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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…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:25

Military a strong pull in this economy

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The military remains a popular employment choice for young people today, and the poor economy is probably helping steer many…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:22

Celebrating the vision of Joe Legge

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Joe Legge’s “official funeral ceremony” was held at the Estatoah Wayfarers’ Chapel in Dillard, Ga., on Jan. 17 at 4…
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 16:00

Special moments, a spoonful at a time

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You hear it often, mostly from those of us who are guilty. I’m talking about making a promise of spending…
Of course I had HEARD of Facebook. I may be well into the marrow of middle age by now, but…
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 14:41

This time, WCU passes academic integrity test

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This time, WCU passes academic integrity test If you want a messy issue with lots of overtones, then let’s talk…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 14:03

A year of opportunity

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By Carl Iobst • Guest Columnist 2008 was an interesting year. Not the worst on record, but tough enough. 2009…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

A second Gilded Age is upon us

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By Bob Scott Steal a loaf of bread to feed your family and you go to jail. Steal $50 billion…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Here’s to a swift kick to the trash heap for 2008

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The new years toasts are over, and we’re a week into 2009. If hindsight is 20-20, then it’s time to…
Back in the days when WCU was WCTC (Western Carolina Teachers’ College), I was one of a few kids that…
Wednesday, 31 December 2008 16:25

It’s past time for land use review to get started

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The acknowledgement by Waynesville’s leaders that they let a review of the town’s much-heralded land use plan languish and now…
Wednesday, 31 December 2008 16:23

It’s all about the kids, right?

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We stood looking at the dinosaur for quite awhile. As parents of children ages 7 and 3, we are more…
Wednesday, 31 December 2008 16:21

Bad economy leads to a few good things

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By John Beckman • Guest Columnist A lot of attention lately has been focused on how bad the economic downturn…
Wednesday, 24 December 2008 16:02

With each visit home, college daughter is more grown up

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By David Curtis Just a short two weeks ago I was texting my daughter, who was in the process of…
Wednesday, 24 December 2008 15:53

That’s me on the couch, counting my blessings

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The holidays are upon us, I’m walking almost normal, and I’m ready to sit on the couch and count my…
Wednesday, 24 December 2008 15:50

Sustainable travel makes sense

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By Cynthia Deale • Western Regional Representative, Center for Sustainable Tourism Editor’s note: This series of green living tips is…
Wednesday, 24 December 2008 15:48

DOT meeting should have been advertised

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By James McCarthy • Guest Columnist Did the N.C. Department of Transportation hold an illegal meeting on Dec. 4 at…
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:23

Public land stewardship as economic stimulus

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Editor’s Note: The following is testimony delivered by Mark Singleton of Sylva, who is the chairman of the Outdoor Alliance.…
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:19

Waynesville needs to get going on land use plan update

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It’s time for Waynesville to get going on its land use plan review, especially since the economic downturn has slowed…
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:08

No guns, no bikes, and no dogs

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By Danny Bernstein • Guest Columnist Our national parks have been assaulted by new rulings in the closing days of…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:39

Schools give money back, Big Three ready to take it

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As the economic picture gets more and more bleak, the ironies loom larger and larger. Public school systems, community colleges…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:35

Don’t jump up and do anything

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With Clayton Cathey On a weekday afternoon the Walker Service Station in Waynesville is busy with a steady stream of…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:28

Open yourself to the simple pleasures of the season

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By Linda McFarland • Guest Columnist Here we are in the holidays, the most sacred and profane time of year.…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:25

Come rain, snow or cold, holiday lights go up

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By David Curtis If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:22

There are ways to reduce chance of getting the flu

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By Dr. Allan Zacher, M.D. Flu season is here. You and your family and friends have not gotten it yet,…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:22

A reminder to keep the public in mind

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“’Official meeting’ means a meeting, assembly, or gathering together at any time or place ... of a majority of the…