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Opinion Letters

I am one of the "quiet folks" (Bill Vernon's letter to the editor July 5, 2013) who support Commissioners Higdon and Haven in their fight to save our county.

I attend many public forums where I hear what candidates and elected officials say. All too often, their actions DO NOT support their words! It is very refreshing and encouraging, but sadly rare, when public officials do what they say. I appreciate those who live in reality and not la-la land. You can't get blood from a turnip. Most people I know are tapped out.


An article in your paper on July 5th states that the Macon County Airport Authority met that week to get an update on the widening of runways to allow for use by larger aircraft. The news that the widening is on the way is shocking as the people who will again be most impacted, those living in Iotla Valley, had no information whatever that it was even being planned. With the county having property records and all the information means available, it is obvious that neighbors were not informed because the power brokers know they can move ahead with their schemes without the bother of hearing from people who might object and whose voices will not be listened to anyway.


Regarding Brian Tripp from the consulting firm W.K. Dickson and his statements regarding per capita water usage, I must disagree. It is easy to do a web search for "per capita water usage" and find several reliable sources that all consistently state the average usage per person is 80 to 100 gallons of water per day. Mr Tripp is quoted "In 2010 the average residential water use per capita per day in Franklin was 175 gallons, which is actually spot on with the national average that is also 175 gallons per capita."


The Supreme Court once again reveals its penchant for the game of kick-the-can-down-the-road (emulating the United States Congress no doubt) once more failing in their responsibility of interpreting the Constitution. If that's still their purpose, it's hard to tell.

Abigail Fisher (Fisher v. University of Texas - Austin) is the most recent victim of blatant and unconcealed reverse discrimination. Exactly why these cases end up in the High Court is utterly unclear to me. Everyone knows the Supremes are not about to consider or decide in accord with the Constitution, so why these continuous drills? They deliberated 257 days before ruling 7-1 to send the case back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for "review."


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