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Opinion Letters

Today I had the pleasure of attending the ribbon cutting at our beautiful, needed dialysis clinic here in Macon County. It was well attended, but there was one person who is the reason the clinic is here and that’s commissioner Ronnie Beale. If anybody deserved a well done, It’s him.

We here in Macon say thank you. We veterans know well how much Ronnie Beale has supported us, with our wonderful Veterans Memorial here in town and now the clinic.

All veterans salute you, sir.

William Trapani — Franklin, N.C.

Clubs and churches have been rewarded a “Proud to Recycle Here” sticker for their superior recycling, repurposing or reusing methods at their facility. Recognized recently are the Nantahala Hiking Club, The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild, Franklin Garden Club, Nantahala Physical Therapy Center, and the Franklin Health and Fitness Center.

With some guidance from Macon Pride members and Joel Ostroff, Macon County Recycling Coordinator, more and more of what most people consider trash to be thrown into the landfill is now put in the recycling bins at the county’s Recycling and Convenience Centers. Recycling makes money for the county which keeps our taxes low and our landfills not full.


Is the rest of the Jackson County carrying on like the folks in Dillsboro? A quick drive down 107 or out to the hospital will tell you every auto parts store has customers, every beauty shop has customers, and of course, every drug store has customers. There are new buildings being constructed. Business may be down all over the state but every drive-thru joint has cars lined up burning that expensive gas so that the lazy driver (and most likely an overweight person) can pick up a burger, fries and soda. The bags, naps and cup will probably end up on the side of Highway107. It is so sad but true. It seems to me that everyone and his brother are looking for a hand out, bail out or some type of pay out. Whatever happened to self-reliance, independence and accepting the consequences for one’s decisions/ actions?


Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is Oct. 6-13, and is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses. It’s time to make a difference. Let’s stop history from repeating itself. Mental illness does not discriminate. It can strike anyone at any time. These are brain disorders and like other illnesses, recovery is possible. Treatment works — if a person can get it.

Unfortunately, there are long delays — sometimes decades — between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help. Less than one-third of adults and less than one-half of children with a diagnosed illness receive treatment. Everyone should know about the nature of mental illness and treatment options available. To bring awareness of mental illness and its impact on individuals and families, NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of NAMI NC and national NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is sponsoring several events.


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