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Opinion Letters

Preventing and ending violence against women and girls is a top priority for Zonta International and its nearly 30,000 members in more than 1,200 Zonta clubs around the globe.

Through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) program, Zonta International has assisted victims of violence and human trafficking around the globe by: raising awareness of, and improving education about, violence against women; promoting and enforcing local laws and policies that protect women and victims of violence; and providing medical, legal, rehabilitation and reintegration services for survivors of violence. Locally, Zonta clubs dedicate time and resources to supporting projects that prevent violence against women and support victims of violence in their communities.

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Well, Christmas is around the bend, but I want to give a huge “well done” to the Ladies Auxillary Post 108 of the American Legion in Franklin.

Last year these caring women spent untold hours and at their expense sent thousands of Christmas cards to our troops overseas and troops stateside.

Now it's a new year and these wonderful ladies are off and running to out-do last year’s record sending Christmas cards to our troops.

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We've all sensed how we can be taken in awe of something spectacular. Even within a crowd there can be complete silence at a magnificent panoramic view of great vistas, or a secluded mountain meadow exploding in color of wildflowers, or even a beautiful piece of music that stirs the depths within us. We all have had moments in which there are not words to describe what we are experiencing at the moment. We capture some of this with taking pictures or purchasing recordings to make the memories of the moment last. But there's somewhat of a loss in the recording of a memory in that we want to capture the moment — but it's not the moment. We sense there's more, as though someone is speaking but the voice is not heard internally or externally but the soul hears clearly the call and the seeking of more. This experience can be just as real in other areas as well, as in love, justice, peace, and relationships.

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Since our wonderful opportunity to retire to the lovely N.C. mountains, we have noticed a brouhaha with the Town over wonderful activities Venture Local has tried to promote.

Coming from Safety Harbor, Fla., where every third Friday evening was promoted and aided by the local police to re-route traffic, I am stunned that the Board seems reluctant to cooperate with anything that can bring social connectivity, Franklin advertising and increased business to our lovely little town. This is what I see articles about in the papers ... not good for trying to attract future small business to Franklin. Gosh, with the economy in the straits it's in, why would a town be so foolish?

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published: 10/18/2013
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