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Opinion Letters

Collector: At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
Scrooge: Are there no prisons?
Collector: Plenty of prisons.
Scrooge: And the union workhouses - are they still in operation?
Collector: They are. I wish I could say they were not.
Scrooge: Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I'm very glad to hear it.

— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, 1843

In your August 1, 2013, edition, in a story entitled “Upcoming tax-free weekend to be one of the last in N.C.,” Senator Jim Davis is quoted regarding the state’s termination of the tax-free weekend. “This is one of the ways we are trying to make the tax code in North Carolina simpler… [w]e’re just closing another loop-hole.” A loophole? Allowing parents to save 6.75 percent off school supplies for three days out of an entire year is a “loophole?”

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Dear Shirley,

Well done on your letter last week about the news presented to the public by the phony TV so-called news programs and the large national newspapers.

Again, well done.

Joseph H. Foreman — Franklin, N.C.

The 2013 Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival was a huge success with an estimated 3,000-4,000 visitors engaged in a full day of activities. The success of this years returning festival is due in no small part to the community merchants, volunteers, entertainers, vendors, service organizations, church groups, and many unsung heroes who gave their time and energy to support the festival in innumerable ways. We thank the Town of Franklin for their immeasurable help through the TDA program, the Main Street Program, bill boards, use of the Town Hall council chambers, and the help of Linda Schlott, and Summer Woodard. We thank the chamber of commerce for their assistance through the TDC program, and the assistance of Linda Harbuck. We thank the directors of the Scottish Tartans Museum for their assistance and support with a special thank you to staff member Ronin McGregor. Our wonderful website was created and maintained by Jim Geary. A special thanks is due Bonnie Pickartz and her family.

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Macon Pride would like to announce that more Franklin businesses, organizations, clubs and churches have been rewarded with a Proud to Recycle Here sticker for their superior recycling, repurposing or reusing methods at their facility. 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.

Macon Pride’s purpose is to foster the Macon County Recycling Program and to educate the public on the litter laws and encourage voluntary compliance.

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