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

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Opinion Letters

Here in North Carolina, we have a choice of a one-year or three-year rabies certificate (and the associated collar tag) for our dogs. The one-year and the three-year are the same vaccine product. (The first rabies vaccine a puppy gets is always only good for one year.)

After the initial 12- month booster, how often your dog gets rabies vaccines is controlled by local law. Every three years is generally considered adequate in most communities and by American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medicine Association.

When we have a rabies clinic in Macon County (or when you go to your vet) and they have only the one-year certificate (and NOT the three-year) available, the purchasers are getting short-changed and the pet receives additional unnecessary vaccinations. I will leave it to the reader to question the possible motive for this.

Tom Hill — Franklin, N.C.

While many people are working to address climate change by reducing consumption and protecting biodiversity, ArborGen and other tree biotechnology companies, hope to use the crisis to make a big profit.

In 2010, ArborGen won USDA permission to field-test a quarter million genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees across South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

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The new community garden at the Macon County Heritage Center at Cowee School is ready to go and raised beds are available to whoever would like a nice spot to garden this summer. Many people helped out to make this a reality.

First, we are very grateful for a generous donation from the Annie Dee Leatherman Smith family, which made the project possible. A memorial bench and a bed of flowers will commemorate her love for the Cowee Valley, its people and its wildflowers.

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Most of us have heard the term fracking by now. In states where this underground energy extraction method is being used, the track record is not good for the folks who live there. Contamination of drinking water, associated health problems and even earthquakes have been tied to fracking.

There has been such a rush to make a profit from these energy sources that the welfare of people living over or near these extraction areas has been largely ignored. North Carolina is poised to give the green light to fracking — in its most populated areas — with virtually no safeguards in place.

It should be obvious to our legislators that a short term profit from a relative small amount of energy resources should not leave land and drinking water contaminated for centuries. Apparently this is not the case. There is action that you can – and should – take immediately.

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