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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…
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 14:17

Raising minimum wage is a mistake

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To the Editor: On the way to Wilmington using the smaller roads off the interstate, I found it depressing to…
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 14:15

Obama’s socialist agenda has failed

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To the Editor: It appears that Bob Wilson, a frequent letter writer, is stuck in a 1950’s time warp. He’s…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Don’t let anyone buy your vote

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To the Editor: Rumor has it that once again vote buying may be taking place in Swain County and on…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

The Republicans are right

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To the Editor: This may be liberal heresy, but it is true. Republicans are right about many things: “Family Values,”…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Same-old, same-old just won’t work

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To the Editor: I read with interest the article regarding Western Carolina University and the regional tourism conference with hopes…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Americans not stupid, just complacent, about Congress

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By Don Livingston • Guest Columnist Congress is not our most popular branch of government, not by a long shot.…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:48

Pigs in a Poke

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To the editor: The election season is here. Several candidates are promising to cut government costs or taxes, but they…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:47

Make your vote count this election

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To the editor: Children are our future and as a former educator, I’ve been concerned about the cutbacks in spending…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:58

GOP’s simple truths just aren’t true

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To the Editor: Bob Wilson’s most recent published letter (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/12729-kids-can-endure-a-little-stress) typifies the callous oversimplification and blanket insults typical of today’s…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:57

Jackson commissioners doing some good

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To the Editor: There are several people running in Jackson County for public office this year and many are claiming…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:56

Don’t penalize prosperous industry

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To the Editor: As the economy sputters along, members of Congress and the Obama Administration are singling out one of…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:56

Haywood GOP is out of control

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To the Editor: Wow, I’ve seen a lot of small-town politics in this area but the Haywood County Republicans are…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:58

Sen. Hagan is for the people, not big money

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To the Editor: Sen. Kay Hagan’s path to Washington began in high school when she helped elect her uncle Lawton Chiles…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:57

County oversteps its authority

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To the Editor: The Haywood County Emergency Management Ordinance was signed into effect Nov. 16, 2009, by J.W. “Kirk” Kirkpatrick,…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:57

Kids can endure a little stress

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To the Editor: Wondering what all the fuss is over the use of Common Core standards in school, I looked…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:21

Vouchers won’t help low-income families

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To the Editor: Recently, I became curious about the N.C. Opportunity Scholarships (a new name for vouchers) that are being…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:20

Voting challenges may overwhelm system

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To the Editor: It should be reassuring that so many groups are concerned about “voter integrity” on Election Day, making…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:19

Create Eden, drop animal products

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To the Editor: TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah”as…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:19

Rep. Presnell will get my vote again

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To the Editor: We must speak out against this proposed room tax increase. The county leaders may want it, but…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:19

Has Rep. Presnell lost her memory?

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To the Editor:  In a recent article about the sad state of North Carolina teacher salaries, Rep. Michele Presnell was…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:18

There are reasons for Presnell’s opposition

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To the Editor: I find it noteworthy that in the March 26 column on Rep. Michele Presnell’s opposition to the…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:48

You often get the results that you plan for

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To the Editor: Here is what I think about Jackson County’s revised steep slope ordinance: self-serving, self-serving and self-serving. But…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:48

What’s up with all the litter in Haywood?

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To the Editor: Just an observation that I am sure others have made also, but what about all the trash…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:47

Election laws target the wrong groups

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To the Editor: I attended a political club meeting last night. I purchased tickets for a fundraiser — a dinner…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:47

The enduring myth of welfare cheats

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To the Editor: Welfare cheats. It seems that every conservative has a favorite story about how someone on public assistance…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:45

To shoot or not to shoot?

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To the Editor: Every two or three years I read in the newspaper that a homeowner shot an intruder. Typically,…
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Politics does make strange bedfellows

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To the Editor: Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows. The recent edition of The Smoky Mountain news said this: “Carla…