61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Opinion Letters

The issue of fracking by the oil and gas industry - already one of the most controversial issues of our time - is not a political issue, but one which has the potential to forever alter the quality of life for each of us, regardless of our beliefs.

Our mountain area, source of pristine water for the region around us, is at risk. Our property rights have been placed in jeopardy by the new law. Farming and natural beauty would be permanently destroyed wherever the industry chooses to drill. There are reams of data and references to violations by the O & G industry in other states, as well as negligence by the regulatory agencies.

But...let us suppose that everything works exactly as the O&G industry tells us it will - and so far, they have a history of failed promises. But let’s imagine for a moment that fracking in North Carolina is done in a perfect world.

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An article in the June 6 edition of The Franklin Press about the board of commissioners budget workshop credited me with a statement that I never made about Cowee Fire Department having the highest fire tax and an ISO rating of 9. This can be verified by logging onto http://thunderpigblogspot.com/2014/06/macon-county-commissioners and scrolling down to part Eight- Presentations by Volunteer Fire Depts. 1 to view the video.

In the June 27 edition of the same paper and after calling the reporter but never calling me, Cowee Fire Chief Dustin Pendergrass submitted a letter to the editor accusing me of making slanderous and erroneous statements without doing research, implying that I don’t support local fire departments and that I may be the next person needing emergency assistance.

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As our Latin population grows and they gain more political clout, it becomes more difficult to come to a reasonable solution to the question of immigration from Latin America.

We have the humanitarians who don’t want the recent overwhelming influx of children crossing our borders to be returned to their home country citing the dangers these kids face in their home countries which is hypocritical because they ignore the other starving and dying children in the rest of the world.

I therefore must ask where does one draw the line? All told, there are probably 100 million or more suffering children at risk in places like Africa and the Middle East. Millions of kids starve to death in those countries annually.

We could probably pick up another 100 million kids from places like India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

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The Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum thank Doug Morton for chairing the 17th Annual “Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival” several weeks ago. Doug has a great positive attitude about the value of this event and was able to convince local merchants to help finance two days of regional Scottish entertainment. He also received financial support from the TDC and TDA for the second year with data showing that the Taste of Scotland is a “tourist destination.”

I listened to Doug talk about his experience as chair of Taste of Scotland while we worked our museum booth at the Grandfather Mountain Scottish Games last weekend. He reports that 3,000-4,000 attended the street fair on Saturday. Jim Geary collected five doublesheets of tablet paper with zip codes from outside Macon County.

The Scottish Dinner on Thursday served 82 at Tartan Hall. The Ceilidh Concert on Friday evening, with “The Three Kilts” and “Caledonia Swing,” drew 200.

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