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Opinion Letters

Macon Pride, an organization to promote the environmental and economic value of recycling, wishes to commend our county manager, Mr. Jack Horton, and our county commissioners, Mr. Kevin Corbin, Mr. Ronnie Beale, Mr. James Tate, and Mr. Ron Haven, for their new use of a specially designed web-site and computer tablets for their meeting agendas.

This saves thousands of pages of paper generated every month for all county personnel who conduct our commission meetings. It allows writing and editing, ease of production, and is a 21st century means of economically conducting the business of Macon County.

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I believe Macon County’s commissioners need to closely analyze and thoroughly discuss the results and proposals made in Springsted’s compensation and classification study before any changes are made to the county’s compensation plan.

I suggest that county commissioners obtain a “second opinion” from another consultant on classification and compensation, prior to committing to the significant increases in employee compensation proposed by the Springsted study. Those increases could result in an annual cost estimated at between $613,000 and $1.13 million for taxpayers. Would those additional expenditures be appropriate when the U.S. economy could be headed for another recession this year?

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There are three primary ways most of us view God/god, or set our thinking or worldview upon. The first view would be (Theism) which is, a belief in a God or supreme being that made all that there is and is all present. This would be for the most part Christianity and Judaism. The second would be (Agnosticism) which is viewed as, maybe God/god does or does not exist, and if he does he's distantly involved in our human lives. This can at best be a lukewarm approach not knowing what or who to believe. The third is Atheism, this is viewed as there is no God or any supreme being, all that there is “just came to being with no cause.”

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America works when Americans work. We have driven out of America millions of jobs over the last 30 years because we can’t compete with countries with lower costs of doing business. Our wages, benefits, regulations, taxes, etc. all contribute to driving the cost of doing business up. Consequently, jobs go elsewhere. T

here is a bill in Congress, HR 25 that resurrects America as arguably the most cost competitive place to do business in the world, the FairTax bill. No more federal tax on income. Your gross pay is your take home pay. Taxes to fund the government are generated by taxing consumption of new goods and services.

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