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Opinion Letters

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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Macon County should be proud to have a politician who makes promises to voters, and then works to try to keep them.

I’m referring to Commissioner Ron Haven. He received significantly more votes than his opponents in the 2010 election by promising to work to prevent a steep slope ordinance from being passed, and to make changes to the County’s Planning Board. Those promises apparently resonated with many voters.

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