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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…
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…