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Opinion Letters

Last Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11, hundreds of people traveled to Jackson County to attend a rally which featured the North Carolina Council of State and other Democratic candidates. This rally was an historic happening, and was put together with Ben Utley of Macon County acting as the spark plug in getting the event organized. He traveled the 17 western counties of the state for weeks at his own expense, working with different groups of people, and especially with the different Democratic Women’s Clubs to bring this exciting event into existence. A similar event was held on the morning of the same day in Marion, N.C., for the counties surrounding that area.


Recently I attempted to donate blood through the Red Cross at the library. I say "attempted" because after 90 minutes of waiting, I finally left and went home to feed my very hungry animals. Normally, I have an appointment but due to my work schedule, I was unable to make one this time and apparently that was the main but not the only problem.

If the Red Cross wants to continue to attract people to donate, especially in these desperate times when blood is so badly needed, they have got to step up their game. I do not in any way blame the library as it is merely the venue but I have had this problem several times in the past as well. It is a lot of hurry up and wait.


On Aug. 14, 2012, Macon County commissioners voted 3-1 to approve borrowing $1.5 million to purchase new computer equipment for county schools. Commissioner Beale was absent, and Commissioner Haven dissented.

There are several reasons why I don’t think this funding should have been approved.

I understand computer purchases have been the responsibility of the Macon County School System using state funds. That should continue to be the case. Over the past several years the school board has deferred computer purchases. They are accountable for their decisions.


My grandson visiting for the summer participated in the Own The Night program initiated this summer by the Macon County Library. It was a national program for teenagers meeting three afternoons a week for two months. This program was facilitated by Ms. Ellen Agee. I cannot begin to tell you what a fine program this was for teens. It covered an extensive amount of material such as Anime, art, photography, creative writing, challenges to take home and complete, prizes, movies, and creative projects at nearly every session. It also tied into the Thursday night programs on Owls and Bats. Generally there were about 15 to 20 young people attending every session. There should have been 100. Ms. Agee is now going to start some programs for teens during the school year. I wish my grandson could be here for those sessions as well.


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