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Opinion Letters

Like many of you, I had the privilege of attending the Art Show, held Sunday, May 5, 2013. This Art Show was presented by the students and art teachers in Macon County. The show is an exhibit at the Macon County Public Library and, through their gracious hospitality; it will remain there this week.

Too often, children and youth who have dreams, curiosity, and creativity, that can be expressed only through the median of drawing, painting and other visual arts, do not have opportunities for demonstrating their works in public. The Art Show this week is that type of opportunity.

Please take the opportunity to visit the show and to communicate with our Art Teachers your appreciation for their efforts.

Jim Duncan — Franklin, N.C.

Here in North Carolina, we have a choice of a one-year or three-year rabies certificate (and the associated collar tag) for our dogs. The one-year and the three-year are the same vaccine product. (The first rabies vaccine a puppy gets is always only good for one year.)

After the initial 12- month booster, how often your dog gets rabies vaccines is controlled by local law. Every three years is generally considered adequate in most communities and by American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medicine Association.

When we have a rabies clinic in Macon County (or when you go to your vet) and they have only the one-year certificate (and NOT the three-year) available, the purchasers are getting short-changed and the pet receives additional unnecessary vaccinations. I will leave it to the reader to question the possible motive for this.

Tom Hill — Franklin, N.C.

While many people are working to address climate change by reducing consumption and protecting biodiversity, ArborGen and other tree biotechnology companies, hope to use the crisis to make a big profit.

In 2010, ArborGen won USDA permission to field-test a quarter million genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees across South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

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The new community garden at the Macon County Heritage Center at Cowee School is ready to go and raised beds are available to whoever would like a nice spot to garden this summer. Many people helped out to make this a reality.

First, we are very grateful for a generous donation from the Annie Dee Leatherman Smith family, which made the project possible. A memorial bench and a bed of flowers will commemorate her love for the Cowee Valley, its people and its wildflowers.

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