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Opinion Letters

On behalf of the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County/Franklin Folk Festival Committee, we would like to thank the many groups, businesses, sponsors and individuals that came together to help us put on the 9th Annual Franklin Folk Festival held downtown on July 21, 2012. This year’s festival boasted record attendance with even more activities as we partnered with the Franklin Fire Department to celebrate their 100th anniversary as part of the festival. Most importantly, without the involvement of our “demonstrators” showing trades and a way of life from the turn of the century, our festival would cease to exist.

In 2011, 520 people donated 6,345.50 hours to make the festival happen and after this year’s final results are tallied, we expect even more. This volunteer-led festival orchestrated by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (often mislabeled as one of the town’s festivals) is held each year to help meet the mission of our non-profit organization:

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On behalf of the Franklin Young Professionals, we would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for the support from this community towards our “Macon Waves Ducky Derby” event that recently partnered with the “NC Big Sweep” and “Land Trust for the Little Tennessee.”

Together we were able to pull one ton of waste from numerous waterways in Franklin like the Little Tennessee River and Cullasaja River. Thank you to the many volunteers that made this all possible. And thank you to Guy Gooder at Gooder Grafix for hosting the N.C. Big Sweep year after year. We also would like to thank Jill Wiggins with LTLT for setting up an educational experience at the N.C. Big Sweep. We look forward to working with this community much more in the very near future.

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Just finished reading Mrs. Carolyn D. "Sissy" Pattilo our town alderman's letter and all I can say is, "Well done"! It's so refreshing to have a politician tell it like it is.

She has impressed me and our organization. I hope she will continue to tell it like it is, again "Sissy," keep representing us. You know you’re darn right, you Alderman don't owe any group an apology and you’re right, we own that mound and have cared for it for a long time when no one else would. So be it!

With respect,

William Trapani
Secretary Veterans P.A.C. of Macon County

Two people responded negatively to my letter printed Aug. 9 regarding my comments about Israel, Pat Richmond on Aug. 16 and Bob Wilson on Aug. 23. I will not disavow anything I said in my letter, it was either based on fact or was my opinion, right or wrong.

I must, however, strongly deny Mr. Wilson's accusation that my letter was filled with anti-Semitism, he's incorrect. I have never in my life knowingly discriminated against or been prejudiced and least of all, hostile toward anyone because of their religion or nationality nor do I plan to start now in the winter of my life.

That having been said, I have often felt the term “anti- Semitism” is much over-used and very often misunderstood. Using it too freely clouds any otherwise legitimate discussion about the actions and policies of this particular nation’s government in reference to our own and to its neighbors.

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