25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Opinion Letters

I really have tried to see the other side of the coin, in this case a penny. I see NC education falling into a deep abysmal decline, due to a budget that caused a loss of professionals to meet the needs of everyone’s children. I see longer unemployment lines, and companies turning their backs on a state throwing their future away. I see faithful, NC educators, eventually, leaving this state to go to states that care about the children and the future. Whether you are a people person or a dollar and cents person or a blend of the two, it makes no sense, it makes no cents, because it is nonsense.

This is in a day and time when three years ago, not many people would stop to pick up a fallen penny (and many still will not). The estimated annual adult taxpayer cost for this penny tax is about $150, which is the same proportion for everyone: a penny to a dollar. Isn’t that what the extremists declare they want?

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From now through the presidential election of 2012, America will be conducting a dynamic debate regarding its future. Of primary concern will be issues regarding the size and scope of our federal government and at what levels our government would be responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of its people.

Deserving attention, and getting it, is whether again to increase the size of our national debt ceiling. In addition, debate is underway with regards to what principles and values we should incorporate in the consideration and approval of the 2012 Budget.

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The letter below was presented by myself (John Cantrell) to the Macon County School Board on Aug. 3, 2010 at 5 p.m. meeting.

Re: Concern about safety and security issues for Macon County Students in regards to the future Super Walmart shopping center.

— Door to Door distance from Mtn. View Intermediate to Super Walmart = 1,700 feet This would take about 5 minutes to walk, and about 3 minutes to bicycle.

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I agree that in a democracy the people’s desires should trump DOT. I also believe that the people’s desires should have trumped when the Cullasaja community and Save Our Rivers group tried so unsuccessfully to keep Highlands’ sewage out of the Cullasaja River. I further believe that the majority should have prevailed when they voted down the bond issue for the schools. However, on both issues the people only got lip disservice, aka, bull (barnyard vernacular), poopy river water, debt and a colossal mess for school facilities.

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