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Opinion Letters

For entertainment value Tall Tales can't be beat. However, do we really want to vote on the basis of Tall Tales that are totally separate from reality? Vic Drummond recently wrote such a Tale in a letter to the editor. Every Tall Tale needs an evil villain so that would be me and the N.C. Department of Public Education in Drummond's Tale about how to justify cutting over a billion dollars in education funding and eliminating thousands of teaching jobs. It is interesting when a Republican points out anything that could possibly adversely affect a citizen, the Republicans paint themselves as the protectors of truth, justice, and the American way. When a Democrat points out something so important to every citizen as the inadequate funding of public education, the Democrat is labeled a “liberal partisan” that engages in “political hyperbole.”


As a working citizen, I have not paid much attention to politics until the last year. During this year I have done a lot of reading in history, economics, politics, and the free enterprise system.

It has become clear to me that both democrats and republicans are corrupt. So in an election where a third party is not a realistic option for winning who do I vote for. I was a republican until two months ago and no I am not a democrat now. Many people I talk to are middle of the road people and don't like aspects of either party.

Here are some of the things I learned from my reading:


This year's Pumpkin Fest was fantastic. I cannot imagine all the hard work and man hours that went into getting it all set up. Let's not forget the clean up afterwards. The streets were spotless on Sunday morning.

It was a great pleasure to see everyone dressed in costumes. There was fun for everyone. The pumpkin roll, costume contest, games for the children, good food and live music.

I was there all day taking pictures of everyone and everything. If you were there, most likely I "shot" you. I got some fabulous pics of the children and dogs dressed in costume. I got some great pics of everyone in the costume contest. I would love to share these pictures with you. If you are interested, please contact me @ 828-371-1994 and we can make arrangements.

Lu Weigel — Franklin, N.C.

Read2Me is a community effort to promote reading, with a focus on children, from birth to age five. As part of our mission, we distribute books to children at various events and provide parental training on the importance of reading. We now have an exciting opportunity to partner with the Literacy Council of Highlands and The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. Through this combined effort, we can reach many more children in Macon County.

Dolly’s program provides age-appropriate books each month directly to preschool children born in Macon County. Many of these children have little or no exposure to books and the worlds that books open. Recent articles in The Macon County News and The Franklin Press provide graphic details of the problem in Macon County. Data shows that over 50 percent of our children are ill-prepared for kindergarten, lacking skills with recognizing letters and sounds, identifying colors and shapes, and having a basic vocabulary. We believe that this community can make a difference.


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