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Kudos to Franklin Board of Aldermen for unanimously passing a resolution calling on the North Carolina General Assembly to petition Congress that the U.S. Constitution be amended to firmly establish that human beings, NOT corporations, are persons.

In colonial days, before our Nation’s founding, England empowered corporations to plunder colonial resources and gave them privilege and power far beyond that of the colonists. In 1776 the American Revolutionists rose against the Crown and its corporations to bring into being a new Nation free of these oppressive forces. Given the colonists’ unpleasant experiences, it is no wonder that our Constitution does NOT mention corporations and our Bill of Rights protecting our human inalienable rights, grants NO such rights to corporations.


Dear Sirs,

I write to urge the Macon County Commissioners to follow the lead of the Franklin Town Board and place on their agenda the requested Resolution to Amend the Constitution. This action would put them in the company of county and town boards across the state and country—toward the goal of reversing the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision. That ruling granted rights of “Personhood” to corporations and bestowed to their money the advantage of unlimited “free speech.” It effectively has robbed human citizens of our vote. The proposed 28 amendment would nullify that ruling and re-create—for the 99percent—a level playing field.


There has been too much name-calling in the media lately criticizing the way in which some of our local elected officials do their job, the most recent being the angry response by Brad Seagle in the Friday, April 6, 2012 Franklin Press.

The writer assailed votes by two county commissioners, calling them “Republicrats” because they chose to represent all the people in the county, and voted in the manner which to them seemed to benefit the majority of the citizens. Mr. Seagle believes the two commissioners should be thrown out of office because they did not side with Republican Commissioner Ron Haven.


I’m going to be as “tacky” in my public response to Mr. Swanson as he was in his response to Ms. Abel.

This gentleman, in his attempt to kill a message, kills the messenger. This is not the first time, and seems his usual method. Confusing the issue is his forte’. But, to give credit where credit is due, he does respond quickly. Perhaps that’s why his diatribe shows little thought and clearly misunderstands the point of Ms. Abel's message.

She does not advocate, nor hint that she advocates “Higher Taxes, More Government, OR Less Freedom.”


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