25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Opinion Letters

In the Sept. 15 Macon County News, George Hasara presented a reasonably accurate surmise that our present electoral system is indeed broken or, at the very least, has ceased to symbolize what the majority of Americans have come to believe is “representative government.”

There are, as Hasara pointed out, alternative political parties which, if they indeed had a voice in a coalition government we would be decidedly less apt to be forever stuck in political stalemate and bitter discord.

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This is a thank you letter to all the people that helped at the Habitat for Humanity Macon County NC’s 15th Annual Smoky Mountain Shrimp Boil.

Thanks to Donny Bishop and his crew for doing all the cooking; shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage. MMM good!!

Thanks to the Franklin High School cheerleaders and their coaches for doing all the serving and clean up. They did an outstanding job.

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“Follow the money!” This is the usual advice for anyone trying to find out who is behind activities such as corruption or bribery. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United has made both these activities legal. Millions of dollars have been spent by “Crossroads GPS,” created by Karl Rove with some Wall Street millionaires, and other PACs including three bankrolled by Art Pope, “Americans for Prosperity,” “Civitas Action” and “Real Jobs NC.” The sole purpose of these PACs is to buy candidates, influencing the outcome of elections for their own political gain, corrupting our democratic election process.

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The North Carolina geological survey landslide hazard map prepared for Macon County is a valuable resource for our county planners, citizens and property owners. The considerable cost developing this resource has been borne by the taxpayers of North Carolina. The Macon County Planning Board has spent extensive time and effort reviewing the information and discussing how it could be used.

The development of this map utilizes considerable fieldwork and data collection on the ground by North Carolina geological survey geologist with over 60 days “on the ground effort.” Over 600 locations were investigated in that aspect of the study.

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