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Wednesday, 14 April 2010 17:37

Time to tackle immigration reform

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Now that the health care debate is over, here’s what we have: a very middle-of-the-road health insurance reform package. Most…
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 17:37

Will cell phones rule the World??

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By John Beckman • Guest Columnist If Alexander Graham Bell were alive today he’d probably be carrying an iPhone. Based…
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 17:37

Life and death aboard a tin can

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By Dr. Robert H. Spiro Jr. • Guest Columnist Friday, April 6, 1945, is a day emblazoned in my memory.…
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 17:37

President Obama’s change brings debt and doubts

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By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Plunging public support for Obamacare accelerates presidential efforts to convince the nation that great…
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 17:37

Marking Easter with a community of three

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When I was young, Easter was a circumscribed affair. We woke up, hunted for painted eggs in the backyard, ate…
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 15:01

Politicians would be wise to read the Tea leaves

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By Bruce Gardner • Guest Columnist The Tea Party movement is sweeping the nation and has found its way through…
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 19:03

How we found the Wondermutt

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a news story about how animal rescue organizations are being inundated with unwanted…
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 18:34

The ‘loser’ case may not be all that it appears

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By Chris Cox I did not expect to, but I feel sorry for Enka Middle School teacher Rex Roland, who…
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 16:12

Evergreen’s fate is important to WNC

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Mix a strong environmental ethos, economic realism and strong community pride all together in the same brain (mine, in this…
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 17:50

‘Judge not,’ or so my mom always taught me

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“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and…
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 17:10

Watching sleazy 80s movies late at night

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“Don’t do it, Dan.” Michael Douglas is Dan Gallagher, and he is sitting across the table from Alex Forrest, played…
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 17:10

Making sure Swain County gets its due

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The cash settlement now signed and sealed for Swain County in lieu of building the North Shore Road is a…
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 17:04

‘Accidental note’ starts teen’s healing process

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By Buffy Queen • Guest Columnist As the middle school girls trailed out of the classroom one morning last spring,…
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 17:04

Rich Cove may be a portent of things to come

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Writing about the weather is usually about as exciting as a yawn. For 12 months, though, we in the mountains…
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 15:01

Fur clumps, scratches and other musings on store cat Kea

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By Chris Cooper Kea was a filthy, grease-covered little miscreant when she was found by In Your Ear Music Emporium…
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 15:01

A cold winter’s hike reminds me of the value of wild places

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Back in early January, I found myself waking early to pack for a day-long excursion into the backwoods of Chunky…
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:37

It’s a bum deal ... I resent the hell out of it

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By Joe Cowan • Guest Columnist Editor’s note: Jackson County Commissioner Joe Cowan made the following comments following a vote…
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 16:12

If you reform a reform, is it still reform?

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Michael Watson, assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, contends the state’s overhaul of its behavioral health…
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 16:12

National Guard soldiers deserve better

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The Smoky Mountain News cover story last week about the troubles faced by returning National Guard soldiers after deployments in…
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 16:12

Finding a WNC solution for ‘aging in place’

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With so many unknowns ahead, it’s comforting there are proven solutions to one big challenge — the aging of the…
Religion and its place in local government have once again arisen as issues in North Carolina. This means that many…
What to say about 2009? How about this: it ended on a high note for the overall economy, and that…
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 15:43

My year-end list obsessions won’t go away

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I have an irresistible urge to make a list. Apparently, it is what people must do at year’s end, especially…
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 15:54

We need good journalism; for now that means newspapers

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By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist I’ve spent most of my life minding my own business. I was raised by…
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 13:45

Yeah right, sure it’s gonna snow

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“Winter Storm Warning, Haywood County.” That’s what it said on television Thursday night, up in the top right corner of…
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 13:45

Fix the flaws, stay the course

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Waynesville’s land-use plan is an ambitious set of ideas adopted during a booming economic era and thus full of the…
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 12:59

Round and round we go, where it ends, nobody knows

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In the news business, the interplay between the Internet, mobile devices, television and print is at a precipitous crossroads where…
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 12:59

Christmas gifts from the heart

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According to the government standards defining poverty in the 1950’s, I was poor. My father did not hold a regular…
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:13

Casino one step away from the total package

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Let’s just say it’s about time. A state special deputy attorney general said in a Nov. 25 letter that alcohol…
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:31

Tiger hurts himself with silence

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Poor Tiger Woods. He is not only the greatest golfer of all time, but also perhaps the world’s most popular…
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:31

Satire hits hard, but it works

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Satire is one of language’s most powerful weapons, and when used effectively, it can foster meaningful dialogue on important topics.…
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 14:42

Shuler collects baggage, but he’ll likely survive this one

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Now that it’s clear that Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, did indeed mislead everyone about his involvement in a land deal…
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:10

Flirting with my own mortality

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I felt something clutch, almost seize up, and then a shooting pain in my chest, and my first thought was,…
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 13:37

You may hear a Blue Dog howl

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By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Conservative victories and liberal angst – often repressed — characterized last week’s elections in…
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 13:37

A gift from the grave on Veteran’s Day

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By Karen Dill • Guest Columnist “Mom,” my daughter Anna began on her phone call from Washington, D.C., “wasn’t Grandpa…
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 20:00

Ugly public discourse and the future of truth

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More and more these days, it seems those who follow the news have strong opinions on the tone of public…
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 20:30

Irritating public comment must be tolerated

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Haywood County elected officials may sometimes get fed up dealing with the incessant public record requests and the three-hour meetings…
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 19:58

Is this the change you waited for?

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By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist In the election of 2008 many Americans aspired for hope and change when Barack…
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 19:42

Corridor K brings anywhere America right here to WNC

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By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist When President John F. Kennedy formed a federal-state committee in 1963 known as the…
Wednesday, 14 October 2009 16:18

Obama haters showing their true colors

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His harshest critics delight in daring you to characterize their frothing hatred — and there is no other word for…
By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist With the long August recess now behind them, Senators have returned to Washington, D.C.,…
Wednesday, 30 September 2009 18:47

It’s time to go, but the cord won’t cut so easily

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I have lived in a lot of places in my life — countless apartments, dorm rooms, and houses, some of…
Wednesday, 23 September 2009 18:31

‘John Muir’ makes a return visit to WNC

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By Thomas Crowe “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is…
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 16:05

Hard drive connects, but some data is lost

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By Jon Beckman • Guest ColumnistThe human brain must have been the first computer, capable of capturing and storing data…
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 15:59

Family time before deployment a mix of emotions

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I do not much like having my photograph taken, but there is one picture of me I have always liked.…
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 14:53

If not now, then health care reform may never pass

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This country must pass health care reform that accomplishes two major objectives: providing coverage for everyone and controlling skyrocketing costs.…
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 14:43

Florida’s loss likely means our gain – and challenge

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It’s always a little embarrassing to look on another’s misfortune and discover that you may be the beneficiary of their…
To the Editor: We’ll start with the 1943 North Shore Road Agreement since that’s what is supposedly being settled. A…
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 15:03

The art of storytelling (in the style of an 8-year-old)

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My daughter is 8 years old, which is one of the greatest ages a person will ever be. She has…