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Opinion Letters

I am writing in regards to the Nikwasi Indian Mound. I am concerned for the community of Franklin and the image it is giving off to the rest of this country. Franklin has a lot of part-time residents that live elsewhere and a lot of others who are keeping up on the going-ons that are deciding whether to retire or visit here.

First off, I cannot believe that the Town of Franklin has missed the mark concerning the return of the mound to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). This is an opportunity to close some wounds, restore a church to a culture that has thousands of years history to the land, and to demonstrate understanding and goodwill. Folks, when I ask people what religion they feel Franklin is, they say “there are a lot of Christians.”

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“Tis a puzzlement!” How can any elected representative currently in office perpetually insist on being “proud” while consistently voting against the needs and wishes of the people represented? Who can be “proud” of a vote to contaminate the very ground, air and water that benefits all of our state?

At best these views display incompetence, or perhaps a desire to convey “willful misinformation.”

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More and more people have concerns about fracking and want to learn more. “Triple Divide” does just that. Though controversial, people of all political parties are upset about the possible harm fracking could do here in North Carolina, especially regarding water contamination. This movie "is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts, and Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development." (Triple Divide website)

"It's the best movie on fracking to date (using) facts, not fiction or spin," wrote Pennsylvania resident Robert Donnan." Mark Ruffalo, Academy nominated actor, co-narrates the film. He became involved in the project after seeing “Triple Divide” only several weeks before the final release.

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Can a person be trusted who will not keep a sworn oath?

Before taking office, all elected members of the N.C. Legislature must take an oath to uphold the laws of our North Carolina Constitution as well as the U.S. Constitution.

A majority of our N.C. Republican-led Legislature have broken their oaths. In their haste to try to destroy our public schools, they ignored Articles V and IX of our N.C. Constitution. They voted to give away millions of tax dollars from our public schools to private Muslim and Christian schools. Judge Hobgood ruled this unconstitutional as public money may only be used for public schools.

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