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Opinion Letters

This is a follow-up to my comments in the letters column printed the week of June 26th in which I pointed out that we were doing quite well when it comes to poverty.

The poverty level in 1972 was $4,137 and the poverty level for 2013 was $23,550.

Wow! Big difference. But, let’s take a moment and connect the dots to see what we have.


I would like to offer some empathy to Gary Puckett of Franklin (MCN 7-3) although I have to say he has somewhat burst my bubble. I have long thought Jackson County harbored the most reckless and inconsiderate drivers on the planet, with one possible exception (Italy). In Italy they drive with one foot on the gas, one foot on the brake, both hands on the horn.

I will also state (perhaps this will comfort Mr. Puckett some), driving in Sylva and Dillsboro these past 14 years has made me a better driver, and most certainly a more cautious one.

It is common knowledge that you drive in accord with road conditions and the circumstances are (in Jackson County at least) that if you drive you are going to be tailgated and if you're on a road with curves you must assume the next car you see coming at you will be speeding and on your side of the road.


What is the Macon County school system thinking with its $500,000 lease/purchase of 750 iPads for their new “oneto- one” initiative for every high school student? That’s $662 per iPad!

I love technology, having owned iPhones, iPads, Macs and PCs over decades. However, I have also been concerned about how our education system has been spending over those decades on “technology” that has not been shown to improve student outcomes. That spending has greatly improved the bottom lines of computer manufacturers, educational software developers, and recently, electronic book publishers.

I recommend Todd Oppenheimer’s book “The Flickering Mind: Saving Education from the False Promise of Technology.” It could be summarized in one sentence from the book: “If computers are so great, why aren’t we seeing great things by now in our schools?” Exactly!


On behalf of the Franklin Relay For Life planning committee, we would like to take this opportunity to thank each individual, business, civic group, church, school or other organization that participated in or contributed to in any way to the 2014 Relay For Life event.

There is no way that this event could be possible without the many volunteer hours that are donated each year. Franklin is a community of caring and compassionate people who work together toward the promotion of health education advancement. We are proud to call Franklin home. Thank you Franklin Relayers.

Tammy Dills and Jean Crane — Co-chairs Relay For Life

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