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The reason that the death of Robin Williams seemed so particularly shocking, so cruel, even so personal, very nearly like a betrayal, is that when we think of him — his body of work, his persona, everything we know about…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:26

Our leaders are noticeably absent

To the Editor: Ah, August. Vacation time. Yeah!!   Never mind that ISIS is beheading its way through Syria and Iraq. That Christians are being driven into death or despair. As our esteemed leader said a few weeks ago, referring…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:26

Thank Sen. Davis for losing $51 billion

To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and other Republican state legislators voted not to expand Medicaid. Early studies showed this would be a costly mistake. However, a new study completed by the largest non-profit organization devoted entirely to advancing…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:25

Don’t believe what fracking supporters say

To the Editor: Western North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The majestic mountains, the lush green forests and valleys, the small family farms, waterfalls, rivers, streams, along with the pristine sky all inspire us on a…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:25

Sen. Davis’ comments come as no surprise

To the Editor: I’m really not surprised about the Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, quote, “I’m getting really frustrated with these people. You can never make them happy” in your recent article about the teacher pay raise. Sen. Davis has shown…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:22

When should government help private industry?

“Government’s job is NOT to fund private industry!” “Shouldn’t the mill pay to keep themselves up to par as far as emissions? Why do our tax dollars have to help them? My small business doesn't get help from the state…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:32

GOP has not kept its promises

To the Editor: How can you tell if a politician is lying .... his lips are moving. It’s an old joke; but, as with most humor, there is some truth. When the Republicans took over governing North Carolina in 2010, they…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:31

PETA got it right at Osborne Farm

To the Editor: As one who blew the whistle on Osborne Farm Inc., I can attest that PETA’s footage shows what I saw week after week: cows wading knee-deep through their own waste, which splashed onto their udders right before…
Anyone who reads The Smoky Mountain News regularly knows we emphasize in-depth, investigative stories when that’s what is called for to get to the bottom of something. Everyone at our company takes great pride in that aspect of our identity.
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:27

The chronic complainers will never change

Some people complain all the time, about everything. They complain about the weather, the price of gasoline, their neglectful friends, the ratio of cashews in the average can of mixed nuts. Everything is a conspiracy against them.  Road construction makes…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:02

Tillis out of step on birth control issue

To the Editor: Thom Tillis is one slick fellow. During his debate with Sen. Kay Hagan last Wednesday, he slithered right around the Hobby Lobby issue. Rather than say whether he agrees that employers should be allowed to deny contraceptives…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:00

Evergreen paper and the fracking debate

By Avram Friedman Last year Becky Johnson of The Smoky Mountain News interviewed me about Evergreen Packaging’s plans to convert their electrical power plant from being fueled by coal to natural gas. This transformation was being touted as an advancement…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 19:57

Beer town bragging rights go west of Asheville

I heard about this story from the Facebook crowd, so I imagine some of you have already read it. There was a story in this past Sunday’s Raleigh News and Observer that had this to say about Waynesville and Sylva:…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:21

Say no to those who support fracking

To the Editor: Fracking is a contentious and potentially disastrous environmental and social issue heading for North Carolina and possibly even our mountains. The Mining and Energy Commission that has been drafting rules to regulate this industry in our state…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:21

Surveys reveal serious climate change issues

To the Editor: On Sept. 9 the National Audubon Society released the results of several years’ worth of studies that predict the future ranges of 588 North American bird species, taking into account measurable levels of accelerated global warming (http://climate.audubon.org).…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:20

Elect Tom Hill to replace Rep. Meadows

To the Editor: I generally find that when I cast a ballot for anyone in a national election, I’ve voting for the lesser evil. It’s sad, but I’m voting against someone as there’s always much that is still wrong about…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:20

Hipps will help state ban fracking

To the Editor: Jane Hipps wants fracking banned in North Carolina. Her opponent, state Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, is a little muddy on the issue.  Hipps, a Waynesville Democrat challenging Davis to represent Senate District 50 in the N.C. General…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:20

Sen. Jim Davis dancing on a beach ball

To the Editor: It seems that state Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, has found his beach ball, and it’s called fracking. His feet fly left (well, not willingly), they fly right, they fly fore, they fly aft — all the while…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:19

Anti-fracking crowd is just wrong

To the Editor: Vic Drummond has written several times about the silliness of the anti-fracking group, and I would have to add a few comments to his. We can disregard what the politicians have to say about fracking because they…
To the Editor: I read the news that Webster had obtained a planning grant with mixed emotions. Local planning is a good thing. Having served a number of terms on the Jackson County Planning Board I’ve developed a strong appreciation…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:14

