Remembering 9/11 :: September 11, 2001

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Opinion Letters

In his April 26 letter to the editor, “Why I'm a Democrat,” Ed Morris provides many reasons for his pride at being Macon County's new Democratic Party Chair. While I take exception to his premise that his party holds exclusive rights to all that is politically righteous, pure and noble, I agree his party has reason to feel pride for its positive contributions to our democratic republic.

Morris’s letter provides many topics for reasonable discourse but his false claims are not among those. For him to state he has heard me say, “Poor women have no business having children.” is patently false.

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We are Republicans because we believe in the principles of the Republican Party, which are:

1. Belief that the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person's dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored;

2. Belief in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability;

3. Belief that free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth, and prosperity;

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For years local officials and community leaders have attempted to address the lack of childcare availability in Macon County. Numerous challenges that accompany childcare facilities such as the cost of compliance with state regulations or the substantial startup costs associated with these facilities has lead to quality childcare remaining a farfetched “dream” for Macon County citizens. On Monday night however, the Town of Franklin took a giant leap towards making this “dream” become a reality.

The Town Board voted unanimously to approve the request for municipal sewer allocation to Macon Childcare and Educational Center, which is to be located at 2255 Old Murphy Road. The center will be a privately ran non-profit organization that will provide services to 120 children and generate approximately 35 new jobs for Macon County citizens.

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Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of children and youth in the foster care system.

Many communities are urgently seeking more everyday people to come forward to help these young people realize their full potential. No matter how much time you have to give, you have the power to do something positive that will change a lifetime for a young person in foster care. May is National Foster Care Month. Every state in our country has children in foster care. They belong to all of us. Now is the time to show we care.

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