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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.…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:32

Nuclear proliferation just needs to stop

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To the Editor: How many nuclear weapons does it take to make us “safe?” According to a recent report by…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:41

Consider safety issues related to steep slopes

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To the Editor: I once again would like to bring up the safety issues regarding fire, rescue and sheriff’s department…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:40

Dillsboro will welcome railroad back

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To the Editor: There seems to be some confusion as to the withdrawal of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad from…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:40

Return train to Dillsboro, but not as proposed

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To the Editor: Let’s remember when talking about the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR), we are talking about two different…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:39

Voter ID issue just keeps getting better

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To the Editor: The radical Republican regime in Raleigh has a new pretext for the voter ID scheme North Carolina…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:41

Chavez did some real good in Venezuela

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 To the Editor: With the recent death of Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, there has been much speculation in the…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:40

Voter ID law a waste of time, money

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To the Editor: The voter suppression monster has reared its ugly head again in Raleigh. Although details are not known…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:10

My cousin the Keynesian and his mistaken ideas

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By Kenn Jacobine I have this cousin, let’s call him Giovanni. He is a great guy – industrious, hospitable, great…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:28

Don’t be in a rush to cut courthouse trees

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To the Editor: I am concerned that the decision to remove the trees at the courthouse was hasty and ill-judged.…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:27

Once again, we need to save Needmore

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To the Editor: After all the time and effort put forth by the citizens of Macon and Swain counties, the…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:26

The roots of the U.S. gun culture

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To the Editor: In all the current commentary about gun violence in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:25

A great night of music at the Bardo Center

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To the Editor: What a wonderful evening recently at the Bardo Arts Center. Western Carolina University School of Music presented…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:23

Joining Waynesville right move for Junaluska

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To the Editor: From my perspective, much of the discussion of whether or not to allow annexation of Lake Junaluska…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:22

Give McCrory, GOP a chance before piling on

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To the Editor: Ms. Abel’s letter said that the state’s Democratic ideals are fading fast since the last election (“State’s…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

MV Lodging Association opposes TDA tax hike

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To the Editor: Contrary to articles recently published in our local papers, there is much opposition to the proposed law…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

State’s democratic ideals are fading fast

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To the Editor: Our founding fathers, framing our Constitution, created a representative democracy. They formed a republic, a government where…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Writer spouted false facts about Obamacare

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To the Editor: A recent letter writer makes a number of unsubstantiated and flat out erroneous claims about Obamacare, otherwise…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Time to be rid of all Cherokee bear zoos

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To the Editor: Little has changed in Cherokee since a 1989 Parade Magazine cover story, “Are Our Zoos Humane?” named…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Not all doom and gloom in Dillsboro

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To the Editor: The claim of Frank Parrish and others over the past few years that Dillsboro is a ghost…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Wouldn’t it be wonderful ... to use local builders

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To the Editor: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the building boom of million dollar homes in Jackson County supported this…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Liberals arts education enriches one’s life

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To the Editor: Scott McLeod (Feb. 6 SMN) pays tribute to the value of a liberal arts education. Even though…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:35

We have to decide which side we’re on

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To the Editor: Well over a half century ago, the infringements, abridgments and usurpations of government against our liberties ordained…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:34

Ball fields bad use of tourism money

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To the Editor: Why on earth tap the tourism development funds in Haywood County for a ballpark that won’t result…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:34

Weakened slope laws could prompt lawsuits

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To the Editor: This is an open letter to the Jackson County Planning Board and county commissioners. Things to consider: …
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:32

Beware plastic power strips, and many thanks

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To the Editor: It is hard to believe it was a month ago that our little house in Waynesville burned.…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:30

We need sanity in gun debate

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To the Editor: As a gun owner, parent, teacher and American, I believe that there is no legitimate reason for…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:29

Macon County may need second pay study

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To the Editor: I believe Macon County’s commissioners need to closely analyze and thoroughly discuss the results and proposals made…