There’s cool ... and then there’s Glenda cool

Her name was Glenda. She was a senior and one of the more popular girls in school, a volleyball star and a member of assorted clubs, the kind of girl who shows up in a lot of photos in the…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:55

Use better science to support position

To the Editor: Ironically, the executive director of an organization named for the sacrificial bird used in mining operations endorses wind and solar power. Is he aware, for example, that California’s Ivanpah solar generating plant is routinely incinerating small birds…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:54

Nikwasi Mound belongs to people of Macon

To the Editor: The deed to the Nikwasi Mound states that, “the mound shall be preserved for the citizens of Macon County and for posterity, and the same shall be kept as it now stands and shall not be excavated,…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:54

U.S. also commits acts of barbarism

To the Editor: We have chosen war yet again because we have deemed someone else’s behavior to be barbaric; in this latest case, it is against ISIS. I agree: beheading civilians is barbaric. Here are some other things I find barbaric.…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:53

North Carolina’s great balancing act

To the Editor: Since they took over control of the North Carolina Legislature, there has been a great cry among Republican ranks to get our fiscal house in order. They have cut spending on schools, they have cut spending on…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:52

Cutting taxes not always the best way to lead

To the Editor: A candidate for the county commission wants to cut your taxes. That is the basis for his whole campaign. He will save you money. It is an excellent bumper sticker and campaign slogan. For Tea Party types, that is all…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:49

Ellison just plain wrong about Granville Calhoun

To the Editor: I have read with interest the original article by George Ellison questioning the account that Granville Calhoun has provided about the trip of Horace Kephart to Hazel Creek in 1904 and the response made to that article…
To the Editor: Readers may well be approaching exhaustion with this ongoing exchange regarding circumstances surrounding Horace Kephart’s arrival at Hazel Creek, but since his death the Kephart saga has been misrepresented to a degree rivaling the pervasive stereotyping and…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:44

Webster wants to keep post office open

To the Editor: The letter from Mark Jamison of Webster that’s published in your most recent edition (“What does Webster hope to achieve with planning initiative,” Sept. 17) leaves readers with the impression that the town board refused to act…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:39

Let’s show real respect for teachers

By Jim Hunt • Guest Columnist Earlier this year, I called for a state commitment to raise teacher pay to the national average in the next four years. It was a bold proposal, but that’s what leaders do. Since that…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:38

Let your voice be heard at the ballot box

To the Editor: By this means I thank N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, for presenting the fracking forum in Macon County to afford his constituents the opportunity to at least attend a meeting where Senate Bill 786, the Energy Modernization…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:38

Fracking debate needs more research, facts

To the Editor: The letter writer on fracking in the Sept. 17-23 issue of The Smoky Mountain News appears to have been influenced by the bombastic and fictional style of the extreme right. He begins by demeaning those who are critical…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:38

Why textbooks matter even now

To the Editor: Although Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, and his fellow Republicans Sen.  Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, like to tout their $1 billion increase in funding for public education, they have little to say about how…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:37

Fracking is a ticking time bomb

To the Editor: As someone with 25-plus years of experience in water and wastewater equipment design, manufacture and installation, I can guarantee that 100 percent of fracked wells will fail at some point in the future and they will release their residual gases…
Tammy is out in the yard burning the couch. There is no telling where this will end. All by herself, she somehow managed to push and pull an overstuffed sofa out of our guest bedroom, through the downstairs den, and…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:30

Protect the treasures of WNC from frackers

To the Editor: This is my first written word, publicly in 20 years. I pray that it be as in the will of the Father in that I commit this time, for I feel from the depths of my heart…
To the Editor: Rep. Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, has been running ads that say N.C. citizens are paying more for health insurance because U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan supported the Affordable Care Act. In fact, you can thank Tillis  and Sen. Jim…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:29

Preserving air and water quality important

To the Editor: Becky Johnson’s report on the Canton and paper mill landfills gives me a much-needed better understanding of the massive mounds that have been accumulating beside I-40 I’ve been passing by over the years. While I knew that…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:29

Hipps will make education a priority

To the Editor: I am a retired classroom teacher and worked in Haywood County Schools for 37 years. During the past two years I have been disappointed and concerned over the decisions that have been made by the Republican-led legislature…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:28

Take back our sacred property rights

To the Editor: There has been a lot of discussion regarding environmental impacts of fracking, yet two areas have not been discussed much. One is the social impacts that hundreds of transient workers bring, and the other is property rights…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:28

