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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:00

Libertarians alive and well in Haywood County

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To the Editor: I would like to respond to the article in the Oct. 30 issue of The Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:40

WestCare employees excited about changes

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To the Editor: Recently, we the employees of WestCare learned of an exciting decision that we are entering into a …
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:32

Gov. McCrory is leading a turnaround in N.C.

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To the Editor: For the past few months some of the people in Western North Carolina who write letters to…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:32

Who are the real job creators?

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To the Editor: As I write this, the stock market is hovering around record highs. The Federal Reserve is keeping…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:32

Zoning advocates had predictable response

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To the Editor: The response from zoning advocates — to my letter that was printed two weeks ago — was typical.…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:31

Freedom versus limited government

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To the Editor: Limited government was ridiculed in a recent Smoky Mountain News article. Most Americans are strong believers in…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Civility begins with us

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By Doug Wingeier • Columnist  The cover story in the Oct. 30-Nov. 5 issue of The Smoky Mountain News described divisions in…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Enough of unbridled growth in Cullowhee

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To the Editor: Cullowhee is the fastest growing community in Jackson County. After several years of effort and well-attended community…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Planning in Cullowhee is a community effort

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To the Editor: I attended last week’s open forum sponsored by the newly formed Cullowhee community planning group where local…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Cullowhee planning will help community

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To the Editor: As a retort to the concerned citizen who wrote a letter to the editor about the intent…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Improving patient care is priority

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The last couple of weeks have been filled with a lot of news about Haywood Regional Medical Center and its…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:43

Turkey drive helps many needy families

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To the Editor: It’s that time of year again. The Maggie Valley Lodging Association is making plans for its 16th…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:42

Don’t let Cullowhee planning steal rights

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To the Editor: Historically, the citizens of Jackson County have been overwhelmingly against zoning outside the city limits. After failing…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:42

We are headed down the wrong path

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To the Editor: What has been happening in Washington is more than a catastrophe. Congress is allowing unshared economic growth…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:41

We should have seen ACA red flags

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To the Editor: Red flag warnings that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, is a flawed bad law have…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:40

Meadows will be held accountable for vote

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To the Editor: I read with great interest The Smoky Mountain News’ Oct. 23 Op Ed page and particularly the…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:00

The return of the sharecropper state

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To the Editor: When Reconstruction came to the South after the Civil War, big plantations were worked by nearly destitute…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:59

Replace Tea Party with rational Republicans

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To the Editor: With the government shutdown fiasco, we have learned what TEA in Tea Party really stands for “Totally…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:58

Learning to compromise would restore hope

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To the Editor: I would like Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, to realize that there was a time when opposing parties…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:58

Dependency is what leads to vulnerability

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To the Editor: I once asked a gentleman why he placed so much reliance on government and he replied, “Because…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Let’s learn to live with black bears

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To the Editor: As a better solution to the proposed “killing” of more black bears being advocated by the North…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Zeb sincere about helping Canton

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To the Editor: Have you Canton folks taken a good look at the candidates for the four seats on the…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Canton has had a lot of recent accomplishments

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To the Editor: This is my first ever letter to the editor.  I feel I must respond to comments made…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Let’s send Rep. Meadows home

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To the Editor: On Tuesday, Oct. 15, I delivered to Rep. Meadows’ office in Hendersonville more than 32,000 signatures of…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:17

Constitutents angry with Rep. Meadows’ actions

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To the Editor: This is an open letter to Rep Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers. Rep. Meadows, your actions have already denied…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:16

More Medicaid lies from McCrory

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To the Editor: In my business, I deal with many people who are at the bottom of the economic ladder.…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:15

McCrory’s efforts paying off for state

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To the Editor: In most of the Western Carolina newspapers’ letters to the editor section, we can count on one…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:15

Meadows, Maniscalco did not attend forum

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To the Editor: I attended the Maggie Valley aldermen candidate forum and read with interest your coverage of this event.…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:13

Citizens should not tolerate shutdown

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To the Editor: My name is David Monteith and I oppose the government shutdown. We Americans have given enough. When…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:39

GOP shouldn’t blame this on Democrats

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To the Editor: The Republicans, including our own Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, who have repeatedly stated dislike for the federal…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:38

Please explain what is so bad about Obamacare

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To the Editor: I do so hope that Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, read the Oct. 2 issue of The Smoky…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:37

Rep. Meadows is proud of poster boy status

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To the editor: In a Sept. 27 CNN article, Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, was identified as “the architect of the…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:36

Meadows playing up to Tea Party

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To the Editor: Regarding a recent op-ed piece by Doug Wingeier on Congressman Meadows, R-Cashiers, and his feigned interest in…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:35

Shutdown particularly bad for our region

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To the Editor: The federal government shutdown is probably the most counter-productive action that Congress could have taken during this…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:34

The system isn’t broken, it’s fixed

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To the Editor: If we hadn’t figured it out by 2008, we should have at least gotten a clue. The…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:32

Jackson’s new tourism logo is lacking

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To the Editor: Neither of the logos considered by the Jackson County TDA convey the proper message for tourism development.…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:30

‘We have met the enemy, and he is us’

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To the Editor: Does John Boehner like what he’s seeing in the mirror these days? Maybe not, but the problem…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:30

Why is McCrory’s approval rating so high?

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To the Editor: Governor Pat McCrory’s approval rating stands at 35 percent. Given the way he’s stuck it to the…
First United Methodist Church in Sylva will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a Homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 6. Bishop Larry…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:48

Waynesville street art belongs to the public

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To the Editor: The enthusiasm was very evident! The Waynesville Public Art Commission would like to thank everyone who came…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:47

New North Carolina ID law turns away voters

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To the Editor: The North Carolina Legislature has passed, and Gov. McCrory has signed, a bill requiring a photo ID…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:32

New ID law turns away voters

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To the Editor: The North Carolina legislature has passed, and Gov. McCrory has signed, a bill requiring a photo ID…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:30

Class Notes: The new reality for teachers

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By Dawn Gilchrist-Young I’m writing this because I teach three sections of senior English at Swain High School, where I’ve…
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:38

State is on the way up

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To the Editor: North Carolina has the 49th highest unemployment rate in the USA, tied with Rhode Island and followed…
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:38

McCrory gets defensive about voter law

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To the Editor:  The national criticism of his voter suppression law — yes, he signed it, so it’s his — must…
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:38

Government for the rich, by the vindictive

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To the Editor: In January, Republicans swept into state government on a mission of frugality, vowing to trim fat from…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:26

At least the rich got a tax cut

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To the Editor: Congratulation, the Republican legislature just gave everyone in the state a tax cut. Well, maybe not, just…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:25

Hoping memories last until next election

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To the Editor: In a recent letter titled “New laws bring advantages to N.C. citizens,” the writer stated “It’s time…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:25

National spotlight shines on N.C.

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To the Editor: The 2013 North Carolina legislature has enacted numerous measures to benefit corporations and attract new business to…