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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:40

Use Lent to try a meat-free diet

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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, 18 February 2015 16:39

Appreciate community support for 5K run

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To the Editor: On behalf of Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church please allow me to express thanks and grateful appreciation…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:39

Let’s re-think attitudes toward wood

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To the Editor: Have you ever heard the expression “waiting for the other shoe to drop”? I thought of it…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:39

Does Maggie Valley need 200-foot cross?

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To the Editor: At first blush the idea of a 200-foot cross seemed kind of cool. It could make Maggie…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:37

The sweet dreams of snow days

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“Dad, do you think we’ll get out of school tomorrow?” My son, Jack, is standing in the doorway of our…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:10

Waynesville missing an opportunity

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To the Editor: It’s true, you only get one chance to make a good one. Entering Waynesville from any direction…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:09

Sen. Tillis wasted no time becoming an embarrassment

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To the Editor: It took newly elected Sen. Thom Tillis , R-N.C., merely a month in Washington to make himself…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:37

Three men walk into a bar ...

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To the Editor: A rich man, a middle class man and a poor man walk into a bar. They sit…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:32

Harris Regional committed to the region

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Over the past couple of months there has been a fair amount of coverage in area media outlets about the…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:34

Facts and beliefs are different animals

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To the Editor: Vic Drummond’s recent letter about “The Economic and Employment Costs of Not Expanding Medicaid in NC.” was…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:34

U.S. youth need unifying experience

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To the Editor: Historical injustices, real and perceived, create seeds of terrorism. Today’s policies create a fertile environment for the…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:32

Hunters and their dogs don’t deserve special protections

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By Bill Lea • Guest Columnist In the article about the bear dogs attacking a camper’s dogs (www.smokymountainnews.com/outdoors/item/14952), Wallace Messer (a…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:15

A perspective of a retired ob-gyn on today’s situation

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By Gwang S. Han • Guest Columnist Obstetrics is the branch of medicine dealing with parturition, including care before and after…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:10

Sounds preachy, but it’s right: be true to yourself

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One of the pure joys of my job — teaching English on the college level — is getting to spend…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

Macon leaders should reconsider stance on wilderness

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To the Editor: The Nantahala Hiking Club requests that Macon County commissioners reconsider or rescind the resolution passed on July…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:19

We have to close the widening gap

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To the Editor: About 10 years ago I said to a client of mine perhaps the most outrageous thing I’ve…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:18

New animal shelter is long overdue

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To the Editor: I was happy to read the article about the need for a new animal shelter in Haywood…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:17

Some successional habitat a good thing

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To the Editor: The recent announcement by the U.S. Forest Service of more potential logging in the new forest management…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 15:04

Time to eschew meat products

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To the Editor: It’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those about our health. Although gun violence remains the leading…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 15:04

Time for appointed tax collector in Haywood

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To the Editor: As we approach the year 2015, I appeal to the decision makers of Haywood County to take…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 15:08

Canary Coalition works to help WNC

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By Thomas Crowe • Guest Columnist In case you didn't know it, right here in our midst we have a gem…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Real vs. fake facts, and knowing the difference

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To the Editor: Denying facts because they conflict with a belief is a survival tactic for the human race. We…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

All are welcome at Pigeon Center

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To the Editor: An article in the Dec. 17-23 issue of The Smoky Mountain News states that the Pigeon Center…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Lonely this Christmas? Hire an old-time hermit

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Serendipity: an aptitude for making significant discoveries by accident. I have always loved that word, and I have had numerous…
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 17:45

Somehow, I was meant to be right here

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By Laura Amour • Guest Columnist “The mountains attract seekers.” That comment was made by a cherished friend that I have…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 15:47

Faster than thought: two book covers

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By Steve Ellis • Guest Columnist As we leave this political season, which has been nasty, brutal and long, I’d…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:36

Letter writer needs help connecting the dots

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To the Editor:  I certainly hope Santa brings Bob Wilson a “Connect the Dots” book — he could use the…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:36

Time for many to relearn tolerance

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To the Editor: The letter “Democrats hurting African Americans” (SMN, December 3) confuses race with economics. The implication that Democrats…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:35

Plutocrats drive modern GOP agenda

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To the Editor: It’s amusing to hear Republicans and other reactionaries describe Democrats and the Democratic Party. Contrary to their fiction-based…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:34

What do people really want?

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Dr. Graeme Potter • Guest Columnist As one of the practicing, board-certified OB/GYNs in the community who provide prenatal care, I’ve…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 17:00

Democrats hurting African Americans

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To the Editor: Kudos to Bruce Gardner whose wise comments appeared in the Nov. 26 Opinion section of The Smoky…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:59

Ronald Reagan was an economic powerhouse

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To the Editor: Even his critics agree that Ronald Regan did great things for the U.S. economy. Just look at…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:58

Bigger not better when it comes to health care

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To the Editor: My husband’s recent illness caused me to have several strong reactions regarding medical care at Haywood Regional…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:55

Watching grief from across the street

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By Melanie Threlkeld McConnell • Guest Columnist He usually arrives in the late afternoon, always before dinner time, and he doesn’t…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:53

Students are searching for a good life

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My seniors are writing letters to themselves today, an activity I have students do every year just before the holidays.…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:00

Old Democratic Party is just a memory

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To the Editor: For the most part, family traditions have been important in helping to bind families together. There are…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:00

Ebola nothing compared to gun violence

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To the Editor: News has recently come of the death of a second ebola victim on U.S. soil — a doctor…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:00

Obama plan sticks it to legal immigrants

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To the Editor: If Editor Scott McLeod thinks that Obama is giving the finger to the GOP with his amnesty for illegals,…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 15:58

Social problems permeate classrooms

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One in 30 American children are homeless, and, overwhelmingly, the two most common causes are economics and parental abuse. That’s…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:26

Erasing ignorance expands opportunities

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By Deborah Miles • Guest Columnist As the Director of the Center for Diversity Education, I and other educators have been…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:25

Don’t make sophs live on campus

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To the Editor: First, let me say that I greatly respect Dr. Sam Miller and the administration at Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:25

Junaluskans should pay for upgrades

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To the Editor: Your opinion piece a few months back, “Changing mind  now won’t undo the damage,” left out a…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:22

A briefcase of possibilities

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I grade about 2,000 essays a year. I do so because I am a high school English teacher, and because…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:22

SMN editor lacks journalist ethics

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To the Editor: Journalists like Scott McLeod, SMN Editor, usually follow a code of ethics that includes fairness and impartiality…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:21

Do something together for Nikwasi Mound

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To the Editor: I have read the opinions going back and forth regarding the Nikwasi Mound in Franklin and am…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:21

Doing just as he accuses others

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To the Editor: Regarding Bob Wilson’s latest letter on negative campaign rhetoric, Wilson exemplified the hate-filled distorted rhetoric that he…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:19

Franklin and Cherokee should work together on Nikwasi

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By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist In a letter to the editor published in the Nov. 5 edition of  The…
Absenteeism in American public schools has reached epidemic proportions. Six million students, one in eight, miss 30 days of school…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:45

Political rhetoric reaches a new low

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To the Editor: It was very sad to witness all the hateful rhetoric tossed around during elections this year. I…