Strange days

To the editor: These are strange days indeed in Polk County. The county spends approximately 25 percent of the annual average cost of running an ... Read more

Public comment

To the editor: First, I appreciate the county commissioners who allowed public comment on the proposed budget — even though public comment is not legally ... Read more

FHS should not become political toy

To the editor: I was saddened yet not surprised by Emmy Summers’ letter to the editor on May 23. How she could take such a ... Read more

We deserve better

To the editor: The Polk County commissioners turned down a request by Foothills Humane Society’s Executive Director Selena Coffey for an annual increase of a ... Read more

What does 1/4 of a cent tax decrease mean to you?

Sure, we’d all like for the government – local, state or national – to possess a little less of our money. We all likely cringe ... Read more

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Opinion Columnists

Being proud of Nina Simone

I’d never heard of Nina Simone when I moved to Tryon, but when I looked her up online, I realized I knew and loved many ... Read more

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Letters to the Editor

What a shame

To the editor: The 4th of July festival has been a great event for the towns’ people and visiting guests to bring their families to ... Read more


To the editor: My Letter to the Editor July 16, 2014 In error I wrote “923… Executive Orders” when it should have read 192. Apologize ... Read more

Disparaging small town Southerners

In response to Susan McNabb’s July 10 Tryon Diary – Susan, perhaps you did not mean to disparage small town Southerners in your July 10 “Tryon ... Read more

Thoughts on the July 4 booth

I think all those who attended would agree that the Columbus Fabulous 4th was an exemplary family event, and are most grateful for the amazing ... Read more

A bunch of hills

“There was just a bunch of hills” is how Mark Bellissimo described the area where 1.6 million cubic yards of earth were moved to accommodate ... Read more