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

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Opinion Letters

At the most recent town aldermen meeting, I was dismayed when the board did not even apologize for Alderwoman Patillo's verbal abuse and bullying insults to local newspaper reporter Brittney Parker who suffers from multiple disabilities including having recovered from being paralyzed and hospitalized extensively. This noble young lady has overcome remarkable adversity and was horribly insulted until she had to leave the room crying. She was in tears over the insults which, unbeknownst to the Alder lady, were directly about symptoms of her disability. Ms. Parker stood before the board and informed them of the incident. But she was not even dignified with ANY kind of response from the board, much less an acknowledgement. A simple “I'm sorry” works wonders!

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The season of joy and giving is now upon us. The Franklin Lions Club will be hoping for the kind generosity of this community once again. Over the next few weekends, you will see members of our club out in front of local businesses collecting from what we fondly refer to as our "dime boards." This is our annual project to raise money to take children in our community shopping for new clothes at Christmas. As part of our "Santa Pal" event, the children we venture to make a better Holiday Season for will receive breakfast, shopping and a visit with Santa (where toys are involved!) We gladly accept all donations with gratitude.

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After watching the video of the 12-3-2012 Town Board meeting online (view it here), I was appalled at what I saw.

Brittney Parker, a Macon News reporter, speaks about an attack by a Town Board member concerning her fidgeting during a meeting. Miss Parker has disabilities and a debilitating injury that she has worked hard to overcome.

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I have enjoyed the Venture Local series written by Brittney Parker. From restaurants and artisans to merchants and manufacturing and from consignment shops all the way to fitness, I have learned about the businesses belonging to my friends and neighbors.

Each Venture Local article gave highlighted businesses a chance to shine. What a wonderful way to educate our community about the many opportunities available in Franklin!

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