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

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Opinion Letters

As chief of Cowee Volunteer Fire / Rescue, I would like to bring to light some false statements that were made by Commissioner Paul Higdon in the Friday, June 6, 2014, edition of The Franklin Press. Commissioner Higdon stated that, “It seems ridiculous that people in Cowee pay the highest fire tax and have a department with a ISO rating of 9.” A little research on Higdon’s part would have prevented this erroneous statement. As chief, it is my duty to oversee our organization and to ensure that our citizens and our citizens’ property are protected in the event of fire or any other emergency. Our ISO rating is in fact a Class 7 and has been since 2004.

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The North Carolina Senate voted last week in a party line vote to lift the state’s moratorium on fracking. As usual, Sen. Jim Davis followed the herd.

The bill to lift the ban will soon go to the House where it will pass, again along party lines. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis has already stated he loved fracking and his Republican chums agree.

Fracking is an environmental nightmare. One has only to visit sites in other states where fracking has been in effect.

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My wife and I just completed ten weeks at the "Macon County Sheriff's Department's Citizens Academy."

I am writing to commend Sheriff Holland and his dynamic staff for a job well done. The whole academy was presented in a very organized, professional manner.

I really got the impression that the entire staff of presenters truly believed in their mission of protecting the citizens of Macon County with compassion.

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Now that the state legislature is in short session, one of the themes is “regulatory reform.” Let’s examine what their version of reform has meant to you so far.

Until the ash spill, Duke Power has gotten off the hook for their groundwater contamination. Your corporate neighbor can contaminate groundwater up to your property boundary – like it will stop there. We’re still waiting to see whether they’ll take serious action to address this ongoing hazard to your health.

Gas exploration companies can explore under your land without your permission. If most of your neighbors agree to allow drilling for fracking on their land, you may be forced into a contract to allow fracking on your property. Your tax dollars are currently being spent to explore WNC for the gas companies. Your tax dollars will be used to pay for the increased road repairs, police protection and emergency services that go along with fracking.

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