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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…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:14

Let’s just get people back to work

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To the Editor: People do not appear to understand how important it is that Obamacare be repealed with no replacement.…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:14

Rep. Mark Meadows has gone missing

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To the Editor: As a constituent of Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, I am disappointed that he did not use this…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:13

How the mountain towns died

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To the Editor: Once there was once a busy, thriving community nestled in beautiful mountains that surrounded the town on…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:13

Protecting privacy in two steps

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To the Editor: North Carolina state Sen. Jim Davis, Franklin, in a recent newspaper interview indicated he opposes the repeal…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:45

The cracks are beginning to deepen

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There has never been a president like Donald Trump. There has never been a campaign like the campaign that Trump…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:39

We were the original immigrants

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To the Editor: It is interesting that the U.S. is so outraged over Mexican illegal immigration when Mexico was actually…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:39

We deserve the truth from Trump

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To the Editor: In these days of political bickering, I believe that words we use must be precise in order…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:38

Remember the 1970s before gutting EPA

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To the Editor: We have made much progress in our long-term protections of air, water and the environment since President…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:38

We should all rally for the environment

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To the Editor: The right to clean air and clean water seems to have become a partisan issue in our…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:38

Listening can work magic

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To the Editor: Democrats might well consider that you can’t justify your actions based on the idea that, “we are…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:37

Why I still vote Democrat

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To the Editor: For the last decade, I have questioned my party allegiance, as well as the allegiance of others…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:37

Article’s premise was totally unfounded

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To the Editor: The article ”Unfair collection practices in tax collector’s office?” (Feb. 25 edition) wisely includes a question mark…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:37

An escape into a magical world

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I was in the Disney bubble for seven days straight, so it was rather depressing driving home with the daily…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:32

Most presidents learn from criticism — not this one

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist The press must be the keyboard on which the government can play. — Joseph…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:32

Valuable lessons from failed annexation

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To the Editor: Thank you Smoky Mountain News and Becky Johnson for writing an article bringing to a close the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:31

What to make of Trump’s eruptions

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To the Editor: It’s gotten to the point that I’m hesitant to listen to or read the news. President Trump’s…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:45

Please take time to give feedback

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Many thanks to The Smoky Mountain News for the recent article by Becky Johnson (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/19193) to update the citizens of…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:44

Defining pro-choice, pro-life

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To the Editor: Unfortunately, anti-abortion supporters named themselves pro-life, thereby labeling pro-choice supporters pro-death. This serves to demonize the pro-choice…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:44

NATO is too important to scrap

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To the Editor: Our fathers and grandfathers fought in World War II to save the world from Nazi domination. Over…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:43

The world joins in supporting democracy

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To the Editor: The Constitution guarantees the right to assembly, and Americans continue to exercise that right throughout history. In…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:32

Two essays that left a lasting influence

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They were both quiet, their voices barely audible even during roll call, and absolutely silent otherwise. Even as a new…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:37

A once happy week now darkened

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We leave for Disney World this weekend.  I should be more excited, but with all that’s going on in our…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:37

Why rush to repeal ACA?

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To the Editor: I am writing to express my concern about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:36

Internet availability a problem in WNC

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To the Editor: Regarding Scott McLeod’s piece last week about the availability of internet service (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/19234), it is a big…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:36

No room for alternative news

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“Ignorance and misinformation, if allowed to prevail in foreign policy, handicaps the country’s security. In a world of complex and…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:35

Trump’s bigotry exposed in immigration order

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To the Editor: The very first section of President Donald Trump’s order banning immigrants from seven nations refers to the…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:02

The digital divide is still way too wide

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It was just a press release, one among the dozens a week that media outlets receive and that may or…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:01

How much did legislators get from Duke?

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To the Editor: Those job killing North Carolina Republicans are at it again. The Republican General Assembly has cost North…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:06

Celebrating the wit of Robert Burns

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Although many poets and musicians have won awards, there is only one person who has a world-wide celebration every year…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:04

We all need to get informed

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To the Editor: Scott McLeod’s recent editorial “Looking more for ideology, less politics” (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/19140) truly resonated for me and I…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:04

Why are white males left out?

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To the Editor: When you write “Looking for more ideology, less politics,” what exactly does that imply? And when you…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:03

Please keep your dogs leashed

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To the Editor: I am writing this letter in hopes that people walking their pets will be more considerate to…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:03

Appreciate the opinion

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To the Editor: Mr. McLeod, am writing to commend your timely Opinion piece. You made a number of excellent points.…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:12

Waiting in a winter wonderland

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My wife was stranded in Mississippi. She was supposed to get home late on Friday night, but then the big…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:10

Trump just too ignorant for the job

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To the Editor: Is it just me? Or are any of your readers just a wee bit concerned about (this…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:10

Rep. Meadows should have recused himself

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To the Editor: The Oxford Dictionary of the English Language defines ethics as: “moral principles or code.” The Office of…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:09

Not TDA’s job to hire downtown director

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To the Editor: Given the recent suggestion in The Sylva Herald that the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority possibly fund…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:35

A heavy but hopeful heart for the new year

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Throughout my entire life, I’ve awoken on New Year’s Day energized to be more, do more, see more. This year…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:34

Another side of the Cuban revolution

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To the Editor: I very much appreciated your comments about Castro and Cuba, particularly your childhood experience at Guantanamo. I…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:58

Smokies benefit from license plate sales

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License plate sales raised nearly $815,000 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year, with the grand total…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:57

State budget hurts Swain’s needy children

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“The smartest countries tend to be those that have acted to make teaching more prestigious and selective; directed more resources…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:26

Mainstream media has lost its credibility

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To the Editor: Nothing in a recent letter (“Please, just check the facts,” Dec. 14, The Smoky Mountain News) rings…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:25

The media is just not doing its job

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To the Editor: Have we ever seen such hypocrisy? The Russians have now hacked the 2016 election, really? Liberal news…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:22

WOW wraps up fifth year of giving back to community

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that…
To the Editor: There was a story with the headline “Haywood County wipes the dust off the bottle” in the December…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:25

Please, just check the facts

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To the Editor: In the recent edition of The Smoky Mountain News, Carl Iobst’s letter seems to indicate that traditional…