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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:19

An oddly familiar photo brings back memories

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I hate having my picture taken. The simple truth is that I have found clever ways to avoid it for…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:19

Who changed words on Statue of Liberty?

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To the Editor: I have recently learned from a D.C. resident that the wording on the base of the Statue…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:17

Time for a little torture, a la Trump?

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Stephanie Wampler • Guest Columnist Good news, fellow citizens.  It’s only a matter of time before we can all sleep easily,…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:38

Say goodbye to stripper boobs

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“Out: so-called stripper boobs. In: a woman’s natural shape.”  I read that sentence a couple of months ago in a…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:38

We need more wilderness areas

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To the Editor: Here are three reasons why we should designate more federal land as wilderness to protect it from…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:38

Bond initiative would waste taxpayer money

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To the Editor: Voters should vote AGAINST the $2 billion “Connect NC” bonds on the March 15 ballot. Gov. Pat…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:37

Support Connect NC bond initiative

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To the Editor: One of the greatest resources our state has is the University of North Carolina System with its…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 20:51

Haywood County Schools: Response from Rep. Michelle Presnell

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Enrollment has fallen in Haywood County Schools every year since at least 2008, and Jimmy Rogers was on the school…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:10

Self-esteemers having trouble with Panther loss

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For some time, I have been worried that my children are not learning the coping skills they will need in…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:05

WCU should stay away from Koch money, influence

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By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist In Sons of Wichita, Daniel Schulman relates a story about Charles Koch’s attempt to…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:05

The diet of Lent is healthy

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To the Editor: This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:04

Are women treated differently?

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To the Editor: Have you ever heard of a man being fired for his “strong leadership style”? Ella Kliger Franklin
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:00

Atlas’ big smug shrug

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By Ron Robinson • Guest Columnist The other day I attended a basketball game at Western Mountain University. I could not…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 17:01

We believe war is never the answer

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To the Editor: Any who frequent Main Street Waynesville on Wednesday afternoons will know that a group calling ourselves Neighbors…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:59

Lopez’s role in Koch gift, center is fair game

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To the Editor: I would like the economics professors who wrote a letter in last week’s Smoky Mountain News (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/17086)…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:53

Happiness now, not in the ever after

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There was a time in my life where I thought being wild would lead to a sense of freedom and…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:50

GOP policies to blame for Central closing

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By Jimmy Rogers • Guest Columnist If Central Elementary in Waynesville is forced to close because of budget cuts and losing…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:28

Colleagues dismayed at attacks on Lopez

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To the Editor: We the undersigned, Western Carolina University’s economics faculty, wish to express support for our colleague Dr. Ed…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:27

Consider spending more on our schools

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To the Editor: Regarding the school district’s budget shortfall, rather than the proposed drastic reductions in the public schools programs…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:23

Jonas swept in with a hammer-like hello

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I was dreaming, I can’t say exactly what. It was that kind of dream you have that floats away like…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:20

N.C.’s laws should be changed to provide accountability

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist People generally don’t care to hear how things are done better elsewhere, but there…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:57

Believe it or not, fear can kill you

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To the Editor: Startling new findings show that if you are a middle-aged white person, your life expectancy is dramatically…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:57

Thankfully, we are about over Obama’s reign

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To the Editor  Closing the stable after the horse has bolted describes Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last…
One Friday night in October my husband and I were dining at the bar at Frog’s Leap when I realized…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:06

Proposed Koch gift to WCU a bad idea

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By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist The proposed $2 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation to Western Carolina University…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:06

Beware the politics of the anglerfish

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To the Editor: The political season has kicked in full bore, and what we are about to witness is politics…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:05

Let’s stand up to injustice, hatred, fear

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To the Editor: The Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century brought about real positive change: the end of legalized…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 17:02

Wilderness for all, all ways, always

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To the Editor: Two happenings in the past 12 months led me to some end-of-the-year musings. The happenings were related,…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 17:02

Weather doesn’t trip up traditions

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When we wake up on Christmas Eve, it is nearly 70 degrees and raining so hard that when our miniature…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:57

People of Franklin in good hands

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To the Editor: Kudos to Bob Scott, mayor of Franklin, for his decision to take his oath of office on…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 16:14

Roberts Burns Night a unique event

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To the Editor: Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, is the only poet or musician that has a worldwide…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 16:14

Forest plan does not need more wilderness

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To the Editor: I vehemently oppose designating more wilderness areas within the Pisgah and Nantahala Forests. These lands are already…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 16:13

Put aside Fry Street prejudices

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To the Editor: I have been a proud employee of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) for nine years and an active…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:19

Allow tree harvesting in new forest plan

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To the Editor: Please allow common sense to prevail in the forest management discussion. Trees are the ultimate gift —…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:19

False information from Sen. Tillis’ office

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To the Editor: As a North Carolina citizen, I could not understand why our senators voted against a bill that…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:49

Diverse coalition coalesces to support forest plan

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By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist In recent months I have watched a tense and difficult relationship play out nationally…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:49

Thanks for helping feed the hungry

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To the Editor: Thanks to many, many individuals and businesses, the 2015 Turkey Drive sponsored by the Maggie Valley Area…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:47

Social injustice and our universities

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To the Editor: In last week’s letter to the editor (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/16807), Mr. Jones commented on the politicizing of WCU. Let…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:47

Economic injustice needs to be addressed

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To the Editor: It is time to wake up and take a big whiff of reality. The shape of our…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:46

Forest Service needs capacity to manage

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To the Editor: As the U.S. Forest Service proceeds through the plan revision for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests,…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:46

We can find a better cell tower location

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To the Editor: I hope to be understood that my family is as pro-wireless communication as anyone in Cashiers. Verizon…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:45

Candidates would strip us of rights

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To the Editor: Below are several of the solutions proposed by many of the candidates running for president to end…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:14

HRMC praised for patient care

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To the Editor: This is in praise of our new hospital, “new” meaning the Haywood Regional Medical Center, now run…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:13

Politicizing at WCU is just a bad idea

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To the Editor: It is my understanding from an article written in the Asheville Citizen Times that Western Carolina University…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:12

This holiday, it’s a family united

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When I was 12 years old, there were few things I liked better than the Dallas Cowboys. Definitely my Farrah…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:25

Is the free market free for everyone?

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To the Editor: “I am a conservative Republican, a firm believer in free market capitalism. A free market system allows…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:24

Does Lake Junaluska need Waynesville?

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To the Editor: Here we go again. Another article (Nov. 18 Smoky Mountain News or at www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/16735) regarding the annexation…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:24

Now is the time to finish Green Energy Park

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To the Editor: Currently, Jackson County’s Green Energy Park is not self-sustaining. Neither are parks and public schools. Perhaps if…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:13

When a part of you goes missing

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Mike and I were not exactly a match made in heaven. In fact, I didn’t think we were much of…