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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…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:29

Celebrating this region’s culture part of our identity

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Anyone who reads The Smoky Mountain News regularly knows we emphasize in-depth, investigative stories when that’s what is called for…
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…