Midterms a chance to change leadership

To the Editor: Our country is in a heap of trouble. Ebola has now been introduced into the United States. In the Mideast ISIS is running rampant killing and beheading while announcing they intend to bring their fight to the…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:27

N.C. Democrats go conservative

To the Editor: The dictionary definition of “conservative” is, “Holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation.” How does that definition square with today’s elected Republican actions and agenda? By definition you would think Republicans would…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:16

Celebrate community, support local (newspapers)

When National Newspaper Week (Oct. 5-11) was started 74 years ago, there wasn’t much competition for newspapers. If you didn’t read the paper, you just didn’t know what was going on around the world or in your hometown. Now that’s…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:01

Support Sen. Jim Davis in the coming election

To the Editor: When I read letters to the editor demanding more government spending, it is clear many do not understand what they are asking for. It is a relief to live where the legislature has balanced the budget and…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:01

Why isn’t GOP protecting property rights?

To the Editor: Republican leaders like Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, Rep. Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, and Rep. Roger West, R-Marble, voted to allow hydraulic fracking without comment from the citizens of North Carolina whose property rights, drinking water, health and liability exposure will be…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:01

In this election, vote for education

To the Editor: I am a 1953 graduate of Waynesville Township High School, received my undergraduate degree from Furman University and two graduate degrees from schools in Texas.  One of my high school classmates told me recently that his granddaughter…
Though I will wear one sometimes as a “fashion statement,” on most days I do not wear a watch. I don’t really need to wear one. Everywhere I look, I see the time of day. In fact, no matter where…
To the Editor: What kind of country is ours? That’s more than an idle question to a foreign-born gentleman who is studying with my help for his citizenship test. The textbook he was issued calls the United States a “democratic…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:09

Obama wasting energy on climate change talk

To the Editor: Speaking at the U.N. Climate Change Summit last month, our esteemed president made the following statement. Climate change is an issue “that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.” Being a flat-earther,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:08

EMS crew provided fantastic service

To the Editor: When someone you love has a sudden onset of an acute illness, there are numerous fears to deal with. On Friday, Oct. 10, my husband required transport to Mission Hospital. There is no need to recount the…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:07

Vote for change, get GOP out of Raleigh

To the Editor: Overall quality of life in North Carolina has drastically deteriorated during the past four years due to Republican driven legislative policies. Our public education system is struggling to meet the needs of our children in overcrowded classrooms,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:06

Haywood incumbents should be reelected

To the Editor: How fortunate we are in Haywood County to have three county commissioners running for reelection, commissioners who through the years have demonstrated such firm and forward-looking commitment to our county — Kirk Kirkpatrick, Mike Sorrells, and Bill…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:04

Jim Moore is best choice for DA

To the Editor: I am writing to you on behalf of my good friend and mentor, Jim Moore. He is running for district attorney here in the 30th District and I would like to tell you why I believe that…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:04

Letter writer had it wrong about GOP

To the Editor: The letter on Oct. 15 from my friend in Franklin titled, “Why doesn’t the GOP protect our property rights?” is a bit ludicrous in that the GOP has stood over the years for the right of citizens…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:03

Let’s send GOP leaders home this election

To the Editor: The Republican Party in North Carolina has repeated, time after time, that the public schools were broken. Since they have taken over the Legislature they have tried to make this come true. They have not succeeded. Franklin…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:02

Rep. Mark Meadows needs to go

To the Editor: I am no Paul Revere, but like him I am providing warning that we are threatened. The real and present danger is disguised as our congressman. It is imperative that our present congressman, Republican Rep. Mark Meadows,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:02

Elect Republicans, keep state moving forward

To the Editor: Beam me up Scotty if you have heard of any big oil or gas companies prowling the western part of North Carolina trying to get people signed up to allow drilling for oil or gas on their…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:01

Jane Hipps is the right choice for Senate

To the Editor: From many perspectives, North Carolina is in big trouble. Rather than governing to provide the best direction for all citizens, as our legislators are charged, some of our elected officials appear to be pursuing personal agendas aimed…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:01

Cullowhee planning will take away rights

To the Editor: On Tuesday night, Oct. 7, I along with many property owners attended the presentation of the “Cullowhee Plan” for restricting our property use.  There were concerns voiced and questions asked. The main point that emerged was that,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:00

Sen. Davis votes against will of people

To the Editor: “Tis a puzzlement.” How can any elected representative currently in office perpetually insist on being proud while consistently voting against the needs and wishes of the people represented? Who can be proud of a vote to contaminate the…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:00

