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Opinion Letters

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation for the hard work of a few Macon County residents.

Last week, Derek Roland, Franklin Planner, spoke at Rosman High School (Transylvania County) about the dangers of drinking and driving. The loss of his brother has certainly affected him and his family, but Mr. Roland is turning that loss into positive action by warning others of the consequences of a negative decision. It is not easy for just anyone to relate to and impact teenagers, but he made an impression on our student body. Evident by the tears and comments afterward, many students and teachers commented they felt they knew Parker Mathis personally.


VFW Post 7339 in Franklin expresses their thanks and deep appreciation to Larry Hollifield with American Computer for retrofitting, cleaning and installing our computer cash flow and inventory sysem. It required considerable time and expertise to do the job and train our staff.

We were able to purchase a system that was no longer being used. We discovered that the electronic receipt printer did not work and Tony Curtis with Radio Shack came to our rescue with one.


Once upon a time a man rose to be the leader of his country. It was achieved by a revolution of the masses who accepted the new order of everyone being equal. The new leader executed millions of people that opposed the new philosophy of equality for all. He killed the opposing political leaders, the wealthy and the landowners. He was hailed for creating the new order. Businesses, farms, universities, professions, factories, housing and all other activity came under the ruler and his appointed committees. The rest of the world was in awe. The masses owned and controlled all segments of the society. There were no rich and no poor, only equals.

In the adjacent land the masses wanted to achieve the same kind of wealth. They followed a new leader and revolted. The old government fell. Committees were formed to reconstruct their society of equals, as there neighbors had done. Gone were the millionaires, the landowners and the money lenders. All were equals, no rich and no poor.


This letter is in response to Chris Murray’s letter concerning the difference between Republicans and Democrats. In particular, I am responding to his statements of the differences in the way the parties relate to the “needy.”

I quote: “The Republican philosophy is to empower rather than enable.” He uses the “Great Society,” created by Democrats, as an example of a failed approach that caused “generations to become dependent on and enslaved by their government for their needs.” The period referred to is also known as the “War on Poverty.” The local organizations in this war were called “Community Action Agencies,” and that is exactly what they were. Our local group, Macon Program for Progress” (MPP), was founded in the late 1960s and is still working to improve the quality of life for many.

According to the dictionary, empower means “to authorize or permit”; enable means “to make able, give power, means or ability to.” Enabling is exactly what the whole War on Poverty was about.


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