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Opinion Letters

I’m often contacted by candidates looking for support and networking opportunities among independent voters. But a recent request for assistance was unique and encouraging. Let me explain....

The call came from a gentleman running in a partisan contest County Commissioner in western N.C. I’ll call him “Mr. I” for independent. One of the major parties has put forth a candidate who is currently unopposed. Mr. I considered it so vital he not align himself with either party, he’s opted to do it the hard way, by collecting the 6000 signatures required to get on the ballot. Mr. I could have easily accepted the nomination of the party without a current candidate, in fact they were recruiting him to run on their ticket.


Recently there were two letters to the Editor locally by Shirley Ches and Marge Abel which expressed the exact issues that many women in Macon County are very concerned about. I couldn’t have proclaimed the issues any better. Thanks to these intelligent, caring individuals. There is a very important primary election coming up on May 8 in Macon County, with early voting April 19 through May 5. I urge all women and their caring menfolk of Macon County to become aware of the issues and turn out to vote.


It should be apparent, even to the most casual observer, that life in America has changed significantly over the past several decades and, in any number of forms, our country is in a very bad way.

Something that concerns me a great deal (which has been pointed out by numerous writers) is the widening gap between the rich and the poor, sometimes referred to as “income inequality.” You can follow this global trend on “World Factbook.” That’s Factbook, not Facebook. The U.S. has been gradually moving up in the rankings, in other words, the rich are getting richer and more in number, the poor poorer and more in number, as those of us desperately trying to stay what we perceive to be middle class, slip perpetually downward.


Long before Rep. Shuler announced his retirement, Cecil Bothwell had determined that he was willing to do what, in the current political climate, some would consider almost foolhardy— but also darned admirable. Bothwell is no ordinary man; no conventional candidate—he already was running.

If a person of Cecil Bothwell’s caliber is willing to apply the time and energy demanded to stand for the 11th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, citizens are going to have the first opportunity, in my long life, to vote with confidence that ‘We the People’ will be represented. My wife and I have spent two evenings listening to him, including his answers to an extensive range of questions.


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