No, Mr. Clampitt, fracking is an issue

To the Editor: Suppose we turn history upside down, we might have heard the following from famous and infamous people: Noah: “It’s not going to rain.” French King Louis XVI: “They’ll never get the guillotine to work.” George Armstrong Custer:…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:59

District attorney hopeful needs an answer

To the Editor: Two weekends ago I went to the district attorney debate in Canton at the Colonial Theater. The debate was between Democrat incumbent assistant district attorney Jim Moore and Republican challenger assistant district attorney Ashley Welch.  At the…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:59

Everyone reads the local free papers

To the Editor: I was just thumbing back through recent issues of SMN and read your piece about supporting local newspapers. It reminded me of a conversation I had earlier this year as a group of us planned getting the…
Getting an education is about reducing ignorance. Whether it’s in a rural second-grade classroom or at one of this nation’s elite graduate schools, learning is all about gaining a better understanding of the world around us. That might mean studying…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:34

You have permission to vote Democrat

To the Editor: Recently I have heard folks say things like, “My daddy” or “Momma” would “roll over in their grave if I don’t vote for all the Republicans like we always have, but I’m sure not happy with some…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:34

Best choice for school board is Goode

To the Editor: Don’t we all desire what’s best for our kids? The best schools. The best teachers. The best extracurricular options. The best friends. But how often do we consider an even broader picture — like the best school…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:33

Thanks for coverage of candidates

To the Editor: I would like to applaud The Smoky Mountain News for the articles on the Haywood County Commission candidates. It was fair and impartial and all six candidates had a chance to qualify their answers. Naturally, those who…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:32

We should fear the puppet politicians

To the Editor: In the campaign financial reports from 2012, Rep. Michelle Presnell, R-Yancey, spent $107,039 with $3,611 from individuals and Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, spent $920,258 with $62,666 from individuals. (Contrast Joe Sam Queen spending $128,871 with $88,632 from…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:31

Goode is fresh choice for school board

To the Editor: Eleven years ago, I came home from work to find my wife — Wende Goode — holding our newborn son Tristin on our sofa. Tears poured from her eyes as she explained she could not go back…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:31

Keep all school staff in mind when voting

To the Editor: Most of the talk regarding education has been about teacher pay, which is critical such that we can continue to recruit and maintain highly qualified teachers. Certainly, North Carolina teachers deserve better pay; it is also important…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:31

Tillis clear over incumbent Sen. Hagan

To the Editor: The Senate race in North Carolina is the most important election in our state this year. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., has been and will continue to be a rubber stamp senator for President Obama and Sen. Harry…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:30

Choose science over a salesman’s snake oil

To the Editor: I’m really impressed with Tom Hill, candidate for District 11 of the U.S. Congress, hoping to unseat the incumbent, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers. I have seen both of these candidates speak. Rep. Meadows is a slick public speaker…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:30

This is what GOP legislature did for us

To the Editor: Are you better off now than you were, say, a year ago? For most of us that depends on whether the bank account is larger and we have more money in our wallets. In North Carolina, that…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:29

Hunter Murphy best option for Appeals Court

To the Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Mr. Hunter Murphy for election to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. I have known Mr. Murphy and his family since they moved to Waynesville in 1995. I…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:29

A letter to Gov. McCrory and the Legislature

To the Editor: The actions taken in the last few years under Republican leadership have awakened a sleeping giant of economic development. Not only have you opened the door for industry and jobs to discover North Carolina, but you have…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:28

Vote for Hill, send Meadows home

To the Editor: I truly believe Tom Hill will stand up for us, the common person. If you haven’t seen many television ads for him, or seen too many signs, it is because he has not accepted money from corporations or…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:26

Time for new county commissioners

To the Editor:  What have the incumbent county commissioners brought to Haywood County? I am a 55-year resident of Haywood County. The current Haywood County Board of Commissioners has given us a massive debt of well over $69 million, with…
My weekdays begin at 5 a.m. I have time to drink coffee with my husband, thank him for making my lunch, make myself presentable and read, pray, and meditate. I also clean out the cat’s litter box, which is perhaps…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:23

‘Remember, the flying itself is the thing’

It is a fine day for a cookout, this Father’s Day. It is hot enough that most of the younger folk are wearing shorts and T-shirts, revealing traces of recent sunburn and the random bruises and scratches of youth. This…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:45

