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Opinion Letters

I am just another Floridiot who transplanted to the Franklin area a few years ago, after having owned a summer house here since 2005. I love the area and try to do my small part to contribute to my Otto community. My only regret is that I do not live in the Franklin city limits so that I can vote in the municipal elections.

If I could vote, I would do my best to oust the four aldermen serving as dead weights on the backside of progress in Franklin, as evidenced most recently by The Bowery and promotional banner issues.

The residents, visitors, and plucky business owners of the downtown area deserve every effort the city can provide to promote the vibrancy and charm of our little town.

Hang on, Bob, Barb, and Patty – hopefully reinforcements will arrive in the next election!

Sandy Deakins — Franklin, N.C.

In keeping with the freedom of the press blessing, this week I chose the subject “truth.” “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32.

Bible truth is the only treatment that will bestow freedom and peace of mind, and eternal salvation.

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” Acts 12:26.

Floyd Cruse — Franklin, N.C.

On behalf of Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church please allow me to express thanks and grateful appreciation for the community and sponsor support we received during our Love Is in the Air 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for MS research. We especially thank our Macon County Sheriff Department, Macon County EMS, the Otto Fire Department, Burt and Deanie Raby and the Addington Bridge neighborhoods for their help and involvement.

Our sponsors and donors gave generously to help raise over $7200. We are deeply grateful to our business sponsors who are continuously called upon to give financially to our community: Macon Bank, Gooder Grafix, Laser Wash of Clayton, Ga., Greg’s Tire, Dr. David Silverstein, DDS, PA, Three Eagles Outfitters, Stanberry Insurance Agency, Macon Appliance Mart, Dr. David Oliver, DMD, Smoky Mountain Bicycles, Black Bear Services, Cattails Landscape Services, Wayah Insurance Agency, Nantahala Bank and Trust Company, Gerald L. Maize, DDS, PA, Franklin Health & Fitness Center, Russell W. Hawkins II Edward Jones, Finish Well Timing, and Sports Zone.

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I read this last week about two items that showed how broken our local government is. First is titled "Sidewalk dispute could spell end of Bowery."

Here we have a gentleman who wanted to open up a restaurant. So he invested $650,000, (and that's not chump change!) Here he met with Mayor Scott and the town manager Summer Woodard and also with the town planner Justin Setser. He then showed the mayor, the town manager and the town planner where the emergency exit would be and where it would lead. Justin, the town planner "signed off" on the project.

Wait a minute. Are you guys stupid or incompetent? The mayor, the town manager and the town planner didn't know the sidewalk was on city property? Who is in charge here? Oh, wait I know. "It's not my department."

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