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Opinion Letters

Festivals draw interest from home town folk, nearby neighbors, as well as visitors. It is one of only two festivals this year. Our Taste of Scotland & Celtic Festival is one of the premiere ones. It is a help to our economy – hotels, stores, restaurants, but more important is that this a familyoriented festival with loads of fun for all ages.

Franklin has close ties to Scotland. Like Americans, Scots love their family and friends and like to socialize with them.

Music of dance, song, and pipes are Highland Scotland traditions. Taste of Scotland showcases what is important to Americans and Scots alike: great entertainment, being together, love and respect for animals, good food, family parades, games of strength, and fun stuff for children to do.

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Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the scientific discoveries made on almost a daily basis, some of which are jaw dropping.

Earlier, we learned about the goat that was put in jail for car theft in Nigeria after they found out that he was in fact a human witch doctor who disguised himself as a goat to avoid prosecution. The last I heard the goat was still in jail and being obstinate by refusing to revert back to his human form. Certainly the FBI can utilize this information and may provide some clues as to the whereabouts of many criminals on the “most wanted” list.

In another earth shaking (no pun intended) discovery a politician in Pakistan has revealed that earthquakes in Pakistan are caused by women who wear jeans instead of gunny sacks to cover themselves. The discovery was announced at a press conference by one Maulana Rehman, a respected politician and reported in the New Indian Express newspaper.

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I have just learned what the DOT is up to at the Cat Creek entrance off Hwy 441 bypass and the intersection on the same highway at the Franklin Main Street intersection. It appears that in spite of the public outcry against this action, the DOT is proceeding with the intended closing of the left turn onto the highway at the Cat Creek intersection.

They are not only going to force drivers who wish to go south off Cat Creek to enter onto a divided highway with 60 mph plus traffic bearing down on them but these same people will be forced to break the law and drive across the two lanes of highway to reach the proposed u-turn a short distance down the road to the west. This short distance does not allow a safe transition in accordance with the law to get over to the proposed u-turn area. This alone defeats the whole purpose that was given by the so-called engineers that spoke at the public meeting. They said that accidents are frequently happening when traffic enters this high speed area trying to get across the highway to travel south.

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Last Tuesday, President Obama directed federal agencies to serve antibiotic-free meat and poultry in government cafeterias. The FDA will require animal producers to obtain authorization from a licensed veterinarian to use drugs to treat a specific disease, rather than just to promote rapid growth, as is current practice. As much as 80 percent of all U.S. antibiotics are used in animal agriculture.

The moves come amid growing concern about the link between routine antibiotic use in animal agriculture and human infections by bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics because of their excessive use. The CDC estimates that antibiotic resistance causes two million illnesses per year in the U.S. and 23,000 deaths. It also adds $20 billion per year in health care costs and $35 billion in lost productivity. And we thought that animal products were just linked to heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

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