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

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Opinion Letters

I urge my fellow Macon County voters to support the reelection of County Commissioner Bobby Kuppers, a man of proven high ability who is committed to listening to us and finding solutions to our county’s need.

Bobby Kuppers has had an exceptional career. Following graduation from the Naval Academy he became commander of the attack nuclear submarine “Key West,” and after that he was the Commanding Officer of the Trident Submarine Training School. But his dream was to return to teach and coach at his old school, Franklin High, and for the last twelve years he has done that, he has worked countless hours in local politics finding common ground between parties, attempting, as he says, “to avoid the deadlock found on the Federal level.”

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I find Cecil Bothwell’s preoccupation with Heath Shuler odd and slightly disturbing. Although Shuler announced months ago that he would not be running for re-election, Bothwell has continued to attack him online and in public forums across the 11th Congressional District. Bothwell’s website still features a page entitled “Vs. Shuler” where he contrasts his views against what he claims to be Shuler’s views. Nearly all of Bothwell’s information on Shuler’s record is false or misleading.

Heath Shuler isn’t running for Congress. His name won’t be on the ticket in May or November. While Bothwell focuses his campaign on attacking someone who isn’t in the race, Hayden Rogers has been getting his positive message out to voters across Western North Carolina.

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I want to share with you three times in my life that made me appreciate how important our Democratic vision is to the people of this state and this country.

First, it is clear to me the Republican Party sees women as second-class citizens. I attended a public meeting last year where our State Senator said poor women have no business having children. I was appalled that he had the audacity to tell women who should and should not have children. If this outrageous Republican view had prevailed at the time and my mother had been influenced by it, I would never have been born. Democrats, as opposed to Republicans, believe all people whether rich or poor, male or female, black or white have the right to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve as human beings.

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I’m often contacted by candidates looking for support and networking opportunities among independent voters. But a recent request for assistance was unique and encouraging. Let me explain....

The call came from a gentleman running in a partisan contest County Commissioner in western N.C. I’ll call him “Mr. I” for independent. One of the major parties has put forth a candidate who is currently unopposed. Mr. I considered it so vital he not align himself with either party, he’s opted to do it the hard way, by collecting the 6000 signatures required to get on the ballot. Mr. I could have easily accepted the nomination of the party without a current candidate, in fact they were recruiting him to run on their ticket.

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