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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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A special thank you to the parents and students who participated in the “Fill the Bus” event held on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. The materials and supplies donated to the school system will be sent to the schools very soon.

Thanks also to Karen Norton and the PTO volunteers and employees of the schools who assisted with the organization and loading of the supplies.

Jim Duncan
Interim Superintendent
Macon County Schools

The list of questions we must each ask ourselves before we vote in November is virtually unending. I have at least a dozen concerns and I'm having a wearisome time prioritizing them. Most certainly, extending the wars in the Mideast is near the top of the list. It's bad enough that the present administration hasn't ended our involvement there, a change of presidents could be even more disastrous.

Mitt Romney is very apt to follow a harder line of combativeness in that region in order to (1) support the policies of his long time friend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and (2) to appease the powerful Jewish lobby in the United States, trying to filch a substantial portion of the Jewish vote away from Obama.

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I like to read the John W. Whitehead column that The Macon County News and Shopping Guide carries, because Whitehead is mostly correct. However, attempting to explain the Dark Knight massacre, he fired very wide of his mark (02 August 2012). Not that what he said was wrong, but he is like the boy who was told to go out into the yard and fetch back a big, fat hen for Sunday dinner, but came back instead with a young pullet. He brought back a hen but a much smaller one than the one he was sent for. So, I want to take a shot at the mark.

Warning, this letter contains ideas that may be unsuitable for both young children and liberals.

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