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Opinion Letters

Stop the Press! I've heard it all now. Tell me what happened to honesty and going by the rules? I guess not here in Macon County. The hearing to find out where commissioner Ron Haven lives was taken over by his high powered lawyers. They ran all over the Macon County reps. They allowed the hearing to be poorly handled.

This commissioner by his own lawyers admitted to be away from Macon County better than half the time, I ask, when does he act on behalf of us citizens of Macon County?


Welfare cheats, it seems that every conservative has a favorite story about how someone on public assistance is cheating the system. Food stamp cards used for fancy food, having babies to get more money, living off unemployment, phony disabilities claims; all these takers are wasting my tax money. It does not matter if these stories are true or not, conservatives believe them, and they are mad. More proof, to them, that we are heading into a socialist hell.

There is no doubt, given human nature, that there are bad people out there cheating the system. Every government program, in fact, any system involving money can be cheated. And, until we as humans evolve to a higher level of spirituality, it will always be thus.


We seem to look upon man as being basically good, the bad or evil part of man comes from his environment and the way he approaches the world that he finds himself in. The psychiatrists, educators, politicians, even some of the clergy have stated this, and many believe this. We're told man’s problem is how society is structured and built ... and not how man is structured or built. We all are dismayed when someone destroys life and property, and taking what does not belong to them. But why? Why should we care? Has our behavior evolved better than in the past? Don't we correct this with some type of therapeutic cure?


If you want to send your kids to a private school, that's fine but why should I pay for it? My tax dollars should go to public schools. That's free education for everybody.

Funding for public education has already taken a big hit due to the budget crunch. Private money for private schools, public money for public schools.

Richard Penix — Franklin, N.C.

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