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Opinion Letters

American Legion Post 108 has been part of the Franklin community for 92 years, having received its charter in July of 1922. The Legion’s contributions to the community have been many as we’ll try to point out below.

Post 108 is a member of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and has won local organization of the year in the past. Our Post is a member of “Adopt A Highway” and cleans a one-mile strip of Highway 441 four times a year.

We have been partnered with the Shriners since 1985 and have donated more than $20,000 to the Shriners Children Hospital. We work with the local Sheriff and Police Department to buy cameras, furniture and have helped with the K-9 unit. Every year the Post gives $500 toward the Shop with a Cop program.


Thank you Macon County.

It was truly humbling to see the community turnout for the Homeless Symposium. The interest, support and concern was evident in the questions, comments, and suggestions.

We discussed the need to rebuild a homeless person’s support network by addressing the themes of prevention, crisis sheltering and transitioning to a home. The threads that bind all of our efforts in these areas are prayer, volunteers and funding. Our vision is to see the homeless become fruit bearing members of our community.


The snide personal remarks made by Union Boss William Trapani against my commentary about the UAW were just not correct. If you google “Factcheck” on UAW salaries, they state that auto worker salaries are $75 an hour, including wages and benefits. This number is high because they factor in the cost of benefits for retirees. The internet is loaded with similar information, including the fact that the UAW basically bankrupted the American auto companies. U.S. funds were used to bail them out! (Amazingly, the non-union employees of Toyota made less of an hourly wage but in the end made more money than union employees because of “profit sharing”).


I am a human being, a member of a family, an American, and a Democrat, in that order.

Notice what I didn’t list.

I could have been born in Asia, Africa, or Palestine, on a reservation, in Harlem, or in Mexico. I could have been born looking much different than I do, and treated accordingly by society, but I wasn’t. I could have been born a girl, or gay, or differently abled, but I wasn’t. I could have been raised Buddhist, Muslim, Anglican, Jewish, atheist or animist, but I wasn’t. I could have been taught only Hindi, Spanish, Russian, Swahili, or Arabic. I could have been raised only by my mother, my grandmother, or adopted, but I wasn’t. I could have been born in a different time in history, in any situation. I had no choice in the matter. In some ways I won the lottery, in other ways, I lost. Imagine that. In some ways I lost.


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