61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Opinion Letters

Judging from last week’s letter to the editor, Ed Morris is confused about the funding sources for my 2010 campaign for the NC 50th district senate seat. It is entirely possible that I told him Art Pope contributed the $4000 maximum allowed by North Carolina law by an individual but I never told him it was the only contribution from the Pope family and I would never characterize $4000 as small.

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In America we have the right of free speech and assembly. Opinions may be freely expressed. However, the burden is on us to do so responsibly. The Supreme Court has uniformly held that speech denigrating the rights of others is not speech warranting constitutional protection.

The January 12 issue carried a LTTE praising the actions of the airport Authority this past year. The praise is well deserved in as much as that board has kept the faith over a protracted period and is setting the stage for Macon County’s resurgence.

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About the front page news, release of January 19, 2012, relating to the commissions planning board leadership, I desire to reply.

It is evident that one commissioner, Ron Haven, recently seated, in equal say, is called a critic.

A critic is one who criticizes or finds fault with others or judges the work of others.

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Comissioner Haven:

A copy of your recent correspondence to your fellow commissioners and selected supporters has been circulated to inform the citizens of Macon County of your views on the Macon County Planning Board. In my personal experience your comments are biased, prejudicial, and far from accurate. You have made a nasty, personal attack on Lewis Penland, a man that has served the citizens of Macon County honorably and well far longer than you have been in office. As a lifelong voting Republican I was proud to vote for and work with Commissioner Corbin’s father; however, I am severely disappointed with the current Board of Commissioners. Eliminating the Planning Board as a key advisory board is not the answer we need.

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