61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Opinion Letters

On Aug. 14, 2012, Macon County commissioners voted 3-1 to approve borrowing $1.5 million to purchase new computer equipment for county schools. Commissioner Beale was absent, and Commissioner Haven dissented.

There are several reasons why I don’t think this funding should have been approved.

I understand computer purchases have been the responsibility of the Macon County School System using state funds. That should continue to be the case. Over the past several years the school board has deferred computer purchases. They are accountable for their decisions.

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My grandson visiting for the summer participated in the Own The Night program initiated this summer by the Macon County Library. It was a national program for teenagers meeting three afternoons a week for two months. This program was facilitated by Ms. Ellen Agee. I cannot begin to tell you what a fine program this was for teens. It covered an extensive amount of material such as Anime, art, photography, creative writing, challenges to take home and complete, prizes, movies, and creative projects at nearly every session. It also tied into the Thursday night programs on Owls and Bats. Generally there were about 15 to 20 young people attending every session. There should have been 100. Ms. Agee is now going to start some programs for teens during the school year. I wish my grandson could be here for those sessions as well.

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I was bored and in search of some excitement, so I armed myself and went down to the biker rally, motivated with memories of the movie “Wild One” with Marlon Brando, and “Easy Rider” with Peter Fonda. Plus, I love to see those biker chicks.

The first thing I did there was scope out the food, and I had a great tasting sausage, peppers and onions sandwich, which really tastes better with a beer, but they had no beer at the rally. I was so disappointed. There were no drunken riders doing wheelies or burning rubber. None of the girls were fighting. So, I went around talking to all those people wearing leather and colorful patches. Things were so sedate, it seemed like a version of “Picking On The Square,” with a different form of dress and a little harder rock and roll music. The stage show was entertaining and everyone was sitting around chatting and listening to the show. People were telling me about the great restaurants they went to in town, and the nice stores they shopped in. Most were staying in local hotels. They all gassed up for their trip home. My mind was clicking like a cash register. It became clear to me that they spent a few bucks in our town.

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I can’t hardly stand to read the Letters to the Editor anymore. Civil discourse, the backbone of any democracy, has sunk to a new low here and across the country. Name calling, overgeneralization, and denigration have become the new norm. Whatever happened to researched facts, sound reasoning and fair play?

Yes, the stakes in this election are high. But do the ends truly justify the means? We are on the verge of national disintegration and Balkanization. Is this the best we can do?

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