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Opinion Letters Maconians terrible at ‘minding their own business’

This letter is in response to one written by Jim Sottile recently. I have to agree with him on one point: People in Macon County are terrible at minding their own business.

If a family has a tragedy, such as a house fire, sick child, etc, these meddlesome folk here will immediately organize a benefit, with volunteer musicians, bakers, etc., just to help them “live their lives.”

If you have an emergency here and call 911, you will immediately be surrounded by those pesky volunteer First Responders, followed quickly by the Volunteer Fire Department.

I am quite sure you never saw, in NYC, a man willing to spend the coldest weekend of the year suspended in a “cherry picker” bucket, in order to collect coats for those who have none.

I’m afraid Mr. Sottile’s friends, the bikers, really let him down. They, too, refused to mind their own business. One group did a Toys for Tots run, while another partnered with Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care.

I am glad he enjoyed “Pickin’ on the Square,” provided at no cost to him, by the town. The gentleman who sat beside him was probably, like him, a new resident of Macon County, but, unlike him, he has adopted some of our quaint customs, such as obeying rules – whether you agree with them or not.

Just today, I read that Angel Medical Center is sponsoring a Radiothon, to raise $300,000 in volunteer contributions to expand their Outpatient Medicine Department. Marty Wadewitz, Angel Medical Center COO, stated that the community raised hundreds of thousand of dollars in 1967 to purchase the hospital. He continued, “that same community spirit is alive and well today and can help us meet our goal in 2012.”

It would be impossible to name all the volunteer organizations whose purpose is to help other folks. I am thankful every day that folks here have never learned to “mind their business.

Margaret Ramsey — Franklin, N.C.

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