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Opinion Letters

An open letter to Mr. William Trapani, and others, in response to his recent letter.

This is my formal invitation to attend our Democratic Party Convention, 10 a.m., Saturday, April 11, in Courtroom B (4th floor) of the Macon County Courthouse.

As I am sure Mr. Trapani is aware, I live down the street, and am the East Franklin Precinct (pct. #3) Democratic Party Chair. I am sure he and many others know me from numerous occasions during the past several years of activities, for our community, our environment, and at former Democratic Headquarters since 2008 for party and candidate functions. He may also recall some occasions when my husband and I attended functions at our local American Legion Post where he is an officer and my husband a member.

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In 1320 something occurred that had a profound effect on the course of history. Do you know what it was and where the stunning event happened?

Come with me back to the misty shores of time in 1320 and the land of the Scots. Read in their own words from 1320 how they felt in the Declaration of Arbroath. “… for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom … for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.” 6 April 1320

This was the first known attempt of people to have rights. It was a model years later to another group who rebelled from British rule. That group of unruly colonies wrote the “Declaration of Independence.” Almost half of the signers of this resolution came from Scotland. The colonies won their freedom and became the United States of America. Nine out of the original states had governors of Scottish ancestry. Thirty-three out of 43 U.S. presidents can trace part of their ancestry to Scotland.

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The youth of Franklin First United Methodist Church once again led the 30-Hour Famine several weeks ago. Each year we are amazed at the support of the community, and how they rally to help us raise awareness of the issues of hunger both locally and around the world. Thank you to all who donated either funds or food items for CareNet. In particular, we would like to thank: the congregation of First United Methodist Church, those groups who had youth participate (Dryman’s Chapel, Asbury, Union and Mulberry United Methodist Churches, All Saints Episcopal youth, Cullowhee United Methodist Church, Builders Club at MMS, Key Club at MEC, and FCA at MVI), Smoky Mountain Chevrolet, Gooder Grafix, Franklin Town Board, Macon Bank, Bi-Lo, Ingles, Walmart, the Franklin Press, Macon County News, WFSC1050/WNCC Radio, Wayah Insurance, World Vision, and CareNet.

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“Sunshine Week” has come and gone. It had nothing to do with the weather.

Sunshine Week is the annual celebration of access to public information. It deals with the celebration and advocacy of open government and freedom of information. It is open to anyone interested in the public’s right to know what their government is up to from the town hall to the White House. It encompasses all the freedoms in the First Amendment. Those five freedoms guarantee freedom of the press, assembly, religion, petition and speech.

Sunshine Week is celebrated mostly by the news media which, despite all its faults, is often the only defense against the abuse of power and the powerful institutions that rarely admit abuses of their power. A press, free of government censorship, is vital to society.

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