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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…
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”…