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Opinion Letters

I've been following plans for the up-coming “Rumble” with trepidation. Having lived through several bike weeks in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, I can tell you that it may be fun for bikers, but it sure isn't fun for anyone else. Locals tend to stay inside. On top of that, “bike week” soon expanded to include the entire month of March every year.

What is the problem with a serious influx of bikers? First of all, the noise. Motorcycles don't really have to make a lot of noise, but they do. That is the idea. Otherwise, why call biker conventions Rumbles or Rolling Thunders? Then there is the unnecessary congestion. Bikers don't have to park in masse blocking the entrance to restaurants and gas stations, but they do, and they don't have to ride in large blocks, gun their engines, and weave in and out of traffic, but they do. Lastly, there is the inevitable proliferation of biker bars and attendant problems. Don't think it can't happen here.


I want to take this opportunity to thank the Franklin Board of Aldermen, especially the legendary Franklin grump, Mr. Curtis, Mr. Greenwood, Teflon King and the local news media for the wonderful break from the oppressive humidity and heat by bringing us Mound Gate.

What I most enjoy is our town leaders, who worship at the Shrine of China, Wal-Mart, notorious destroyer of American jobs, shipper of American money to China, and evader of American taxes, will not pick up the phone to make a courtesy call to the leaders of a sovereign nation not 50 miles down the road from Franklin. One simple phone call to Cherokee's leaders, our neighbors, who are creating hundreds of jobs in WNC, to talk about a change in the maintenance management of the Nikwasi mound an obvious treasure to the Cherokee and Franklin. But then if someone at Town Central had been simply courteous, not to mention smart, we would not have the joy of Mound Gate.


I know that there has already been a lot written about our mayor being “censured” by our egotistical aldermen, however, I would like to include my two cents.

When I don’t exactly know what to say when the situation or incident or whatever you want to call it has been so increduously silly and inane, I tend to quote much smarter people than myself.


StreetFest ’12 was a huge success and we want to thank everyone who helped bring it together. While Venture Local Franklin spearheaded the event, the downtown merchants and eateries made it happen, attending meetings, opening their stores and welcoming all who came. The Arrogant Americans, Unawarewulves, and Uncle Don’s Band brought the entire downtown alive with sound and Linda Cherry's flashmob was a huge success, bringing people into the street to celebrate. Thanks to Phil Myers who entertained with his wonderful dulcimer and to those offering chair massages on either end of the street.

Special thanks also go to Amy Murphy for donating the wonderful banner. Thanks to Alan at Kitchen Gourmet and Karen at Macon Furniture because without the use of their buildings, the banner wouldn't have happened.


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