61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Opinion Letters

 
The jobless rate in western North Carolina is among the highest in the country.   Republicans won many legislative seats by claiming they would create jobs and lower taxes to stimulate small businesses.  They have not passed even one effective jobs bill, but they did lower taxes on businesses.  Yes they did.  But, “small” got left out of it.  Surely, this was a “misunderstanding.”  It also gave big businesses that tax break.  This little “misunderstanding” cost the taxpayers one third of a billion dollars in lost revenue.  This would have restored a significant part of our education underfunding.
 
Likewise, another “misunderstanding” allowed businesses the tax break even if they did not create a single job.  $340 million tossed away as a gift to big business.

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It is totally reprehensible to use the United Nations as a fearmongering tool in Macon County political discourse.  I write as a person with some knowledge.  While I have never been a UN employee, I have on occasion collaborated on UN-supported programs – not in this country, but in Costa Rica and Panama.  One of them specifically supported private property rights by assisting small landholders to acquire legal title to farms they had worked for many years.  That some of the beneficiaries reacted to enhanced property value by selling their properties was not the intended result, but it certainly gives the lie to the image of the UN as anti-private property zealots.

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It is totally reprehensible to use the United Nations as a fearmongering tool in Macon County political discourse.  I write as a person with some knowledge.  While I have never been a UN employee, I have on occasion collaborated on UN-supported programs – not in this country, but in Costa Rica and Panama.  One of them specifically supported private property rights by assisting small landholders to acquire legal title to farms they had worked for many years.  That some of the beneficiaries reacted to enhanced property value by selling their properties was not the intended result, but it certainly gives the lie to the image of the UN as anti-private property zealots.

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I believe office seekers fall into three categories: Those who truly want to help their community, state and nation become a better place for all their citizens, those who are initially motivated by greed and the lust for power, and those who, having lost their idealism, desperately want to cling to their incumbency for all the perks their positions provide. What kind of politicians do you want working for you?

Until recent years, politicians acknowledged the need for compromise in order to get things done. Now the leadership of both parties values entrenched positions over reasonable compromise, so nothing important gets accomplished. I say throw the uncompromising ideologues of both parties out of office and let more reasonable people assume leadership roles.

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