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Opinion Letters

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.


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.


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.


For more than 25 years after the 1983 amendments to Social Security, the federal government collected more in Social Security payroll taxes each year than it paid out in benefits. Those surplus revenues were supposed to be saved, but instead Congress spent every last dime of them and replaced the excess payroll tax revenue it looted from the Social Security Trust Fund with I.O.U.s written to itself.

At the end of 2010, the federal government owed the Trust Fund $2.61 trillion. Congress has drained the Trust Fund dry. (Source: Forbes)


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