25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Opinion Letters

The Macon County Democratic and Republican Parties both agree that it is not only illegal but against all the principals and values that each Party stands for when someone steals political yard signs. The basis of our Democracy is on the discussion of important political issues by the people and our Constitution guarantees each citizen the Right of Freedom of Speech. Political yard signs are just an extension of that Right of Free Speech.

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Ed Morris of the Macon County Democrat Party — incidentally, Mr. Editor, you should disclose his position as County Party Chairman — says that because of disastrous policies by George Bush and the Republican Congress. the U.S. entered the greatest recession in the last 50 years.

FYI, the Democrat party held the majority in the US House 2007 - 2009 and Nancy Pelosi was the Speaker. Further, according to economists, the recession ended in the third calendar quarter of 2009 - months after Obama was elected.

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Well, with all the negativity floating around the air waves these days, it is time to step into reality. When Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program he had a very different plan in mind for Americans. Participation in the Program was to be completely voluntary and the participants would only have to pay one percent of the first $1,400 of their annual incomes in to the program. Money put into the program would be deductible from income for tax purposes each year. He also intended that money the participants put into the independent “Trust Fund” rather than the General Operating Fund, would be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program and no other government program. Thus, the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.

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In an effort to decrease stigma associated with mental illness, the U. S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). This is an opportunity to learn about serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and PTSD. The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that stigma is a major barrier to people seeking help when they need it. That’s why MIAW is so important. We want people to understand mental illness. The more people know, the better they can help themselves or help their loved one get the treatment and support they need.

Our Macon County public libraries will have a display of books and videos relating to many aspects of mental illness, along with brochures and information provided by NAMI Appalachian South, our local affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Books Unlimited on Main St., Franklin will have a selection of books for purchase.

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