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Opinion Letters

On behalf of the students and teachers of Macon County, I would like to thank all of the businesses who donated goods to the Academic Foundation's annual fundraiser and all those who came out to the Cartoogechaye Elementary gym on April 6 to bid, eat, and have a good time with us. I am pleased to announce this year's auction raised over $8,000 for classroom projects and field trips for all students in Macon County.

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One of the first pieces of legislation that state senator Jim Davis sponsored was Senate Bill 480 titled “Let Those Who Ride Decide.” As a physician I was particularly aware of the totally needless deaths and injuries caused by motorcycle riders who do not use helmets.

One of my first experiences in the medical profession was seeing an autopsy being performed on a young man killed because of a head injury while riding a motorcycle without a helmet. (It turned out this person was the first person my future wife ever dated).

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, 4,502 motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle crashes. Head injury is a leading cause of death.

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I would like to respond to the the letter of April 4 about the cutting of the band and athletic budgets. I have been a member of the FHS Band Boosters for the last three years with one more year to go.

I do agree with what are the Board of Education priorities. The way I see it they have a tough decision to make on where cuts are since there have been cuts in the state of N.C. as a whole. I can not speak about the athletics’ budget but I do have knowledge of the band’s budget from the BOE. The band’s budget covered by the BOE is the salary of the director/ teacher. Not only does he teach band but he also teaches drama.

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You talk about men of action, I witnessed just that. The Vietnam Veterans Chapter 994 in Macon County, in two days a group of them in the bad weather spent hours erecting a large stage to be used this past Easter weekend for our community use. Our hats off to them for their service to our community and service to our country.

With respect,

William Trapani — Franklin, N.C.

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