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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:39

Let me explain how FreedomWorks works

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To the Editor: My, that was quite a headline on Margery Abel’s letter appearing in the March 28 edition of…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:38

Cherokee voters should say no to alcohol

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To the Editor: Ruin your life. Paralyze your mind. Impair your higher thinking. Make poor judgements imbalanced by intoxication due…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:36

The heart of America is just right of center

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To the Editor: The President’s budget will “never” balance, or reduce spending, or reduce our borrowing. So, no one —…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:26

Who is candidate Cecil Bothwell?

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To the Editor: We may criticize someone not attending our church or not believing what we believe. Many of us…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:26

Right now, I’m taking a stand to make a start

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Firmly resolute in my desire to set aside more time for my writing I decided not to have a garden…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:24

Armed citizens not always a good thing

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To the Editor: A recent letter by a firearms instructor made the assertion that no one at the shooting of…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:24

Do not mess with our health insurance

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To the Editor: This is an open letter to Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin. Let me be perfectly clear. Obama Care…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:36

Affordable Care Act already helping families

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To the Editor, For my entire working life, I have paid for medical insurance, first for myself and later for…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:35

Hayden Rogers made right debate decision

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To the Editor: In the Thursday, March 15, edition of The Asheville Citizen-Times, Jon Ostendorff takes issue with Hayden Rogers,…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:34

Women treated unfairly in health care debate

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To the Editor: We’ve all heard the remark “Follow The Money.” It’s more important than ever to look behind all…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:34

Land use criticisms were off the mark

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To the Editor: I have been a full time resident and small business owner in the Cashiers area since 1988…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:30

My critics just can’t get enough of me

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I’m sitting here writing this column in the company of Suki, a 13-year-old Golden Retriever mix. Suki is not actually…
Spring weather like we’ve been experiencing makes clear that we live in a world essentially comprised of two kinds of…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:13

Psychos don’t know park boundaries

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To the Editor: There seems to be a bent in this publication about taking away the gun rights of decent…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:13

Stronger rules needed to regulate puppy mills

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To the Editor: For the sixth time since the end of the 2011 legislative session in North Carolina, the state…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:12

Motorcycles are asset to tourism economy

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To the Editor, It is not my norm in life to write letters to a newspaper. However, I feel that…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:17

From Drags to Riches: Harrah’s host drag show

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Harrah's Hotel and Casino will host three of the country's top Drag Queen entertainers in DRAGS TO RICHE$, a new drag…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:16

Grace Noon Concerts to begin 4th year

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The fourth season of Grace Noon Concerts will kick off at noon on March 15 at Grace Church Episcopal in…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:15

WCU professor’s book about ‘H.D.’ published

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The University of Iowa Press recently released "The American H.D.," a book by Annette Debo, a Western Carolina University associate…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:14

Robin Whitley to perform songs and stories

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Musician Robin Whitley will offer a program called "Songs and Stories of Life" at the Jackson County Public Library in…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:12

Dora May featured in OICA Gallery

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The gallery at the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts will feature an exhibition of work by artist Dora May during…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:11

Edible book contest at Waynesville library

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Craft an edible creation inspired by a book. Whether your favorite recent read is The Lorax or Lord of the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:10

Theatre presents the musical, Lamb of God

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The Overlook Theatre Company will present the musical, "Lamb of God," March 22-25, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:08

Groovy Movie Club presents “The Double”

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The Groovy Movie Club will show the film "The Double" on Friday, March 16. The event will begin with a…
Haywood County's first female flat track roller derby team, Balsam Mountain Roller Girls, is hosting a retro prom at the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:02

Stellar Chapman to lead Songwriters event

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Stellar "Tall Girl" Marshall Chapman will head the next Songwriters-in-the-Round event on March 17 at Balsam Mountain Inn. Chapman is…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:01

Renowned Christian artists to perform

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Four legendary artists — Steve Green, Twila Paris, Wayne Watson and Michael Card — will unite together for their Christian…
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…