To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, has unleashed a series of negative flyers against his opponent, Jane Hipps. His…
When I was 16 years old — going on 17 — I had a poster of Stevie Nicks, the mystical,…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have their liabilities, but his are so much more…
Not long ago my front porch was a barren, pathetic place with a few pieces of hard, wooden furniture, zero…
To the Editor: I remember John Snow. For those that don’t, he was the three-term state senator from this district who…
To the Editor: In the August 31 edition of The Smoky Mountain News, guest columnist Hannah McLeod asked “Where are…
To the Editor: I was one of the people who was turned away from Rep. Mark Meadows’ meeting at the…
Beware, gentle readers. This story is not for the faint of heart. It is a story of betrayal, corruption, and…
To the Editor: Widespread reports of Muslim terrorist activity in the media of late, and the incessant drumbeat of political…
To the Editor: I have said many times that I love living in a small town; yesterday, something happened that…
To the Editor: A recent letter-writer states, “most Republican politicians will continue to tell you that tax cuts are the…
To the Editor: There are those who would have us fear going about our daily lives due to possible terrorist…
There are only a handful of life experiences that result in a definitive before and after. I now know that…
As my siblings and I became more interested and engrossed in politics growing up, my father always tried to impress…
To the Editor: Oh, boy. It’s like 1974 all over again. A high-profile elected official is doing his best to…
To the Editor: Mr. Jim Gray’s letter concerning wilderness conservation in last week’s SMN, while well written, is based on…
On my Sunday afternoon jog around Lake Junaluska, I can actually feel for the first time that summer is slipping…
By David Teague • Guest Columnist More than 20 years ago, I attended a diversity training in Raleigh. A component…
To the Editor You may have noticed that we have an election coming up. With that, one hot topic will…
To the Editor: Glittering gold and gleaming glass Dominating the miserable humans Huddled in the shadows Of the Trump Tower.…
To the Editor: I want to commend the U.S. Forest Service and district ranger staffs for an excellent job in…
To the Editor: I was very happy to read the article, “Greenway use rising in Jackson County” in The Smoky…
We made our first trip to Edisto Beach 10 years ago and almost immediately, we wondered what we had gotten…
To the Editor: Chapters of the League of Women Voters in Henderson County and Macon County recently invited the congressional…
To the Editor: A friend recently asked me if I could give her a short answer to a question and…
To the Editor: I encountered a customer openly carrying a pistol at a local business. I inquired as to the legality…
To the Editor: Most papers lean to the left a little and some a lot. I believe your newspaper is…
To the Editor: This is a letter of appreciation to the people that live in Haywood County as well as…
I’ve always felt this in my gut, but I’ve learned with keen certainty lately that things we think matter actually…
To the Editor: My dad, Ron Mau, is running for Jackson County Commissioner. I am voting for my dad because…
To the Editor: After listening to Donald Trump’ s speech, I got the feeling that the earth was spinning out…
To the Editor: About those phone calls -— you know the ones I mean — an unknown person is calling,…
On our way back from the coast on Saturday in bumper-to-bumper traffic just outside Charleston, I saw a billboard that…
Until 18 days ago, the Bible had always been an afterthought in my spiritual journey. It was a book I…
By David Teague • Guest Columnist Possibly the best perspective I’ve ever read about the importance of open government, and the…
To the Editor: Reading two letter writers in the June 29 issue, I immediately remembered Ronald Reagan’s famous campaign retort,…
To the Editor: North Carolinians know about the immediate economic fallout from HB2 — the so-called bathroom bill — as…
There are people who believe that the reason black men seem to keep getting shot and killed by police officers…
In not every town do the children of doctors and lawyers go to the same schools as the children of…
To the Editor: I recall some 65 years ago when citizens were often complaining about their governments, primarily about their…
To the Editor: I read with interest the editor’s op piece (Even today, our republic is on shaky ground, www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/17903).…
To the Editor: I was reading Scott McLeod’s piece last week (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/17903) with interest when suddenly I felt like I…
Because when she dresses like that, she is just asking for it. Because saying “no” is part of the game,…
If I described my childhood, it may sound to some like I was raised by a band of gypsies. And…
To the Editor: I’d like to thank the community of Western North Carolina for so cooperatively hosting the historic Moral…
To The Editor: Chris Cox’s opinion column concerning “trying to make sense of Orlando” in the June 15 edition of…
To the Editor:  As an educator and your neighbor, I want to thank the citizens of Jackson County for voting…
To the Editor: In the article “Sound off: Haywood candidates talk animal shelter” from March 2016, Mr. Rogers wonders if other…
On the wall by the closet behind my desk is this quotation from Ernest Hemingway: “All good books are alike…
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