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

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Opinion Letters

At a recent Macon County Commission meeting, Commissioners unanimously approved purchasing the old Parker Meadows golf course for a county park. Plans for this park include eight ball fields, four of which will be located directly across the street from Parker Farm Estates. Baseball and softball games, including 24 team tournaments mentioned at the meeting, are not exactly quiet activities. The noise from the fans, coaches, and players, as well as the constant “daylight” provided by lights that will inevitably be installed, will negatively impact all of the residents of the nice, quiet neighborhoods that border this property.

I had heard for months that negotiations were underway to sell the property, previously being developed as a 160 unit RV park, to an undisclosed buyer. The person who told me about these negotiations, evidently the only resident of the three area subdivisions “in the know,” told me he was not authorized to disclose the plans for this property until an agreement was reached.

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I had the pleasure and honor to attend the WNC 237th United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 3. I have to say it was a great honor to be in a room with so much history, tradition, and so many American heroes. This was my third attendance at the celebration of the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, and I have to say this by far was the best and most gratifying of all. To see Marines that had served from Guadalcanal to Afghanistan, and every war or conflict in between together celebrating their brotherhood, left many in the room touched and without a dry eye at times.

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in this year’s annual Franklin Christmas Parade. It was obvious that many people spent hours putting together their floats and parade entries for all to enjoy this year. Without the hard work and effort that goes into creating the entries there would be no Christmas Parade and we appreciate all who give freely of their time and talents. We appreciate the cooperation from the participants who helped us to make the parade safer this year by handing out their candy instead of throwing it from the floats.

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I wanted to write to thank fellow Franklin residents who generously gave of their time and means to help impact thousands of hurting kids this Christmas. Together we were able to pack 3,034 shoe boxes — filled with toys, school supplies and basic necessities — for Operation Christmas Child. Our packed shoe box gifts, joined by millions of others, are now on their way to needy children in 100 countries. During the 2012 collection season, Operation Christmas Child reached a milestone — more than 100 million children have been impacted by the power of a simple gift since 1993.

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