With regard to the only contested race for county commission this year there is some background that should be considered.
Bobby Kuppers, who is up for re-election has been a vigilant steward of the taxpayers interests and money over the last four years and did not come in to office with preconceived solutions to problems. He is a member of a bipartisan center on the county commission that aims to deal fairly with the practical matters that dominate the commission agenda and shares values in keeping with most Maconians. He doesn't mind how small a constituency he listens to - he worked hard for Nantahala folks to gain county support for a swimming area on Nantahala Lake. He supports a compromise that will save the historic McCoy Bridge on the Little Tennessee. He voted for a motion to make historic Cowee School a community center that would attract tourism and support the economy.
Bobby Kuppers has been teaching at FHS after a career as a Navy officer. He doesn't believe money has been wasted in public education. He believes in allocating funds wisely.
We are lucky to have had Bobby Kuppers, a man who doesn't see issues through a partisan ideological lens, representing us on the commission for the past four years. He deserves to be re-elected.
Bill Crawford — Franklin, N.C.