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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…
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 14:36

Schools vs. prisons is an easy choice

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Haywood County’s 1930’s-era minimum-security prison was kept open for another year by our ever-diligent legislative delegation in Raleigh. They saved…
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 13:52

If not wind, then what?

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To the Editor: Well, I am at a disadvantage in this discussion on wind energy development in North Carolina. My…
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 13:14

Funding cut for after school program is a mistake

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“I can see test scores going down and higher dropout rates in high school,” he said. “These kids are struggling.…
Wednesday, 05 August 2009 20:20

Jackson County’s mosaic is still being painted

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Although I sometimes wish that the maps of my Jackson County had a more beguiling shape — perhaps a bear…
Wednesday, 05 August 2009 20:10

The pains of summer vacation

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There, swirling miserably in the bottom of my morning coffee mug, are the dregs of summer. I had such plans…
Wednesday, 05 August 2009 20:07

Workers will come if we create jobs, great lifestyle

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When Macon County economic development officials met last week and decided the aging workforce was among the county’s most pressing…
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…