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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:21

Leaders steer U.S. ever closer to becoming an oligarchy

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To the Editor: What kind of country is ours? That’s more than an idle question to a foreign-born gentleman who…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:09

Obama wasting energy on climate change talk

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To the Editor: Speaking at the U.N. Climate Change Summit last month, our esteemed president made the following statement. Climate…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:08

EMS crew provided fantastic service

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To the Editor: When someone you love has a sudden onset of an acute illness, there are numerous fears to…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:07

Vote for change, get GOP out of Raleigh

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To the Editor: Overall quality of life in North Carolina has drastically deteriorated during the past four years due to…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:06

Haywood incumbents should be reelected

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To the Editor: How fortunate we are in Haywood County to have three county commissioners running for reelection, commissioners who…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:04

Jim Moore is best choice for DA

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To the Editor: I am writing to you on behalf of my good friend and mentor, Jim Moore. He is…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:04

Letter writer had it wrong about GOP

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To the Editor: The letter on Oct. 15 from my friend in Franklin titled, “Why doesn’t the GOP protect our…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:03

Let’s send GOP leaders home this election

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To the Editor: The Republican Party in North Carolina has repeated, time after time, that the public schools were broken.…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:02

Rep. Mark Meadows needs to go

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To the Editor: I am no Paul Revere, but like him I am providing warning that we are threatened. The…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:02

Elect Republicans, keep state moving forward

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To the Editor: Beam me up Scotty if you have heard of any big oil or gas companies prowling the…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:01

Jane Hipps is the right choice for Senate

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To the Editor: From many perspectives, North Carolina is in big trouble. Rather than governing to provide the best direction…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:01

Cullowhee planning will take away rights

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To the Editor: On Tuesday night, Oct. 7, I along with many property owners attended the presentation of the “Cullowhee…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:00

Sen. Davis votes against will of people

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To the Editor: “Tis a puzzlement.” How can any elected representative currently in office perpetually insist on being proud while consistently…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:00

No, Mr. Clampitt, fracking is an issue

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To the Editor: Suppose we turn history upside down, we might have heard the following from famous and infamous people:…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:59

District attorney hopeful needs an answer

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To the Editor: Two weekends ago I went to the district attorney debate in Canton at the Colonial Theater. The…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:59

Everyone reads the local free papers

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To the Editor: I was just thumbing back through recent issues of SMN and read your piece about supporting local…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:01

Support Sen. Jim Davis in the coming election

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To the Editor: When I read letters to the editor demanding more government spending, it is clear many do not…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:01

Why isn’t GOP protecting property rights?

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To the Editor: Republican leaders like Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, Rep. Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, and Rep. Roger West, R-Marble, voted to…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:01

In this election, vote for education

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To the Editor: I am a 1953 graduate of Waynesville Township High School, received my undergraduate degree from Furman University…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:30

Protect the treasures of WNC from frackers

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To the Editor: This is my first written word, publicly in 20 years. I pray that it be as in…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:30

Tillis, Davis responsible for increased premiums

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To the Editor: Rep. Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, has been running ads that say N.C. citizens are paying more for health…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:29

Preserving air and water quality important

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To the Editor: Becky Johnson’s report on the Canton and paper mill landfills gives me a much-needed better understanding of…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:29

Hipps will make education a priority

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To the Editor: I am a retired classroom teacher and worked in Haywood County Schools for 37 years. During the…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:28

Take back our sacred property rights

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To the Editor: There has been a lot of discussion regarding environmental impacts of fracking, yet two areas have not…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:28

Midterms a chance to change leadership

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To the Editor: Our country is in a heap of trouble. Ebola has now been introduced into the United States.…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:27

N.C. Democrats go conservative

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To the Editor: The dictionary definition of “conservative” is, “Holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:39

Let’s show real respect for teachers

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By Jim Hunt • Guest Columnist Earlier this year, I called for a state commitment to raise teacher pay to…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:38

Let your voice be heard at the ballot box

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To the Editor: By this means I thank N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, for presenting the fracking forum in Macon…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:38

Fracking debate needs more research, facts

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To the Editor: The letter writer on fracking in the Sept. 17-23 issue of The Smoky Mountain News appears to…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:38

Why textbooks matter even now

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To the Editor: Although Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, and his fellow Republicans Sen.  Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and Rep. Michele Presnell,…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:37

Fracking is a ticking time bomb

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To the Editor: As someone with 25-plus years of experience in water and wastewater equipment design, manufacture and installation, I…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:55

Use better science to support position

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To the Editor: Ironically, the executive director of an organization named for the sacrificial bird used in mining operations endorses…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:54

Nikwasi Mound belongs to people of Macon

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To the Editor: The deed to the Nikwasi Mound states that, “the mound shall be preserved for the citizens of…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:54

U.S. also commits acts of barbarism

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To the Editor: We have chosen war yet again because we have deemed someone else’s behavior to be barbaric; in…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:53

North Carolina’s great balancing act

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To the Editor: Since they took over control of the North Carolina Legislature, there has been a great cry among…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:52

Cutting taxes not always the best way to lead

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To the Editor: A candidate for the county commission wants to cut your taxes. That is the basis for his…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:49

Ellison just plain wrong about Granville Calhoun

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To the Editor: I have read with interest the original article by George Ellison questioning the account that Granville Calhoun…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:46

More on the saga of Kephart’s arrival at Hazel Creek

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To the Editor: Readers may well be approaching exhaustion with this ongoing exchange regarding circumstances surrounding Horace Kephart’s arrival at…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:21

Say no to those who support fracking

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To the Editor: Fracking is a contentious and potentially disastrous environmental and social issue heading for North Carolina and possibly…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:21

Surveys reveal serious climate change issues

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To the Editor: On Sept. 9 the National Audubon Society released the results of several years’ worth of studies that…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:20

Elect Tom Hill to replace Rep. Meadows

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To the Editor: I generally find that when I cast a ballot for anyone in a national election, I’ve voting…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:20

Hipps will help state ban fracking

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To the Editor: Jane Hipps wants fracking banned in North Carolina. Her opponent, state Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, is a…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:20

Sen. Jim Davis dancing on a beach ball

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To the Editor: It seems that state Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, has found his beach ball, and it’s called fracking.…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:19

Anti-fracking crowd is just wrong

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To the Editor: Vic Drummond has written several times about the silliness of the anti-fracking group, and I would have…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:18

What does Webster hope to achieve with planning initiative?

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To the Editor: I read the news that Webster had obtained a planning grant with mixed emotions. Local planning is…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:02

Tillis out of step on birth control issue

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To the Editor: Thom Tillis is one slick fellow. During his debate with Sen. Kay Hagan last Wednesday, he slithered…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:00

Evergreen paper and the fracking debate

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By Avram Friedman Last year Becky Johnson of The Smoky Mountain News interviewed me about Evergreen Packaging’s plans to convert…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:32

GOP has not kept its promises

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To the Editor: How can you tell if a politician is lying .... his lips are moving. It’s an old joke;…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:31

PETA got it right at Osborne Farm

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To the Editor: As one who blew the whistle on Osborne Farm Inc., I can attest that PETA’s footage shows…