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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:49

Radical Senate budget crippling NC’s future

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To the Editor: The fact that Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, refers to the radical budget being proposed down in Raleigh…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:48

Junaluska garden is indeed a gem

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To the Editor: This letter is further comment on Quintin Ellison’s column about the Corneille Bryan Native Garden at Lake…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:47

Commissioner right to question SCC road

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To the Editor: Jackson County Commissioner Jack Debnam’s recent comments on the proposed SCC spur road are valid and show…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:47

Just where are all the promised jobs?

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To the Editor: Republican Sens. Ralph Hise, R-Spruce Pine, and Jim Davis, R-Franklin, promised “jobs, jobs, jobs” and “better times”…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:43

Life lessons learned in the barnyard

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Goats view a gate left open as a passageway to excitement. And it is exciting, too, for the goat keeper,…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:44

The rise and the fall of outdoor recreation

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Maybe it’s the fear of snakes, mountain lions, or Bigfoot. Or the perceived boredom of time spent unplugged. Perhaps it’s…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:43

A thank you to our elected officials

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To the Editor: I’d like to thank the state House of Representatives for putting rich white kids first in North…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:42

As engaged citizens, we must vote priorities

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To the Editor: Do you think more of your car than you do of your children? If something is wrong…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:41

Transportation plan won’t help economy

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To The Editor: I attended the recent public hearing on the Comprehensive Transportation Plan and came away confused.  First, according…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:40

Bryan Garden is a true treasure for the region

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To the Editor: I’d like to thank Quintin Ellison and The Smoky Mountain News for Ms. Ellison’s excellent article about…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:39

Road is in best interest of SCC and students

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To the Editor: Having served for more than a decade as president of Southwestern Community College, I was dismayed by…
Last night, lying in bed on the screened porch reading before darkness fell, I looked up from my book and…
I traveled over the Balsams this past weekend from Sylva to Lake Junaluska for a native plant sale, and I’m…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:28

Leadership Institute can solve problems

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To the Editor: The  Natural Resources Leadership Institute is a multi-faceted instructional and community service program of North Carolina Cooperative…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:27

House budget proposal goes down wrong path

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To the Editor: The House in Raleigh recently passed a budget with deep spending cuts. According to Forbes.com, House Speaker…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:24

US policy on killing is confusing

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With its unending contradictions, life is at best confusing and at worst inexplicable. The U.S. is in the minority of…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:42

TDA picks bad time to open visitor center

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To the Editor: Regarding the monument to the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, these two headlines are just too much…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:41

Waste in education lies with many bureaucrats

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To the editor: Oh yeah, then there are the children. How many bureaucrats does it take to educate a child?…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:41

Don’t jump on the nuclear bandwagon

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To the editor: With the recent rapid rise in gas prices, the hype about nuclear as an alternative source of…
Some years ago, confined to an office through work obligations but dreaming of farming, I spent more time than I…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:15

Revaluation now was just a bad idea

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To the Editor: Now that you have received the re-evaluations of your Haywood County property, are you pleased county commissioners…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:15

Weedeaters teach lesson in overkill

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Just a few minutes into weedeating and I feel lobotomized. Perhaps the heady roar of the little engine that can…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:14

Make Haywood whole in redistricting

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To the Editor: On Saturday, April 30, the Republican Party of Haywood County submitted a resolution to the Redistricting Committee…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:14

Where are the GOP-promised jobs?

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To the Editor: Where are the real jobs? During the 2010 election season, an organization named Real Jobs NC targeted…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:13

Is Great Smoky Mountain Railroad serious?

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To the Editor: At first the shakedown to the county was over $817,000 in grants and loans. Then, seeing that…
The next time you are standing about the yard scratching your head in confusion about which tree climber in Jackson…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:07

Government-education complex is self-serving

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To the Editor: What if you knew that your state senator or state representative knew there were proven ways to…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:06

Those who protect children deserve thanks

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To the Editor: For almost 20 years I have found myself involved in the concern of child abuse either professionally…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:06

Our representatives forget who is boss

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To the Editor: Here we go again. Our two state representatives, both of whom are Democrats, fail to see the…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:05

With care, many hemlocks can survive

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To the Editor: With all due respect to Mr. Ellison — who wrote in his “Back Then” column a few…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:31

Macon County needs to clean up litter

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To the Editor: Circumstances have prevented the organization of the annual county-wide litter pick-up/recycling event to celebrate Earth Day here…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:31

GOP Medicare plan is totally off-base

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To the Editor: The Republican design on Medicare comes straight from that dubious chapter of the Vietnam War in which…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:30

Will McCoy Bridge become a memory?

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Once more the Department of Transpor-tation will come to Macon County, in the name of listening to community input, when…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:30

Accepting federal rail money a bad idea

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To the Editor: In the April 6-12 issue of The Smoky Mountain News, Carole Larivee wrote a letter to the…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:26

A busy person’s guide to growing great salads

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Tonight’s menu calls for salad from the garden, which reminded me to jot down a method for growing lettuce that,…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:29

Military budget is where we should look for cuts

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To the Editor: If the Republican Congress were really serious about balancing the budget they would take a long hard…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:28

Haywood revaluation will kill jobs

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To the Editor: The commercial property owners, the merchants who rent property for their small, medium and large businesses, deserve…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:25

In my dreams, it’s raspberry fields forever

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Raspberries, like any fruit we plant, represent an act of faith. As others are doing this time of year, this…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:44

Haywood Chamber needs visitor center

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To the Editor: The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board has voted to cut funding to the Haywood County Chamber…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:44

Take N.C. 107 bypass off priority list

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To the Editor: Jackson County Commissioners are ranking road improvement projects in the County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) at their…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:43

Voter ID bill just a waste of good money

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To the Editor: As an advocate for seniors and senior services, I find I am more and more concerned about…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:43

GOP legislators try to block federal money

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To the Editor: The good news is the North Carolina Department of Transportation has received a $461 million federal grant…
Maybe I’m just self-absorbed, but I swear that when I’m interested in something, it often seems as if the whole…
Friends of mine in the Jackson County farming community have launched a joint CSA, which is short for Community Sustained…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:26

The attack of the killer jumping worms

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It wiggles nicely on a hook at the end of a fishing line. It also has such a large appetite…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:25

Still no jobs from new GOP leaders

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To the Editor: Where are the jobs? The new Republican majority in the North Carolina state legislature promised just that…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:25

The real costs of energy consumption

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To the Editor: Humans need to know that our lives have meaning. Our searches for meaning are labeled religion and…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:24

GOP takes hypocrisy to a new low

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To the Editor: Hypocrisy is defined as the “condition of a person pretending to be something he is not, especially…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:44

Voter ID bill a shopworn GOP idea

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To the Editor: What happens when you fix something that ain’t broke? You’re sure to break something else. But the…