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Opinion Letters

Just a couple thoughts about fracking. When I read that the Department of Energy and Natural Resources Mining and Energy Commission (DENR-MEC) wants to look at fracking potential west of Buncombe County, my jaw dropped. My home water supply is spring fed and all my neighbors are either using spring water or wells. I see no good reason to trade perfectly good (and free) spring water for a city water bill based on some pie in the sky fracking company’s promise of free money sitting under ground. Whenever I hear "Free Money" I assume someone is trying to con me.

Worse than that is the Forced Pooling allowed under the new law (G.S.§ 113-393. Development of lands as drilling unit by agreement or order of Commission. ) If DENRMEC chair James Womack lumps me into a Drilling Unit, then my property rights go out the window putting control of my property and drinking water up to a vote by land owners in my Unit.


The Friends of the Scottish Museum wish to thank the News for the full page coverage of the 2014 Burns Night Dinner on Jan. 25. The event at Tartan Hall was sold out.

We hosted visitors from Atlanta and Florida. Special thanks to Boy Scout Troop 298 who served the five-course meal and did dishes.

Many businesses along Main Street contributed to our auction or bought dinner tickets, and we greatly appreciate their support.

Eleanor Swift, President
Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum

Since I started working part-time in 2012, I have not been able to afford health insurance. I was willing to buy health insurance but it just was not in my price range. My only affordable alternative for care has been the Community Care Clinic. I'm grateful for the care I have received, and I'm glad that I can free up that resource for others now that I can afford to pay to see a doctor.

After receiving guidance from Macon County's Health Care Navigator, Cynthia Solesbee, I signed up for Blue Cross Blue Shield using She helped me to set up an account on the website and walked me through my alternatives. No sales pitch, just a free visit with her at the Senior Center to learn about my available plan choices.


We have heard much from Governor McCrory and some leaders in the state legislature about our “failed” Medicaid program. This “fix” is despite the fact that Community Care of NC(CNCC), which manages care for 1.4 million of the 1.6 million state Medicaid patients, was recognized nationally in April 2013 as the model for delivery of Medicaid services.

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) presented an award to CNCC from the Healthcare Leadership Council, a national group of healthcare CEOs, for quality AND efficiency and in particular praised the high quality of care delivered to patients in rural areas.

However, Art Pope’s Civitas Institute has allocated funds to discredit the Medicaid program, the purpose seeming to be to further reduce funding to the program.


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