Remembering 9/11 :: September 11, 2001

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Opinion Letters

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support and generosity in helping provide services and donations for our Relay for Life of Highlands Survivor Dinner held on August 2, 2011.

Alcon Labs, American Cancer Society, Beiersdorf, Bi- Lo’s, Blue Laser Group, Center for Plastic Surgery, Christopher T. Dyer, Costco, Highlands Dermatology, Ingles, Kerr Drug, Kodak, Macon Bank, Main Street Pharmacy, McDonalds, McGee Dermatology, Norsdstrom, Center for Plastic Surgery, Sams Club, Subway of Highlands, The Candy Store, Toccoa Dermatology, Wachovia Bank, Wal-Mart, and Whole Market Foods.

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On behalf of the Interact club of Franklin High School, I want to express our sincere gratitude to the community for its overwhelming support of our 2nd Annual Blue Planet Run project. I’d like to give a special thank you to both of the Rotary clubs of Franklin; it was because of their contributions that we were able to mold this into a successful event for its second year.

I’d also like to recognize the generous support of our community; thank you so much to all of the community businesses that stepped up for the cause, and to each of the participants who came out Saturday for the 5K race or walk.

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For more than 25 years after the 1983 amendments to Social Security, the federal government collected more in Social Security payroll taxes each year than it paid out in benefits. Those surplus revenues were supposed to be saved, but instead Congress spent every last dime of them and replaced the excess payroll tax revenue it looted from the Social Security Trust Fund with I.O.U.s written to itself.

At the end of 2010, the federal government owed the Trust Fund $2.61 trillion. Congress has drained the Trust Fund dry. (Source: Forbes)

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I’ve pored over hundreds of story pieces detailing the national financial dilemma but no one has explained it more succinctly than the two doctors (Fred Berger and Ed Morris) did in The Macon County News, Aug. 4.

I wouldn't pretend to add to what the good doctors so obviously have well researched and accurately reported. I most certainly agree with their diagnosis and recent developments indicate our plight is likely to worsen before it improves.

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