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Opinion Letters

Is it not great that we live in Franklin, N.C., and not Ferguson, Mo. Can you envision a 260-pound, 6-foot-plus person going into one of our convenience stores taking something without paying for it regardless of its cost physically assaulting the owner which constitutes a strong-arm robbery – a felony in every state – and then walking out in the middle of the street? When confronted by the police officer uses profanity and hostility.

The next move, the police officer tries to get out of his car and the subject pushes his door, forcing him back into the car, striking him several times with his fist, then reaching in the car for his firearm. In his defense, the police officer draws his pistol and luckily is able to get a round off striking the individual in the hand. The subject turns and runs a few feet when ordered by the police stop get on the ground he turns around and charges the police officer. At which time the police officer fires several times, some of the shots striking the subject killing him.


Bob Wilson's letter in the opinion section of the newspaper makes erroneous assumptions about poverty, African Americans and unions. These views reflect misinformed stereotypes about poor Americans and immigrants. His comments, blaming unions and Democrats for destroying public education, are not supported by facts.

Mr. Wilson's "Government plantations," where many poor people live, are impoverished urban areas in many cities across America. Children raised in these environments generally lack proper diet and health care. Frequently they miss early educational experiences such as books and travel. Their parents with jobs, work long hours for minimum wages, with little time or money for entertaining their children. When these children start school they lag behind their peers nurtured under more fortunate circumstances. Hungry children generally make poor students. They are often sleepy or restless and cranky, lacking early reading and critical thinking skills.


In the spirit of Thanksgiving and with the Christmas Season upon us, Macon TRACS would like to express our sincere appreciation to our community for their support. The support this community gave to Macon TRACS blessed us with a successful 2014 serving our community.

Thank you to all our volunteers. Your help, time, energy and talents are priceless gifts. You are the fuel that brings it all together and makes it work. Thank you to all our supporters, both individuals and local businesses, who have contributed. You provided the means (goods, services and money) to make it happen. Thank you to the Macon County Fair Board for their loyal and consistent support. You provided the place for meetings, events and lessons. Thank you to all those who attended our events. Spending your time and monies with us helped support the cause.


I know many are high on the recent Senate victory but sooner or later you're going to come back down to earth and realize that politics are king. This group is no different than the last group, nor the group before them. Yes, there may be a few changes, just for window dressing if you will, but real change? Nope, I doubt we'll see any of that.

Let's see this group limit the executive power of the president and install term limits on Congress. End the spying on American citizens and reign in spending and the ever increasing size of the federal government. Bring an end to insider trading practices that Congress enjoys but we would go to jail for. Bring an end to QE before it completely devalues our dollar and subsequently wipes out our life savings and enslaves our children. Or how about ending the practice of exempting themselves from the laws that they pass but require us to abide by?

Same old story, just a different group.

Jim Eliason — Franklin, N.C.

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