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The word austerity seems to have saturated world and national news of late, sometimes used in a positive vein, but often displaying a strong negative quality. One fellow in Greece insisted recently that austerity (as employed by his government) is a “crime.” I think most of us would agree that to be austere is simply to be moderate in one’s financial dealings, more temperate perhaps, self-restraining, or even self-denying.

When I was unceremoniously nudged into retirement by my employer a few years ago (at the same time our economy tanked) my wife and I quickly realized we had to seriously curb our spending to coincide with our severely reduced income. This is what intelligent people do, and this is what countries have to do as well. So I will gladly argue the point with the gentleman from Greece, that to limit spending isn't a crime, arguably it's a crime not to when times get tough.


Macon County Commissioners discussed “sweepstakes parlors” at their May 15, 2012 meeting. One wonders if their primary concerns are issues of morality, public health and safety, or gaining a new revenue source.

The North Carolina law restricting these gambling establishments has been put on hold while its constitutionality is determined by the State’s Supreme Court.

The morality question seems settled nationally. Over many years the U.S. has moved from public gambling being limited to Nevada, to near universal availability. Most states now have their own lotteries, Indian casinos have flourished, and riverboat or ocean gambling is easily accessible. Our State sees no morality problem with its own lottery.


We can have human inalienable rights or corporations can have inalienable rights but we cannot have both. I am not anti corporation. I use state chartered corporations to facilitate my business. When corporations operate as designed within the realm of privileges granted, they serve humans. When corporations go beyond granted privilege and take on human rights, they become the master and we humans the slave.

“... corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings ... But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.” Supreme Court Justice Stevens, January 2010


This past Tuesday at noon as requested by the 200 members of the Political Action Committee I spoke in favor of the need for a dialysis unit here in Macon County, hoping the DaVita Corporation, who has serviced the area for a long time, be given the go ahead to open a unit here.

We veterans wish to say a huge thank you to Commissioner Ronnie Beale who has worked very hard to land our community the needed dialysis unit here in Macon. Thanks, Ronnie for a job well done. We vets salute you for your effort for all of us.

Bill Trapani — Franklin, N.C.

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