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Opinion Letters

As a working citizen, I have not paid much attention to politics until the last year. During this year I have done a lot of reading in history, economics, politics, and the free enterprise system.

It has become clear to me that both democrats and republicans are corrupt. So in an election where a third party is not a realistic option for winning who do I vote for. I was a republican until two months ago and no I am not a democrat now. Many people I talk to are middle of the road people and don't like aspects of either party.

Here are some of the things I learned from my reading:


This year's Pumpkin Fest was fantastic. I cannot imagine all the hard work and man hours that went into getting it all set up. Let's not forget the clean up afterwards. The streets were spotless on Sunday morning.

It was a great pleasure to see everyone dressed in costumes. There was fun for everyone. The pumpkin roll, costume contest, games for the children, good food and live music.

I was there all day taking pictures of everyone and everything. If you were there, most likely I "shot" you. I got some fabulous pics of the children and dogs dressed in costume. I got some great pics of everyone in the costume contest. I would love to share these pictures with you. If you are interested, please contact me @ 828-371-1994 and we can make arrangements.

Lu Weigel — Franklin, N.C.

Read2Me is a community effort to promote reading, with a focus on children, from birth to age five. As part of our mission, we distribute books to children at various events and provide parental training on the importance of reading. We now have an exciting opportunity to partner with the Literacy Council of Highlands and The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. Through this combined effort, we can reach many more children in Macon County.

Dolly’s program provides age-appropriate books each month directly to preschool children born in Macon County. Many of these children have little or no exposure to books and the worlds that books open. Recent articles in The Macon County News and The Franklin Press provide graphic details of the problem in Macon County. Data shows that over 50 percent of our children are ill-prepared for kindergarten, lacking skills with recognizing letters and sounds, identifying colors and shapes, and having a basic vocabulary. We believe that this community can make a difference.


Incorporation (Inc.) is a protection for investors. The English state it plainly, Ltd. or Limited. Investors’ liability is limited to the value of their investments. If the corporation racks up irresponsible debit, acts improperly or illegally, investors cannot be sued, fined or jailed, even if the corporation's actions cause damage or injury.

That is fair. It is the CEO and directors who run the company. But wait; who gives them their marching orders? That would be those very investors saying, “Make as much money for me as you can and as fast as you can, and I don't care how you do it.” Shockingly mercenary but effectively true. A corporation is crippled when investors move their money to better- performing corporations.


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