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In the May 19, 2011, issue of The Macon County News, there is an article about the Blackberry Jam Festival. In that article, it is stated that “‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ was the song of choice to kick off the event, performed by musical troupe Carolina Brass.”

This sentence is fraught with error; I do not know whether the errors result from misinformation being given out by spokesmen for Carolina Brass or from the reporter relying on assumptions rather than on research.

First, songs have words. Carolina Brass presented no songs, only tunes.


I am replying to Mr. Hogsed’s opinion article about the benefits of the Talley motocross track. Yes, Mr. Hogsed you are exactly correct in saying children would have a place for these activities, and the track would bring around 300 participants on the weekends. What you fail to illuminate is that along with the 300 participants, there would be nonstop dozing of the track, motor homes, pit bikes, lights needed for the track, a loud speaker system, dust and constant noise traveling all over Clarks Chapel. As experienced motocrossers, “race days” are just a small part of the activity. The practice days for each of the age groups takes place days and nights throughout the entire week - from Monday to Sunday. And, as the planned motocross activity would take place from April - November, the most beautiful part of the year, property owners would no longer enjoy the peace and quiet and tranquility that Clarks Chapel is famous for. How would property values be affected?


House Representatives, I’d like to thank you for putting rich white kids first in North Carolina with your vote on May 3. It’s about time! I am so tired of these hard working, poor and minority children who go to school everyday trying to make their lives better in the only safe environment they know.

I want to thank you for creating jobs in North Carolina, specifically at the ESC to handle the larger unemployment lines coming our way in the next few years. It will feel good to get rid of these high paid fat cat teacher assistants, counselors, school nurses, custodians and secretaries that help to feed and put clothes on the backs of these little leaches on society.


I am writing this letter to reflect on the changes here in Macon County. I am a lifelong resident who was born here and lived here since 1953. I don’t know if the changes were for the good or bad.

I was heartbroken to see Iotla School torn down. I went 8 years there and graduated. Also the changing of Hwy 28 which I have driven on for 42 years.


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