently my office received more than 125 written requests from Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties requesting that…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:15

Haywood closes in on deal to privatize landfill

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Haywood County is inching closer to exiting the landfill business, with plans to hand over the county’s White Oak landfill…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:00

Farmers are almost always willing to lend a hand

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Tammara Talley, while gracious in her acknowledgments during the shower of verbal high-fives raining down upon her at Saturday’s farmers…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:59

Riding the Parkway for a cause

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Seconds after I heard the doorbell, my little feet hit the stone floor landing that served to separate the front…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:58

Tea Party wants to restore America

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To the Editor: In a Quinnipiac University polling (8/16-8/27), 29 percent of Americans responded that they couldn’t formulate an opinion…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:58

Let’s send Obama to unemployment line

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To the Editor: We need a plan that will help grow jobs in our district. The message to the world…