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Opinion Letters

It is always exciting when it is time for the Fair. People plan what they will make or bring and hopefully receive some sort of recognition by winning a ribbon or other prize.

It is always sad to see the fair close but hopefully there will be pleasant memories of good times, good food and lots of fun. But this year there are also some unpleasant memories.

On Sunday, when booths and displays in the educational building were taken down it was noted that several items had been taken from the displays.


Critics of my recent letter to the editor accused me of being a Nazi propagandist, a “radical,” a “flat-earther,” a “liar” (unspecified), and ignorant of “the facts and science.”

Why the vitriol? I dared to write that the “global warming crisis” was non-existent. That view contradicted President Obama’s “We Need to Act” [on “global warming”] speech on June 25, 2013, and that cult-like belief of many leftists. Leftists world-wide have used this “crisis” to advance their political agenda for bigger government, increased regulation, higher taxes, and wealth redistribution.

Australian voters just replaced their government after experiencing the devastating economic impact of implementing Obama-like initiatives to attack the non-existent “global warming crisis.” Can the U.S. learn from other countries?


Today I had the pleasure of attending the ribbon cutting at our beautiful, needed dialysis clinic here in Macon County. It was well attended, but there was one person who is the reason the clinic is here and that’s commissioner Ronnie Beale. If anybody deserved a well done, It’s him.

We here in Macon say thank you. We veterans know well how much Ronnie Beale has supported us, with our wonderful Veterans Memorial here in town and now the clinic.

All veterans salute you, sir.

William Trapani — Franklin, N.C.

Clubs and churches have been rewarded a “Proud to Recycle Here” sticker for their superior recycling, repurposing or reusing methods at their facility. Recognized recently are the Nantahala Hiking Club, The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild, Franklin Garden Club, Nantahala Physical Therapy Center, and the Franklin Health and Fitness Center.

With some guidance from Macon Pride members and Joel Ostroff, Macon County Recycling Coordinator, more and more of what most people consider trash to be thrown into the landfill is now put in the recycling bins at the county’s Recycling and Convenience Centers. Recycling makes money for the county which keeps our taxes low and our landfills not full.


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