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Opinion Letters

What country do we live in and what was done with America? I have asked myself this question many times.

The America I love and grew up in was a shining light for truth and justice, a champion of freedom, a haven of hope; she was a dependable friend to her allies, a formidable fortress against her foes and those who would trespass against the human rights and dignity of others and a country whose integrity and ideals could be esteemed. The Office of the President was held in high regard, and America was a place where people were proud to work hard and be responsible for their own destinies, and happy to contribute to the common welfare of the country. It was a place where laws were honored and a man's conscience respected, children cherished and nurtured. And, for those wanting to better themselves, it offered a legal process whereby one could come and ultimately attain citizenship, and be free to embrace “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” by learning American culture, working hard, and sharing one's talents. It was a place where the gov't put in place by our forefathers, and, defended with their own blood, was kept intact and God was freely acknowledged as the source of our freedoms and blessings; a place where the federal government had its limits and individual initiative was highly valued ... I could go on and on.

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This past week in our local newspaper two articles really tickled the hell out of me. First, to me having different area commissioners visit our county is a good idea. To exchanging ideas is moving our county forward. Well done, Ronnie Beale. But what caught my reading eye is what our county manager said, to a point he is right, but he said something about if God made a more beautiful place than here he must have kept it a secret, but wait a second, if our good Lord never drove down Lake Emory Road, he might have kept our area a secret, too. There we have empty lots with many critters and more than our share of business dumps. Come take a look Mr. County Manager and see what you have missed.

Second, the dumbest of all is the boon doggle last week if a church lasts 100 years anywhere, they should be given honors for serving the community. Thank you from all of us. By the way election is coming soon, please vote your choice, and if you don’t, don’t crab about anything that happens. With respect,

William L. Trapani — Franklin, N.C.

Two weeks ago, Mr. Bob Wilson, made several claims that will be addressed here. In his letter he claimed that Christianity needs to “evolve into a belief system that can appeal to sensible and logical minds,” and insinuated that Christianity is lying to its members about Noah’s Ark. Mr. Wilson apparently has not studied the Bible concerning the stories of the flood and Noah’s Ark and Christianity because he has confused the two.

Christianity has nothing to do with the teaching of Noah’s Ark but is based upon the 2000-year-old belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God, was born of the Virgin Mary and died on the cross for all of our sins. His resurrection was witnessed by thousands and He now sits at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. If we believe that, and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we are promised life everlasting. On the other hand, Islam, to which Mr. Wilson presumably believes Christianity must evolve in order to avoid conflict between the two religions, has the belief that all who do not accept their religion must die. One is about life the other about death. They are diametrically opposed and continue in a conflict since the time of Ishmael and Isaac that will not end until Jesus returns. Christianity is based upon fact and to attempt to “evolve” it into something else, would itself be a lie.

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My ancestors moved into Macon County right around the time the Cherokees were "removed."

That actually means white settlers took the ancestral land of the Cherokees by force and deeded it ( Cherokees did not "own" land) to white settlers. The Cherokees were then driven to Oklahoma while a small group managed to remain and later be deeded what is now the Cherokee Indian Reservation. This all took place around 175 years ago.

Now the Cherokee Nation has formally requested that the Nikwasi Mound be officially returned to their ownership and care. This decision may prove to be very difficult for the leaders and decisionmakers of Macon County. The difficulty lies in the fact that they hold legal claim to the ownership of the sacred Cherokee site.

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