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For those who have lived in Franklin all your lives, or for those who have lived here 10 or more years, you will understand my concerns. I do hope many of you share my same uneasiness about this issue. I do understand, some don’t care, that’s just the reason I’m writing this letter.

Franklin is a beautiful place to live for so many reasons. But, that’s if you only keep your eyes up and never look down on our streets, highways, and neighborhoods. I’m talking about bags of trash everywhere. I’m talking about even pieces of furniture along the roadside. Empty 12-pack containers of beer cans, baby diapers, on every main road and highway in our town there’s trash. “What happened to our beautiful landscaping?” I can remember a time, many years passed, you would never see trash along any of our roads. Not so long ago, I was proud of how clean our little town was, not today. Only eight years ago, this was the most beautiful and cleanest town, anywhere.

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The "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" released yesterday by U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services mark the ninth time in a row that the meat industry has successfully suppressed scientific findings recommending reduced meat consumption. The reduction was recommended by the government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in a 571-page report based on review of thousands of studies.

Reduced meat consumption was first recommended in 1977 by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs in "Dietary Goals for the United States," a precursor to the Dietary Guidelines. The meat industry forced the committee to destroy all copies of the report and to remove the offending recommendation from a new edition.

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The Macon County Department of Social Services would like to extend our most sincere appreciation to the following sponsors for their generous contribution, which helped to brighten Christmas for our children in foster care:

  • Greg and Jamie Bates
  • Jamie and Michelle Brooks
  • Cartoogechaye Baptist Church
  • Allison and Bob Cook
  • Coweeta Lab Employees
  • Jennifer Denmark
  • Franklin Church of God
  • Franklin High School Cheerleaders
  • Franklin High School Dance Team
  • Franklin High School French Club and Lisa Welch
  • Fun Factory
  • Joshua and Lauren Hickman
  • Sheriff Robert Holland and the Macon County Sheriff’s Department
  • Iotla Baptist Church
  • Junaluskee Lodge No 145
  • Michael Lyons
  • Judy McGuire
  • Natasha Moore
  • Bryan and Kerry Rauers
  • Cindy Rodgers and State Farm Insurance
  • Carrie Sanders
  • Hillary and Leland Shockley
  • Snow Hill United Methodist Church
  • Sonrise Sanitation Employees
  • Taylor Rogers
  • Lynn Wright and Family
  • ZONTA

If you are interested in supporting a foster child at any time throughout the year; please contact Stacey Messer at (828)349-2546. Again, our thanks for helping to make a foster child’s Christmas memorable.

Gwen Taylor, DSS Human Resources — Franklin, N.C.

The Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century brought about real positive change: the end of legalized segregation in education, jobs, housing, public facilities, and private businesses. Further, equal opportunity in voting was enshrined in the Voting Rights Act.

These changes did not come easily, as they were won with blood. Good people bled and died. Good people were brutalized, arrested, and imprisoned.

Today, we see the roll back of many of these rights, especially in voting rights and education. The Supreme Court recently nullified a section of the Voting Rights Act, and immediately our state legislature created impediments to voting. In public education, we’ve seen the steady decline of per student spending by the state government, as well as drastic cuts in textbook funds and teacher assistants.

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