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Opinion Letters

One of the first pieces of legislation that state senator Jim Davis sponsored was Senate Bill 480 titled “Let Those Who Ride Decide.” As a physician I was particularly aware of the totally needless deaths and injuries caused by motorcycle riders who do not use helmets.

One of my first experiences in the medical profession was seeing an autopsy being performed on a young man killed because of a head injury while riding a motorcycle without a helmet. (It turned out this person was the first person my future wife ever dated).

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, 4,502 motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle crashes. Head injury is a leading cause of death.


I would like to respond to the the letter of April 4 about the cutting of the band and athletic budgets. I have been a member of the FHS Band Boosters for the last three years with one more year to go.

I do agree with what are the Board of Education priorities. The way I see it they have a tough decision to make on where cuts are since there have been cuts in the state of N.C. as a whole. I can not speak about the athletics’ budget but I do have knowledge of the band’s budget from the BOE. The band’s budget covered by the BOE is the salary of the director/ teacher. Not only does he teach band but he also teaches drama.


You talk about men of action, I witnessed just that. The Vietnam Veterans Chapter 994 in Macon County, in two days a group of them in the bad weather spent hours erecting a large stage to be used this past Easter weekend for our community use. Our hats off to them for their service to our community and service to our country.

With respect,

William Trapani — Franklin, N.C.

I'm thru hiking the Appalachian trail. For the past few days I've been hiking with a young man from Germany. As we were approaching Franklin we encountered several residents at the road crossings giving snacks and beverages, trail magic we call it, to the hikers.

At Winding Stair Gap a local resident stopped and gave us a ride to the Sapphire Inn. There, we paid for our room, took a shower and went out to get a meal and hiking supplies. Within five minutes, we were given a ride to the restaurant we wanted to go to.


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