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I would like to thank our local fire departments that responded to the fire at the Laurel Hills Townhouses Monday, Sept. 17. They were there in minutes, extremely organized and so considerate of those who lost everything and to those who were afraid. Through their quick action and expertise they were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the attached units. There were five companies that responded. It was amazing to see them all work as a team.

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I am fortunate enough to be a “guest” of Macon County for about six months, coming up from Sarasota, Fla. I have lived in Sarasota since 1947 when my parents car arrived and I was in the back seat. Sarasota is my home and when I tell someone I am leaving for the summer, if they ask if I am going home, I say, “No, I am running away from home.” Sarasota has grown from a population of probably 12,000 to 300,000 during my 65 years living there.

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The conversation about energy prices needs a bit of clarification and fact checking. The sign in front of the Macon County Tea Party Headquarters touts that when President Obama took office gasoline sold for $1.81 per gallon. What’s not on the sign is that six months earlier, the national average price for regular gasoline was $4.11 per gallon, the highest price in history. Why the drop? People don’t drive as much when they are out of work or fear losing their jobs. Similarly, companies are not delivering goods when they don’t have customers.

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This letter is in response to one written by Jim Sottile recently. I have to agree with him on one point: People in Macon County are terrible at minding their own business.

If a family has a tragedy, such as a house fire, sick child, etc, these meddlesome folk here will immediately organize a benefit, with volunteer musicians, bakers, etc., just to help them “live their lives.”

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published: 10/18/2013
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