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Opinion Letters

On Jan. 9, 2008, our family began a life-changing journey with Ayusa International. We welcomed into our home a 15-year-old high school student, Sarah Engel from Erlangen, Germany. My family remembers the excitement we felt waiting for Sarah's arrival at the airport. My husband and I were so nervous becoming host parents to an exchange student. We had never done anything like this before. We wondered how we would adapt to a total stranger living in our home, especially someone from a different country and culture.

At first it was unusual, but as each day passed, my family grew to love Sarah and the end of her stay she was truly a member of our family. What an experience for all of us. Sarah was in our home for only five months. But the transformation we experienced with Sarah during such an impressionable time of her life was amazing. We watched her grow before our eyes, arriving as a nervous, bewildered, insecure girl, into a successful, confident, young woman when she boarded the plane to go back home.


Thanks to Brittney Parker for recent and excellent article on recycling in TheMacon County News. Although the state of North Carolina has banned aluminum cans, plastic bottles and cardboard in landfills for years, who around here would have known?

Macon Solid Waste does a good job of providing recycling outlets to gather and sell recyclables; however, they need to better inform citizens of the rules.

Sadly, recycling isn’t mandatory, but more education can be dispensed at the dropoffs where most people “dump their trash.”


There a saying, “As a man thinketh, so is he.” The inner world within the mind, determines the actions outside of the mind. This can be outwardly expressed in any form through physical actions or speech. This inner world is not just built on forces around us, but is built on past histories and seeing how things work up to the present, and they form a basis of what we consider to be truth and values, which works to influence the world around us. This is not obtained by just rubbing shoulders with life but should be done with careful consideration and thought of what right or wrong thinking truly is. If this is not thought out carefully the consequences could be detrimental to one's well-being as well as the wellbeing of a nation, whether realized or not.


The issue of fracking by the oil and gas industry - already one of the most controversial issues of our time - is not a political issue, but one which has the potential to forever alter the quality of life for each of us, regardless of our beliefs.

Our mountain area, source of pristine water for the region around us, is at risk. Our property rights have been placed in jeopardy by the new law. Farming and natural beauty would be permanently destroyed wherever the industry chooses to drill. There are reams of data and references to violations by the O & G industry in other states, as well as negligence by the regulatory agencies.

But...let us suppose that everything works exactly as the O&G industry tells us it will - and so far, they have a history of failed promises. But let’s imagine for a moment that fracking in North Carolina is done in a perfect world.


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