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Opinion Letters

At a meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at the Macon County public library, Senator Jim Davis met with an assemblage of local residents, composed largely of educators, to answer questions regarding the implications of the recently passed State budget, which implements millions of dollars in budget cuts to public education and other spending.

Currently, 40% of the K-12 students in North Carolina are living below the poverty level. As one meeting attendee pointed out, this statistic should be of concern to every North Carolinian because numerous studies show a direct correlation between academic achievement and socioeconomic status. It’s hard to concentrate in school with an empty stomach.

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Did you know there is a second five-star farmers market in Franklin? It’s held every Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the flea market on Highlands Road.

Organized by Denny and Diane Covher of Cowee Country Home fame, this is an extended food co-op, easy to join, and hosting over a dozen local growers with a wide variety of healthful items from fresh greens, mushrooms, fruits to delicious home baked goodies.

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First let us say to Nat Henry, we honor your service to our country. We respect your opinion on Daylon Plemens hiring for the Macon office VA counselor. We thank and respect her for her service to the VVA members, but many of us veterans believe the disabled veteran who applied for the job earned the right to have it.

Veterans are given extra consideration on all government job applications, but I guess not in Macon County. We believe our county commissioners should have put some effort into checking to see if a veteran had applied, from there no action we guess.

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As a so called Civil War “buff” I’ve read with interest George Crockett’s letters objecting to hearing “Battle Hymn Of The Republic” at patriotic events. I had ancestors that fought in the Union army and ancestors that fought in the Confederate army and I agree with Mr. Crockett that the Battle Hym did inspire Northern soldiers to kill Southern soldiers but no more than songs like “Dixie” or “Bonnie Blue Flag” inspire Southern soldiers to kill Northerners, Robert E. Lee once said that without music there would be no army. Regimental bands on both sides played during battles to inspire the soldiers.

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