25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Opinion Letters

This past week in our local newspaper two articles really tickled the hell out of me. First, to me having different area commissioners visit our county is a good idea. To exchanging ideas is moving our county forward. Well done, Ronnie Beale. But what caught my reading eye is what our county manager said, to a point he is right, but he said something about if God made a more beautiful place than here he must have kept it a secret, but wait a second, if our good Lord never drove down Lake Emory Road, he might have kept our area a secret, too. There we have empty lots with many critters and more than our share of business dumps. Come take a look Mr. County Manager and see what you have missed.

Second, the dumbest of all is the boon doggle last week if a church lasts 100 years anywhere, they should be given honors for serving the community. Thank you from all of us. By the way election is coming soon, please vote your choice, and if you don’t, don’t crab about anything that happens. With respect,

William L. Trapani — Franklin, N.C.

Two weeks ago, Mr. Bob Wilson, made several claims that will be addressed here. In his letter he claimed that Christianity needs to “evolve into a belief system that can appeal to sensible and logical minds,” and insinuated that Christianity is lying to its members about Noah’s Ark. Mr. Wilson apparently has not studied the Bible concerning the stories of the flood and Noah’s Ark and Christianity because he has confused the two.

Christianity has nothing to do with the teaching of Noah’s Ark but is based upon the 2000-year-old belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God, was born of the Virgin Mary and died on the cross for all of our sins. His resurrection was witnessed by thousands and He now sits at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. If we believe that, and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we are promised life everlasting. On the other hand, Islam, to which Mr. Wilson presumably believes Christianity must evolve in order to avoid conflict between the two religions, has the belief that all who do not accept their religion must die. One is about life the other about death. They are diametrically opposed and continue in a conflict since the time of Ishmael and Isaac that will not end until Jesus returns. Christianity is based upon fact and to attempt to “evolve” it into something else, would itself be a lie.

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My ancestors moved into Macon County right around the time the Cherokees were "removed."

That actually means white settlers took the ancestral land of the Cherokees by force and deeded it ( Cherokees did not "own" land) to white settlers. The Cherokees were then driven to Oklahoma while a small group managed to remain and later be deeded what is now the Cherokee Indian Reservation. This all took place around 175 years ago.

Now the Cherokee Nation has formally requested that the Nikwasi Mound be officially returned to their ownership and care. This decision may prove to be very difficult for the leaders and decisionmakers of Macon County. The difficulty lies in the fact that they hold legal claim to the ownership of the sacred Cherokee site.

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This letter is in response to a recent article concerning the Christian and our teachings and beliefs. The Christian religion is based entirely upon faith. For the Bible says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works lest any man should boast."(Ephesians 2: 8, 9) Faith that believes that a virgin named Mary, gave birth to a son named Jesus; that He died on a cruel cross for our punishment for sin; that He arose on the third day and left the tomb empty! No other man has ever died, been buried and risen again. No man except God's Son, Jesus Christ. If you do not have the faith to believe this teaching, then you are lost without hope.

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