Political rhetoric reaches a new low

To the Editor: It was very sad to witness all the hateful rhetoric tossed around during elections this year. I don’t think I’ve seen such a display of lies and distortions, and we have sunken to a new depth of…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:44

Make Lake Junaluska annexation more fair

To the Editor: Your opinion piece from the summer titled "Changing mind now won't undo the damage" left out a more common solution to the annexation of the 775 homes in Lake Junaluska with its woefully and poorly maintained Lake…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:44

There is no moral equivalent to ISIS

To the Editor: A recent letter to the editor states a moral equivalence between ISIS weird beards who behead journalists, crucify Christians, drive crosses into the throats of children in front of their parents, and turn young girls into sex slaves…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:44

Big mistake not to return Nikwasi Mound

To the Editor: I am writing in regards to the Nikwasi Indian Mound. I am concerned for the community of Franklin and the image it is giving off to the rest of this country. Franklin has a lot of part-time…
Every attentive person knows there is a revolution occurring in language, and much of what was once communicated by words is now communicated by images. Texting is quicker than calling, snap chatting quicker than texting, and emoticons quicker than either.…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:37

Give Cullowhee a chance to fulfill potential

Cullowhee rising. Sounds like a fitting name for some aspiring college band, but it best describes what’s happening at Western Carolina University and the community surrounding it. It’s one of the fastest growing places in the region whose potential is…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:22

SMN editor lacks journalist ethics

To the Editor: Journalists like Scott McLeod, SMN Editor, usually follow a code of ethics that includes fairness and impartiality during the acquisition and reporting of news articles to the public. Unbiased reporting is an integral part of journalistic ethics,…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:21

Do something together for Nikwasi Mound

To the Editor: I have read the opinions going back and forth regarding the Nikwasi Mound in Franklin and am aware there are serious disagreements and difficulties on both sides.  So I would like to present an idea of the…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:21

Doing just as he accuses others

To the Editor: Regarding Bob Wilson’s latest letter on negative campaign rhetoric, Wilson exemplified the hate-filled distorted rhetoric that he criticizes. First off, Wilson didn’t give a single example of the “lies” and “distortions” that he complains about. Instead he blames…
By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist In a letter to the editor published in the Nov. 5 edition of  The Smoky Mountain News, Rachel Truesdell wrote that as mayor, I “have a lot of explaining to do because most of…
Absenteeism in American public schools has reached epidemic proportions. Six million students, one in eight, miss 30 days of school each year and are considered chronically absent. Children of poor families are four times as likely to be chronically absent…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:04

Trade you an itchy shirt for a little shiver

We called it “in-between weather,” too warm for a coat, too chilly for short sleeves. Back then, just about every boy in town — and many of the girls, too — wore flannel shirts from late September until spring came around…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:26

Erasing ignorance expands opportunities

By Deborah Miles • Guest Columnist As the Director of the Center for Diversity Education, I and other educators have been hosting “Festivals of Light” for some 5,000 students each year across WNC since 1995. Now that the election is over,…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:25

Don’t make sophs live on campus

To the Editor: First, let me say that I greatly respect Dr. Sam Miller and the administration at Western Carolina University, having gotten to know them over the years I was a student there. Miller has more WCU spirit than…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:25

Junaluskans should pay for upgrades

To the Editor: Your opinion piece a few months back, “Changing mind  now won’t undo the damage,” left out a more common solution to the annexation of the 775 homes in Lake Junaluska with its woefully and poorly maintained Lake…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:22

A briefcase of possibilities

I grade about 2,000 essays a year. I do so because I am a high school English teacher, and because I also score Advanced Placement essays for a week every summer for Educational Testing Service. The first year I worked…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:20

Obama poised to give the GOP the finger

Just as President Obama seems poised to sign an executive order preventing the deportation of up to 5 million illegal immigrants, we read in the Nov. 17 Asheville Citizen-Times that a newcomer center for immigrants in the city school system…
I cannot take a nap, at least not on purpose. Whenever I try, I twist and turn as if my wrists are tied behind my back and I have to work myself free. Try as I may to fall asleep,…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 15:58

Social problems permeate classrooms

One in 30 American children are homeless, and, overwhelmingly, the two most common causes are economics and parental abuse. That’s the statistic I heard driving to school Monday morning. The outside temperature, 21 degrees, was a stark contrast to my…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:00

Obama plan sticks it to legal immigrants

To the Editor: If Editor Scott McLeod thinks that Obama is giving the finger to the GOP with his amnesty for illegals, think again. The finger is really being pointed at the millions of potential immigrants from all parts of the world who…