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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

I don’t know how to address our national history without talking about the role systemic racism plays in it. The United States was built upon the principle of exclusivity. We came late to the diversity dance.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

On Nov. 4, 2020, the eye of the constantly moving political storm shifted to the 59,425 square miles that make up the state of Georgia. Not only did Georgia surprise political observers by giving its 16 electors to Joe Biden on Nov. 3, but thanks to quirky runoff rules, and a nationally comp…

A guest commentary appeared in the Jan. 28 edition of The Sylva Herald by two assistant professors from two colleges. The general conclusion of the article was the criticality of the delicate, interwoven complexities of future U.S./China (the latter will be referred to as the PRC) relations.

Over the past 11 months we have become accustomed to daily reports informing us how many new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are a result of the coronavirus. What is less often reported, and perhaps more important, is the trickle-down mental effects of the pandemic.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Protracted effects of the pandemic are laying waste to larders in households reeling from job loss and eviction threats and, possibly, illness. State lawmakers should plow more money into providing food through federal block grants known as Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). Here’s anot…

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Wednesday, December 30, 2020

As we popped the cork to toast the new decade, we anticipated that 2020 would be an exciting year, filled with interesting developments – some good and perhaps even rambunctious. Nobody could have predicted the four crises we would face.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Insanity: Doing the same thing the same way and expecting different results is insanity. What must change for progressives to experience successful election results?

I love the Thanksgiving service when the congregation sings “Come Ye Thankful People Come,” and “We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing.” Usually, the congregation presents canned goods and items for those in need. This year will be different.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

I have been a voter for more than 45 years, and this year for the first time I had an official role in the election process. I worked in the Jackson County Board of Elections office for several days prior to the election, and I worked at the Cullowhee Recreation Center on the day of the election.

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Misguided and shortsighted political sparring and foot-dragging over expanded unemployment insurance (UI) will continue as long as elected officials fail to recognize the hidden costs of joblessness, which far exceed payouts.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

In the early days of the pandemic, Duke Energy took swift action to help customers knowing the financial burdens that would result for many due to the health crisis. We suspended electric service disconnections for unpaid bills. We also hit the pause button on charges for late payments and r…

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

In his “I Have A Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King looked forward to the day when his children would be judged “not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Let’s apply that same standard, his character, to President Trump this election season.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

North Carolina could miss out on an additional congressional seat and forfeit billions of dollars in state and federal tax dollars that rightfully belong to state citizens unless the people who live here get more serious about participating in the 2020 Census.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The United States of America continues to fight its Civil War. One skirmish currently underway in Sylva could erupt into a battle between two opposing sides. Or, it could turn into an opportunity among several groups to do something more difficult – to create rather than destroy.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

My family, like many others, has existed in Sylva since the early 1800’s. They were teachers and farmers, and helped build two Baptist churches. None of them owned a slave. And that goes for 99.9 percent of the residents of Jackson County at the time.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

End of Main Antiques & Home Decor has donated space to display and sell an assortment of books during the closure of the Friends of the Library Book Store. The business is located at 482 W. Main St. in Sylva and is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Friends send a thanks to John…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

These are strange and difficult times but in spite of that, Circles of Jackson is working diligently to make sure that its Circle Leaders (those working their way out of poverty) are doing well.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Every May we commemorate National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses, and personal wellbeing. This year’s NTTW theme is “Spirit of Travel.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The number of cries to reduce restrictions and re-start our economy grows louder each hour, it seems. Yes, we are tired of our movements being restricted and from being unable to earn our livings. All of us have experienced the pain of this pandemic.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Wednesday, April 08, 2020

I murmured under my breath when North Carolina’s governor asked politely for everyone to curtail traveling anywhere except for necessities. I moaned out loud when he firmly ordered the same, and I walked outside and screamed from the top of our little mountain when it became a mandate!

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

When in grade school, I wondered why my teachers spent so much time teaching history. What did it matter? This was old news. Now that I have reached “old age” status, I recognize that history is full of lessons and it repeats itself. If we pay attention, today’s society may be able to avoid …

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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On Sunday, we watched our church worship service on YouTube, after Methodist Bishops in North Carolina told churches not to hold services for at least two weeks. I admit being surprised that watching from my favorite chair could be so meaningful.

Kudos to Laura Cabe, school nutrition director for Jackson County Public Schools and Josh Francis, transportation director, for their work in creating a district plan to feed students during the coronavirus closure. A tip of the hat also goes out to David Proffitt, chief communications offic…

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

If you draw your information about current events only from politicians, news outlets, and social-media influencers that share your worldview, you will be poorly informed. If you act on that information, you and others may come to regret it.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

You often hear that North Carolina’s public universities are the “crown jewel” of the state. While this is indeed true, the deadlock in Raleigh over funding for a new budget continues to hamstring our state’s public institutions. Some of the most urgent needs can be found at Western Carolina…

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Every human requires food, clothing, shelter, air and water to survive. Many of us don’t worry about these basic needs, but food scarcity and shelter are concerns for too many North Carolinians.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

If you haven’t participated in early voting, it closes on Feb. 29. Election day proper is Tuesday, March 3. Be responsible. Voice your opinions with your votes.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Have you been watching the presidential debates on TV? Falling viewer numbers indicate a growing number of us are tuning out and turning off these slickly produced spectacles that are dull, unhelpful, ill-conceived and poorly executed.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Cullowhee Community Garden would like to thank garden member David Claxton for his kindness and efforts in building tables for our greenhouse.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

If good things do indeed come to those who wait, the soon to be released draft management plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala forests is going to be special. The plan will provide the framework for how the 1.1 million acres of the forest in the Southern Appalachia and their resources will be m…

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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Everyone knows that North Carolina is a closely divided purple state. Everyone knows that in 2020, many statewide races and control of the state legislature will be hotly contested. And everyone knows that with Democrats increasingly dominant in urban areas and Republicans in rural areas, th…