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Opinion Letters

Thank you Norm Roberts for your efforts to find out accurate factual information about the very important issue of public education funding. You or Jim Davis suggests in your letter to the editor in The Franklin Press Aug. 24 that the information on the Democratic Headquarters sign about cuts to public education funding is a lie. There is clearly a discrepancy between the information on the Democratic sign about massive cuts to public education and the information that Jim Davis presented to citizens of Macon County at the League of Women Voter’s Forum. As chairman of the Macon County Democratic Party, I can say with absolute conviction that the local Democratic Party and our candidates are committed to presenting accurate, reliable, factual information to our citizens. We do our best to find reliable sources so voters can judge what the facts related to different positions truly are. Of course it is possible that without intention I used incorrect information so I rechecked the facts.


Wow, what a great weekend. Thank you to all who came out to the 4th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show this past weekend. You helped to make this our biggest BBQ Festival yet.

Thanks to those who brought their cars. We appreciate you sharing your prized possession with us.

Thanks to those who gave financially and those who gave in-kind. We couldn't do it without you all.


Recently, the League of Women Voters started a membership campaign and in our invitation, we stated that at campaign forums conducted by the League, to maintain the spirit of a non-partisan informational forum, there should be no partisan or candidate signs, banners, t-shirts, hats, or other campaign paraphernalia. We have had objections to this policy from the local leadership of one of the political parties, based on the right to freedom of speech.


What does a new small business owner do to get the word out about their company? The obvious answer is advertising, but there are many factors to consider with a limited budget. The key to advertising is to reach as many potential customers as possible for the lowest cost. For businesses like our Here Wee Grow children, teen and maternity clothing resale shop, we run a modest newspaper ad that lasts a week for the same cost as a few 30-second radio or television ads. For us, the looming question was simply how many potential customers are reached by print? We can now answer that question for other small business owners from personal experience. After publishing a year of consecutive weekly ads in The Macon County News and conversing with our patrons, we are fully convinced that advertising in a free newspaper is essential in a region populated by small mountain communities.


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