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Opinion Letters

Thank you for your extensive coverage by Tax Assessor Richard Lightner as to why the Macon County Board should delay the revaluation of the county property until 2015 (your eight year cycle), which they did for valid reasons. It made me realize Jackson County’s board must be subverting the N.C. tax laws with a 2013 revaluation agenda, instead of an eight year cycle of 2016, which they were!

With public records providing a paper trail, speaking out at their board meetings, letters to the editor, Sylva Herald, and holding up a sign over and over that said “Jackson County’s commissioners postpone county revaluation to 2016”. Don’t rob over 38,000 citizens to fund your budget of over 58.1 million while lowering taxes for your political base Cashiers/Glenville area. They knew a 2013 revaluation would do just that!


There seems to be a bent in many publications about taking away the gun rights of decent citizens. All this because some psycho is shooting people somewhere.

The State finally made a good decision in allowing responsible permit holders to carry concealed on State lands. Waynesville leaders are being unreasonable in their attempt to prevent responsible citizens from protecting themselves in town parks. Anti-gun advocates are always shouting that people are running around carrying guns and that is simply not true. Only psychos and criminals have guns because they really don’t care what the law is. In North Carolina, less than 10 percent of the population have a “permit to carry a concealed pistol”.


Our family would like to thank the citizens of Macon County for all of their prayers, love and support over the past two years. We would like to thank each and everyone who contributed their time, food and donations; helping the hot dog luncheon benefit be a success.

The outpouring of love and support for our family has meant more to us than words allow us to express, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

The Davis Family — Franklin, NC

For centuries, the citizens of our state have extolled the virtues of a fair and judicious court system. But state budget cuts, promoted by Sen. Jim Davis and the Republican-led General Assembly, are seriously challenging the court system’s proud reputation.

In the past year, more than thirty-eight million dollars have been cut from the overall state judicial system. As a result, the system has lost fifty-five assistant district attorney and support staff positions. Some 1,250 full-time staff jobs in the offices of local prosecutors, clerks of courts, and prisons have also been eliminated.


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