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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:41

Rep. Presnell should keep out of merger

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To the Editor: We are thankful for The Smoky Mountain News coverage of the Lake Junaluska-Waynesville merger process. I am…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:31

Expanded Macon runway is a bad idea

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To the Editor: An article in a local paper stated that the Macon County Airport Authority met in early July…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:28

High mileage, some rust, still running

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By John Beckman • Columnist I’ve had quite a few cars on the road in the past 40 years, and I’ve…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:44

Cowee disaster is a moving story

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To the Editor: My appreciation goes to Gary Carden and Dave Waldrop from “The Liar’s Bench;” George Frizzell of the…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:43

Phone questions not a good business practice

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To the Editor: MedWest, the company that has taken over our local hospitals as well as many local medical practices,…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:43

Teaching people to care about conservation

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To the Editor: I would like to share with your readers what I have come to realize are fundamental objectives…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

A moving ‘Liar’s Bench’ performance

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Editor’s note: Marie Cochran attended the production of the “Liar’s Bench” on June 20 at the Mountain Heritage Center on…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

We must pass immigration reform

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To the Editor: As Congress wrestles with immigration reform, it appears that folks of all political stripes are convinced that…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

‘Hazelwood haircut’ is a destructive practice

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To the Editor: I wanted to reply to the “Did That Used to be a Tree?” article in the June…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:38

Liberal arts education pays different dividends

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To the Editor: Bob Wilson’s recent column in a local publication condemning a liberal arts college education is full of…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:37

N.C. headed toward Third World status

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To the Editor: North Carolina is now a state role model — a model for what will happen when a…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Wilderness Society had key role in Hall Mountain

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To the Editor: Thank you for your coverage of the historic return of Hall Mountain to the Cherokees (www.smokymountainnews.com/outdoors/item/10467). While the…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Pay on, Jackson residents, pay on

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To the Editor: It is true I have been accused of being a negative person concerning a few of the…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

GOP ‘progress’ takes this state backwards

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To the Editor: Recently I saw Ralph Laughter, chairman of Macon County’s “Me Party.” We talked about his letter to…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

GOP leadership wasting money, time and more

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To the Editor: The 2013 legislation coming out of Raleigh is bad enough to cause sleepless nights and worried man…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Let’s stop the senseless civilian deaths

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To the Editor:  At this Memorial Day time of year, we not only honor veterans but also mourn the recent tragic loss…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Rep. Meadows becomes Tea Party poster boy

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To the Editor: Rep. Mark Meadows would like us to think of him as a “moderate or centrist Republican” (SMN,…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Cutting courthouse trees was a disgrace

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To the Editor: I have returned to Waynesville for the summer. I drove past the courthouse and could not believe…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Legislative moves will harm rural N.C.

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To the Editor: We are well into this Legislature’s session. The governor has put forward his budget. The Senate has proposed…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Spend fund balance and cut property tax rate

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To the Editor: Macon County commissioners can re-sponsibly reduce the property tax. The county manager’s proposed 2014 general fund budget…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Jackson did not spend $50,000 wisely

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To the Editor: My first reaction to the county brand “Play On” was that it must be April 1. Quickly…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:52

Voucher system will hurt public schools

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To the Editor:   Sponsors of House Bill 944, the school voucher bill, proposed certain changes during the bill’s first committee…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:52

Macon should use fund balance, cut tax rate

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To the Editor: In 2010, the Macon County Board of Commissioners, under the leadership of then Chairman Ronnie Beale, voted…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:51

GOP-led legislature making huge strides

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To the Editor: North Carolinians are fortunate to now have a legislature that is making historic strides towards fiscal responsibility…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:51

Graduate programs in music are worth saving

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To the Editor: The committee at Western Carolina University charged with evaluating academic programs issued its report on May 22.…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:50

Schoolhouse Earth is a favorite learning place

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To the Editor: At a school bus stop north of Franklin, I pick up trash weekdays from kids apparently tossing…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

What are they thinking down in Raleigh?

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To the Editor: I continue to be mystified by the behavior of Art Pope’s legislature in Raleigh. While ranting against…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

We must leave better world for our children

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To the Editor: New York City has been attacked twice in the past decade — first by Al Qaeda and…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Correction

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A letter from Jane Harrison in the May 8 edition of SMN, “Meadows in the wrong on background checks,” was…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:40

PCs for grads program thanks supporters

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To the Editor: A little over a year ago, the concept of annually awarding donated and refurbished PCs to Haywood…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:39

Predator beetles work for all hemlocks

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To the Editor: Congratulations to the National Park Service for getting the word out about the predator beetles being used…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:39

State GOP decimates public education

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To the Editor:  North Carolina’s once proud public education system is under siege by the radical Republican gang in control…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Tribal Council vote on bear zoos disappointing

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To the Editor: I am extremely disappointed in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribal Council (except members Perry Shell, Terri…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Meadows in the wrong on background checks

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To the Editor: This is an open letter to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., our district’s freshman congressman: Your vote to…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

What will you do about jack booted thugs?

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To the Editor: Watching the YouTube videos (since removed) of the “jack booted thugs” trampling on our Third, Fourth, Fifth,…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Sen. Davis going way too far to the right

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and his extreme right-wing partisans have no problem wasting taxpayer money as long…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:42

When will Americans learn that ‘blowback’ is real?

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In 1953, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, at the urging of the British M16, overthrew democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:41

MedWest Haywood appreciates volunteers

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To the Editor: A smile, a touch, a simple “how are you today?” are some of what I hear and…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:41

Don’t allow filling in of floodplain

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To the Editor: I am a local biologist and an avid outdoorsman and spend a great deal of my time…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:40

Tell your reps to vote against fracking

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To the Editor: Most of us have heard the term fracking by now. In states where this underground energy extraction…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:08

Democrats need to unite behind Christopher

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To the Editor: I’m deeply troubled to learn that some Haywood Democrats are still disgruntled about the appointment of Greg…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:07

Career politicians are the problem

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To the Editor: Career politicians are ruining this country. Unfortunately, once elected, most of our politicians’ concerns are to become…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:06

Dillsboro and Jackson need railroad back

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To the Editor: How will the saga of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad end? There have been many letters written…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:26

Presnell not interested in freedom of religion

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To the Editor:  I was horrified to learn that my representative in the N.C. House, Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, co-sponsored…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:26

Drive a hard bargain with railroad

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To the Editor: I’d like to ask the Jackson County Commissioners why, in the midst of high unemployment and a…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:26

Rep. Presnell violates oath of office

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To the Editor: There are conflicting lights in which to view the co-sponsorship by Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, of the…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:38

Recent charm offensive will influence Obama legacy

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We have been hearing a lot lately about President Barack Obama’s charm offensive. He has been traveling a short distance…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:33

It’s our home, keep it clean

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To the Editor:  Every time I drive to and from Bryson City, I become distressed by the volume of litter…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:33

Meadows’ vote just doesn’t make sense

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To the Editor: I am a white woman and a God-fearing Democrat. I could not sleep well this Easter Sunday.…