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Opinion Letters

To: Ed Morris, owner of Franklin Fitness Center. Your article in the Press today brings out some serious lifestyle situations existing in Macon County and many states including North Carolina.

We would appreciate your bringing up all of your requested input received to your forthcoming discussions with the White House Business Council and other small businesses in our nation.

As a past member of your fitness center, I can appreciate your concern for economic cases.

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A lot of letters to the Western Carolina papers have been written about the new Voter ID rules. I went to see what one has to do to get a free voter ID card. First, I was told at the Board of Elections that no one will need a photo ID card for the election in 2014. I also learned that only about three tenths of one percent of the people in our state may not have a photo ID card of some kind. That might amount to about 270 people per county. In Jackson County that would actually be about 81 people.

I inquired about how many people had applied to get a photo ID card at the Jackson County Drivers License Bureau. The answer was I was the second person this year. My conclusion is that there has been a lot of newspaper space spent on a problem that has no bearing on the next election in 2014.

Jim Mueller — Glenville, N.C.

I had the heart warming opportunity to participate in World Vision’s “30 Hour Famine” this weekend with a wonderful group of individuals who will forever be referred to as “game-changers” in my book. This diverse group of likeminded, steadfast and God-fearing folks helped me to realize a couple of things:

When you are in His presence, beautiful things can (and often times will) happen; and

We are all perfect in His eyes.

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I was disappointed to learn recently that the Macon County School Board decided to join a lawsuit that would prevent working-class parents from participating in the Opportunity Scholarship Program (providing scholarship for their children to attend private school). I state that it is disappointing because, according to the state Department of Public Instruction, only 35.1 percent of kids from low-income families in Macon County schools are considered “proficient” in math and reading. This means just over one out of every three economically disadvantaged students met basic standards in their zoned public school.

Simply put, the vast majority of our children from low-income communities in Macon County are failing to learn the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Why then seek to halt a program, that hasn’t even started yet, to begin where the very existence of the Opportunity Scholarship Program is designed for the student that happens to be low-income?

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