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Opinion Letters

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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The Republicans in Raleigh have approved their “tax reform” and budget, and we will suffer for both.

According to Senate Minority Whip Josh Stein, the GOP “tax reform” cuts $500 million in revenue, while their budget cuts $500 million from public education over the next several years. Sixty-five percent of the tax cuts go to the wealthiest one percent, while 90 percent of the cuts go to the wealthiest five percent. In other words, the Republican priorities are to take a half billion dollars away from public education and give it to the wealthiest and to out-ofstate corporations.

If we don’t have a well-educated populace, businesses aren’t going to be all that interested in moving here. The Republicans are destroying public education by allowing private schools to take money and some of the best students away from public schools, leaving less money to teach students who need the most resources.

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I thought only conservatives complained about one-sided reporting by the “lame stream media.”

But in a recent letter to the editor, Shirley Ches, an outspoken Macon County liberal, was also complaining about the “lame stream media.” Initially it had me wondering if I had unknowingly been transported to Alice’s Wonderland. Near the end of the letter it became evident its actual purpose.

Ms. Ches wanted to specifically complain that the “lame stream media” hadn’t provided enough of its usual glowing reporting for President Obama’s recent speech on “climate change.” Or was it on “global warming,” or “catastrophic global warming,” or “carbon pollution,” or whatever the latest focus group terminology for the subject is?

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