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Opinion Letters

Franklin voters have an opportunity on Nov. 5 to make a difference, and to change the method of achieving results so that Franklin will have the opportunity to engage youthful business ideas in the growth and prosperity of the town.

I am a seventh generation Maconian and even though I can not vote because I do not live within the city limits, I have a vested interest in the direction that the soon-to-be elected mayor and aldermen will take the town of Franklin. I am a product of Macon County Public Schools and Western Carolina University. After college graduation I moved away to secure a job in the field of education. Knowing that someday I would move back to the area, I continued to keep in touch with the "goings on" in Franklin and Macon County. With the use of the internet I have endeavored to read The Franklin Press and The Macon News on a weekly basis and form my opinions.


As a young man growing up in rural western North Carolina, my parents and grandparents raised me to believe that making money via righteous and industrious means was actually a good thing, something to aspire to. Remember that notion? My folks would point out people in the community who worked really hard and got rewarded for the goods and/or services they provided. Whether business owners or hourly employees, there was something to be said for being self-sufficient or as we called it, making an honest living. It was a matter of pride and depending on the government for anything was unthought-of. The very last thing anyone wanted to do was ask for a hand out.


The most irresponsible statement ever uttered by a legislator; “We have to pass the bill so we can see what’s in it.” Well now we are beginning to “see what’s in it” and it is scary.

Judge Kithil of Marble Falls, Texas, is the second official to read the Obama Care document and point out the following very disturbing parts of the bill:


What has been happening in Washington is more than a catastrophe. Congress is allowing unshared economic growth and prolonged economic insecurity for millions. One in five North Carolinians live in poverty. One in four children live in poverty and hunger. Here, in Macon County, 65 percent of our students now qualify for free or reduced lunch. Medical costs have risen so much since Medicare lost the ability to contract pricing that people are having to do without critical medicines and treatments. By dismantling many of our support nets and antipoverty tools like the earned income credits and failure to invest in schools, our own legislature has added to the problem. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Washington seek to make deep and prolonged cuts in all vital safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, preschools programs, SNAP which work for those among us who fall into lower social economic levels.


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