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Opinion Letters

This year's Pumpkin Fest was fantastic. I cannot imagine all the hard work and man hours that went into getting it all set up. Let's not forget the clean up afterwards. The streets were spotless on Sunday morning.

It was a great pleasure to see everyone dressed in costumes. There was fun for everyone. The pumpkin roll, costume contest, games for the children, good food and live music.

I was there all day taking pictures of everyone and everything. If you were there, most likely I "shot" you. I got some fabulous pics of the children and dogs dressed in costume. I got some great pics of everyone in the costume contest. I would love to share these pictures with you. If you are interested, please contact me @ 828-371-1994 and we can make arrangements.

Lu Weigel — Franklin, N.C.

Read2Me is a community effort to promote reading, with a focus on children, from birth to age five. As part of our mission, we distribute books to children at various events and provide parental training on the importance of reading. We now have an exciting opportunity to partner with the Literacy Council of Highlands and The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. Through this combined effort, we can reach many more children in Macon County.

Dolly’s program provides age-appropriate books each month directly to preschool children born in Macon County. Many of these children have little or no exposure to books and the worlds that books open. Recent articles in The Macon County News and The Franklin Press provide graphic details of the problem in Macon County. Data shows that over 50 percent of our children are ill-prepared for kindergarten, lacking skills with recognizing letters and sounds, identifying colors and shapes, and having a basic vocabulary. We believe that this community can make a difference.

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Incorporation (Inc.) is a protection for investors. The English state it plainly, Ltd. or Limited. Investors’ liability is limited to the value of their investments. If the corporation racks up irresponsible debit, acts improperly or illegally, investors cannot be sued, fined or jailed, even if the corporation's actions cause damage or injury.

That is fair. It is the CEO and directors who run the company. But wait; who gives them their marching orders? That would be those very investors saying, “Make as much money for me as you can and as fast as you can, and I don't care how you do it.” Shockingly mercenary but effectively true. A corporation is crippled when investors move their money to better- performing corporations.

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Have you heard the claim made by liberal Democrat partisans that the Republican-controlled legislature’s 2011-2013 budget cut K-12 education spending by over $1 billion?

I spent time locating, analyzing, and comparing state budget data from 2008 through 2013. The data is publicly available on-line at the governor’s Office of State Budget and Management, and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), which runs the K-12 system.

Keep in mind that beginning in 2009, N.C. was hard hit by a recession. It significantly reduced the state’s tax collections which required the legislature to cut the General Fund Budget (GFB) to balance it. The General Fund pays for: Education, health and human services, justice and public safety, general government, natural and economic resources, and debt service. Everything, except debt service, required cutting.

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