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

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Opinion Letters

Yet again, the facts have not fared well in Ed Morris’s hands. His Aug. 30, opinion letter to The Macon County News illustrates his preference for personal bias over truth.

If Federal funds = apples and State funds = oranges, then Morris serves up a fruit salad extraordinaire. Problem is, when one wants to evaluate what the N.C. General Assembly did with the education budget, it is at best disingenuous to omit the distinction between Federal and State funding.

When they controlled the General Assembly, legislative Democrats and John Snow shoved thousands of N.C.’s public school teachers onto the Federal payroll, with full knowledge that this one-time money used to pay teacher salaries would soon run out. To fund teachers with non-recurring revenue was a recipe for disaster.

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American politics will not change until there is a realization that the middle class is being manipulated by the super smart/super rich people (the one percent) mostly through the Republican Party.

Capitalism without compassion is a self destructive force and when it reaches the tipping point where too much money lies in the hands of too few people (like now), then the corruption of truth becomes the rule of the day.

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Last Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11, hundreds of people traveled to Jackson County to attend a rally which featured the North Carolina Council of State and other Democratic candidates. This rally was an historic happening, and was put together with Ben Utley of Macon County acting as the spark plug in getting the event organized. He traveled the 17 western counties of the state for weeks at his own expense, working with different groups of people, and especially with the different Democratic Women’s Clubs to bring this exciting event into existence. A similar event was held on the morning of the same day in Marion, N.C., for the counties surrounding that area.

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Recently I attempted to donate blood through the Red Cross at the library. I say "attempted" because after 90 minutes of waiting, I finally left and went home to feed my very hungry animals. Normally, I have an appointment but due to my work schedule, I was unable to make one this time and apparently that was the main but not the only problem.

If the Red Cross wants to continue to attract people to donate, especially in these desperate times when blood is so badly needed, they have got to step up their game. I do not in any way blame the library as it is merely the venue but I have had this problem several times in the past as well. It is a lot of hurry up and wait.

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