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

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Opinion Letters

I have always had a problem with numbers. I joke that numbers traumatized me at an early age. One number that baffles me is the unemployment numbers. See if you can figure this out: Using a low figure, we have had 300,000 new unemployment claims per week for months. So this would give us 1.2 million newly unemployed people per month, right? For the month of July the economy created 160,000 jobs, the best since February. Everyone was excited. How is that good news? Now not being good with numbers I am going to just say that leaves 800,000 people without jobs. This gets even more puzzling to me. After months of unemployment staying steady at 8.2 percent, we get an increase in jobs and unemployment climbs to 8.3 percent. Do you think maybe there is no truth in any of the numbers being told to the American people?

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In regard to the letter of “Don’t blame Iran for wanting nuclear weapons,” I think you need to check your facts. Iran’s president wants Israel destroyed and off the face of the map.

If you study the Bible you would know that G-d gave Israel that land. I don’t think any person or set of people should be abused, but if you check your Bible, you will see that G-d blesesd the nations who were friendly to Israel. If we become unfriendly towards Israel, G-d will judge this country, be sure of that.

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A recent local letter writer cautioned us to dig for truth and find facts before we go to the polls.

What wonderful advice. However, she should have taken her own counsel and stopped immediately at the end of her first paragraph while she was still ahead.

She immediately named George Soros as singularly responsible for everything wrong in our “system,” then repeated old misinformation, twisted history and outright lies that have been disproven numerous times by researchers from several verifiable sources. Secondarily, she asserts that Mr. Soros and the United Nations have dark plans and alludes to conspiracies for our future. (I'm not particularly defending this man, but find this an example of relentlessly unreliable “fact-finding.”)

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This letter is in support of the Rumble to be held in Franklin this month and in response to Jean A. Welch's letter of gloom and doom concerning the aforesaid rally.

I am personally acquainted with several of the bikers who came to Franklin last June 30 — despite the heat wave — for Becky's and my barbeque for VVA members. Many of these same individuals made the trip to Charlotte this year to honor our state's first Vietnam Veterans Day at the Lowe's Motor Speedway and rode from Florida to North Carolina last Veterans Day to show support for our nation's heroes. These riders are good people who participate in fundraising efforts for the sick and needy as well. They come from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and some of them are even from Franklin.

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