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

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Opinion Letters

Most all of us are looking or wanting to hear something that will direct and reveal itself to us through the difficulties of life and modern living. If we really have evolved we would not care about seeking this out or be able to support why it matters to us, so then we would be reduced as lower animals and function as they do. This searching out is evident through living and even our communicating to each other through our actions and words. But the meaning of words differ from one person to another. Much of this is not in the truest meaning of the word, it's what our culture forces words to mean. So tolerance is to take place, whether politically or culturally, and our words must be guarded, and some words should not even be spoken. It seems we feel better towards ourselves if we use or don't use certain words, even though there's no actual reason to do so. Using such words as spiritual, god, unity, acceptance, or tolerance and love give a false sense of being above the fray so to speak, but in reality for most, it's the sound of the word that makes us feel good about ourselves and not the truest meaning of the word. Many are crying out for us to be truthful and tolerant with love and unity with our words and deeds, but this truly can’t be lived out unless it comes from within the heart and thinking of each of us.

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Current events in the world suggest that if Christianity is to survive in this world, it must re-invent itself or find itself irrelevant.

Right now, democracy and Christianity are in a battle with Islamist political systems and unless we can reform religion in America, we will find ourselves in a continual bloody battle. Somehow, Christianity must evolve into a belief system that can appeal to sensible and logical minds in not only America but across the world. Christianity cannot continue to lie to its members. You might fool some children into believing that there really was a Noah’s Ark and that all humans were wiped out during the great flood but anyone with a brain at all knows that no animal, human or otherwise, could have survived with just two of each simply because inbreeding would have done them in. To avoid inbreeding, there must be at least 300 members of any animal group and sisters cannot marry brothers. Even mother elephants know they must kick their sons out of the group when it reaches puberty to avoid inbreeding. And any sensible person would know that an Ark would have to have been miles long to contain all the animals of the world, not to mention the logistics of getting kangaroos all the way from Australia.

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Back pedaling for all he’s worth, Sen, Jim Davis now says fracking is “off the table,” at least as far as Western N.C. is concerned. Since Davis loves fracking and is co-sponsor of a bill that will allow the highly questionable procedure in our state, why is he now backing down? Because he tells us, disingenuously, that he wants to save “the taxpayers money.”

The reality is, his spin doctors and handlers not withstanding, Davis can’t disguise the fact that he is behind the eight ball for supporting a bill that is extremely unpopular to Republicans and Democrats alike, and, of course, he is up for reelection.

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The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #994, would like to thank all the businesses in Macon, Jackson and Swain county who supported our chapters second annual golf tournament on Saturday, Aug. 30. There were 113 sponsors and some of you sponsored more than one hole. There were also 20 businesses who donated door prizes for our tournament.

We would also like to thank all the golf teams who participated in our tournament. Without your support our tournament would not have been so successful.

The Golf Club at Mill Creek was a great venue and the owners and staff went above and beyond what we could have expected. Thank you Tony and Brenda Munger for all you did to make the day a huge success.

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