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Opinion Letters

As elected District Attorneys we each believe that one of our government’s highest callings is to ensure public safety. This is a calling which is reinforced for us every year as we watch our local communities struggle with criminal offenses which pose significant harm. In Buncombe County alone this year over 1,500 individuals will be arrested for driving while impaired with many of these individuals being significantly impaired (at blood alcohol levels often double or triple the legal limit) or impaired due to combinations of drugs and alcohol. Drug abuse, of both illegal and prescription drugs, causes significant harm to our communities and continues to be one of the major issues in the criminal justice system.

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I am writing in regards to the Nikwasi Indian Mound. I am concerned for the community of Franklin and the image it is giving off to the rest of this country. Franklin has a lot of part-time residents that live elsewhere and a lot of others who are keeping up on the going-ons that are deciding whether to retire or visit here.

First off, I cannot believe that the Town of Franklin has missed the mark concerning the return of the mound to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). This is an opportunity to close some wounds, restore a church to a culture that has thousands of years history to the land, and to demonstrate understanding and goodwill. Folks, when I ask people what religion they feel Franklin is, they say “there are a lot of Christians.”

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“Tis a puzzlement!” How can any elected representative currently in office perpetually insist on being “proud” while consistently voting against the needs and wishes of the people represented? Who can be “proud” of a vote to contaminate the very ground, air and water that benefits all of our state?

At best these views display incompetence, or perhaps a desire to convey “willful misinformation.”

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More and more people have concerns about fracking and want to learn more. “Triple Divide” does just that. Though controversial, people of all political parties are upset about the possible harm fracking could do here in North Carolina, especially regarding water contamination. This movie "is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts, and Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development." (Triple Divide website)

"It's the best movie on fracking to date (using) facts, not fiction or spin," wrote Pennsylvania resident Robert Donnan." Mark Ruffalo, Academy nominated actor, co-narrates the film. He became involved in the project after seeing “Triple Divide” only several weeks before the final release.

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