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I’ve been looking at the stars a lot lately. It started several weeks ago.  It was 10:18 p.m. on a…

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By Albert M. Kopak • Guest Columnist You may have a story about Peter, while someone down the road has…

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I think our chihuahua has an eating disorder. He’s a rescue, and since we rescued him, he’s twice the dog…

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 By the time she was 4-years-old, my daughter was better at making friends than I have ever been. When we…

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My wife, Lori, and I recently attended the wedding of my nephew in Fayetteville. While there, we wandered around downtown…

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“But for the grace of God, it could have been my child.” News of college and school shootings cut straight…

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The thing I miss about teaching is human connection, being part of something bigger than myself.  When I was in…

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The volunteer board members of the nonprofit Nikwasi Initiative are appreciative of the public’s interest in our mission and role…

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By Bob Scott • Guest columnist As mayor of Franklin, my duty and loyalty is to the town. With that…

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It’s one of those anniversaries most would rather forget: April 20, 1999, the Columbine High School shooting. Two high school…

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By Hannah McLeod • Guest columnist I arrived in Costa Rica at the beginning of February. After floundering for a…

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From the outside looking in, the current Nikwasi Mound disagreement in Franklin seems almost contrived. I mean, do serious people…

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A little more than two weeks ago I was part of a public radio panel that was discussing the “state…

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My son was home from college for spring break. As we ate dinner one night, he described to my wife…

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Every member of Congress is required to swear loyalty to the Constitution, not to…

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By Nina Dove • Guest Columnist When I walked into a Reconciling Ministries meeting at my church (First United Methodist Church…

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Whereas the public bodies that administer the legislative, policy-making, quasi-judicial, administrative, and advisory functions of North Carolina and its political…

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Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-eight dead. Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia. Thirty-three dead. Stoneman Douglass High School, Parkland,…

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By John Hood • Guest Columnist I have written a syndicated column on politics and public policy for North Carolina…

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The libertarian in me believes in the “live and let live” mantra, which when it comes to legalizing pot means…

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His is the face that provoked untold millions of posts on social media, the teenage boy from Kentucky face-to-face with…

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A genuine dilemma, or merely some people grousing? You tell me. We’ve been hearing complaints for months now that the…

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When I was in my teens, I was so skinny that people winced when they saw me. The local druggist…

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What is a New Year’s resolution anyway? Just a statement we make aloud while toasting friends and family with a…

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“Stray from the truth, and whoever corrects you can be dismissed as ‘the other side.’ The strategy runs on a…

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By Carl Queen • Guest Columnist As a long-time resident of Sylva — 48 years — I have had a…

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“He (Trump) knows very little about the legislative process, hasn’t learned anything, hasn’t surrounded himself with people that can get…

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I’ve spent most of my career at small newspapers, and one thing I’ve learned is the value of making connections.…

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It sure would be nice for his constituents to hear Rep. Mark Meadows come out with a mea culpa regarding…

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By Lorna Sterling • Guest Columnist Like many in the Haywood County community, I am concerned about the transfer of…

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There were many winners and losers last week on Election Day, but perhaps the best outcome is that the move…

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The sudden resignation of Margaret Spellings as president of the UNC system should be a wake-up call to every North…

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As election fatigue sets in, keep this in mind: it’s the local races that will most affect each of us.…

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My mom was a librarian and my dad an English teacher so books were always stacked on the dining room…

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist A nonpartisan nominating commission can be the best method of appointing judges. Or it…

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As a child, I wanted to grow up and plan a big fancy wedding with a ruffly white dress, then…

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I did not go to college with Brett Kavanaugh, but I went to college at about the same time he…

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Haywood County GOP leaders last week took the podium at a public meeting and proceeded to act as shills for…

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For many years, I thought of myself as one of Flannery O’Connor’s “Christ-haunted” characters, living my life in a kind…

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The sounds, the feel of the coming fall is always comforting, like reconnecting with an old and dear friend. It…

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Every Labor Day we celebrate the American worker. We wax nostalgic about the bygone days of the great American middle…

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist The two most abused and misused words in America are “conservative” and “populist.” Politicians and…

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We native-born Americans — most of us, anyway — have no real concept of life under a despot except from…

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Over the past few decades, our society has pushed for more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students. Countries like…

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EDISTO ISLAND, SC – For us, the magic of Steamboat Landing Road begins where the pavement ends, where the asphalt…

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Though my parents were both teachers and worked second jobs to give my sister and me all we needed, they…

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Lori and I have always loved to travel, to go to new places or to get better acquainted with places…

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