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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…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:57

Kudos to Haywood for landslide mapping

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To the Editor: It’s good to see Haywood County leaders talking sense about landslide hazard mapping instead of stoking the…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:57

Harrah’s should not have a monopoly

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To the Editor: Regarding the editor’s article, “It’s time to approve dealers at Harrah’s casino” (SMN, Sept. 7-13), I agree…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:32

It’s tough to grow your meat and slaughter it too

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I was pleased to see quite a few people selling meat this past Saturday at the local farmers market in…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:30

Protecting public lands protects quality of life

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To the Editor: Last week, North Carolinians joined citizens from all over the nation to celebrate Great Outdoors Week to…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:29

Third-party certification can help forest owners

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To the Editor: The best way to keep private forestlands in forests is to have an economic environment that makes…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:29

Social Security has been robbed by politicians

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To the Editor: For more than 25 years after the 1983 amendments to Social Security, the federal government collected more…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:27

Time to reduce our dependence on oil

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To the Editor: We traveled to Clayton, Ga., last week to attend a presentation featuring “The Transition Movement.” This movement…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:26

Hell hath no Fury like a guilty conscience

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One night last week, when I was watching what must have been the 500th recounting of the Casey Anthony trial,…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:45

That awful smell, yeah, that’s me. Seriously.

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There is nothing that smells quite as bad as a male goat in rut. During the mating season, excited billy…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:43

Beware of cardboard coyotes

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I consider it a good thing when you meet someone new from a very different background that provides a chance…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:43

Eichenbaum’s flip-flops can’t be ignored

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To the Editor: In response to Dr. Dan Eichenbaum’s announcement that he is running for Congress again in the 11th…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:42

Democratic Party opposes rate increase

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To the Editor: At the July meeting of the Jackson County Democratic Party Executive Committee, the executive committee voted to…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:41

Insurance mandate is not unconstitutional

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To the editor: If mandatory health insurance is unconstitutional, as the Republicans hope the Supreme Court will rule, what about…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:40

State GOP leaders following a script

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To the Editor: I found it curious that the slew of bills rushed through the first session of our new…
A number of readers have informed me that the agonizing sting I described in last week’s column was the work…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:16

Lake issue raises complex questions

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To the Editor: Thank you for the thoughtful, informative and balanced article on Lake Emory in Franklin. I would like…
If I overdose and you have to take me to the emergency room, I told a friend Friday night, please…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:29

Skateboarders treated unfairly, especially by police

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What if we treated all athletes like skateboarders? I ask this question because I am a skateboarder. I grew up…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:28

SCC does not need this kind of road

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To the Editor: After reading a recent article in The Sylva Herald, I feel it is time to further explain…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:28

Keep N.C. artifacts on N.C. side of the Smokies

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To the Editor: For the last two weeks I have been hearing about artifacts donated to the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:25

Restoring earth before the end of the world

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I have some good news. But first the bad news. The world is ending. Evangelist Harold Camping has predicted it.…
Turkeys, I’ve learned, are curious animals. That curiosity was on full display for company this past weekend when Kirk Hardin…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:17

Free Press in Cherokee? Not now anyway

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To the editor: In this recent atmosphere of mudslinging, it’s all too easy to lose focus on what’s important. What…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:17

New state abortion rules seek to coerce women

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To the editor: I am writing to thank NC Representative Phil Haire for his courage and integrity in voting against…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:05

Living the good life includes the arts

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Art is aesthetic; crafts are practical. That’s the difference between the two, at least in theory. The distinction between arts…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:04

Put blame for budget woes where it belongs

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To the Editor: The ad from Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS organization, funded by anonymous sources, about “no more blank checks”…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:03

New state abortion law slaps of irony

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To the editor: I have just received a notice from Sen. Jim Davis that the N.C. Senate passed a bill…
To the editor: I urge conservation-minded residents of Western North Carolina and all those hikers, birders, campers, anglers, hunters, nature photographers,…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:06

A few notes on habits and change

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In her teachings, Buddhist nun Pema Chodron often relates a story about a great spiritual teacher, Atisha, who planned a…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:05

A chink in the good ol’ boys’ armor

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I remember both my grandfathers very well.  Both served in the military during WWI, and their grandfathers fought in the…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:04

Liberals will take this country down

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To The Editor: Before Shirley Ches graced us with her commentary on the state of the universe in her recent…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:03

Is Duke a for-profit business or a utility?

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To the Editor: Bob Scott, alderman, town of Franklin, wrote a pointed letter to the editor titled, “Rate increase should…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:19

HART production just as good as Broadway

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To the Editor: Have you ever wanted to go to Manhattan and see a Broadway musical? Well, you don’t have…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:18

General Assembly was fair with education

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To the Editor: When funds are limited and cuts need to be made, wise decisions are imperative. As a former…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:17

SCC worked for years to fund road

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The basic issue is safety. That’s it, plain and simple. While one Jackson County commissioner has questioned the need for…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:13

Sometimes a little wildness is a good thing

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Out running early this morning, I was struck by the colors of summer found in the fields along Fairview Road…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:12

Duke rate hike request all about profits

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If you read the information Duke Energy is spreading throughout the news media in its vast public relations campaign, you’d…
With the weather so hot and sticky, it’s hard to grasp that now is the time to start preparing the…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:22

Let’s give all candidates a U.S. history test

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To the Editor: American students still aren’t learning their country’s history. In the latest National Assessment of Educational Programs, only…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:21

Social Security is a great success

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To the Editor: As the saying goes, “if you repeat a lie often enough people will begin to believe it.”…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:18

Article on pastor was clearly biased

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To the Editor: Some contrarian commentary is in order about Colby Dunn’s news and opinion piece (and it was both)…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:17

Duke’s rate hike request is perfectly justified

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To the Editor: Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) ignited a firestorm over its request to the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC)…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:16

Jackson library should be dedicated to citizens

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To the Editor: In response to “Strange at best – tacky at worst” (Smoky Mountain News, June 22 edition), I…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:50

Taking Asheville out of 11th makes no sense

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To carve Asheville out of the 11th Congressional District is completely irrational. My campaign will work with all Western North…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:48

Date change caused absence at forum

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To the Editor: A question has been asked as to why I was not at the Cherokee County “Meet the…