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Opinion Letters

There a saying, “As a man thinketh, so is he.” The inner world within the mind, determines the actions outside of the mind. This can be outwardly expressed in any form through physical actions or speech. This inner world is not just built on forces around us, but is built on past histories and seeing how things work up to the present, and they form a basis of what we consider to be truth and values, which works to influence the world around us. This is not obtained by just rubbing shoulders with life but should be done with careful consideration and thought of what right or wrong thinking truly is. If this is not thought out carefully the consequences could be detrimental to one's well-being as well as the wellbeing of a nation, whether realized or not.

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The issue of fracking by the oil and gas industry - already one of the most controversial issues of our time - is not a political issue, but one which has the potential to forever alter the quality of life for each of us, regardless of our beliefs.

Our mountain area, source of pristine water for the region around us, is at risk. Our property rights have been placed in jeopardy by the new law. Farming and natural beauty would be permanently destroyed wherever the industry chooses to drill. There are reams of data and references to violations by the O & G industry in other states, as well as negligence by the regulatory agencies.

But...let us suppose that everything works exactly as the O&G industry tells us it will - and so far, they have a history of failed promises. But let’s imagine for a moment that fracking in North Carolina is done in a perfect world.

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An article in the June 6 edition of The Franklin Press about the board of commissioners budget workshop credited me with a statement that I never made about Cowee Fire Department having the highest fire tax and an ISO rating of 9. This can be verified by logging onto http://thunderpigblogspot.com/2014/06/macon-county-commissioners and scrolling down to part Eight- Presentations by Volunteer Fire Depts. 1 to view the video.

In the June 27 edition of the same paper and after calling the reporter but never calling me, Cowee Fire Chief Dustin Pendergrass submitted a letter to the editor accusing me of making slanderous and erroneous statements without doing research, implying that I don’t support local fire departments and that I may be the next person needing emergency assistance.

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As our Latin population grows and they gain more political clout, it becomes more difficult to come to a reasonable solution to the question of immigration from Latin America.

We have the humanitarians who don’t want the recent overwhelming influx of children crossing our borders to be returned to their home country citing the dangers these kids face in their home countries which is hypocritical because they ignore the other starving and dying children in the rest of the world.

I therefore must ask where does one draw the line? All told, there are probably 100 million or more suffering children at risk in places like Africa and the Middle East. Millions of kids starve to death in those countries annually.

We could probably pick up another 100 million kids from places like India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

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