Google is a wonderful thing, but it sometimes makes things harder for journalists. That’s why a new emphasis on transparency…
It must have been 20 years or more since I heard a futurist telling a skeptical crowd the extent to…
“… the long-term benefits of a high-quality pre-K program can be substantial. These include higher high school graduation rates, lower…
“It is an Internet Age paradox: We have more information than ever before and yet, seem to know less. Indeed,…
I wish those planning to open a new charter school in Haywood County the best. Their intentions are completely honorable.…
I am living the days I have dreamed of all my life. “One day,” I said, somewhere ages and ages…
Here’s hoping No Name Sports Pub and the town of Sylva can work out their differences on noise so that…
The Haywood County School Board narrowly voted (5 to 4, with Chairman Chuck Francis breaking a tie) to contribute money…
I watched world leaders with arms linked lead a march of about 1.5 million people in Paris to commemorate the…
Two miserable characters — the larger one in a terry cloth bathrobe and fleece pajama bottoms, the smaller one in…
One of my wife’s childhood friends lives near Wilmington. Her daughter, a senior at Appalachian State, died last week in…
We’re all at home, on vacation at last. Ella Fitzgerald is wishing us a swinging Christmas, as she does every…
By Bill McLarney • Guest Columnist We humans are highly skilled and devilishly clever. We can create ball fields, schools,…
I am in my office between classes, eating egg drop soup out of a little plastic container with a white…
Moments, mostly the ones unplanned, are the stuff of important and lasting life memories.  We had a great Thanksgiving day…
I cannot take a nap, at least not on purpose. Whenever I try, I twist and turn as if my…
Just as President Obama seems poised to sign an executive order preventing the deportation of up to 5 million illegal…
We called it “in-between weather,” too warm for a coat, too chilly for short sleeves. Back then, just about every…
Cullowhee rising. Sounds like a fitting name for some aspiring college band, but it best describes what’s happening at Western…
It is a fine day for a cookout, this Father’s Day. It is hot enough that most of the younger…
Getting an education is about reducing ignorance. Whether it’s in a rural second-grade classroom or at one of this nation’s…
Though I will wear one sometimes as a “fashion statement,” on most days I do not wear a watch. I…
When National Newspaper Week (Oct. 5-11) was started 74 years ago, there wasn’t much competition for newspapers. If you didn’t…
Tammy is out in the yard burning the couch. There is no telling where this will end. All by herself,…
To the Editor: The letter from Mark Jamison of Webster that’s published in your most recent edition (“What does Webster…
Her name was Glenda. She was a senior and one of the more popular girls in school, a volleyball star…
I heard about this story from the Facebook crowd, so I imagine some of you have already read it. There…
Some people complain all the time, about everything. They complain about the weather, the price of gasoline, their neglectful friends,…
“Government’s job is NOT to fund private industry!” “Shouldn’t the mill pay to keep themselves up to par as far…
The reason that the death of Robin Williams seemed so particularly shocking, so cruel, even so personal, very nearly like…
By Doug Wingeier • Columnist Based on actual events, the movie “The Railway Man” tells the story of how British…
EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. – My daughter has ordered an elaborate omelet, with spinach and cheese and who knows what else,…
Most anyone who has worked for a living, volunteered, or held elected office has stood at the edge of the…
There are movies that I simply cannot turn off once I stumble into them when I am switching channels, which…
“Absolutely ridiculous.” Those are the words of Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, to describe the actions of Rep. Michelle Presnell,…
By Martin A. Dyckman • Guest Columnist Although Kansas is among the reddest of red states, its Republican governor, Sam Brownback,…
True story. My wife Lori and I were enjoying a delicious, refreshing IPA at the Wedge Brewery on Sunday afternoon,…
By Kathy Ross • Guest Columnist In the last few weeks, I’ve been stuck between speaking my mind and doing what…
By Doug Wingeier • Columnist A group calling ourselves “Neighbors for Peace” have been holding a peace vigil in front…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Occasions such as Memorial Day and the D-Day anniversary remind us of the fallen…
The kids and I are in this strange new bonding phase of our relationship. For years, they displayed not the…
The rapid pace of change these days often leaves many of us feeling helpless in its wake. Things change, then…
For school systems in relatively poor, rural areas where resources are scarce and student achievement is low, there’s no magic…
I think Jack Debnam was wise to delay action on the rewrite of the Jackson County steep slope rules until…
Friday afternoon on the deck. The kids are home from school, and the three of us are enjoying another beautiful…
By Doug Wingeier • Columnist Good news! General Mills has recently announced that — in response to consumer pressure —…
By Mark Swanger • Guest Columnist Regardless of their magnitude, all disasters — natural or man-made — are local events and…
Words sometimes change meaning. It may take a few years, but it happens, and it especially happens in politics. A…
By Doug Wingeier • Columnist For some years now I have been promoting fair trade products as a means of…
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