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Opinion Letters

It’s that time again … time to “Shop Local and Give Local.” The group at Venture Local Franklin (VLF) are gearing up for their 10th Ca$h Mob on Saturday, Aug. 24, and they have their sights set on the Franklin Farmer’s Market. Not familiar with the Ca$h Mob? The idea is to encourage our local community to support Franklin’s small, locally owned businesses by stimulating the economy.

There are three simple rules that are in place to keep the “mob” in order. First: Commit to spend $20 cash (the stimulus); Second: You have to meet and chat with at least three new people (networking), you never know who you might run into at the Ca$h Mob; and the last and most important rule of all: Have fun!

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We all have people we like and want to be around. If we’re really lucky, we might even be related to such people, or, in the case of a family like that of Claire and Joe Suminski, each member of the clan is fun to be around no matter the place or mood.

Every once in a while, however, a person comes along who lights up the room when she enters, who entertains simply because she thrives on being amongst us, and who has much to offer no matter how her day is going. As a community, we Maconians have been doubly blessed with two people like this: Nikki and Scotty Corbin.

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ALEC is a conglomerate of corporations and congressmen who work in support of never-intended “rights” bestowed on corporations by the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision. When the U.S. Constitution was adopted, state corporate charters granted only “privileges.” Now corporate “rights” sanction their buying of elections and subsequently the instructing of federal and state legislation. ALEC-written-legislation is sent to elected state and federal representatives who seem unable to resist the wanton ALEC bribes because of money they need for reelection. Quid pro quo exemplified.

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An alarming report from the Center for Disease Control highlights why a new law in North Carolina could not have been passed at a more critical time. According to the CDC, rates of women aged 45 to 64 dying of overdoses increased five-fold over the past decade, the vast majority of them on prescription pain medication. The rough total of mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters lost was 15,300 in 2010. The number of male deaths also more than tripled during this time period, totaling 23,000 in 2010. The CDC assessed that about 70 percent of the fatalities were unintentional and considered accidental.

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