The Rotary Club of Franklin presents RiverFest 2 :: Saturday, August 29 from 8:30am - 12:30pm along the Little Tennessee River :: click here for more information!

Click for Franklin, North Carolina Forecast

Opinion Letters

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce and Southwestern Community College’s Car Club want to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Cruisin’ in the Mountains a success.

We want to especially thank our major sponsors Smoky Mountain Chevrolet/Jacky Jones Auto Group, Parts City, Mike & Alex’s Mountain Vacation Homes, Stamey Performance, Fat Buddies BBQ, Macon Bank, Desoto Trail Metal, Cycle Crazy and Jim Brown Dodge for their support. Without them this event would not have been possible.


In most of the Western North Carolina newspaper’s letters to the editor’s section we can count on one main topic, Gov. McCrory and the Republicans are bad for North Carolina. But did you notice that last month in August the State of North Carolina moved from having the 49th highest unemployment rate in the USA to number 44 tied with Georgia and the District of Columbia?

While many are complaining, condemning and criticizing Gov. McCrory, he is out every day promoting our state and looking for new businesses to open up in our state. Ninety-eight out of 100 counties lowered their unemployment rates last month. That is amazing and a positive sign for our unemployed.


Several opinions about the government shutdown have come across these pages. Of course everyone is concerned about it and many are being impacted seriously. The obstacle? Obamacare! Providing insurance coverage for the uninsured is a worthy goal, no question. But, the problem is how we are going about it.

First of all, as I recall, Republicans were not allowed a meaningful seat at the table when Obamacare was being drafted. Their input was either ignored, rejected or denied. Then Nancy Pelosi recommended passing it “so we could see what was in it” and Democrats pretty much pushed it through without Republican backing. That alone should have been a red flag.


In my business I deal with many people who are at the bottom of the economic ladder. For them one car breakdown or one illness can mean financial disaster. Often it means the loss of a job, and any hope of climbing out of poverty. When Jim Davis and Governor McCrory denied over half a million N.C. citizens 100 percent federally paid for Medicaid coverage, they guaranteed that many of those 500,000 citizens would never climb out of poverty and that some of them would die.

When asked to justify this callous and spiteful act they argued that it was necessary because of the terrible state of the existing Medicaid program in N.C. As proof of this they cited a state audit of the North Carolina Medicaid program. The governor claimed that the audit showed high administrative cost, management problems and serious budget overruns in past years. As a result the governor said that N.C. was in no position to accept any more Medicaid recipients.


Page 103 of 251

Macon County News is now on:
Find the Macon County News on Facebook! and Find the Macon County News on twitter!
Facebook   Twitter