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Opinion Letters Non-profits remain crucial to community

I am very concerned by town alderman candidate Angela Moore's request for the Town of Franklin to not offer grants to local non-profits. I’m sure Mrs. Moore had good reason to leave and miss the very non-profit requests she deemed improper, but the information shared was vital. The organizations requesting grants from the town have been and remain crucial to our community. They rely on grants from local, state and federal funds to provide services to our residents that would not otherwise exist.

KIDS Place is a non-profit organization that requested funds to operate. KIDS Place sole purpose is to aide Macon County law enforcement and DSS in handling children who have been physically or sexually abused. Their prosecution rate for child abuse cases in Macon County is more than 90 percent and is evidence of their committed staff.

REACH provides protection, housing, education, legal advice and counseling services to people who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. They also work diligently to provide training and instructive material used for prevention purposes. Numberless lives have been saved by this organization.

Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates houses in an effort to eliminate poverty housing. Since 1993 Habitat has been placing family after family into affordable homes in our community. They also build ramps and repair homes for our neighbors who do not have the means to do so.

CareNet provides food and other financial assistance to countless families every single day. When families have nowhere else to turn, CareNet is there with open arms to help. CareNet operates to assure that when people want to give to the less fortunate it is done more efficiently.

Read2Me's main goal is make sure all children in Macon County have access to literacy tools to assure they can read. Their program Dolly Parton Imagination Library puts a book in the hands of every child in the county at no cost every month. With the N.C. General Assembly’s cuts to public education our students will need all the help they can get.

In Macon County, we have 30 percent of children living in poverty with families struggling under high unemployment. It’s still a tough time for a lot of folks. Therefore it is essential for our community to stick together. The need for nonprofits is more important now than ever.

The type of political philosophy shared by Mrs. Moore can be seen in plenty of wonderful places around the world such as Haiti or Somalia. All the freedom you could ever want if you’re independently wealthy and well-armed.

Mrs. Moore said that a board of aldermen should not be responsible for deciding where her tax dollars are spent. Well Mrs. Moore that is exactly why we elect people into office. The town's entire budget is tax-based and we elect individuals to office because we believe they will be the best stewards of our tax dollars. I would assume Mrs. Moore would have known that, considering she is running for office, but you know what happens when you assume.

Justin Conley — Franklin, N.C.

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