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Especially during this season of thankfulness and gratitude, I want to offer a sincere thank-you for the support that the Franklin/Macon County community gave our recent Thanksgiving Day meal at the First Presbyterian Church. We church members and friends, through the generosity of donors and with the help of volunteers, served more than 360 meals, including Tartan Hall diners and take-out dinners.

Thanksgiving was a very cold and windy day, but you would never have guessed that it was cold outside based on the warmth of the fellowship inside the church. An undertaking of this size starts with the food, which was prepared by the dedicated kitchen staff at Angel Medical Center. Their talent and labor are appreciated by all.


Jim Davis wrote that his environmental record should be judged on "public service record or public statements." I agree. Two respected environmental advocacy groups, N.C. League of Conservation Voters and Environment N.C., looked at a wide range of important environmental legislation voted on this year and graded legislators if they voted for positive environmental regulations that would protect both our environment and N.C. citizens. Among the bills considered were those to move the state toward fracking, limit control over air and water protections, and dissolve or restructure important environmental regulation boards. Davis scored a perfect negative score of zero by both organizations.


2013 was a much better year for Western North Carolina than was the previous year. The unemployment rate has dropped down to 7.4 percent in November from 8.9 percent when the year started. Every county in North Carolina had lower unemployment rates. Financially the state is slowly recovering from where it was. Every major group in the state from colleges to the DOT to the public and private schools all need more money to operate. Jobs are the key to adding revenue to the state and our Gov. McCrory is doing his best to make that happen. Nationally, North Carolina’s unemployment rate has dropped us down to number 35 from number 49 just 11 months ago.


This past week we witnessed one of the most blatant attacks in our lifetime, on U.S. soil, against evangelical Christians for expressing their beliefs. Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” was suspended from the show by A&E for expressing his personal beliefs as a Christian against the gay and homosexual lifestyles. Imagine that, here in the land of the free an American citizen is denied their freedom of speech? Not allowed to exercise his Christian faith in a public forum for fear someone will get his or her feelings hurt. All these groups can say is tolerance. Where’s the tolerance for our beliefs? How long before these groups start trying to force preachers out of the pulpit?

There has been a trend for many years now where Americans are slowly being denied more and more of their Godgiven and Constitutional rights. Socialist groups and special interest groups all over the U.S. are doing everything in their power to transform our nation into another Sodom and Gomorrah. The sad reality is a huge number of Christians are allowing them to do just that.


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