Cigar smoke swirled around my face as the eardrum splitting street preacher invaded the festive mood of the thousands meandering…
When the city of Asheville decided that this year’s Bele Chere street festival would be the last it funded, little…
By Stephanie Wampler • Columnist Our Saturday morning cave adventure started out innocently enough. We would need flashlights. Check. I had…
“The pen is mightier than the sword.” For years I had ascribed those words to Thomas Paine, the fiery British-American…
By Ken Stahl • Guest Columnist There appears to be controversy concerning the proposed 2 percent occupancy tax increase. This…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist The United States spends twice as much on health care as most other modern…
By John Beckman • Columnist Thirty-five years ago, I moved into my first dorm room and this small-town lad had…
By Stephanie Wampler • Guest Columnist Well, it seems that John Kerry is our new secretary of state, ready to…
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is trying to temper disparaging remarks he made early last week about the value of a…
By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist When the 1911 Weeks Act was passed, allowing the federal government to purchase land…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist A 1996 New Yorker cartoon — poking fun at Steve Forbes’s presidential campaign plank…
The teenage cashier at the grocery store is conversing with a customer. “That’s right,” she says. “The only thing that…
The swearing in of new Gov. Pat McCrory this past weekend brought to mind a conversation at a recent holiday…
It all started with a simple book fair at the middle school. My daughter, inspired perhaps by viewing the trailer…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Had Al-Qaeda carried out the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Congress would be…
By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist After the killing of 26 children and adults by a young man using a…
The recently announced plans for a Blueways Trail focusing on the recreational uses of Western North Carolina’s waterways is one…
It may seem a relatively unimportant issue, but in truth it is very symbolic because it recognizes a reality that…
We had been dreading it all week, and now, as we stood there on a brisk Friday morning waiting on…
We have many vibrant, attractive commercial districts in the mountains, some very small and some large and sprawling. I’m talking…
My father is retired Navy, and I lived on military bases until I was 10. My stepfather is retired Army…
I’m a late-blooming entrepreneur from a lower middle-class upbringing. My parents came from farming and mill-town childhoods, and they bought…
Ken Jacobine • Guest Columnist As students of the Austrian School of Economics understand, financial bubbles are caused by central bank…
In the Sept. 19 edition of The Smoky Mountain News, there were some disturbing quotes from some of the local…
On any given Saturday morning for the past 20 years, I would roll out of bed, crank up the coffee…
I’ve always believed in the adage that success builds success. It’s one of life’s truisms that anyone with eyes wide…
To the Editor: It appears Mitt Romney has committed the unpardonable sin — he told the truth and now must…
Could you imagine how different it might feel to be an American today if the ideas of individual freedom and…
By Savannah Bell and Don Livingston In his re-election campaign, President Barack Obama cannot count on the support of many…
A trusted friend surprised me the other day. At his child’s elementary school, it had been decided parents should not…
Since I was old enough to talk, I’ve been told that being an American was something special, something I could…
Even though there’s little room for compromise, I’m going to step into the fray. Haywood County commissioners are trying to…
Count me among those who hope the MedWest affiliation between Haywood, Jackson and Swain hospitals survives. Otherwise, I fear none…
By Charles and Cynthia Seeley • Guest Columnists I am a visitor to Maggie Valley. My husband, two friends and…
When Lori and I moved to Waynesville with our then 2-year-old daughter Megan, we made a conscious choice to build…
By John Beckman • Guest Columnist I’ve read the letters regarding the barking dogs issue and the responses from both…
North Carolina’s General Assembly — under the leadership of Republicans for the first time in more than a century— will…
“You know, this is really the only thing I know I’ve wanted to do my whole life.” That was my…
I loved Andy Griffith as much as it is possible to love someone you’ve actually never met. In some very…
We were nearing the end of our European summer vacation with three other families from Western North Carolina when we…
 My daughter has arrived at an impossible age — impossible for her, impossible for me, impossible for her mother, impossible…
State senators from the mountain region — and we’re especially talking about those representing the southwest, Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin,…
You never know what subject in a column will incite readers and friends to open up and express their feelings.…
Each spring as the school year winds down, I can’t decide whether to laugh or cry. As preparations for end-of-year,…
You’d be hard pressed to name a state-run entity more closely aligned with the region it serves than the Mountain…
“It’s like déjà vu all over again,” quipped the legendary Yogi Berra after watching Yankee greats Mickey Mantle and Roger…
The specialty license plates that have provided millions of dollars for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue…
If Amendment One is defeated on May 8, North Carolinians will have made the right decision by refusing to support…
By Steve Heatherly At the April 16 Jackson County Commissioners’ meeting, a physician stated his concerns about the future of…
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