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Opinion Letters

On Wednesday, June 17, my certified service dog Wallace – a 95-pound Golden Retriever who is now nine years old and was professionally trained by CARES, Inc. in Concordia, Kan., a reputable service dog agency that trains service, medical alert, and therapy dogs for a rather large fee – and I were returning from a visit with my primary care internal medicine physician Dr. Timothy Beck located in Clayton, Ga. Since I am a three-time cancer survivor (pancreatic stage IV, skin stage II, and breast stage III) with a history of severe osteoporosis, anemia, and numerous digestive issues, I rarely drive and rely on the services of Macon County Transit or friends. Lyn Scott, a professional dog trainer and former employee at The Pet Stop in Franklin, had graciously offered to drive me to see Dr. Beck and on the return trip back to Franklin had suggested that we stop at a local shop to get an ice cream cone. It was another really hot day, so both of us were looking forward to just getting some ice cream and then heading home. However, this little visit would create humiliation, embarrassment, confusion, and discrimination for being classified as “different” and for being disabled by using a service dog for balance, support, and mobility.


Before any people of any age or time can completely receive the fullness of God, like the born again experience, “and by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:39.

And like healing of the body, “and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” James 5:15. And like being filled wth the spirit: the Holy Ghost. “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” Acts 1:5.

This Bible verse, Hebrews 10:9, imparts the truth and nothing but the truth. “Lo, I come to do thy will, O God, he taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.”

Floyd Cruse — Franklin, N.C.

On Thursday, June 25, I had the privilege to be a presenter, on behalf of The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 81, at the retirement reception for Macon County's Chief Deputy, Major "Andy" Shields. The reception was well organized, extremely well attended and the presentations, accolades and gifts were plentiful. I would like to acknowledge one presentation in particular, the most moving that I have heard in many years. That presentation was given by Marci Holland, wife of Sheriff Robert Holland, and paid tribute to Kathleen Shields and all the spouses and families of current and retired law enforcement officers. Our spouses and families have been our biggest/major supporters. Too often we fail to recognize the sacrifices and suffering endured by our spouses and families, who are our major support system.

Marci, thank you for that wonderful and meaningful presentation on behalf of all law enforcement spouses and families.

John O'Connor,
Secretary WNC FOP Lodge 81

Christian in America, it’s time to wake up. Get right or get left and take action. This is a warning.

I have had enough of the moral decay in this nation as evidenced by the recent decision to legalize gay marriage in this country.. Marriage is a religious commitment between and man and a woman and not a civil union. Just like Sodom and Gomorrah, this nation will be judged and real soon.

Do your homework people. This country was founded on Christian morals and core beliefs. Google what it was like back in the 1800s and early 1900s. Families lived for God and the church, and everything centered around God and the church.

If you’re truly a blood-bought, sold-out Christian then prove it.


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