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Opinion Letters

A critical skill for magicians is to be able to misdirect your attention while executing the deception. “Look at this hand while I fool you with the other one.” Such is the current attack on climate change by those who try to convince us that it’s not an important issue. The new strategy is not so much to deny that climate change isn’t happening, but rather to state that it has happened before and is natural process. So why should we worry?

This change from “it isn’t happening” to “it’s happened before” would be irrelevant and silly if it weren’t so dangerous. The basic fact is true. The earth has been both significantly warmer and colder than now. Likewise, ocean levels have been both higher and lower than they are now. So what’s the big deal?

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The draught in California points out the conflict between the environmentalist and the unemployed people who live in the bread basket of California. The unemployment rate in this area is extremely high. This problem has to do with deciding how to the divide up the water supply between the farmers and a little fish called a smelt. Currently the smelt is winning the war and thousands of farmers and unemployed migrant workers are losing. The U.S. Government is backing the smelt in this instant.

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This is not a partisan concept. The North Carolina State Board of Elections always stressed this at every training seminar for the l00 county boards of elections the entire 13 1/2 years I served on the Board. Five and one half of those years were by appointment by Democratic Governor Jim Hunt and eight years by Republican Governor Jim Martin, and the same emphasis was put on following the laws and making it as convenient as possible for the voters to exercise their rights.

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On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and the families served through our ministry here at Macon County Care Network (CareNet), we’d like to say thank you to the following businesses who assisted us with this year’s ‘Cold for a Cause’:

Sanders Crane Service, for their support each year in supplying the crane and truck for the event; Baldhead Realty for the assistance with publicizing the event through media/marketing materials; Farm Bureau Insurance staff for their generosity and hosting the event each year; Cash’s Barbeque and Vito’s Pizza for providing food and refreshments; Macon Funeral Home for providing the tent for volunteers who assisted with accepting donations; Signs Express, Goin’ Postal and Banners & Signs Fast for their assistance with print materials and banners for the event.

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