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

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Opinion Letters

The Tea Party Triumverate (Bob Wilson, Don Swanson, and Vic Drummond) have all had their turn at vilifying a previous letter writer who had the audacity to humorously yet clearly spell out beliefs counter to theirs.

I am surprised some local papers accepted these letters, but I think everyone, including the original letter writer, is still privileged to think, speak and write their own beliefs by that very Constitution the Tea-folk claim to hold in such high esteem.

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At no point in the Dillsboro Dam controversy in Jackson County do I recall Duke Energy proposing to use that small dam as a part of their/Jackson County disaster plan. Working in cooperation with Southwestern Community College, Western Carolina University and Harris Regional Hospital, Duke could have led in a plan to assure electric power for the hospital in the event of a disaster (such as an attack by a rogue enemy that results in an electromagnetic pulse in our region.)

The frightening novel, “One Second After,” by William R. Forstchen and the “Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from an Electromagnetic Pulse Attack” show the need to keep small hydoelectric plants operating as “islands” of electric service.

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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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