25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Opinion Letters

Since the mid-1990s, Mexican criminals have been growing marijuana in our national forests. In recent years these operations have spread to at least 20 states and 67 national forests as well as private land. We are still a sovereign nation, are we not? If that's correct it begs the question, why have our national parks been surrendered by our government to Mexican drug traffickers?

An area of 3,500 acres in southern Arizona has been closed to U.S. citizens because of the dangers posed by drug smugglers. We can conclude from this that it is no longer safe for Americans to visit any national park lest they inadvertently wander into a pot-growing operation guarded by well-armed drug traffickers who won't hesitate to kill to protect their merchandise.

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Angels are among us. Ask any of the clients who received help from Macon Program for Progress Holiday Angels Christmas 2012. Three hundred twenty-eight children, and 41 elderly and disabled adults received some type of assistance. Eighty-five sponsors teamed up with MPP to sponsor families, donate new toys, give monetary donations and help wrap, deliver, and distribute gifts. Monetary donations went toward purchasing food gift cards and shopping for 25 children who were not matched with a sponsor. These children received a variety of gifts including shoes, socks, coats, pajamas, warm clothing, and several age-appropriate toys, books and puzzles. The overwhelming expression of everyone’s kindness and support is deeply appreciated.

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It has come to my attention that there is a rumor floating across Macon County that the reason I am no longer with Macon Program for Progress as a Family Advocate is because I quit. This is not true. I was terminated for taking my three-year-old into a bathroom, closing the door and popping his bottom after I witnessed him having an outburst that included him being disrespectful to his teacher and disrupting the classroom environment.

During the appeals process hearing (for unemployment) it was brought to my attention that prior to my arrival at the classroom my son had thrown an object! I was not excessive in my correction and I was appropriate in accordance with the North Carolina general statue that pertains to corporal punishment. I was told that I violated the policy that states that staff members are not to issue out corporal punishment to enrolled children. In the 35 years I have been breathing, I have never been fired from any job. Much less, fired for being a parent!

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We all are heart broken over the horrific killings of 20 innocent children and six adults that took place in the small town of Newtown, Conn. My wife and I shed tears as we watched and heard how all this pain and suffering was put upon these children and families that lost so much. And how Adam Lanza, a bright but insecure young man 20 years of age, could have such a state of mind as to evolve into the depth of such evil. These families have more to deal with than most of us will have within our lifetime, and they will be in need of our prayers for years to come.

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