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

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Opinion Letters

Do you remember “hanging-chads?” Those were the tiny little punch-out holes on Florida ballots that gave George Bush the presidency in 2001 and made Florida the land of bad elections. As a direct result of that fiasco, Congress passed the 'Help America Vote Act or HAVA, which gave money to the states to improve their election systems. Over $4 million of that money is still in N.C. banks ready to be spent on the 2012 election process.

In cash-strapped counties across the state, Election Boards are trying to find the money to conduct fair and efficient elections come November. That $4 million would go a long way to expand early voting, to ease access for the disabled, and ensure that everybody who wants to vote can vote. It would also expand computerized voter registration and record systems, and would greatly reduce the possibility of voter fraud.

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“No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.” – Abraham Lincoln

I am going to give Senator Davis the benefit of the doubt and suggest that he suffers from a poor memory rather than a duplicitous character. He apparently does not remember a long and protracted discussion that took place at the Macon County public library on June 23, 2011. The objective of that well-attended meeting was to discuss the severe budget cuts to public education inflicted on North Carolina residents by the current Republican-led State General Assembly.

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In his April 26 letter to the editor, “Why I'm a Democrat,” Ed Morris provides many reasons for his pride at being Macon County's new Democratic Party Chair. While I take exception to his premise that his party holds exclusive rights to all that is politically righteous, pure and noble, I agree his party has reason to feel pride for its positive contributions to our democratic republic.

Morris’s letter provides many topics for reasonable discourse but his false claims are not among those. For him to state he has heard me say, “Poor women have no business having children.” is patently false.

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We are Republicans because we believe in the principles of the Republican Party, which are:

1. Belief that the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person's dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored;

2. Belief in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability;

3. Belief that free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth, and prosperity;

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