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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:08

Cowee School project part of a larger plan

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To the Editor: I’ve been a fan of The Smoky Mountain News for 12 years since you very ably reported…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:07

Any act of appreciation is worthwhile

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To the Editor: After reading your piece this week, “Speaking too loudly sometimes belittles the message,” my reaction was “let’s…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:04

The right to a job does not exist

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By Ken Jacobine • Guest Columnist The idea of the United States of America was born during the Age of…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Get ready for onslaught of new taxes

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To the Editor: During the campaign, Barack Obama let it be known that he believes in redistribution of your income…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Tax the rich and we all pay more

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To the Editor: Harry Reid, the leader of the Democrat Senate in Washington says, “Tax the rich.” Is Harry a…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

GOP should control House for years

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To the Editor: The 2012 Election results are in and it gives me hope. Tip O’Neill, the former distinguished Democratic…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Jackson commissioners off the mark on tourism

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To the Editor: As a nearly 50-year-veteran of the tourism industry and one of the “authors” of the Florida accommodation…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Election is over, so use newfound time wisely

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To the Editor: I am writing this letter in celebration that the elections are now over. I will not miss…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Points about Mormonism obviously misunderstood

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To the Editor: Your correspondent William Fisher has written a constructive response to my recent letter about religion and politics,…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Consequences of intervention not so good

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To the Editor: Almost all actions of politicians have unintended consequences. In times of tragedies their mistakes are amplified. Last…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:14

Be very careful what you wish for

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To the Editor: Do you wish that your child got less attention from the teacher because teachers and their aids…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:13

Hayden Rogers willing to work with GOP

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To the Editor: During the 11th District Congressional debate at Brevard College, Hayden Rogers clearly distinguished himself from his Republican…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:12

Economics, jobs, and future business

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To the Editor: Do our politicians that run for public offices really care about our future, or are they just…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:11

Mormonism is not what letter writer stated

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To the Editor, Recently a friend of mine said to me: “Mormonism sure is a strange religion.” How so, I…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:10

Rep. Rapp is a gem of a legislator

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To the Editor: I was born January 1933, and I have been a student of our state and our nation’s…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:09

Rogers should be our next congressman

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To the Editor: I am writing to ask for your support for Hayden Rogers for Congress. When I look at…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:08

OP does not deserve a single vote

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To The Editor:  Both parties have some valid points that need to be examined. But very simply, one party has…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:08

Obama deserves another term

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To the Editor: Neither of our presidential candidates has reached the stage of perfection. Neither has all the answers to…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:07

Uninformed populace a sad state of affairs

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To the Editor: Some 30 years ago about 33 national broadcast companies existed.  Today approximately five provide an extremely limited and…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Debates provide another view of candidates

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The presidential debates of the 2012 election are now behind us. Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent president running for re-election,…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Davis has shown support for those with disabilities

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To the Editor: Seldom do I cross party lines in politics. However, there is one Republican candidate I will vote…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Marty Jones’ signs are just too much

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To the Editor: It is November, which means it is election time. As we all know election time means campaign…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Some regulations are good for business

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To the Editor: Mark Meadows and Romney-Ryan believe business can exist and prosper without government, that business owners build their…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Here’s why tax cuts aren’t working

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To the Editor: The economy is the largest accident ever designed by man. We think we can’t control it, but…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Oscillating Romney not a good choice

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To the Editor: Mitt Romney continuously switches positions to appease his audience. I am citing only a few examples. In…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Beware the candidate who runs attack ads

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To the Editor: Campaign advertising is all around us. Much of it is in the form of attack ads meant…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Forum gave insight into John Snow

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To the Editor: A candidate forum was held in Sylva on Oct. 15, 2012. The forum was sponsored by the…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Discussing religion of candidates is tricky

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To the Editor: As I was engaged in a peace vigil in front of the Haywood County Courthouse recently, a…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Climate change is real, must be confronted

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To the Editor: First, I want to thank The Smoky Mountain News for co-sponsoring the political candidate forum held at…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:37

GOP mailings smear candidates, ignore facts

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To the editor: The world’s first political consultants were ancient Greeks known as Sophists who taught debating skills and boasted…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:35

Bear euthanasia was not first option

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By Gordon Myers • Guest Columnist A letter was recently circulated regarding the euthanizing of a black bear in the…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:35

We need specifics from Romney

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To the Editor: The first presidential debate underscored one thing — what does Romney intend to do when campaign rhetoric…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:33

The environment is key in this election

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To the Editor: Bottom line: our economy, our health and quality of life are all dependent on how we treat…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:33

Obama just hasn’t gotten the job done

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To the Editor: This will be the election of my lifetime. I was born before WWII. I have seen my…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:32

Is Romney really the person you want?

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To the Editor: After listening to Mitt Romney’s excuses over the last several months for what he has and is…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:32

Davis’ gain is public education’s loss

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To the Editor: At the county and state government levels budgets are about choices, and those choices have moral implications,…
To the Editor: A letter was recently circulated regarding the euthanizing of a black bear in the Mountain Aire community…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:56

Barack Obama and his debate debacle

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To the Editor: So, here we had it. Live TV for all the world to see. In one corner was…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:55

McCrory and our gems from Western Carolina

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To the Editor: I am concerned about North Carolina’s unemployment rate of 9.7 percent and the country as a whole.…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:54

Make the right choice: Hayden Rogers

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To the Editor: We in the mountains are known to be suspicious of outsiders who want to tell us how…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:54

Giving bears a second chance

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To the Editor: The inflexibility of the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (NCWRC) is alarming. The killing of a three-legged…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:53

Backcountry fees a bad idea

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To the Editor: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to begin charging fees for backcountry camping and implement a…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:41

Don’t be fooled again by Sen. Jim Davis

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To the Editor: One of the most important decisions we will have to make on Nov. 6 is who to…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:40

Bernanke is killing the working class

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To the Editor: It is really quite amazing that anybody would believe anything that emanates from the mouth of Federal…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:39

This election, let’s make a clean sweep

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To the Editor: During this election the main question seems to be economical. We are a debtor nation. We are…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:38

Americans are too easily deceived

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To the Editor: Why are the American people so easily deceived? It seems as if they want to be deceived. …
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:37

GOP attack on women is real and continuing

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To the Editor: The letter about women’s rights by Margery Abel in last week’s Smoky Mountain News says it very…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:36

Independent thinkers are key to future

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To the Editor: Kurt Vonnegut, a prophetic fiction writer of the 1960s, wrote an amusing, disturbing and satirical short story…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:35

Sen. Davis’ comments were insulting

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To the Editor: Much has been said this election year on the Republican “War on Women.” Some believe it exists…