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Opinion Letters

Macon County deserves better than Ron Haven. It’s really that simple. The following quote has been attributed to everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Mark Twain and it explains our situation here in Macon County perfectly, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” I can only assume this is Ron Haven’s strategy this election. Avoiding answering questions simply because he knows his answers will likely lose him support, he just doesn’t have answers or worse it will show he cannot successfully comprehend the issues facing our county.


As elected District Attorneys we each believe that one of our government’s highest callings is to ensure public safety. This is a calling which is reinforced for us every year as we watch our local communities struggle with criminal offenses which pose significant harm. In Buncombe County alone this year over 1,500 individuals will be arrested for driving while impaired with many of these individuals being significantly impaired (at blood alcohol levels often double or triple the legal limit) or impaired due to combinations of drugs and alcohol. Drug abuse, of both illegal and prescription drugs, causes significant harm to our communities and continues to be one of the major issues in the criminal justice system.


I am writing in regards to the Nikwasi Indian Mound. I am concerned for the community of Franklin and the image it is giving off to the rest of this country. Franklin has a lot of part-time residents that live elsewhere and a lot of others who are keeping up on the going-ons that are deciding whether to retire or visit here.

First off, I cannot believe that the Town of Franklin has missed the mark concerning the return of the mound to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). This is an opportunity to close some wounds, restore a church to a culture that has thousands of years history to the land, and to demonstrate understanding and goodwill. Folks, when I ask people what religion they feel Franklin is, they say “there are a lot of Christians.”


“Tis a puzzlement!” How can any elected representative currently in office perpetually insist on being “proud” while consistently voting against the needs and wishes of the people represented? Who can be “proud” of a vote to contaminate the very ground, air and water that benefits all of our state?

At best these views display incompetence, or perhaps a desire to convey “willful misinformation.”


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