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Opinion Letters

I am writing in response to last week’s article. I do agree with some of what you are saying. We do need more places to shop. I don't think they will let Home Depot or anything else like them because of Lowe’s. They are like Ingles. Why do we need three of them? We need better jobs for this town. Bring back the factories. We should take our tax monies to bring back jobs. If the county is not going to do that, then we should do it for them. They do not care if jobs leave this town. They only care about the out-of-towners. I, myself, like Roses, Family Dollar. That's why I like going to Sylva. Even though they have a Wal Mart they still have those two stores.

The county wants Franklin to be a retirement town. That's what they have wanted for years.

Vickie Ammons — Franklin, N.C.

I was saddened to read of the actions of the Macon County School Board’s decision to become a party in opposition to School Vouchers. Why should the government hold almost total domination over our children’s education? Why should money taken from the taxpayers for education not follow the student?

Why should parents have to constantly defend their right to say how their children are educated? Why should the public schools not have to compete for students? If they do a better job of educating children than other institutions, they need not fear of becoming irrelevant. Also, properly structured, why can’t teachers’ benefits and retirement follow them as well wherever they choose to teach? Yes, freedom is fast slipping away in America.


The drumbeat of complaints about the Affordable Care Act (ACA-Obamacare) from the political right wing leave me a bit mystified.

The cries of creeping socialism and government take-over of medical care either mark the duplicity of those making such claims, or demonstrate a very low opinion of the intelligence of the public they serve.

So why is the ruckus about the ACA blatant hypocrisy? Many of the core ideas in the ACA were in the plan developed by the Conservative Heritage Foundation and later applied in Mitt Romney’s health plan in Massachusetts.


The world is divided into Makers and Takers. According to Tea Party doctrine you are either a “maker” of wealth or a “taker” of wealth. I had a chance to see this up close the other day.

I was sitting in the parking lot of CareNet, watching all those takers coming to ask for food. People in wheel chairs, elderly men in ragged work clothes, and young mothers with children in tow were there. They arrived in all sorts of vehicles, most of which were near the end of their mechanically useful lives.

These people needed jobs.


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