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Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

North Shore area won’t be designated a wilderness

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By Rep. Heath Shuler After more than 60 years of contentious debate that has divided our community, we are finally…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Fundamental issues are ignored in immigration debate

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By Marsha Crites • Guest Columnist She is very thin, about 6 years old, her hair is unkempt and her…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Oh, the glorious memory of boredom

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George Bernard Shaw once said, “It’s a shame that youth is wasted on the young.” If that is true, then…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Tis the season of politics and lies

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The truth is that, at the state level, no one is giving Pat Smathers a chance to win in his…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Sales tax is most palatable way to meet HCC’s needs

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Haywood Community College needs help, and the community that benefits from this beloved institution is going to step up. The…
Perhaps it is going to take a complete fracturing of the mental health system before policymakers finally realize that North…
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

Is it unpatriotic to save the rebate?

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Don’t you just love being an American. Just the mere mention of the word “recession” and the next thing you…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Stay out of my space with the cell phone

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By Angela Faye Martin Presently, I am stalking though my local library collecting my thoughts on what I will write…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Last challenge to Duke worth a try

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Jackson County is almost at the end of its rope in the fight against Duke Power, but it is important…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Turn and face the change

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Are you ready for a change, I mean a REAL change? The candidates for president of the United States are…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Next president has abig hole to dig us out of

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“Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” — Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson believed in…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

When the snows fell on Babbie’s house

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When winter comes now, and I see those familiar pale shafts of sunlight that briefly touch the tops of the…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

A big bowl of politics and football

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By David Curtis College football and presidential primary politics make strange bedfellows, but in this New Year I think they…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Jackson students need a balanced education

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By Michael Sanera • Guest Columnist In what appears to be a first in Jackson County, planners from a private…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Recycling requirement passes costs on to rightful party

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One is a new law that just took effect Jan. 1, and the other is a hoped-for statute that we…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

2008 will be telling year for Cataloochee resort

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The best news about the proposed Cataloochee Wilderness Resort is that it appears that from here on out, there will…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

Remember – every year is a new year

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So it’s the New Year. The ball has dropped, the parties are all over, your Kool and the Gang album…
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

A little moss, hopefully, is forever

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By Stephanie Wampler A thick, green sheet of moss is growing across my roof. When I first noticed it the…
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

In WNC, voters showing support for Edwards, Huckabee

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By Tom Jensen • Guest Columnist John Edwards and Mike Huckabee are the most popular Presidential candidates in their own…
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

The honesty of a cat’s purr opens my eyes

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By John Armour We have two cats: Weasel, a grey female calico, and Orion, a male orange and white tabby.…
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

Blessed be the tin-eared hymn singer

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By David Curtis “Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the new born King.”
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

Mountain protections gained wide support in 2007

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For those of us who have been beating the drum about the need for mountain communities to get serious about…
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

Disappearing fringes threaten national forests

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By Brent Martin We see it everywhere we look in Western North Carolina — land advertised and marketed for its…
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

Ten yers after Harrah’s, Cherokee is a better place

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Harrah’s Cherokee Casino quietly marked its 10th anniversary in November, but it’s impossible to ignore exactly what it has meant…
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

Foy’s influence will endure

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The praise for outgoing Waynesville Mayor Henry Foy has been plentiful. Both of the other newspapers in Haywood County have…
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

You cats dressed in blue, this is for you

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(Editor’s note: Smoky Mountain News columnist Chris Cox delivered this address to the graduating class at Southwestern Community College this…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

The maples face an emotional buzz saw

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By David Curtis Trees are making the news again in Haywood County as two commissioners are debating the sugar maples…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Canton gains ground as mill’s dominance recedes

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Things are changing in Canton. That in itself is somewhat newsworthy.
By David Rice • Guest Columnist The results of a survey of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide indicate Haywood Regional Medical…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Christmas past is what we’re aiming for

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As you know, the Christmas season these days begins about 20 minutes after the last of the trick or treaters…
Too often debates about immigration veer way off course, inhabiting some netherland of hysteria that is so far from reality…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Haywood County Arts Council marks 30 successful years

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As the Haywood County Arts Council celebrates 30 years of work, it’s a good time to reflect on how effective…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Making a list, forgetting to check it

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By David Curtis Wool socks, silk long johns, cotton turtleneck, boots, down vest, wool jacket, Gortex insulated camo gloves. Deer…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Jonathan Creek project is just not a good fit

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Rumors have been circulating for years about the proposed mega-development in the Jonathan Creek area, the one with a thousand…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Today’s youth are missing in action

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I was 22 years old in 1967. Although it’s become fashionable to downgrade the sweeping changes brought about by my…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Even Grinch knows Christmas isn’t in the store

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“And they’re hanging their stockings!” he snarled with a sneer. “Tomorrow is Christmas! It’s practically here!” Then he growled, with…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

How the cookie crumbles

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I look at you. You look at me. We’re dancing sort of, but I’m not much of a dancer and…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Charlotte voters make tough, smart choice

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These days Americans aren’t known for making tough choices. To the contrary, our national reputation is one of being soft.…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Dark and empty night skies — a thing of the past

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By Brent Martin For those who have read Charles Frazier’s excellent Western North Carolina tale, Thirteen Moons, you will most…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Filling up a room with more than a table

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By Sarah Kucharski Sunlight streams in our house’s south facing windows. The rays bring out the color in the Kiatt…
Last Tuesday’s vote was as illuminating as any recent elections, and it should send a few good signals to those…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Gauging a country’s greatness

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By David Curtis Making the rounds in teacher’s email inboxes is a story about an educator from Arkansas who taught…
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

Some memories just spell T-R-A-U-M-A

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I am pretty sure I am going to get lashed for saying this, especially as an English teacher, but I…
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

Macon makes mistakes in quest to pass school bonds

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Macon County Schools superintendent Dan Brigman, school board attorney John Henning Jr. and the school board as a whole did…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Burmese need our voices our courage

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By Michael Beadle The tired diatribes of partisan politics may continue to capture the headlines in the coming campaign months,…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Macon citizens deserve better from DOT on Siler Road project

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A major road is in the planning stages, and neighbors and others in the community feel like it’s more of…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

The nice ones are all red and shiny

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By David Curtis If you are driving west along U.S. 23/74 and nearing exit 102, the Waynesville exit, you will…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Some people really can work miracles

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By Stephanie Wampler I walked across the floor, the crowds cheering, the woman smiling as she handed me an award.…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Days like these can go on forever

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I miss all those Sundays at my grandma’s house, so many Sundays, so many years. Once upon a time, it…