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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:32

Help pets live a good life

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To the Editor: On a recent Friday night two 3-week-old kittens were dropped off at the side pen of the…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:32

The chickens are coming home to roost

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To the Editor: By now, everyone in Macon County and the surrounding counties knows that Angel Medical Center in Franklin…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:31

Rep. Meadows wants to roll back protections

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To the Editor: I found the article in the May 10 edition citing Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, as advocating “high-risk…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:31

Morality is relative; ignorance is not

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To the Editor: This is a response to the letter written by Colton Bailey titled, “Festival is Immoral,” that was…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:23

We don’t really ‘do’ camping

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When my wife brought up the possibility of camping at this year’s Merlefest — a four-day and three-night music festival…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:18

Trump right about Andrew Jackson

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To the Editor: In his incessant, sophomoric screeds to diminish Trump, Chris Cox fails once again. He attempts to ridicule…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:17

Sylva festival is a bad idea

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To the Editor: Thomas Jefferson once stated “I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple.” Yet, these wise words…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:17

Perhaps we need ‘climate ambassadors’

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To the Editor: The series of articles you have recently been publishing on “Folkmoot’s Cultural Conversations” have been most enlightening…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:15

Corporations are not people

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To the Editor: A recent letter writer opined that corporations function as groups of people. One single sentence in that…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:10

The first Mother’s Day without her

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I’ve tried hard to keep grief out of my columns lately. There’s only so much melancholy and broken-heartedness readers can…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:32

Let commissioners hire tax collector

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To the Editor: I read the recent letter by Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, and would just like to say…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:32

Mental health should be covered

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To the Editor: While the ACA is being re-considered I am asking why did we allow the insurance industry to…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:32

Party fracturing not necessarily bad

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To the Editor: We know that the modern newspaper, in fact all media, feeds on controversy, some of it made…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:27

This just isn’t going to get any better

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“What? Over? Did you say ‘over’? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans…
By Martin A. Dyckman • Guest Columnist Russian paratroopers dropping on the White House lawn could scarcely do more damage…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:10

A big thank you to Rep. Mark Meadows

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All citizens of western North Carolina owe a big “thank you” to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, and the Freedom Caucus…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:09

Thanks for the help with Panthertown

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To the Editor: Friends of Panthertown and Mainspring Conservation Trust would like to thank all of our donors, including Jackson…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:09

Corporations are not U.S. citizens

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To the Editor: Are you sick of government ignoring the people it was meant to represent? Do you want your…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:09

Votes will help Haywood Schools

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To the Editor: The Haywood County Schools Foundation is a participant in “A Community Thrives” project sponsored by Gannett, USA…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:08

The solution is to destroy all nukes

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To the Editor: Back in 1979, then National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski received a middle-of-the-night phone call with the alarming…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:08

Haywood GOP does battle with anarchists

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To the Editor: It was odd to be reminded of the Spanish Civil War when reading your article about the…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:07

Don’t throw baby out with bathwater

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To the Editor: In a recent Q&A in The Mountaineer, Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, seemed very light on specifics related…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:45

Trump’s trips are a waste of taxes

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To the Editor: White House budget director Michael Mulvaney recently said in an interview that: “When you start looking at…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:45

Rep. Presnell should not politicize school boards

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To the Editor: As a former teacher of children with learning disabilities in Alabama, I have experienced the politicization resulting…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:44

Patriot faction not being honest

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To the Editor: Each of Ms. Becky Johnson’s two articles about the Haywood Republican Party were well researched and accurately…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:28

Chaos comes in several shapes and sizes

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As all successful couples understand, the key to happiness is mastering the art of communication. When facing a Big Decision…
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…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:12

Voters have decided tax collector issue

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To the Editor: Funny how Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, never mentions once that we are the only county in…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:12

Healthcare needs to be affordable

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To the Editor: As I prepared to leave home to participate in Sylva’s rally and march for affordable health care…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:04

If Trump fails, there is always 2020

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To the Editor: Regarding Mr. Martin Dyckman’s op-ed published in the March 8 issue of The Smokey Mountain News, I…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:03

Never forget the past

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To the Editor:  The other day I read something that chilled me to the bone, especially considering the direction the…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:02

Thank the EPA for WNC’s success

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To the Editor: I was born in a steel town in 1948. When I was 2, we moved to a…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:01

Like mercury on slick glass

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To the Editor: Please don’t even try to convince most people that Republicans are slow to change due to some…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:55

There are more than cornfields in the Midwest

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I’m severely under-acquainted with the Midwest.  My older son has a game on his Kindle that asks him to identify…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:48

What would we really get with a wall?

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By Paul Strop • Guest Columnist Last summer when we returned to this country, the presidential election was in full cry,…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:46

Unity instead of division; keep politics friendly

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By Joseph Trisha • Guest Columnist So who else is tired of negative politics and the constant negative President Donald Trump…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:44

Writer is right: you can’t fix stupid

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To the Editor: After reading the letter “You can’t fix stupid” in the March 15 edition of The Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:55

Monteith leaves a lasting legacy in Swain

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It was July or August of 1999, best I remember, and the Swain County Commissioners at that time were meeting…
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:47

From beauty pageants to soccer fields

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It’s not my proudest accolade, but I spent a significant portion of my childhood in a pageant dress.  The doctors…
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:46

Enjoy the articles by Chris Cox

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To the Editor: I sure enjoy the opinion columns by Chris Cox in The Smoky Mountain News. I enjoy reading…
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:45

You just can’t fix stupid

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To the Editor: First off, no anonymous person here. My name is Sandy Sanders. I read Chris Cox column a…
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:45

We all need to speak up

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To the Editor: Does opening your email or Facebook feed or nightly news programs make your blood pressure go up?…
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:41

Departing Trump’s alternate universe

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To the Editor: As a journalist and former member of the working press, I continue to be appalled and frankly…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 20:09

Trump’s rise has some similarities to Hitler

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To the Editor: Among the many sources available to explain current events in Washington is an excellent recent book that…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 20:02

Trump tweets himself back into the muck

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As near as I can tell, the readers of this newspaper are pretty evenly divided on whether I should continue…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:16

For me, there is real joy in solitude

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My favorite time of day is quiet time. Every morning before the hustle and bustle of the day begins, before…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:16

Time to solve problems

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To the Editor: Obviously, the GOP has won control of government for a brief while. The use of such language…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:15

The big lie about immigration

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To the Editor: Everyone wants to feel safe. We want to protect our lives, our property and our jobs. When…