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Opinion Letters

As a relative newcomer to Macon County, six years, I’ve been astounded by the number of drivers that fail to signal their turn in accordance with Highway and Motor Vehicle Laws. It was so noticeable that in fact I had to ask, “Are Macon County drivers exempt from North Carolina laws.”

Research shows that almost 57 percent of drivers in America do not use signal lights or turn signals of any kind as mandated by law. In Macon County I find that percentage to be considerably higher and I would say at least 95-97 percent of the drivers in this county do not comply with the law. Are you one of this unbelievable statistic?

In fact, if you do see someone signal, they are either from out of state or out of county. It has become so noticeable that over the past three months I have counted 21 county sheriff’s vehicles that have not used signal lights when entering or exiting a major road or when changing lanes. I also counted 12 county vehicles making the same unlawful practice.

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Nick Hanuaer a multi billionaire and co founder of Amazon thinks the we are in for a revolution. He compares our current income disparity to the time just before the French revolution and the time of the Robber Barons in the 1890's. He is a proud and unapologetic capitalist. A self made member of the .01%, the richest of the rich. In his "Memo to My Fellow Zillionaire's" he says, "Seeing where things are headed is the essence of entrepreneurship. And what do I see in our future now? I see pitchforks.

"The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear.... . In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None."

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"Actions speak louder than words." North Carolina residents need to pay attention. The loud, false, words of the Republican legislators in Raleigh attempt to drown out the truth. Republicans claim to be the party of less big government and more local control. Their actions tell a different story. The Republican dominated legislative seized power to regulate environmental issues from local governments. In consequence, local municipalities’ environmental ordinances are null and void. State law dominates.

Big government in Raleigh attempted to take over both the Asheville water system and the Charlotte airport. Who benefits if the state takes over locally controlled facilities? Republicans would turn these facilities over to private corporate ownership to be run for a profit. In truth, residents would pay more for these services. The Republican led legislature has repealed the franchise tax. This profits corporations and big businesses that support legislators’ election campaigns. The loss of this revenue, and other state tax dollars, is forcing local municipalities to increase local taxes, cut local services and funding for public schools.

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All of us can think of ways in which men of national prominence have benefitted us: FDR and providing jobs, JFK and inventing new materials for the moon program which we use daily, MLK for making the principles of our Constitution a part of everyday life for everyone. It is rare, however, to benefit in our own life from someone you know locally, such as your next-door neighbor. Harold Corbin has been just such a man. The legacy of the institutions and ongoing functions for which he is responsible was well reviewed in last week’s News and Shopping Guide, and the inspiring music his sons provided was enjoyed by several hundred just this past Saturday at Holly Springs Baptist Church. This tribute reflects how Harold’s love of being a Maconian carried over to everyone, even a brand new arrival.

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published: 10/18/2013
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