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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…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:44

We don’t want motocross track

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To the Editor: We turn on our televisions every day and witness to the devastation that neighbors inflict on neighbors.…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:35

Welcome to the club, and my sincere best wishes

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There have been times in my life I could rightly have been described as competitive. When I was in music,…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:28

We must expand energy exploration

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To the Editor: An absence of vision and leadership in Washington is threatening the very existence of our nation. Our…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:27

WCU could do better with job reductions

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To the Editor: I find the stories regarding the downsizing of personnel at WCU deeply disturbing. As an alumnus, be…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:26

Don’t pass a voter ID requirement

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To the Editor: I ask that our newly elected Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, lead the way for the state Republican…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:22

Books are an end unto themselves

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Books are one of the greatest delights of my life. I don’t need many excuses to buy new ones, frankly,…
We spend winter anticipating spring. But, when warmer weather arrives, we often rob ourselves of enjoyment in the rush to…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:07

I apologize for my behavior at meeting

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To the Editor: To the taxpayers, business owners and residents of Maggie Valley, I personally apologize to each and everyone…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:07

Animals don’t deserve bad treatment they get

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To the Editor: As a resident of Sylva, a dog lover, and a volunteer for several local rescue groups, I…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:06

Budget bill will hurt this country

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To the Editor: There is a battle going on in the U.S. Congress for the soul of our country. The…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:13

Volunteers needed at Clingmans Dome

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Want to become a volunteer in the Smokies, wear a uniform and help visitors figure out where they are? Great…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:55

Planting the seeds for sustainability

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A few weeks ago, as part of a magazine assignment, I visited Sow True Seed in Asheville. Carol Koury and…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:49

GOP majority practicing partisan politics

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To the Editor: I thought the new Republican majority in the North Carolina legislature was elected because voters felt they…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:48

Funding cuts will help us all

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To the Editor: As soon as the federal budget was delivered to Congress, members like Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:43

If they’ve forgotten, shame on us

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To the Editor: I’m not sure if I’m angry, embarrassed, disappointed, or a combination thereof because of an event that…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:43

Tea Party got worse than it deserved

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To the Editor: The tragedy in Arizona resulting in loss of life and injury to so many people was horrible.…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:42

Train decision good news for Dillsboro

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To the Editor: I read with interest your article, “A New Day for Dillsboro” (Smoky Mountain News, Feb. 9). As…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:39

What is up with fake flowers as memorials to the departed?

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By Scott Muirhead • Guest Columnist Politics aside, what could possibly be more absurd than plastic flowers? (OK, there are…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:40

Mainstream networks too liberal

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To the Editor: I must agree with Carole Larivee’s letter last week. Everywhere you go people are watching Fox News!…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:40

Green Energy Park is a Jackson gem

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To the Editor: Jackson County truly has a hidden gem in its midst, the Green Energy Park. This innovative county…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:39

Thank God for Fox News

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To the Editor: As I was reading The Smoky Mountain News this morning, I was encouraged after reading a letter…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:38

Thanks for reporting on tough issues

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To The Editor: I want to commend The Smoky Mountain News for reporting on issues that are not popular. The…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:37

Greenways are pretty good all the way around

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One of the nicest things about Franklin is the town’s greenway along the Little Tennessee River. The greenway has become…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:32

Just call me the Rhodes Cove grinch

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Being a diabetic with hearing problems (especially in crowds), I have days when I probably shouldn’t be “out and about.”…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:07

Taxpayer money wasted on silly studies

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To the Editor: Recently the National Science Foundation (NSF) granted Professor Thomas Ford (WCU) and Associate Professor Julie Woodzicka (Washington…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:06

Rowing and paddling aren’t synonymous

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To the Editor: As usual, your paper continues to cover important issues of our area that others largely ignore, but…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:06

Too much Fox News in the public sphere

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To the Editor: Fox News seems to be playing in public places all over Haywood County — restaurants, bars, even…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:04

Muirhead piece lost its focus

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To the Editor: The title of Scott Muirhead’s op-ed on Frog Level (“A place where two worlds collide,” The Smoky…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:59

Hate by any name is still hate

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Back in the day, say the late 1980s through about 2000, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate map featured Western…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:06

Thanks for making Fire and Ice a success

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To the Editor: On behalf of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank The Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:04

Motocross track would violate our rights

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To the Editor: Clarks Chapel is a delightful and quiet area that in recent years has attracted many people, including…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:59

A few hopeful signs of spring

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I detect signs of spring. Whether this is fantasy or reality, that’s for you to decide, but I choose to…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 17:39

GEP does produce private-sector jobs

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To the Editor: I thoroughly agree that it is past time to wake up, get Jackson County moving.” For too…
There are many issues to discuss in the wake of the tragedy in Arizona that left six dead and 13…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:20

Save the Mark Watson Park trees

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To the Editor: I recently received the very upsetting news that the parks and recreation office is managing a county…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:19

The first 19,000 days

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By John Beckman • Guest Columnist I had a birthday recently, which seems to happen every year about this time,…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:53

Suggestions what, when to plant veggies

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As I noted in this space a couple of weeks ago, this is the time of year to order seeds…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:52

When we prod the mountains, they fall

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To the Editor: I have been reading letters in the Franklin Press from several angry people in recent days. I…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:35

This stretch of road deserves better care

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To the Editor: As a Macon County native who learned to drive in these mountains more than 40 years ago,…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:34

New group seeks political solutions

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To the Editor: We live in the greatest country in the world, but we have serious challenges — challenges that…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:34

How can faith leaders support Dream Act?

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To the Editor: I read in the newspaper an article called “Faith Leaders support the Dream Act.” What reality do…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:33

Immigrants can enrich all of us

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To the Editor: Scott McLeod writes accurately and with emotion about the Dream Act (“Hagen, senate wrong on Dream Act,”…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:32

Just shut up and bang it out

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I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. But this weekend I decided to list five and work seriously toward…
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:18

A fine time to order seeds

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One of my favorite annual events is set to take place Jan. 15. I share this information now because it…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:39

Make love, not war, when you garden

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This is a good time of the year to order seeds and plant carrots. That’s not a misprint: It’s an…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:38

Let the tax cuts for the wealthy expire

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To the Editor: Give the wealthy $700 billion over the next decade? Absolutely, say the Republican politicians led by Rep.…