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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:09

Summer in the mountains: baptisms and clotheslines

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“Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows, we shall come rejoicing bringing in the sheets.” — (slight adaptation from…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:42

Expecting little, what we get is even less

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Groucho Marx once said, “I wouldn’t want to be a member of any club that would have someone like me…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:59

Appreciating good stories, civic engagement

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A week before this week’s dedication of the new Jackson County Library complex, this newspaper’s 12th birthday passed almost unnoticed…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:39

Six pints of Guinness and a glass of milk

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What do Barack Obama and my son have in common? They both visited Ireland in May. Obama, though, was proud…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:37

SCC road gets mired in questions about motives

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A planned new access road that will provide an exit and entrance into Southwestern Community College in Webster should not…
North Carolina is facing a budget crisis. I get that. What I don’t get is the proposed slashing of so…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:36

Classrooms, like the rest of us, forced to make do

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For both teachers in the classroom and local administrators, this is shaping up to be the most challenging budget year…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:52

Downtown Sylva deserves the support of the town board

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We’ve written before about how important the downtown business districts in our mountain towns are to their communities, but it…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:04

I know the game is rigged, but I’m still all in

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The crane games are beautiful beasts, shiny and brightly lit, with a glass belly full of forlorn and lonely stuffed…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:28

Recession makes McCoy Bridge rehab an even better idea

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Governments at all levels and all across the nation are broke. At every county courthouse and state house, money taken…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:23

Finding a creative way out of the real estate dilemma

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By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist A fellow once asked me, about a car I was selling, “What’s the least…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:35

For better or worse, for normal or weird

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One of the advantages of getting older is that you learn a few things if you pay attention. For example,…
By Linda Seested-Stanford • Guest columnist In last week’s Smoky Mountain News, coverage of the reorganization of Western Carolina University’s…
The Jan. 10 death of 15-month-old Aubrey Kina Marie Littlejohn was an unspeakable tragedy, one compounded by the questions surrounding…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:20

Make open government a part of constitution

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In this country, the people own the government. It’s ours. End of debate. That’s something we can all be thankful…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:02

What happened to all the big, sweeping ideas?

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Growing up, I knew America was the country of grand ideas carried out from the moral high ground. We could…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:51

Neighbor leaves a legacy of kindness

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It was not my best day. I had just got home with the kids, who seemed a little grumpy because…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:47

Budgets and politics clashing across the land

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Politics and state budgets aren’t usually that interesting, but this year that’s not the case. Ideologies are clashing as lawmakers…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:37

Just look around, and cultural pursuits abound

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After high school, I moved downstate to attend music school. I lived for a number of years in Greensboro and…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:36

Turn down the global warming, I’m freezing

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By George Ivey • Guest Columnist Many years ago on Capitol Hill, a politician said to me, “George, as you…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:57

Vindication for HEP, a little satisfaction here

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This is a very odd business, the telling of the news. It’s even more odd as part of an independent…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:46

This epiphany is shiny, new and has all-wheel drive

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My epiphany occurred on a bitter cold Sunday afternoon, the snow having momentarily given way to a stray and fleeting…
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 19:18

A place where two worlds collide head-on

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By Scott Muirhead • Guest ColumnistFrog Level is what remains of the golden age of the railroads, the age when…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:50

Words have a power we often forget

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Just as I was sitting down to write my column on the controversy surrounding a new edition of Mark Twain’s…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:29

Mistake is a reminder to tell it like it is

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“… but a belief in hard work and treating others fairly was ingrained from a very early age in my…
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:11

Property values affected election and are a looming problem

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By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist During the recent election for county commissioner in Jackson County, both sides made reference…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:34

Hagan, Senate wrong on DREAM Act

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Few things are as maddening to me as when politics gets in the way of doing the right thing. That’s…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:38

Jackson’s new leaders have room for improvement

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A bit of a stumble out of the gate can be forgiven among newcomers in any endeavor, but that stumble…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:47

Remembering Terry … and not too fondly

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When I was in the fourth grade, some dirtbag stole my hat. But it wasn’t any old dirtbag, and it…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:31

Shuler is making the most of his opportunities

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I don’t particularly remember U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, from our days growing up in Swain County. He is younger…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:08

Kephart, transplants and the debate over legitimacy

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You can be excused for perhaps having overlooked the recent fireworks, but a minor war has erupted over one of…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:17

Striking a balance between objectivity and truth

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There is an interesting disconnect in how some people perceive my job and how I perceive my job. This was…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:41

All of it – glory, honor, M&Ms – just one hit away

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It was a perfect day for baseball: blue sky, a crisp breeze, the sun still hanging like a pop fly…
It’s Election Day (or very early morning, actually) as I sit to finish this, and the theme of the day…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:15

Thirty years later, partying like it’s 1979

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James looks at me, briefly averts his eyes, then looks at me again, this time with a purpose and a…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:02

Sometimes public comment just muddies the water

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When Haywood county commissioners decided a few weeks ago to adopt new rules guiding public comment at their meetings, some…
I’ve been thinking recently about what makes Sylva so cool. In my view, it has only been in the last…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:07

The truth still matters, even in politics

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Just tell the truth. That’s what we teach our children, it’s what we need from our loved ones, and it’s…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:25

Obama’s stumbles open door for conservatives

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By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Two years ago, America’s newest political superstar, Barack Obama, walked across campaign stages to…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:27

I go to carnivals, therefore I love my children

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Part of becoming a parent is making peace with the proposition that virtually everyone in the world except you knows…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:58

Judging a society by what it values

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A lot of ink has been spilled over the new $10.3 million crafts education building at Haywood Community College, and…
In this business of covering the news, we often bear witness as apathy wins the day. Citizens sit back and…
A meeting that could lead to a completely new personality for the Cullowhee area will be finished by the time…
The federal government, the nation’s largest land manager, has a responsibility ... to help develop a conservation agenda worthy of…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:42

Small is not only beautiful, but necessary

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There are books that get your attention, and then there are books that GRAB your attention. The new book by…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:51

Taking the pulse of a region

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We in the news business provide historians with some of the crucial data necessary to write the story of any…
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 20:39

Tourism industry has to market a moving target

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Tourism leaders in the mountains agree they’ve got to re-invent their marketing tactics over the next decade to stay competitive.…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:13

Hello darlin’, nice to see you

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Ever since I left for college and began talking to my dad on the phone regularly, he’s answered my call…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:13

Voters should decide tax collector issue

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To the Editor: Haywood County Board Chairman Kirk Kirkpatrick has publicly complained “It feels like we have no representation” in…