11th Annual FRANKLIN FOLK FESTIVAL :: Saturday, July 19 from 9am - 4pm in Historic Downtown Franklin

- published 3/27 (Larry) - unpublished ?

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Opinion Letters

I had the pleasure and honor to attend the WNC 237th United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 3. I have to say it was a great honor to be in a room with so much history, tradition, and so many American heroes. This was my third attendance at the celebration of the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, and I have to say this by far was the best and most gratifying of all. To see Marines that had served from Guadalcanal to Afghanistan, and every war or conflict in between together celebrating their brotherhood, left many in the room touched and without a dry eye at times.

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in this year’s annual Franklin Christmas Parade. It was obvious that many people spent hours putting together their floats and parade entries for all to enjoy this year. Without the hard work and effort that goes into creating the entries there would be no Christmas Parade and we appreciate all who give freely of their time and talents. We appreciate the cooperation from the participants who helped us to make the parade safer this year by handing out their candy instead of throwing it from the floats.

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I wanted to write to thank fellow Franklin residents who generously gave of their time and means to help impact thousands of hurting kids this Christmas. Together we were able to pack 3,034 shoe boxes — filled with toys, school supplies and basic necessities — for Operation Christmas Child. Our packed shoe box gifts, joined by millions of others, are now on their way to needy children in 100 countries. During the 2012 collection season, Operation Christmas Child reached a milestone — more than 100 million children have been impacted by the power of a simple gift since 1993.

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At the most recent town aldermen meeting, I was dismayed when the board did not even apologize for Alderwoman Patillo's verbal abuse and bullying insults to local newspaper reporter Brittney Parker who suffers from multiple disabilities including having recovered from being paralyzed and hospitalized extensively. This noble young lady has overcome remarkable adversity and was horribly insulted until she had to leave the room crying. She was in tears over the insults which, unbeknownst to the Alder lady, were directly about symptoms of her disability. Ms. Parker stood before the board and informed them of the incident. But she was not even dignified with ANY kind of response from the board, much less an acknowledgement. A simple “I'm sorry” works wonders!

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