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Opinion Letters

American politics will not change until there is a realization that the middle class is being manipulated by the super smart/super rich people (the one percent) mostly through the Republican Party.

Capitalism without compassion is a self destructive force and when it reaches the tipping point where too much money lies in the hands of too few people (like now), then the corruption of truth becomes the rule of the day.

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Last Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11, hundreds of people traveled to Jackson County to attend a rally which featured the North Carolina Council of State and other Democratic candidates. This rally was an historic happening, and was put together with Ben Utley of Macon County acting as the spark plug in getting the event organized. He traveled the 17 western counties of the state for weeks at his own expense, working with different groups of people, and especially with the different Democratic Women’s Clubs to bring this exciting event into existence. A similar event was held on the morning of the same day in Marion, N.C., for the counties surrounding that area.

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Recently I attempted to donate blood through the Red Cross at the library. I say "attempted" because after 90 minutes of waiting, I finally left and went home to feed my very hungry animals. Normally, I have an appointment but due to my work schedule, I was unable to make one this time and apparently that was the main but not the only problem.

If the Red Cross wants to continue to attract people to donate, especially in these desperate times when blood is so badly needed, they have got to step up their game. I do not in any way blame the library as it is merely the venue but I have had this problem several times in the past as well. It is a lot of hurry up and wait.

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On Aug. 14, 2012, Macon County commissioners voted 3-1 to approve borrowing $1.5 million to purchase new computer equipment for county schools. Commissioner Beale was absent, and Commissioner Haven dissented.

There are several reasons why I don’t think this funding should have been approved.

I understand computer purchases have been the responsibility of the Macon County School System using state funds. That should continue to be the case. Over the past several years the school board has deferred computer purchases. They are accountable for their decisions.

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