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Opinion Letters

What or who is a bigot? Thinking that I may be one because I, having been born and raised in the South and having relatives who fought in the Civil War, endorse the flying of the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Capitol, looked up the word bigot.

Bigot is defined in Webster’s College Dictionary as a person who is extremely intolerant of another’s creed, belief or opinion. Based upon that definition, aren’t those who oppose the flag, which is part of our Southern heritage, also bigots?

Prior to the Civil War, my great great grandfather moved his family from Swainsboro, Ga., to Florida, so to me, the flag represents the strongly independent, pioneering spirit of the Southern people. It may represent something different to others, and that’s OK, but by placing their belief about what the flag represents over mine, makes them just as much a bigot as they claim I am.

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Congratulations to Jane Kimsey and Andy Shields for receiving the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Recognition at this level of their excellent service to the citizens of Macon County is well deserved. What a blessing to have had two public servants of this caliber for so many years. It is people like this that make Macon County a wonderful place to live.

Thanks for your service.

Don Swanson — Franklin, N.C.

Just to start, I think time has come for both parties to be dissolved and start over using the Constitution as it is more relevant now than ever. Thanks to the worst government in modern times, we are in bad shape! All 465 of the politicians in DC should be fired then continue down to the lowest elected official. They work for us, we can fire them. Make government smaller not bigger.

Don't get me wrong as the problem are shared by Democrats and Republicans.

Democrats want votes and control by keeping the less fortunate down. They don't want voters to have an ID card as it's easier to foster corruption. What! I just said corruption! Wow, that's hard to believe that politicians could be corrupt. They are in the game for themselves not for you.

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Your faith in God through the Lord Jesus Christ counts more than what some people can imagine. The Bible verse Romans 4:5, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Romans 4:13-15 - “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect. Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.”

“For by faith ye stand.” II Corinthians 1:24.

Floyd Cruse — Franklin, N.C.

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