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Opinion Letters

I have been a resident of Macon County for 25 years, and a teacher in Cherokee for 20 years. I choose to live in Macon County because it is a nice place to live, but I do have some questions and comments concerning Franklin, and Macon County’s place in Western North Carolina.

During the years that I have been a citizen of the area, I have seen many good changes in Cherokee - but not so many in Franklin. Twenty years after NAFTA, the people here are still struggling for jobs, but no large businesses nor industries have been allowed to locate here. And the question is “why”? It couldn’t be lack of land for them to build on, because a drive from the foot of Cowee Mountain down 441 south to the Georgia line will show many “for sale” signs on acres and acres of land with roadside frontage. Some of this land has been for sale for a very long time - therefore a place for a business for industry to build should not be a problem. But now that I have learned that our local government is not encouraging business or industries to locate here, I would like to mention an alternative plan that would provide jobs for many people, and at the same time, draw-in a multitude of tourists.


Why vote in ignorance? If you do you may vote for a political dictatorship county wise, state wise and nationally. That you can never throw off. Millions of inside and outside money has poured into our state. The Koch Brothers of Texas are a blatant example of the endless monied interest. High sounding names of organizations like The Tea Party Patriots and Americans for Prosperity and endless others of the same radical agendas, concealing who they are and what they are doing politically.

Simply put, they are part of and party to an all-out Republican war to destroy the constitutional Democratic government of the people, by the people, for the people. By placing radicals and numerous others just like them into all our government political systems, as majorities to take absolute control legally, to change and corrupt the political system.


Asheville is a town full of smart aggressive people and a town with a lot more winners than losers. Anytime a city has an unemployment rate below five percent they are obviously doing something right. However, there are a few people around Asheville who seem to ignore simple economics. They assume that taxing the rich will bring in more money to our state. If that were true Gov. Perdue would still be in office. Under her we probably had the highest tax rate in the south along with the 49th highest unemployment rate in America.


Appalachian Animal Rescue Center? What does this latest name change mean to the Macon County Humane Society?

Some time in 2000 the Macon County Humane Society became a No Kill shelter, and had a name change. And now another name change? The questions I would like answers to, “Is the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center still considered a branch of the Macon County Humane Society?” “Is the treatment of animals any different under the new name?” and “What is the benefit of the new name?”


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