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I feel compelled to clarify some comments that are attributed to me in the July 12, 2012, edition of The Macon County News, specifically those relating to the legality of censuring an elected official.

Mayors, and indeed all elected officials, are not stripped of their First Amendment rights upon their election to office. Nor is any one elected official constrained to agree with and speak in conformity with the consensus of his or her board. At the same time, elected boards have the ability to adopt resolutions relating to anything in their purview, to vote to express an opinion on any such matter (or to not express anything at all). And, no single official speaks for the entire board, unless so empowered by vote of the board.


The Franklin Community has once again proven how supportive they are. The Franklin Lions Club would like to thank all of our supporters. Without their generosity we would not be able to continue all of our many projects.

Recently we held our annual Chicken BBQ on the 4th of July. This is our only fundraising event to supply our scholarships. We proudly give one high school senior a $1000 scholarship every year for the four years they attend college. We believe in our youth and their future.


The Affordable Care Act after the Supreme Court Ruling is now without any doubt the law of the land. Citizens have the right to know truthfully what is in the law for them. The following are already in place and improving health care in N.C.:

Preventive Services with no deductible and no co-pay. The law requires new insurance policies and Medicare to cover preventive services like mammograms free of charge (600,000 N.C. women already used this provision).


My Bed Time Stories published recently, have invoked comments. They have ranged from being in favor to opposition to my stories. I am happy to say most were complimentary. To those I say, thank you. Also those that opposed were civil. No name calling, only discussions. One lady wrote a glowing rebuttal of her perspective on the “great depression.” She and her siblings were college graduates during that time. How many do you know that were able to afford college back then? Most families struggled to have their children graduate from high school and do not share her view.


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