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

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Opinion Letters

On Jan. 26, 2011, members of North Carolina’s General Assembly took their oath of office. I was humbled and honored to stand with those who swore the oath. The speed with which we began our official duties was unprecedented. We did not have the luxury of time to waste. We were faced with a deficit of $2.5 billion, $7 billion in debt, and $32.8 billion of unfunded liability for retiree health care. In addition, in the last two years, North Carolina has borrowed $2.3 billion from the federal government to pay for unemployment benefits.

The interest we pay on that loan is $100 million each year. North Carolina accepted $1.3 billion of federal stimulus money that was used to delay cuts in the education budget.

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Please tell me where you’re from? Surely you Conservative-line advocates aren’t from from this planet, but are from some parallel universe. You look like us, but your “neural receptors” (aka: “brains”) have been damaged in transit from your planet.

What DO you see, hear or comprehend? We seem to speak the same language. Are your powers of observation that damaged?

Are you getting messages from another world? Why else oppose all Earthly reason by advocating actions that irreparably damage our United States, and will create global consequences?

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The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club was thrilled with the success of their eighth annual auction held July 8th at the new Scaly Mountain Fire Station. Many more people could attend the auction in the large Fire Department Community Room. Most of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Scholarship Fund. The club is currently giving scholarships to ten students including four who will be freshmen this Fall.

There was a crowd of lively bidders and almost everyone happily took home some amazing bargains.

Our most sincere thanks to the your newspaper who gave us publicity, so that people were made aware of the auction. A special thanks to the Fire Department for the use of the community room and to all who attended and supported the auction.

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What is the most important issue to our nation today? Actually, to our state and in particular to our country It’s certainly not steep slopes, subdivisions, or any other controlling issues — IT’S JOBS!

The notion that the days of the cut and sew industry are over must be ignored because, in fact, we need to get back to it.

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