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Traditionally, Americans have sent lawyers to congressional offices in Washington. The assumption was that they would be able to make laws and regulations. What they actually did is cut deals and trade agreements that are killing American businesses and jobs. While you know me as the pistol instructor, my background is stronger in business, having run several major and medium size corporations. Over the years I’ve written many times that we need to send experienced businessmen/women to Washington. The government of the U.S. is one of the largest businesses in the world. Why would you send an inexperienced attorney, with no business experience to run it? A man who has never held a job, never punched a clock, never supervised people, never managed people, never created business plans, budgets or negotiated business deals? What Donald Trump is finally revealing is what I have written about for years. Fair Trade Laws that Washington negotiated served to send large parts of American business overseas. It has created severe economic results in the U.S. Our companies are not doing well, there are not enough jobs for Americans! It is difficult to achieve a middle class position.


The Overlook Players put on Shrek the Musical at the Smoky Mountain Theater for the Performing Arts on July 24th and 25th and it will also be shown the next weekend. If there is any chance you can go, please do not miss this delightful, fun, nonstop enjoyable performance. Scotty Corbin and company amazes me with each show they put on. Just when I think they have hit the pinnacle of perfection, they come up with yet another show that, I think can’t be topped. I have been proven wrong so many times.

Everett Wright as donkey was so on point to the movie that I thought it was Eddie Murphy playing the part. He had us all in stitches with his antics. Scotty playing Prince Farquad was hysterical. Only Scotty could come up with the costume that made his personality and stature (or lack thereof) shine the way it did. Sam Crabtree was unrecognizable as Shrek. His voice was so different in speaking and singing that it showed true acting on his part. Nikki Corbin as Fiona was right on. Her personality is so delightful in anything she plays and she gives it her all in every performance she is in.


Love is one of the great characteristics of God. St. John 13:35 reveals: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” St John 12:13, also reveals, “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. St. John 17:26 discloses, “and I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast love me may be in them, and I in them.”

The word, Galatians 5:6, announces: “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love.”

I Peter 1:22, makes known, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently. Romans 13:10 tell it all, “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Fred Cruse — Franklin, N.C.

The merchants of downtown Franklin would like to extend our heartfest thanks to those who helped to make our first annual Appalachian Heritage Festival a huge success.

A special thanks to Betty Cabe and the numerous demonstrators and musicians who braved the heat and the threat of rain to showcase the heritage of our mountains, to the town officials who offered their services, to Betsey Gooder who helped with our advertisement and most of all to the many local residents and visitors in our area who came to town to simply lend their suport.

We all witnessed the results of a small town working together for a common cause.

Linda McKay — N.C. Mountain Made

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