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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.…
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…