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If you want to send your kids to a private school, that's fine but why should I pay for it? My tax dollars should go to public schools. That's free education for everybody.

Funding for public education has already taken a big hit due to the budget crunch. Private money for private schools, public money for public schools.

Richard Penix — Franklin, N.C.

Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows. The recent edition of the Smoky Mountain News said this: “Carla Miller, the chair of the Macon County Republican Party, admits there is a right-wing faction of the party, but said that faction does not represent the party as a whole. Miller specifically cited the Freedom Works (sic) group as being outside the mainstream of the local party.” Curiously, unless I am mistaken, Miller and her husband have attended at least the last three FreedomWorks meetings, and I’m sure they are welcome and encouraged to continue. Evidently, they felt attending so worthwhile they invited Commissioner Jimmy Tate to attend the most recent meeting, which he did.


Every two or three years I read in the newspaper that a homeowner shot an intruder. Typically, the homeowner hears a noise during the night, gets his gun and flashlight and goes downstairs with his wife hanging on his shoulder. He opens the door to the garage and sees a man trying to steal his new Cadillac and he blows him away.

The perpetrator is not armed, and the homeowner is now on trial for manslaughter, facing several years in jail. These scenarios happen all the time across the country because people think that they have a license to kill anyone in their home. Just last week, a local jerk told me: “If I shoot someone on my porch I will drag him in the house so I am covered.” A common misperception!


Words are powerful, constructive or destructive, communication tools. The following words, my words, were the words spoken to the reporter with the Smoky Mountain News division within Macon County Republicans.

Contrary to the words printed in the Smoky Mtn. Press, and subsequently circulated via email, the term “Right Wing” is not in my vocabulary. I simply don’t use that term because I strongly believe that labels are divisive.

Jim Gray, Joyce Roberts, Ron Peacock and I were approached by a reporter from the Smoky Mountain News following Ron Haven’s Challenge to Residency hearing. The reporter asked “Isn’t the real story of today’s hearing the division, the rift in the Macon County Republican Party.” I replied, “No, that is simply not the case. There is no rift, no division in our party.”


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published: 10/18/2013
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