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The end of this year’s Folkmoot USA, some of the acquaintances I made during the festival, and my own ongoing…
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 18:54

Waynesville’s South Main presents a vexing problem

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Sounds like Waynesville’s leaders heard just what they expected last week regarding South Main Street — many people feel many…
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 18:41

Can Duke supporters sleep at night?

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By Carl Iobst • Guest Columnist Over the past few weeks several individuals and one media outlet have provided Jackson…
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 20:02

Jackson Paper proud of its successes

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By Tim Campbell • Guest Columnist Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company has been a proud part of Sylva and Jackson County…
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 20:00

A door opens and the light shines for Irene

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Irene has been in this country for only four years. When she came, she could not speak a word of…
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 18:27

Cherokee could do better regulating bear zoos

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“Cherokee has so much to offer, such as its beautiful mountains, museums, cultural and historical exhibits, Native American shops, friendly…
There is only so much you can do to help a child recover from a broken heart, especially the first…
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 16:13

Ode to the Sylva Coffee Shop

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Most small southern towns have a place like The Coffee Shop in Sylva — a cafe that has become a…
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 16:02

Lawmakers veer way off path

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By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist North Carolina Legislators have declared war on tube roses. Tube roses are little roses…
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 15:59

No we aren’t becoming socialists

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Don’t you just love how words and labels take on a life of their own in the ideological debate that…
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 19:24

Education cuts deal harsh blow to public schools

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By John Sanderson • Guest Columnist It was great to learn recently about the effort the Haywood County Schools Foundation…
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 18:56

Doing the public’s business in the open

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By Avram Friedman Receiving public input is not a discretionary part of the decision-making process for elected public officials in…
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 18:56

Save the kids – and me – from the madness

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When people say that Jim Carrey can’t act and that his movies are terrible, I always point to “The Truman…
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 18:46

Time to go all in at Harrah’s

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It’s time for Harrah’s Cherokee Casino to offer alcohol to patrons, especially since the Tribe is counting on receipts from…
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 18:32

You can’t stash true wealth in a bank

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By John Beckman • Guest Columnist The concept of wealth has been sideswiped over the last few decades. It seems…
Wednesday, 27 May 2009 17:36

A funeral story of necessity and pragmatism

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By Dawn Gilchrist-Young This is an Appalachian story because it is about resourceful people taking care of their own with…
Wednesday, 20 May 2009 17:16

The many rewards of home improvement

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Lately, the days whiz by faster than usual. Now that we have finally decided to put our house up for…
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 16:52

The new frugality is an old idea

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There’s talk all over about America’s newfound love affair with frugality. What Time magazine has dubbed the Great Recession is…
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 16:17

Miss California takes on gay marriage

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I cannot remember the last time I watched a minute of a beauty pageant. I never had much of an…
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 16:11

Paying homage to the early park supporters

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“When I first came into the Smokies the whole region was one of superb primeval forest. My sylvan studio spread…
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 16:56

Perdue’s no-show was a missed opportunity

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“Gov. Beverly Perdue probably didn’t set out to give Western North Carolina a slap in the face Wednesday. “But we…
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 16:53

Fighting the fear that comes at night

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I don’t really know when nightmares begin. I guess it is possible that babies have nightmares, shaken awake in the…
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 16:49

Green Initiative a great fit for Haywood County

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The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce’s Green Initiative is one of those projects that is good on many different levels,…
Wednesday, 15 April 2009 16:13

Nuisance debate both crass and credible

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Every now and then a government proposal takes on such a vigorous life of its own that its intent gets…
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 15:49

Get ready for life in the fast lane

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It seems impossible that my niece is going to have a baby. She is 20 years old, which is about…
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 15:34

Shuler proving his independence

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Openly conservative Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, is blazing his own path in Congress. That characteristic is easy to admire,…
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 15:23

Pondering the future of newspapers

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Much as I dislike posing the question, here it is: can you imagine a future without newspapers? Would it be…
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 15:21

Mountain beauty is an asset we all own

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To the Editor: We appreciate The Smoky Mountain News coverage on the steep slope issues in Macon County and would…
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 20:29

Peace Jam provides unique opportunity for students

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By Linda McFarland • Guest Columnist Imagine you are an eighth-grade student intent on learning all you can about social…
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 20:29

Around here, March madness is a religion

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March Madness is upon us, and if you or anyone in your house has ever played basketball or perhaps even…
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 20:29

Water task force gives a glimpse of the future

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Sometimes what at first seems utterly ridiculous turns out to be a foreshadowing. It’s happening with water use in this…
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 20:26

Landslide highlights, once again, need for new laws

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Another landslide occurred a little over a week ago, this one leaving a home teetering on the edge of a…
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 20:02

A tax break for one business is not a plan

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Before Haywood County commissioners approve a request to cut property taxes on a business that plans to build an $8…
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 19:52

A community can provide real help to those in need

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By Marsha Crites • Guest Columnist It occurred to me as I was hiking up my mountain today that one…
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 19:46

Mr. February, me and my wife make happy

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I love dogs. Except during that period in my life when I lived in a seemingly endless series of shoebox…
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:24

Flood Relief Funds: What really happened

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By Denise A. Mathis • Guest Column One of the most publicized criminal cases in Haywood County history centered around…
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:21

Tough year for HRMC teaches hard lessons

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It’s a cultural tradition in nearly every society, the firm belief that people and institutions become stronger once they’ve been…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:39

Jackson library deserving of community support

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Deduction would tell us that in the information age libraries would be accorded great respect, but somehow that isn’t universally…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:32

For young illegals, a coming-of-age quandary

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Irene is not just a good student. She is one of the very best at her school, near the top…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:21

Free clinic plugs mental health holes

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By Marth Teater • Guest Columnist The Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County has served the medical needs of our…
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 19:12

A ray of hope in the mental health crisis

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When it comes to caring for the mentally ill in North Carolina, there’s been very little good news over the…
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 19:09

A call to action for the Southern Appalachians

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By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist In an article in Blue Ridge Country magazine, author and professor Steve Nash provided…
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 17:40

Closed session minutes an opportunity for openness

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What a great way to earn public trust: a public body decides that minutes from closed sessions no longer need…
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 17:38

For Terry, the world was too much

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“Unique” is a word much abused as a descriptor for human beings. I have heard many, many people described as…
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 17:17

Dillsboro dam is simply worth preserving

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By Anna Fariello • Guest Columnist OK, so I have to admit that part of the appeal of the Dillsboro/Duke…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:29

TVA ruling could signal beginning of a new era

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A recent court victory by the state of North Carolina will require the Tennessee Valley Authority to reduce emissions at…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:24

Electing sheriffs leaves too much to chance

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By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist A municipality would never think of electing a chief of police. But in North…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:14

A duty to protect Swain’s citizens

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By Curtis Cochran • Guest Columnist As sheriff of Swain County, I would like to take this opportunity to respond…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:39

Quieting the monster cries

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For nearly a year, my 3-year-old son Jack has been obsessed with heavy machinery. We rent films from the library…