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Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:17

Governor’s office is still in the dark

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To the Editor: There you are, governor of North Carolina, and somebody pushes a stack of papers in front of…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:17

Racism is not in the ‘eye of the beholder’

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To the Editor: Sorry Dad, but in your column in last week’s edition of The Smoky Mountain News (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/17607), you…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:14

Connecting a new generation to 9/11

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Recently, a group of Waynesville Middle chorus students were at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, and when they…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:13

No negative connotation in resignation

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To the Editor: As a founding member of the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council, I offer for readers the following…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:13

Wallet issues and the legislature

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To the Editor: They’re baaaaaaaaack. Yes, your N.C. Legislature is back in session and talking tax cuts. Hold on to…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:10

A music nut makes the Merlefest pilgrimage

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Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I am a complete nut about music. There are people for…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:07

Vaccines important for pets

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By Kristen Hammett • Guest Columnist As a pet owner, there are many things we do to keep our fur babies…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:40

Carden mixes up the facts in book review

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To the Editor: Gary Carden, in his book review in the April 6 issue (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/17428), claims that the McCarthy hearings…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:38

Little choice for Lake J. except merger

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To the Editor: To this day, I have no doubt that the Lake Junluska and the City of  Waynesville annexation issue will eventually…
There was a time when running was my saving grace. If I didn’t run at least four times a week,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:18

Kobe’s swan song turned out to be a masterpiece

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“Do not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rave at close of day;Rage, rage against the…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:17

Socialism is not really such a dirty word

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To the Editor: So much paranoia about socialism. We can talk about socialism in theory, in practice, as mixed with other…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:17

HB2 should be repealed immediately

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To the Editor: As members of the Reconciling Conversation Group of First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, we are striving…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:16

What HB2 is really about — exerting power

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To the Editor: The motivation for HB2 has nothing to do with bathroom safety. The motivation was to slap down…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:15

The ‘rich’ show less empathy

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To the Editor:  A recent research project with 200 students at University of California at Berkley explored the  effects of…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:38

Call the hunting of bears what it is

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To the Editor: I would like to request of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission that you stop referring to the…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:37

Manage forests for wildlife, too

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To the Editor: With recent news stories of elk doing damage to farms and the surprising number of bear living…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:36

Who would want to lead Waynesville?

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To the Editor: I read your article on the hiring of a new town manager with some amusement and dismay.…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:34

N.C. conservatives go off the deep end

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist There are two major strains of conservatism in American politics, economic and social, and the…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:26

My adopted state is an embarrassment

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By Stephanie Wampler • Guest Columnist As a North Carolina woman who may or may not have a vagina (NOYB), I…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:21

Stuttering, understanding race and Merle Haggard

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When I was a little girl, I had a stuttering problem. The memories of struggling with words that started with…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:52

Opening Day brings renewed sense of hope

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I have turned off the talk shows, put down the newspapers, avoided barbershops and changed the subject at family gatherings.…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:49

Questions for the legislature

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By Dave Waldrop • Guest Columnist The North Carolina legislature has abandoned its responsibilities to public education under the guise…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:46

What lessons from the 2016 primary?

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By Chris Cooper • Guest Columnist If I had to use one word to describe the North Carolina primary, it…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:38

On being a columnist for a small-town newspaper

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Three months into this, I’ve decided that being a columnist for The Smoky Mountain News is potentially more challenging than…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:21

Me and your pet rabbit can now share a meal

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A few weeks ago, I suddenly developed a thirst that I could not seem to quench. No, this is not…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:17

Wilderness and recreation areas are good for WNC

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By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist Setting aside a modest portion of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest as Wilderness and National…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:16

Sometimes you wonder why

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To the editor: I wonder: • Why do people in the so-called “Bible belt” seem to trust guns more than God?…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:50

Donald Trump, you haven’t fooled me

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I’ve been watching the Trump shenanigans from afar, laughing it off as a collective momentary lapse in judgment, but as…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:55

Sanders shows a true measure of leadership

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To the Editor; Many people do not have enough information about Bernie Sanders to decide, on a rational basis, whether…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:55

It’s completely logical that Trump is winning

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To the Editor: Presidential candidates for both parties have been on the political or public dole for years even decades.…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:54

Elect a real rebel for president

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To the Editor: I consider myself to be a natural-born, modern rebel!  I grew up in a family very proud…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:51

Market economics not relevant to all our human endeavors

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By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist I had planned to call this commentary “Dirty Money.” I would begin by quoting Teddy…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:49

It is past time for a new animal shelter

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By Kristen Hammett • Guest Columnist Our current Haywood County Animal Shelter is overcrowded, outdated, and unsafe for staff and the…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:45

Blueberry pancakes, eggs, bacon, biscuits ... right

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When I was growing up, it seemed that I spent most of my time at Mark Dozier’s place. Mark was…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:01

Senate needs to do its constitutional duty

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To the Editor: I understand that our Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina is a member of the Senate Judiciary…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:01

Sanders would be a refreshing change

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To the Editor: Imagine, if only there was a viable candidate for President who for decades has spoken with honesty,…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:01

Wording change on Statue of Liberty

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To the Editor: I have recently learn was told that the wording on the base of the Statue of Liberty…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 15:55

Love, marriage ... and a sharp paring knife

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The other night I cut a skin tag off my husband’s face with a really sharp paring knife and some…
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…