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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.…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:38

Shuler isn’t doing much to win my votes

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To the Editor: The local radio station in Sylva, WRGC, has reported that the unemployment rate in Jackson County increased…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:37

Is anyone paying attention to government?

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To the Editor: Whether it be a deficit or a debt, no amount of money owed a creditor is a…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:43

Bitter cold makes routine memorable

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Sunday, 6 a.m.: Get out of bed, stagger downstairs and start grinding coffee beans. What’s that white sheen through the…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:42

New regulations are a compromise

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Editor’s note: This letter was written by Waynesville’s planning director in response to Mary Lamb’s letter above. Dear Ms. Lamb…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:41

Residents need time to review zoning changes

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To the Editor: Like so many other young couples, my husband and I felt so blessed when he landed a…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:51

Let’s be honest about Kephart

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To the Editor: I was surprised to find my views somewhat misstated in Quintin Ellison’s column, “Kephart, Transplants and the…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:50

Take time to contact DOT about N.C.107

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To the Editor: The North Carolina Department of Transportation is proposing high-impact road modifications for N.C. 107 and is planning…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:49

Guilty as charged, and free at last

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I have a confession to make. Underneath my tough, no-nonsense newspaperwoman exterior, I’m an individual who is ridden with guilt.…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:37

In defense of the Tea Party

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To the Editor: I am a member of the Tea Party-The 9-12 group.  I am an American mom and grandparent. Prayer…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:37

The tendency to follow greed off a cliff

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To the Editor: Various citizens have made comments about the rich versus the poor based on their ideological thinking, but…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:36

Macon needs steep slope ordinances

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To the Editor: Anyone who was living in this area at the time of the tragic Peeks Creek disaster off U.S.…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:36

Writers can’t write whatever they want

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To the Editor: In last week’s (Nov 24-30) Smoky Mountain News opinion piece by Quintin Ellison, she writes … ”I maintain…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:33

More effort need to combat underage drinking

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By Patti Tiberi • Guest Columnist “Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth. A higher…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:14

Middle class needs the tax break

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To the Editor: Regarding the Nov. 14 Associated Press article in the Asheville Citizen-Times, “GOP lawmakers stand tall for all…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:13

Honor Bob Zahner with a real wilderness area

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To the Editor: The proposal to make the Overlook Area in Blue Valley a wilderness area in honor of Bob Zahner…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:07

Ridding schools of bullying will require changing culture

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By Raymond Turpin • Guest Columnist Bullying, unfortunately, has always existed in the American school systems and it continues to…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:24

Congrats to winners of judge elections

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To the Editor: I thank everyone who supported me in the recent District Court judgeship election. Having never been a…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:24

Time to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

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By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist The craziness of this year’s mid-term elections has passed. The campaign advertisements and signs…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:23

Finding compromise takes real leadership

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To the Editor: Post-election letters to the editor continue the “take back our government” mantra, and I would ask the…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:22

Don’t rush on important landfill decision

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To the Editor: On Nov. 5 the Haywood commisioners were scheduled to accept bids from private corporations to run the…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:48

Wild South is no friend to mountain hunters

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To the Editor: I was surprised to see the letter from John Edwards of Wild South proposing the N.C. Wildlife…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:47

Thankful for support during sheriff election

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To the Editor: First, let me say that it has been an honor and privilege to meet, inform, and represent…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:47

Remember to honor the veterans

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To the Editor: Veteran’s Day may just seem to be any other day to some, or maybe an extra day…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:46

Good job, but real work has just started

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To the Editor: Thank you to the candidates, the many volunteers and the voters in the mid-term elections. Macon County…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:45

Sorry to see Sen. Snow lose in this way

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To the Editor: Sen. Snow, I am so sorry that people voted based on advertisements rather than on a candidate’s…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:43

Davis sold his soul to get to Raleigh

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To the Editor: Jim Davis, who beat Sen. John Snow in the election, ran one of the filthiest campaigns I’ve…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:42

Logging watershed is just a bad idea

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To the Editor: In the early 20th century, the Waynesville Town Board purchased the Allens Creek Watershed to assure that…
Once upon a time, in a previous incarnation as a musician, I developed a routine that allowed me to focus…
An unhappy reader this week took me to task for writing harsh words about my 17-year-old cat, Edgar, after the…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:05

Finding the right seat to sit on

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In a short while our weather will be a tad chilly for frequent riding of motorcycles. Ah, a sad time…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:22

Groups need to work together for wildlife

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To the Editor: In my conversations with responsible hunters, wildlife advocates, employees of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and organizations who value wild…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:22

Evil cat proves you get what you pay for

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Every column should have a point, and here’s mine, right in the first paragraph (this to save you from having…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:21

We need independent political leaders

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To the Editor: If ever there was a need for common sense and independent thinking among our nation’s leaders, that…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:06

Very disturbing trends beset this country

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To the Editor: Here are some disturbing trends. The top 20 percent of the wealthiest individuals own 93 percent of…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:06

Ellis is worthy of judgeship

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To the Editor: Some of us may be confused about the many judicial contests. However, the name of one candidate is…