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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:26

Our leaders are noticeably absent

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To the Editor: Ah, August. Vacation time. Yeah!!   Never mind that ISIS is beheading its way through Syria and…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:26

Thank Sen. Davis for losing $51 billion

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and other Republican state legislators voted not to expand Medicaid. Early studies showed…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:25

Don’t believe what fracking supporters say

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To the Editor: Western North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The majestic mountains, the lush green…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:25

Sen. Davis’ comments come as no surprise

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To the Editor: I’m really not surprised about the Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, quote, “I’m getting really frustrated with these…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:19

Unraveling the story of Horace Kephart’s ‘drying out’

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George Ellison’s response to Gwen Breese’s letter regarding his article on Horace Kephart and his condition when he arrived at…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:19

Is America’s future now the past?

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To the Editor: “Freedom, freedom is a hard won thing and every generation has to win it again.” This is…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:18

Why the raging war against fracking?

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To the Editor: Have you wondered why worldwide the leftists, environmentalists, and most media are waging a war against that…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:52

State gives lip service to fracking concerns

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To the Editor: The Johnny-come-lately public hearing on fracking scheduled by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) at Western…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:51

Cell towers, fracking, and food trucks

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To the Editor: First, kudos to Gerald Green and the Jackson County Planning Council for requiring Verizon to use cell…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:24

N.C. citizens do not want fracking

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To the Editor: “I not only voted for the law, I was one of the co-sponsors,” Davis said. “I’m really…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:23

Sylva’s ETJ attempt a bad idea

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To the Editor: Paige Roberson, Sylva’s town manager, says she would be surprised if anyone opposes Sylva’s plans to extend…
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:08

Fracking in a perfect world still problematic

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To the Editor: The issue of fracking by the oil and gas industry — already one of the most controversial…
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:07

Giving voters advice and attacking Sen. Davis

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To the Editor: Most letters to the editor are benign or overly active, but the one in the July 2…
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:06

Honest survey or deceitful phone ad?

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To the Editor: Recently “SSI” surveys popped up on my called ID and in a moment of curiosity I answered…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:05

Column blaming Rep. Presnell was wrong

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To the Editor: The column by Editor Scott McLeod two weeks ago taking after Rep. Michelle Presnell, R-Burnsville, for stopping…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:40

A few problems with one-sided letter

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To the Editor: In his column, Martin Dyckman disparages supply-side economics but contradicts himself two paragraphs later stating that teachers…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:39

Your property rights are at risk

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To the Editor: Republican Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, co-sponsored SB 786, which is now law. • It fast tracked fracking…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:38

The truth about Common Core

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To the Editor: Common Core and understanding the ramifications of the future of our children’s education are something all citizens…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:35

Can anyone afford to get sick?

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By John Beckman • Guest Columnist About eight months ago I had a misunderstanding with a pile of lumber which,…
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 03:30

Strawberry wine and its place in the Smokies

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To the Editor: I have never met George Ellison, but I am appalled as a result of his referring to…
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 03:29

Time to accept reality of climate change

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To the Editor: Alduous Huxley once said, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Recently, in a…
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 03:28

Is there a ray of hope in the stampede to frack?

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To the Editor: The cage is open and the monster is on the loose. Despite promises of comprehensive safeguards for…
A few weeks ago, my brother called me to ask if I thought he should apply for the job as…
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

State lawmakers are shifting tax burden

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To the Editor: Actions speak louder than words. North Carolina residents need to pay attention. The loud, false, words of…
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

Let’s stop yellow journalism politics

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To the Editor: I am a politician — a local one — and while I make jokes about politics, I…
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

Litter in Sunburst was just heartbreaking

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To the Editor: I am writing today with a heavy heart. I am saddened, frustrated and embarrassed. We live in…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:59

A lesson in equality and economy 101

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To the Editor: We continually hear the myth about how the rich are greedy, but what we don’t hear is…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:58

Please be smart about black bears

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To the Editor: Thank you for Holly Kays’ excellent article covering the recent shooting of a bear in Maggie Valley,…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:58

Get facts about teacher pay, performance

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To the Editor: Having lived in North Carolina for a year, I’ve noticed that low teacher salaries are a hot…
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 13:56

Science helps us find God’s truths

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To the Editor: I am writing this letter for the sakes of my fellow creationists and any questioning minds who…
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 13:55

GOP works to make Haywood better

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To the Editor: This is in response to Mitchell E. Powell’s letter to the editor, “‘Group is hurting Haywood GOP,”…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:43

Franklin Gem Museum is a gem indeed

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To the Editor: What to do?  On a recent pouring-down-rain Saturday when my daughter and grandsons were here for their…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:43

The flim-flam men at work in Jackson

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To the Editor: I thought that I would warn you about a multimillion dollar foreign-owned operation that is attempting to…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:42

GOP leaders take on regulatory reform

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To the Editor: Now that the state legislature is in short session, one of the themes is regulatory reform.  Let’s…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:42

Bear shooter should be prosecuted

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To the Editor: On Monday June 2, a man shot and killed a bear because she supposedly tried to attack…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:41

Standing up for Haywood GOP and its future

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To the Editor: I am a 55-year-old native of Haywood County, who has been a registered Republican from the time…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Why not moment of silence, not prayer?

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To the Editor: We live in a country where we are free to pray wherever, whenever and within whatever religion…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

While you were looking the other way

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To the Editor: With the business of making a living that each of us has to address in any given…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

GOP has done real harm to state

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To the Editor: Look past the claims and misleading “facts” that the Republicans are putting out to see the reality.…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Meat industry pollutes too much

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To the Editor: I am delighted that EPA has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

‘Group’ is hurting Haywood GOP

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To the Editor: My name is Mitchell E. Powell and I was elected vice chairman to the Haywood GOP on…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:00

Medicaid expansion was a no-brainer

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To the Editor: Thank you for your recent very informative article about the status of Medicaid expansion In North Carolina.…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:00

We just didn’t see it coming

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To the Editor: “A date which will live in infamy.”  I was just 6 years old and vividly recall the…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:59

Wishful thinking about needed changes

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To the Editor: It’s probably always been that way. People tend to forget lessons of the past and focus only…
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 14:17

Don’t leave dogs in hot cars

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To the Editor: It’s that time of year again when the cool mountain air can rise rapidly by noon. I…
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 14:17

GOP has done much to help state

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To the Editor: Asheville is a town full of smart, aggressive people and a town with a lot more winners…
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 13:55

The Pope’s message twisted by ideologues

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To the Editor: A friend of mine just bitterly complained that the new pope is a communist. It seems that…
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 13:55

PCs for GED grads a grand success

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To the Editor: Seventeen. Seventeen, as a number, doesn't normally mean much when compared to other numbers, does it? But,…
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 14:17

Court rules in favor of clean air, water

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To the Editor: Human health, wildlife resources and sportsmen had a big win recently in the Federal Appeals Court. The…