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Opinion Letters

A county audit is pending to examine why Jackson County ordinances (for building) have not been examiined or enforced. Former planning director Gerald Green should have left his outrageous working conditions earlier. The former board (all are responsible) allowed (in 2011) under permit and code enforcement director Tony Elders, a builder’s one stop deal. All the employees (17 of them) wound up with Mr. Elders while Director Green and Mr. Jeleniewski (a part-time WCU intern) were left with a crushing load of ordinances to deal with from one end of the county to the other. Obviously they had to burn the midnight oil on their own time (many times) to keep up with the plow.


As a pediatrician, it has been my privilege to serve the families of western North Carolina for over 20 years. My colleagues and I are honored to be invited into your lives, to share your greatest joys, and sometimes your worst fears as we work together to ensure the health and safety of your children.

The climate of medicine has changed both nationally and locally. Our practice has adapted in order to continue to provide the excellent quality healthcare our patients expect and deserve.

In 2013, we became a part of Mission Health System. This allows us to bring the expertise and resources of Mission Children's Hospital to our community. By partnering with other medical providers in the region to form Mission Health Partners, we have become part of a movement to ensure all patients in the region continue to receive exceptional high-quality care.


Recently I read of the untimely death of Doris Lynch. Doris was employed by Macon County Board of Education until her retirement in 1995.

I worked in the office at Highlands School for 32 years and spoke with Doris via telephone every day, sometimes more than once. My questions were endless and covered everything from textbooks to athletics. I never remember one question she could not answer. Today I had to talk to three people to get her retirement date.

I valued Doris' knowledge of the county school system and could never had done my job effectively without her. I not only appreciated the help she gave me but also her patience and gentle spirit.


The recent tragic death of Branson James Talley, just three weeks into his life, reminded me of how important this doctrine is. Was this God’s will?

Adherents to the “framework hypothesis” would say, “Sometimes it’s just hard to understand God.”

Yes, it really is hard to understand this “god.” Did God really use millions of years of pain, suffering, death and tragedy to create? Then did He call it good? Does He enjoy watching suffering? No! This is not the God of the Bible.


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