25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Opinion Letters

Ah, August. Vacation time. Yeah!

Never mind that ISIS is beheading its way through Syria and Iraq. That Christians are being driven into death or despair. As our esteemed leader said a few weeks ago, referring to ISIS, “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Laker uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” Surprise – looks like they put on Chicago Bears uniforms and need to be taken seriously.

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"Freedom, freedom is a hard won thing and every generation has to win it again." This is a refrain from a civil rights song from the ’60s. My generation marched, staged sit-ins, spoke out and some even died to achieve rights for minorities, women and future generations of Americans.

Today we are old folks. We who fought so hard are tired, and what do we see happening? Young people are sitting on the sidelines while the voting rights, civil rights and women rights we fought and sacrificed for seem to be slipping away. Many of us are putting on our orthopedic shoes and marching again. We look around and see very few youthful faces.

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North Carolina is currently experiencing a constitutional crisis. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has stated that he will not defend our state's laws. This is a moral, ethical, and constitutional breach of the duties of his office.

The North Carolina AGs duties and responsibilities are dictated by the N.C. constitution and state statutes. Cooper does not get to pick which laws to uphold and which laws to not regardless of whether he personally supports or agrees with them or not. Within the borders of North Carolina, Cooper is obligated to defend/prosecute based upon the laws enacted by the General Assembly, constitutional amendments voted upon by the citizens of North Carolina, and the interpretations of those laws by North Carolina's courts.

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Have you wondered why worldwide the leftists, environmentalists, and most media are waging a war against that new dirty word — fracking?

The answer is simple, and it has nothing to do with the hyperbole, misinformation, and propaganda these anti-frackers use to scare the public.

The first commercial-scale use of fracking is generally credited with starting in 1947. After 67 years, and the fracking of over one million oil and gas wells, anti-frackers abruptly started their war only 3-4 years ago. Why not 67 years ago if it is as devastating to the environment, health and safety as anti-frackers now claim? Why were some lukewarm fracking proponents prior to the war?

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