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Opinion Letters

Thank you for Ms. Brittney Parker’s excellent article “Mental health services costly in Macon County” which appeared in the Oct. 17 issue of your newspaper. Ms. Parker did a great job explaining the problems associated with the 375 percent increase cost of mental health commitments to the Sheriff’s Department. It is true much of the reason for this increase in cost is the decrease in the number of psychiatric hospital beds in the state. However, the main reason for this increase is, at the same time the state reduced the number of psychiatric beds, they also all but eliminated the funding for local outpatient treatment that made hospitalizations unnecessary. The end result of the legislature’s action has been an increase in the most expensive form of treatment for this population – hospitalization.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce and Southwestern Community College’s Car Club want to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Cruisin’ in the Mountains a success.

We want to especially thank our major sponsors Smoky Mountain Chevrolet/Jacky Jones Auto Group, Parts City, Mike & Alex’s Mountain Vacation Homes, Stamey Performance, Fat Buddies BBQ, Macon Bank, Desoto Trail Metal, Cycle Crazy and Jim Brown Dodge for their support. Without them this event would not have been possible.


In most of the Western North Carolina newspaper’s letters to the editor’s section we can count on one main topic, Gov. McCrory and the Republicans are bad for North Carolina. But did you notice that last month in August the State of North Carolina moved from having the 49th highest unemployment rate in the USA to number 44 tied with Georgia and the District of Columbia?

While many are complaining, condemning and criticizing Gov. McCrory, he is out every day promoting our state and looking for new businesses to open up in our state. Ninety-eight out of 100 counties lowered their unemployment rates last month. That is amazing and a positive sign for our unemployed.


Several opinions about the government shutdown have come across these pages. Of course everyone is concerned about it and many are being impacted seriously. The obstacle? Obamacare! Providing insurance coverage for the uninsured is a worthy goal, no question. But, the problem is how we are going about it.

First of all, as I recall, Republicans were not allowed a meaningful seat at the table when Obamacare was being drafted. Their input was either ignored, rejected or denied. Then Nancy Pelosi recommended passing it “so we could see what was in it” and Democrats pretty much pushed it through without Republican backing. That alone should have been a red flag.


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