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Opinion Letters

On behalf of the Franklin Relay for Life event leadership committee we would like to say thank you to all participants in the 2015 Relay for Life. Special thanks to our corporate sponsors who each year are so dedicated.

To each member of our event leadership committee thank you just doesn’t seem like enough. The countless hours that you volunteer could never be measured.

To the team captains and team participants, thank you for the many hours spent conducting bake sales, car washes, beauty pageants, etc.

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I've been asked by a group of local veterans to write this letter. While enjoying a libation with my fellow veterans solving the world’s problems, our recent memorial services came up, our news coverage was discussed. To a man they all agreed it was great. We all enjoyed the story and pictures.

To all at your paper a huge thank you from all us veterans. Well done, keep up the good work on behalf of the veterans in Macon County.

William Trapani and veterans — Franklin, N.C.

A county audit is pending to examine why Jackson County ordinances (for building) have not been examiined or enforced. Former planning director Gerald Green should have left his outrageous working conditions earlier. The former board (all are responsible) allowed (in 2011) under permit and code enforcement director Tony Elders, a builder’s one stop deal. All the employees (17 of them) wound up with Mr. Elders while Director Green and Mr. Jeleniewski (a part-time WCU intern) were left with a crushing load of ordinances to deal with from one end of the county to the other. Obviously they had to burn the midnight oil on their own time (many times) to keep up with the plow.

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As a pediatrician, it has been my privilege to serve the families of western North Carolina for over 20 years. My colleagues and I are honored to be invited into your lives, to share your greatest joys, and sometimes your worst fears as we work together to ensure the health and safety of your children.

The climate of medicine has changed both nationally and locally. Our practice has adapted in order to continue to provide the excellent quality healthcare our patients expect and deserve.

In 2013, we became a part of Mission Health System. This allows us to bring the expertise and resources of Mission Children's Hospital to our community. By partnering with other medical providers in the region to form Mission Health Partners, we have become part of a movement to ensure all patients in the region continue to receive exceptional high-quality care.

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